#1
I'm an acoustic guitar player learning to play electric. I'm starting out with a HSS Fat Strat and need to find an amp. I know that the best thing to do is sit at a guitar store and try a ton of amps -- which I will do, but I just want some guidance so I don't end up trying 100 amps! Using the template in the sticky:

Budget? $500, or if it's an insane deal, up to $1000.

Genres? I'm new to electric, so I want versatility (that's why I went with fat strat). But aside from the usual electric stuff, I'll also be going for an experimental/ambient/post-rock/alternate tunings sound -- but with heavier bass than usual, more droning. Reverb/delay heavy, with some wall-of-sound-type loops and such. I'm looking for something with a good low end (since I might not be playing with a bass player often), good EQ controls (for that same reason and others), and a versatile sound that can take a lot of effects. I don't plan to play very chimey stuff, more like deep and rich and lush, a bit washed out at times even.

New or Used? Preferably used.

Home or Gig? - I'm getting started, so, home for now, but I want to gig eventually.

Closest City? - Chicago.

Current Gear? - Fender Fat Strat HSS, Boss delay and looper, still looking for a reverb pedal, mosfet OCD.

Other stuff -- I'm pretty sure I want to go with a tube amp (I'm aware of extra expense, etc.). I would be willing to consider a head+speaker or a combo. Just need to narrow down my potential list of amps to check out a bit.

Thanks!
Last edited by deathletter at Oct 15, 2011,
#2
Thank you for using the sticky. +1

JCM800, perhaps?

Or possibly a Vox AC with a nice OD pedal?
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#4
JCM800 is the answer to everything.
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#5
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Thank you for using the sticky. +1

JCM800, perhaps?

Or possibly a Vox AC with a nice OD pedal?


JCM 800 is pretty pricey, seems like about $1000 just for the head, but I'll look into it more. AC-15 sounds nice, but in this video seems to be less heavy and bassy than Fender deluxe/twin/etc.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5RSaECdCrQ
#6
Fender Bassman maybe? Blackface is best.
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#7
I'd want a Laney VH100R 'twer I you. That's about as versatile as you can get in a tube amp. Maybe a Mesa Mark IV if you can find one in your pricerange kicking around. Also very versatile. I'd still go for the Laney though - if you can find one you can afford.
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#8
Thanks for the responses so far guys. Could those of you who suggested Bassmans and Laneys give more info as to why you like those? Just asking since I haven't heard much about them in my time.
#9
Laneys are a solid amp. The VH is a two channel version. You wanted versatility, the VH100R has all the versatility you'll ever need.
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Yamaha SBG500
Telecasters
Randall RM100 & RM20
Marshall JTM45 clone
Marshall JCM900 4102 (modded)
Marshall 18W clone
Fender 5F1 Champ clone
Atomic Amplifire
Marshall 1960A
Boss GT-100


Cathbard Amplification
My band