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So my band is going to start playing some gigs and I need the best amp available around 600$. Don't know much about amplifiers but I want one with awesome sound and loudness of course. I don't care about effects since I have any pedal I need for that, just want quality and loudness. Plan on buying it on ebay, what do you guys think?

Btw I play progressive rock/metal/hard rock and my guitar is a Semi-Hollow Ibanez AS-73 (if any of that helps), my sound is similar to early Rush. Thanks a lot for the help!
#2
Peavey Classic 30 or 50 either should work.

EDIT: You will probably need an overdrive/distortion pedal for heavier stuff.
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^I'd agree with the Jet City 50
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#5
From my experience, B-52 amps are great. They sound similar to Mesa Dual Recs, (aren't quite as good, of course) but are affordable. You can usually find a used one for around $400-500. Don't get the ATX-100 head though, it's the same as the AT-100 just minus the effect loop volume levels.

Speaking of which, anybody know why they even made the ATX series?
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#6
guitar center has multiple used Carvin V3s for just over 500. most versitle amp you could ever have and does everthing well.
#7
a Jet City for Rush? Come on now.

I'll +1 the Peavey Classic. Getting Rush tone is surprisingly similar to getting Pink Floyd tone - and the Peavey Classic works excellently for either on a budget. You're going to want FX to build on top of that.

Most importantly, a good quality distortion pedal. Possibly the MI Audio Crunchbox... Unfortunately distortion pedals aren't my forte, so I can't help much there.
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#8
Well, if you're playing Rush, just get a five-finger discount on a nice new Hughes & Kettner amp.

As in the Alex Lifeson one.

May as well get a five-finger discount on an Alex Lifeson Les Paul while you're at it.
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crate bv150. they can be found dirt cheap. idk what anyone says its an amazing head
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a peavey valveking may be another option. the classic 30 is a good amp but the VK has a little more distortion on tap. i've gotten a pretty decent early Rush tone out of it using my Esprit (kinda a cross betwwen a LP and ES-335.
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Quote by EspTro
crate bv150. they can be found dirt cheap. idk what anyone says its an amazing head

I wouldn't recommend Crate amps. I've had two (a crappy practice amp and a V30), neither of which I really liked.

Plus, they're not very good for the music he's playing. Just saying.
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Quote by Juared
I wouldn't recommend Crate amps. I've had two (a crappy practice amp and a V30), neither of which I really liked.

Plus, they're not very good for the music he's playing. Just saying.



dude every brand produces crap. u cant possibly judge the tone of the one im recommending with your reference to lower end ones.

blue voodoo series is amazing from crate... but probably the only good line they have had.
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Quote by EspTro
dude every brand produces crap. u cant possibly judge the tone of the one im recommending with your reference to lower end ones.

blue voodoo series is amazing from crate... but probably the only good line they have had.

I thought the V30 was supposed to be one of their good amps...?
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Quote by Juared
I thought the V30 was supposed to be one of their good amps...?



good is subjective. the v30 is pretty good from what i hear, doesnt mean u cant like it .

still backing blue voodoo's
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guitar center has multiple used Carvin V3s for just over 500. most versitle amp you could ever have and does everthing well.


Great option if he could afford a good cab to plug it into.

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Lots of other things I could suggest if you have a cab.
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Quote by Juared
I wouldn't recommend Crate amps. I've had two (a crappy practice amp and a V30), neither of which I really liked.

Plus, they're not very good for the music he's playing. Just saying.

Actualy the Crate BV is a much better amp than your B-52, sounds better to IMO.
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#17
lol, just get my amp ( lol )

a H&K TriAmp can be found for 600$ when you look hard enough..

It seems like it's the perfect amp for you..

as for the crate: we have a wavefrex 65W ( or smth like that ) at school and it'san ok amp...

I don't know the valveking can get those kinds of tones.. the TriAmp is a much different amp.
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Quote by Tunder250
lol, just get my amp ( lol )

a H&K TriAmp can be found for 600$ when you look hard enough..

It seems like it's the perfect amp for you..

as for the crate: we have a wavefrex 65W ( or smth like that ) at school and it'san ok amp...

I don't know the valveking can get those kinds of tones.. the TriAmp is a much different amp.


he said he wanted early Rush tones which aren't that hard to duplicate. the VK wouldn't be the first choice for the later period stuff. for sogns like Working Man or Lakeside Park the VK does a pretty good job.
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Quote by monwobobbo
he said he wanted early Rush tones which aren't that hard to duplicate. the VK wouldn't be the first choice for the later period stuff. for sogns like Working Man or Lakeside Park the VK does a pretty good job.


I don't know, i don't listen rush, they suck imo, damn bad tone imo...

but still great amp!! :P

don't get the 5150/6505 nor the marshall, the DC5 is much better IMO...
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#21
Quote by Offworld92
a Jet City for Rush? Come on now.


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...my sound is similar to early Rush.
He never said he wanted to replicate the tone exactly. A Jet City would be perfect for his uses.

TS have a look into the JCA5012c, as that will give you a similar sound to older Rush and can do heavier stuff too. The 5012, NOT the 5212. The 5212 is open-back and doesn't have the gain that the 5012 has, not good for the heavier stuff.