#1
So here's the deal, I'm away at college so I bring 2 guitars and my practice amp with me and leave my other guitars and stack at home. I get to play and not piss off my roommates, my Dad gets to fondle my things without me yelling at him because I'm no longer there. All is good until recently when I form a band and require the stack to be brought up for gigs. Now my Dad has no amp to play through at all. It's now Christmas time so I'm thinking about getting him his very own practice amp.

My question to you all is what do you recommend?

I'm thinking something 15 watts, Solid State with good cleans and decent overdrive/crunch is more than enough. He's an eternal beginner so he says the quality doesn't really matter but as someone who has to listen to him play and occasionally may want to borrow it, I'd like to get the most for my money. He's very big into Clapton, The Beatles, The Eagles, CCR and the like and the guitars he has access to are my Fender MIM '69 Thinline Telecaster and my Epiphone Casino so my first thoughts are either a Fender Frontman or Vox Pathfinder. Any thoughts on those? Are there other/better options for that kind of tone? Budget wise I'd say preferably under $130 US but I could go up to $180 before tax.

Thanks a ton in advance
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#2
usually bluesy and solidstate aren't two words you hear together.
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#3
your dad would love the pathfinder.
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#4
I'll have to agree with the Pathfinder, for cleans and low gain applications, it really is a nice little practice amp.
#5
Pathfinder or an old Strandel solid state are your only real options. Maybe a Gibson LAB if you wanna sound like BB King. Um...... we really don't recommend it though.

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#6
Pathfinder 15R is a great amp. Cheap, sounds decent and very portable.
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#8
Feck digital modelling. Solid state or tube. Don't be a Beaurocratic musician.
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What's wrong with tubes?


As far as I'm concerned nothing. If I was buying for myself I'd demand tubes in fact but my Dad is a little bass ackwards when it comes to technology and tone. SS is simply more efficient for his needs (Cheaper, lighter, easier to use, no tubes to worry about replacing, etc)

So the Pathfinder sounds like a winner, eh. Had a feeling that would be a the one but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks a lot guys.
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#11
For a hobby guitarist, I think an affordable solid state amp with a decent clean tone plus a pedal such as a Boss Blues Driver would be the way to go. Maybe add a chorus pedal for the clean sound.

That set up could easily be tried out at a decent music store or chain.
#12
Peavy vypyr 15 is great because of it's inboard effects and multiple amp models plus it's only 100$
#14
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As far as I'm concerned nothing. If I was buying for myself I'd demand tubes in fact but my Dad is a little bass ackwards when it comes to technology and tone. SS is simply more efficient for his needs (Cheaper, lighter, easier to use, no tubes to worry about replacing, etc)

So the Pathfinder sounds like a winner, eh. Had a feeling that would be a the one but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks a lot guys.



TS has an mg stack and a class 5 combo
#15
What about a Fender Vibrochamp? (The XD, not the Eric Clapton model)
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#16
Fender Blues Jr. If you think it weighs too much, then you are puss.
#17
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TS has an mg stack and a class 5 combo


Yeah dude. Sod your dad. Get yourself a better gigging amp first!
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#18
Bluesy SS? Dude, if you actually respect your father than you get him a real amp, with tubes.

You could probably find a Bugera V5 for $180. He'll be far happier with that than if you were to get him a cheapass SS toy made for kids.
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#20

I know a guy that gigged with one similar to this.. Hooked it up to a 1x12 cab Mic'd it and used a little pa Eq.. but got a really good sound out of it.. he played blues.. really a cool little amp..
Here's where I found this one.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/fender-champion-600-5w-1x6-combo-amp
$119.00 shipped..
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#22
I'd probably go for either a Pathfinder or an AC15VR if I was to go SS but I'm sure your Dad would appreciate this more:

Now that's what a proper blues amp should look and sound like. SS? Pfffft.
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#23
Quote by Cathbard
I'd probably go for either a Pathfinder or an AC15VR if I was to go SS but I'm sure your Dad would appreciate this more:

Now that's what a proper blues amp should look and sound like. SS? Pfffft.


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#24
It is way out of his pricerange anyway. I'm just funning with him.
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#25
Quote by Papabear505

I know a guy that gigged with one similar to this.. Hooked it up to a 1x12 cab Mic'd it and used a little pa Eq.. but got a really good sound out of it.. he played blues.. really a cool little amp..
Here's where I found this one.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/fender-champion-600-5w-1x6-combo-amp
$119.00 shipped..



this thing sounds AWESOME, the only thing missing is a small reverb pedal. It sounds sweet, i actually use the speaker in this to connect my handsome devil, its produces less bass on the floor so my neighbor doesnt get as pissed. This is a GREAT sounding amp, very bluesy.
#26
at college something like an eleven rack or an axefx is gonna be more useful then an amp.
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#27
Quote by Papabear505

I know a guy that gigged with one similar to this.. Hooked it up to a 1x12 cab Mic'd it and used a little pa Eq.. but got a really good sound out of it.. he played blues.. really a cool little amp..
Here's where I found this one.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/fender-champion-600-5w-1x6-combo-amp
$119.00 shipped..

THIS.


No, DOUBLE 'THIS'.
#28
Quote by gregs1020
your dad would love the pathfinder.


Ya, Pathfinder or Mustang would be perfect. Not bad for cheapie SS practice amps, particularly for blues. A lot of the TGP guys have been going nuts over them too for some reason. More Robben Ford than a Dumble, some say.
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#29
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TS has an mg stack and a class 5 combo


And your point? Both were gifts and both serve their purposes. I'll cop to the MG stack being weak but I love my Class 5. I'm saving up for a better gigging amp, but its not high on my priority list right now.

Cathbard, I'd KILL to get that, but if I did then my dad would still be without an amp if you get my drift.

Anyways my dad loves his Pathfinder. I told him about some of the other options, their pedigrees and so on but after 5 minutes of playing the it he was sold and 20 minutes later was in love with it. He really knows nothing about nor cares for 'good tone' and would have been happy with a Line 6 Spider III but the Pathfinder suits his needs and any more would be "overwhelming" in his words. As far as I'm concerned it was a good buy.

Thanks again for the advice and suggestions and it's always good food for thought later on down the road, especially if he decides to step up to tubes someday. Hope you all had a great Christmas/Hanuka/Kwanza.
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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
Last edited by androidred0100 at Dec 25, 2011,
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Quote by androidred0100
And your point? Both were gifts and both serve their purposes. I'll cop to the MG stack being weak but I love my Class 5. I'm saving up for a better gigging amp, but its not high on my priority list right now.

Cathbard, I'd KILL to get that, but if I did then my dad would still be without an amp if you get my drift.

Anyways my dad loves his Pathfinder. I told him about some of the other options, their pedigrees and so on but after 5 minutes of playing the it he was sold and 20 minutes later was in love with it. He really knows nothing about nor cares for 'good tone' and would have been happy with a Line 6 Spider III but the Pathfinder suits his needs and any more would be "overwhelming" in his words. As far as I'm concerned it was a good buy.

Thanks again for the advice and suggestions and it's always good food for thought later on down the road, especially if he decides to step up to tubes someday. Hope you all had a great Christmas/Hanuka/Kwanza.


Oh im not saying anything against the class 5 amp, nor am i criticizing you for owning an mg stack. (atleast i hope not to come off that way) i dont remeber exactly why i wrote that, but was just confused as to a comment or 2 you made about tube vs SS practice amps or something.