#1
hi there, I have a Vox V112NT cab as an extension for my AC15..

I am looking for an ultra cheap amplifier/head I could use with it as a backup... Basically something that would give me an unprocessed sound so that in an emergency (if the AC15 went wrong) I could just use that to amplify a modelled sound from my Zoom pedal or AC30 AMplug

I would get a nighttrain head but cant afford it, so am really looking fir something smalk, loud, reliable and cheap (ss probibly) that I could maybe pick up cheap on Ebay or somewhere...

cheers

MrB
#2
what exactly is cheap?
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#3
Epiphone Valve Juniors are simple and cheap, dunno if they're what you're looking for.

What wattage are you talking? The Fender Super Champ is 15w, although it's only a 10-inch speaker- there is an extension cab out, though. New, they run $200 at Guitar Center- I'm sure you can at least halve that on the 'Bay, or Craigslist. The new ones have a funky pre-amp voicing knob (some of them actually sound pretty good), but an older one would probably forgoe any modeling technology (making it even simpler. volume/bass/treble.)
#4
Crate Powerblock. They're discontinued, but you can find them relatively cheap second hand.
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Crate Powerblock. They're discontinued, but you can find them relatively cheap second hand.


Actually, that's a great idea. I have one, and it can be a little noisy, but it's loud and sounds good. And I paid $40 for it. If you can find one, go for it- just be aware that it's 150 watts- while it's not all that loud for an amp of that wattage, your speaker's probably not rated for that.
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Crate Powerblock. They're discontinued, but you can find them relatively cheap second hand.

My thoughts exactly.
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So this means....


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#9
hi all,
I do like the look of the powerblock...

thing is.. its possibly too much...
I think the max the vox is rated for is 30w so 150 would probably be too much...
Just liud enough for pub type gigs

I don't need anything with a speaker, just a nice little compact head...

I'd like to spend under £100 if possible...

MrB
#10
Black heart little giant should be in your price range.
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#11
If it's just for emergency backup...?

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/electro-harmonix-22-caliber/30442

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/electro-harmonix-44-magnum/47952

small enough to carry round anywhere, and solid state so reliable - i wouldn't personally want to use a tube amp for backup.

I've got no idea how good they are but it's an intriguing concept. I've also seen a band get decent results simply running a Tech 21 SansAmp direct into the PA when an amp blew.
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#12
Hmm, interesting...
I wonder if it would be loud enough to be used in a pub gig and be heard over a fairly hard-hitting drummer?

edit - having looked at some clips/discussion of this, I reckon it would be ok.... I generally don't use clean amp sunds ayway - always want some crunch so the 22 could be the boy for me!

Would consider the 44 but I think it might be too much for the V112NT

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If it's just for emergency backup...?

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/electro-harmonix-22-caliber/30442

small, and solid state so reliable - i wouldn't personally want to use a tube amb for backup.
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Hmm, interesting...
I wonder if it would be loud enough to be used in a pub gig and be heard over a fairly hard-hitting drummer?

edit - having looked at some clips/discussion of this, I reckon it would be ok.... I generally don't use clean amp sunds ayway - always want some crunch so the 22 could be the boy for me!

Would consider the 44 but I think it might be too much for the V112NT



A little late replying, but here's my take on the EH power amps- they're a great concept, and if you either want some breakup/crunch all the time, or ride your volume knob, then they're great. However, they're particularly reactive to your guitar and pickups, at least in my experience. So I would want to test it out before I committed, since there's no tone control short of the "bright" switch.

the other solution to that is to buy a pre-amp, or use a multi-effects unit with one built in- assuming that said preamp has tone controls, you can tweak them just as you would the front end of your amp, and if your guitar is too dark/bright/midrangey/whatever, you can just dial it out.

Hope this helped.
#14
Thanks for the reply, Guild King, I did buy the Electro Harmonix 22 Calibre in the end. Had a play at low(ish) volume and actually like the simplicity of the sound.. Yet to crank it but will do so in a rehearsal room soon!