#1
I'm heading off to college in less then a year and right now theo nly amp I have is an Inbanez Tone Blaster Half Stack. I know dorm rooms aren't exactly known ofr their space, and have heard even more horror stories of room mates trashing people's gear, so I'm wondering...

1: Should I sell my half stack (or trade it) for a combo amp?
2: Would it even be a good idea to bring my guitars and amp to college with me? (If it helps my rommmate and I are both planning on going to the same university and are hoping to work out sharing a dorm with the housing dpt. on campus
Have a good one,
Phoenix
#3
Get Peavey Revalver. That's what I use in my dorm.
Hagstrom Swede w/Bare Knuckle Black Dogs
Peavey JSX
Avatar Contemporary 2x12 (Celestion V30/G12K100)
Boss TU-2 Tuner
Dunlop DVP1 Volume
JHS Sweet Tea
TC Electronic Corona Chorus
Boss DD-20 Giga Delay
Digitech Hardwire RV-7 Reverb
#4
Sell that stack to some kid starting out, he'll go nutz and have his parents pay you a ton. Just talk it up..

Then get something small, really small, like a POD or something. Anything with a headphone out.
Squier Strat
Behringer Fuzz
GFT-90
#5
I posted these exact words in another thread, but they fit my response to this thread perfectly here:

Do not bring ANY AMP AT ALL to use in a college dorm, even if it is quiet and has a headphone jack. Period.

Even if you can operate any guitar amp at a quiet volume or with headphones, not all neighbors understand that amplifiers have volume knobs and they will flip their shit and attempt to start a fight before you even turn it on. It's not the noise that will bother them, it's the fact that you own a guitar amp that will make them paranoid.

Just get a Line 6 Pod HD and a set of Sennheiser HD280 headphones. This setup will give you a great sound and not bother anybody. It's not worth it to have an amp in a dorm room. Just the word "Guitar Amplifer" is a loud word itself.
#6
Quote by Ian_the_fox
I posted these exact words in another thread, but they fit my response to this thread perfectly here:

Do not bring ANY AMP AT ALL to use in a college dorm, even if it is quiet and has a headphone jack. Period.

Even if you can operate any guitar amp at a quiet volume or with headphones, not all neighbors understand that amplifiers have volume knobs and they will flip their shit and attempt to start a fight before you even turn it on. It's not the noise that will bother them, it's the fact that you own a guitar amp that will make them paranoid.

Just get a Line 6 Pod HD and a set of Sennheiser HD280 headphones. This setup will give you a great sound and not bother anybody. It's not worth it to have an amp in a dorm room. Just the word "Guitar Amplifer" is a loud word itself.


This is why I live off campus. No neighbors.

CRANK THAT BITCH TO 11 BEFORE 11AM
Squier Strat
Behringer Fuzz
GFT-90
#7
+1 for Pod and headphones. Saves space, hassle, no noise for others to complain about, and sounds good enough for most applications.
#8
I live in a dorm and play through an AC30. Really though, it depends on your situation.

I live in a pretty big dorm room and completely trust my roommate to not trash my stuff or mess with it. I also know most of my neighbors, and they know I play guitar. We have an understanding that we won't flip lids over each other being loud. On top of that, I'm friends with my RA, who is also a fellow guitar player and an AC15 user. If someone complains to him that I'm being loud with my guitar and it isn't during quiet hours, he's most likely going to tell them to suck it up and deal.

As far as space, if you lift the crap out of your bed, you should be able to just slide the cab underneath it and maybe have your head next to it. You won't have the room to just have it sitting out on its own though, without a doubt.
Quote by necrosis1193
As usual Natrone's mouth spouts general win.

Quote by Silverstein14
man, Natrone you're some kind of ninja I swear


Quote by gregs1020
plexi


i realize the longshot that is. little giant to humongous one.


Rest In Peace Stevie Ray
#9
Why not just leave the stack at home, and buy a small practice amp at take that to college? Ideally one with headphone jack so you can play silently. No need to sell your halfstack, that's just silly.

Quote by Ian_the_fox
Do not bring ANY AMP AT ALL to use in a college dorm, even if it is quiet and has a headphone jack. Period.

Disagree. Maybe you had a bad experience or something. If you like to play guitar, it'd be stupid to go the 8-9 months your going to be away at college without playing.
Guitars:
Martin DSR acoustic
Fender Telecaster
Epiphone Les Paul
Amp:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
Pedals:
535Q Crybaby>Fulltone OCD>Phase 90>EHX Big Muff>MXR Carbon Copy>EHX Holy Grail
You can call me Matt
Last edited by crzysnowborder at Nov 21, 2011,
#10
If you can, check out the Tubemeister 18 head from H&K. I just picked up one of these recently for home use and it's great. You can have it at 18 watts, 5, or 1.
#11
Quote by crzysnowborder
Disagree. Maybe you had a bad experience or something. If you like to play guitar, it'd be stupid to go the 8-9 months your going to be away at college without playing.
That's why you get a modeling station like a pod or small headphone guitar amp. It's not worth starting a fight. Average people in dorms/apartments don't know the difference between a 15w Peavey Vyper and a 150w Mesa Triple Rectifier; either one of those phrases just translates out to "really loud object that will be used 24/7 at max. volume and will keep me from ever sleeping" to them.

Maybe all neighbors are that way, but very many are and it's not worth the risk. No amp. Period.
#12
I never had a bad experience having an amp in my dorm room. And I lived next to my Residnce Director and two doors down from my RA. I think it really depends where you are.

edit:
really point is he doesn't need to sell his amp necessarily. unless he wants to i guess...
Guitars:
Martin DSR acoustic
Fender Telecaster
Epiphone Les Paul
Amp:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
Pedals:
535Q Crybaby>Fulltone OCD>Phase 90>EHX Big Muff>MXR Carbon Copy>EHX Holy Grail
You can call me Matt
Last edited by crzysnowborder at Nov 21, 2011,
#13
Quote by crzysnowborder
I never had a bad experience having an amp in my dorm room. And I lived next to my Residnce Director and two doors down from my RA. I think it really depends where you are.
Well good for you, you managed to get away with it. But is it really worth the risk of the starting a fight with other people in the dormitory? No.

And this guys owns a half stack. Imagine how his dorm-mates will react when they see that in his room. Sure, he may be able to use the volume knob and operate it quietly, but that doesn't matter: the amp still looks loud.

The issue is not with the noise. The issue is with people getting paranoid because of their neighbors owning something that has the potential to make a lot of noise.
#14
Quote by Ian_the_fox
Well good for you, you managed to get away with it. But is it really worth the risk of the starting a fight with other people in the dormitory? No.

And this guys owns a half stack. Imagine how his dorm-mates will react when they see that in his room. Sure, he may be able to use the volume knob and operate it quietly, but that doesn't matter: the amp still looks loud.

The issue is not with the noise. The issue is with people getting paranoid because of their neighbors owning something that has the potential to make a lot of noise.



You're the one acting paranoid here that everyone wants to start a fight over a guitar amp.

If people start a fight over an amp, they most likely don't like YOU and just use that as an excuse to thrash on you.

The "Re-incarnation of Plato" Award 2009
(most intelligent)
The "Good Samaritan" Award 2009 (most helpful)

[font="Palatino Linotype
Who's Andy Timmons??
Last edited by xxdarrenxx at Nov 21, 2011,
#15
I'm sure if you have a half stack in your room, room mates/neighbors would probably be concerned. If you have a small 1x8 combo amp that's smaller than your suitcase, I don't see reasonable people throwing any red flags. Hence the reason I suggested keeping the stack at home and buying a small combo amp to bring to school.
Guitars:
Martin DSR acoustic
Fender Telecaster
Epiphone Les Paul
Amp:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
Pedals:
535Q Crybaby>Fulltone OCD>Phase 90>EHX Big Muff>MXR Carbon Copy>EHX Holy Grail
You can call me Matt
Last edited by crzysnowborder at Nov 21, 2011,
#16
the ideal thing to save space for everyone in that dorm room so either sell that half stack or keep it at the parents place and pick up one of the following:
line 6 pod
boss gt10
peavey revalver
interface and free vst systems like lepoulins plugins or nick crow amp sims.
Live Rig
Michael Kelly Custom Shop Plum Telecaster
Michael Kelly Custom Shop Plum Patriot


EVH 5153 50w
Jet City 2x12
Custom Board

It is NOT trash metal it is tHrash metal...get it right
#17
For 3 years (in 3 different apartments on campus) I brought my Gibson, Kimaxe, and Dean ML (after I got it) to campus along with a small 15w practice amp and never had a moment's issue with anything. Just keep the volume rolled down to an acceptable level and you'll be fine.


^Now with that advice, try to pick up a small practice amp. There's no point in dragging a halfstack to a place where you can't even do anything with it. Since you have that amp I'm assuming you play metal, so picking up a small 15w Peavey Vypyr would work well for you. You can get them used on eBay for around $50 shipped. Pretty solid practice amp in my opinion and perfect for a dorm.
Endorsed by Dean Guitars 07-10
2003 Gibson Flying V w/ Moon Inlay
2006 Fender All-American Partscaster
SVK ELP-C500 Custom

1964 Fender Vibro Champ
1989 Peavey VTM60

[thread="1166208"]Gibsons Historic Designs[/thread]
#18
Either a very small low wattage tube amp or a cheap SS with a POD HD.

My little brother has a crate with his POD, 3 guitars and everyone on his floor is cool with it. It's college. Everyone wants to party and have fun.
#19
Sell the Tone Blaster and get a better amp, period.
Quote by DeathByDestroyr
What the hell is a G&L.



Quote by Flux'D
Gay & Lesbian I think, the box smelled funny
Greg what did you send me??
#20
Quote by Ian_the_fox
That's why you get a modeling station like a pod or small headphone guitar amp. It's not worth starting a fight. Average people in dorms/apartments don't know the difference between a 15w Peavey Vyper and a 150w Mesa Triple Rectifier; either one of those phrases just translates out to "really loud object that will be used 24/7 at max. volume and will keep me from ever sleeping" to them.

Maybe all neighbors are that way, but very many are and it's not worth the risk. No amp. Period.


dude what the hell???
sure they can tell the difference. big ass amp=loud as ****, small little amp=he plays guitar.

i think you had some bad experiences in college or something. as long as your being considerate, there should be no problem with even a 30watt amp. dont be loud as ****, dont be loud in general from like 10pm-11am, you should be fine.
if your roomates have a problem with you playing your guitar in the afternoon or something, they can **** themselves. dorms are expensive, youre paying good money, they cant expect you to be as quiet as a mouse.

if all you play is metal, and you play some 20minute sloppy solos at full volume and full distortion, i could see how that would annoy people.

OP, my suggestion would be one of those little vox tube amps so you can play some heavenly tunes for your roomates.
#21
Leave the half stack at home, grab a nice small tube amp for open mic nights/jamming with other musicians at a practice space/bar/off campus apartment/etc or whatever and a POD or a Vox AMPlug for dorm practice. If you end up meeting some cool musicians and form a band and can store it someplace other than your dorm, then and only then can you bring the stack to school.

I disagree that having any amp whatsoever in your dorm will cause problems but I can easily see a stack as asking for trouble. Keep it small and use the headphones as often as possible and you should be in the clear. If you really want the stack, find some off campus housing and some chill roommates to live with asap.
MY GEAR
Epi SG w/ Gibson Burstbuckers
Epi Casino
PRS Kit
Thinline Tele w/ SD 1/4 Lbs
Warmoth JM

Vox Nightrain
Marshall Class 5

Boss RC-20
DT EX-7
EHX Q-Tron +
EHX Big Muff Pi w/ Tone Wicker
Line 6 Echo Park

My PRS with SD P-Rails Build
#22
I wouldn't even look into the tube realm for an on-campus amp, it's still gonna be too damn loud even at 5w
Endorsed by Dean Guitars 07-10
2003 Gibson Flying V w/ Moon Inlay
2006 Fender All-American Partscaster
SVK ELP-C500 Custom

1964 Fender Vibro Champ
1989 Peavey VTM60

[thread="1166208"]Gibsons Historic Designs[/thread]
#23
When I was at college I lived off campus, so no problems with dorm volumes. But I see no reason why a small practice amp is any problem. A headphone out is a big plus though.
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#24
I can't really offer any personal advice since I live off campus but my friend is living in the dorms and has a 50w AVT that works good enough and doesn't piss anyone off. It doesn't sound as good as the JCM at his parents' house but

I also wouldn't count on having a friend going with you unless you plan on going to an easier to get into college. The same friend and I were planning on rooming together but I wound up not getting in, even with a higher GPA and test scores. Though you should know that well in advance of move in day.
E-peen:
Rhodes Gemini
Fryette Ultra Lead
Peavey 6505
THD Flexi 50

Gibson R0 Prototype
EBMM JP13 Rosewood
Fender CS Mary Kaye

WTLT

(512) Audio Engineering - Custom Pedal Builds, Mods and Repairs
#25
Quote by Ian_the_fox
I posted these exact words in another thread, but they fit my response to this thread perfectly here:

Do not bring ANY AMP AT ALL to use in a college dorm, even if it is quiet and has a headphone jack. Period.

Even if you can operate any guitar amp at a quiet volume or with headphones, not all neighbors understand that amplifiers have volume knobs and they will flip their shit and attempt to start a fight before you even turn it on. It's not the noise that will bother them, it's the fact that you own a guitar amp that will make them paranoid.

Just get a Line 6 Pod HD and a set of Sennheiser HD280 headphones. This setup will give you a great sound and not bother anybody. It's not worth it to have an amp in a dorm room. Just the word "Guitar Amplifer" is a loud word itself.


You, sir, need to grow some testicles and get a more Rock N' Roll attitude. If they bitch, you turn it up louder. If they bitch more, turn it up more. If it's all the way up, buy a bigger amp. If you have it above Motorhead Volumes, you shouldn't be able to hear their bitching anymore anyway, so who cares? When all else fails (or everyone's deaf), give them the finger and keep rockin!

On a more serious note, I just got back 2 days ago from college for winter break, and I haven't gone a day without my guitar (this is my second year). Granted, I have a 30w Solid State, but as long as my Room Mates were either our of the room or didn't care if I was loud, I would crank that bitch and rock out. I've only had one room of people I've had problems with out of 3 different living situations so far, and they were neighbors anyway. My RA's didn't care as long as i wasn't in violation of quiet hours, and my band has practiced at full volume in 4 different dorm buildings without complaints. It really depends on the people. When I first went down, I took a chain and padlock so I could lock my shit in my closet, but that was hardly necessary and I only did that if I went home for the weekend and didn't want to haul my shit along. As long as you trust your Room Mates, it shouldn't be a problem, and if you don't, let them know that you will not hesitate to kick their ass if they **** with your shit. The thing is, ****ing with someone's shit is a two way street. Let's say we're rooming together and I kick a hole in your amp's grill and speaker. What's to stop you from waltzing over and tossing my laptop against the wall? Nothing.

My basic rules were as follows:
Keep it within a reasonable time. I never played before 10am and never after 10pm during the week, and kept it to 12noon to 12midnight on the weekends. If you want to play outside this time, headphone it up.
Only play when your room mates are gone or when you've asked them if it will bother them, distract them, or interrupt them and they've ok'd it.
Take an "eye for an eye" stance. The people I had problems with liked waking me up through the week with shitty Rap music, so I had no problem pissing them off by playing good Metal music. Remember though, if you're going to bitch about noise, other people can too.

Basically, don't be a complete asshole, but also don't let people walk all over you. If you enjoy guitar, don't let someone else ruin it for you. For me, headphone playing is ok, but it just doesn't compare to being able to actually play.

EDIT:

I should also mention that the other guitarist in my band has had his Mesa Rectoverb and a 2x12 cab there for all of this year and hasn't had too many complaints, although he had more than I did. For us, it's necessary to have stacks there because we gig in the area, but we also bring practice amps for when we need to keep it down.
Last edited by Blktiger0 at Nov 21, 2011,
#26
You guys are missing my whole point:

Quote by Ian_the_fox
Even if you can operate any guitar amp at a quiet volume or with headphones, not all neighbors understand that amplifiers have volume knobs and they will flip their shit and attempt to start a fight before you even turn it on. It's not the noise that will bother them, it's the fact that you own a guitar amp that will make them paranoid.


Noise is not the main issue. It's the fact that you own a loud object that will get the neighbors going batshit.

I personally haven't had a bad experience, but a guitarist from one of my old bands did. Within about two week, he god evicted from his apartment just because of his amplifier, a 30w solid state Crate, all because his neighbor saw him carrying it up the steps when he moved in. Literally on the second day he was moved in he got a complaint call from his landlord, and he didn't even play ANY guitar during that period. I recall him telling me he turned his amp on a total of 3 times, all mid-day, all at reasonable volume, and he was eventually thrown out because of "excessive noise complaints" from his neighbor.

So even if the TS were to just bring his amp and store it for use with jam sessions or other bands/side projects, he'll still have people throwing shitfits about him having a half-stack in his room, even if he just used a Pod or something for practice.

Obviously not all neighbors are that way, but is it really worth the risk? No. Leave the damn amp at home.
#28
Quote by Flux'D
I wouldn't even look into the tube realm for an on-campus amp, it's still gonna be too damn loud even at 5w


I did deliberately say to have the tube amp for open mic nights at bars and other off campus activities. Anything on campus should be headphones IMO. I live off campus but every semester I've had a different roommate and some of them didn't mind me playing my Class 5 at 2 AM and others would request I use my AMPlug whenever they were in the house, so now unless they specifically say "Dude, rock out" or I get to know them better, I play it safe and use the headphones as much as possible. As a general rule of thumb for someone who hasn't met who their living with yet I think a small but competent amp combined with a headphone alternative is a fair way to go.
MY GEAR
Epi SG w/ Gibson Burstbuckers
Epi Casino
PRS Kit
Thinline Tele w/ SD 1/4 Lbs
Warmoth JM

Vox Nightrain
Marshall Class 5

Boss RC-20
DT EX-7
EHX Q-Tron +
EHX Big Muff Pi w/ Tone Wicker
Line 6 Echo Park

My PRS with SD P-Rails Build
#29
Quote by Ian_the_fox
You guys are missing my whole point:


No, I understood, and have been through his myself with 3 sets of room mates. They can't complain about noise that doesn't exist. If he got kicked out due to noise complaints and never even turned up, that's more of a landlord problem than anything else. If you're getting complaints but no proof to back them up, you can't just go throwing someone out. Especially if all of the complaints are from the same person. It sounds like you either aren't getting all of the story, or the landlord had it out for him. Not one member of my band has had problems yet. Our drummer uses an electronic kit, so that helps him out, but I know our bassist doesn't ever use headphones, and the rhythm guitarist rarely does.
#31
Interface and guitar rig, pod, etc. I have a Blackstar Ht1 which is great for this purpose. They're a shite brand, but the amp is very good for the purpose.
Quote by Skraeling86
That's a lot of booze. Frankly, I'm impressed. You're of a stronger timber than the average man, jimbob! Hail you.



Quote by Bubban
Yes you should go to a doctor, fucking moron. We can't do anything about your hemorrhoid.


#32
I wouldnt want to go any smaller than a 1x10" or something =/
"If you're looking for me,
you better check under the sea,
because that's where you'll find me..."
#33
I used a 120 W Peavey XXX in two apartments and had no complaints. Grow a pair!
#34
Quote by Sputnik1
I used a 120 W Peavey XXX in two apartments and had no complaints. Grow a pair!

Difference is, you have a nice amp. The Tone Blaster is utterly horrible.
#35
Quote by kyle62
Difference is, you have a nice amp. The Tone Blaster is utterly horrible.


Except that any non-guitarist will have no idea. My family and friends never understand when I tell them my practice amp is shitty and I need a new one. They don't hear that it sounds bad at all. It's a Marshall MG30DFX. It's bad. I don't know if they've improved them lately, but mine's an older one, and it absolutely blows.
#37
If ya play metal: Go with a POD.
If ya don't play metal/not T0tal br00tz metal: Go with a small tube something like a Blackstar, or my favorite cheap amp company, Jet City.
NT

BE QUICK OR BE DEAD SON