I am trying to find a good amp to save up for. So here's the details.......

- Should be a tube amp, all tube or combo doesnt matter. As long as it's good.

- Budget: $1000. Though am willing to save a lil more if it's a really good amp.

- I want it to be REALLY versatile. I want really smooth cleans and a really heavy distortion tone.

- I play bands like Opeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, and even some solo stuff like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai etc.

- I can only choose from the brands Marshall, Mesa Boogie, Peavey, Hughes and Kettner and Fender.

- I'll use it for home practice and maybe some gigs aswell.

- I currently have a Fender Frontman 15G amp and it's just downright bad.
I also have a Jackson RR3 guitar and a EHX Metal Muff distortion.

I found the Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 quite interesting, but I haven't tried it yet. Do you guys/gals think it would suit the type of songs I play?


Last edited by MaddMann274 at Dec 16, 2011,
i have a Peavey XXX all tube combo amp. I think retail it's worth just under $1,000. I got mine used for 300 but after some minor tube replacements it's back to 100%. Phenomenal amp, especially for what you play. It's loud as hell with great tone, some decent effects, and it's built like a brick shithouse. Highly recommend it!
i would try to get a peavey 6505, im saving up for one right now and let me tell you it is probably one of the best amps out there for right around 1000 bucks.

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Hmm, try find my amp. It's a Peavey JSX. As far as I can tell, it has enough distortion for you and some. The cleans are also crystal (IMO). With that budget you should be able to get one easily and a nice cab to match.

I got mine for €600, which is ~$783 but the amp market in Ireland is a bit crap. (It's the only used JSX I've ever seen for sale here, and I got it )
sounds like you need a Marshall JVM215.
check one out if you can.
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