#1
I'll come out with it: I'm in love with the guitar. The raw power. The channeling of some sort of energy I can't even begin to describe in even minute words. Just the feeling you get when you just strum all six strings in one go.

But, as all new players, I'm new, and have been learning/playing for around six months. And I have a Chinese stratocaster copy. And I need an amp. I usually use my acoustic, or plug my electric into my mac and use GarageBand. But I'm tired of having to do that, and I need a new, and first amp. So what would you all suggest? And I live in India, so any localised answers will help too, but answers from all around will be even more welcome.

And since this is my first post, I hope you'll all forgive me if I've posted in the wrong sub-forum.

Cheers!

Narinder.
#3
I actually thought of that and started typing again, but thanks, anyway!

1. Budget- Around Rs. 3000 (which is around 600$ . 500$ to be safe)
2. Styles - I'm getting into the blues, I like sliding, but I also like getting fast and hard on it, from a clean progression to chunky riffs to well, solo's with feel in them.
3. New. Definitely a New amp, since it's my first.
4. I'm in Mumbai (Bombay).
5. I want it for home, but I'll be getting into gigging in a couple of months too.
6. My current gear? Just the guitars. (Beginner acoustic, and Chinese stratocaster copy)

Thanks once more, and I'll keep this mind the next time!
#4
It's alright, you're new.

Check out the Fender Blues Jr. It might be perfect for you. Vox AC15C1 is also a suggestion.
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#5
+1 for the vox, i would recommend looking at their moddelling series (VT i think their called) seeing as you're a beginner and you play a bit of everything right now, it'd be good to have an amp that isn't expensive and can do a bit of everything ^^
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Quote by narinderkapur
I actually thought of that and started typing again, but thanks, anyway!

1. Budget- Around Rs. 3000 (which is around 600$ . 500$ to be safe)
2. Styles - I'm getting into the blues, I like sliding, but I also like getting fast and hard on it, from a clean progression to chunky riffs to well, solo's with feel in them.
3. New. Definitely a New amp, since it's my first.
4. I'm in Mumbai (Bombay).
5. I want it for home, but I'll be getting into gigging in a couple of months too.
6. My current gear? Just the guitars. (Beginner acoustic, and Chinese stratocaster copy)

Thanks once more, and I'll keep this mind the next time!


what brands do you see over there? i certainly do not know, but pretty much every country prices vary on gear and brands that are sold vary as well. taxes, duties, etc. very.

for example, mesa boogie amps cost at least 50% more in Europe than the US.

unlikely but could you find a used Egnater Rebel or Tweaker? either of those would take good care of you. a peavey classic 30 may be a good compromise for blues and harder rock (depends on your definition). a marshall class 5 would be a low wattage option. bare bones amp, but sounds good. no other Marshalls anywhere near that price range are terrible (no MG no MA). this may not be ideal and are partially solid state is blackstar. ht5's/20's are cheap and by no means great but tolerable.

i am not sure what is available to you and for what price.
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#7
Unfortunately, the thing is that there isn't that great a secondary market out here, and most equipment is imported, the branded ones at least, so it expensive. I checked out the vox, it costs Rs. 40,200 which is 800-850$. And I've only seen Marshall amps in the range I gave. What would you all say about Marshalls? And would a tube amp be better, or a solid state?
#8
A tube amp ideally is better than solid state yes. trashedlostfdup put it best when he suggested the Marshall Class 5 but no other in that price range. What about the Fender Blues Jr as i previously suggested?
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#9
Can we get some definite youtube links to the songs you would like to emulate?
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#10
@RealGuitarHero Fender exports at a high premium here. But I'm supposing that will be my final option, if I can't find a secondary market.

@DeathByDestroyr songs like these:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh2uXaMN-Aw - Black Math, The White Stripes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=789hicMCwVU - Do The Rump, The Black Keys (cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtLuDz3qCTc - Dance Little Liar, Arctic Monkeys
Who By Fire - Leonard Cohen (Sorry, I couldn't find a good enough link for this one. Grooveshark/Spotify should do it, though)
#11
+1 for all the Blues Jr suggestions! Definitely look into it if the Vox AC15 is out.
#12
Personally I'd save a little more cash and get the AC15C1, but if that's out of the question then the Class 5 or blues Jr would be decent substitutes.
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#13
Bugera BC30? Peavey Classic 30, etc. A better gigging-with-no-cleans solution would be the Egnater Tweaker 15 or Rebel 20/30. The Rebel 30 was the only one that cleaned up worth a damn though, I cranked the hell out of that thing...
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#14
yeah i would stick with fender, the AC15 would be a good choice too, but if you want to play blues gtr and DON'T own a fender amp you are kinda robbing yourself, the hot rod amps are a bit above your price range but they are pretty popular, and if you don't mind solid state then the frontmans are another option, but if you are going to get a frontman get the 2x12, i hear too many bad things about the smaller ones. the blues jr. is a good option as well like stated before. i'm a fender amp guy as well and their tone is unmistakable, if you find yourself falling in love with fender tone then when it comes time to buy a nice one there are SO many options...but anyways.

have fun!

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#15
Also consider buying an amp from the US and have it shipped to you.

Personally, I wouldn't go for the frontman.
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#16
Stretch the budget a little and you can afford my latest Jack Daniels Marshall. If you want a blues/slide amp then an 18W Marshall can't be beat.



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#17
I would suggest the Vox VT+ series for someone that's starting out.

The risk of blowing so much money on a tube amp at this point, is that at some point, you'd probably want another amp for more versatility or change in style / tastes. That is quite likely to happen.

At the very least the VoxVT will have a few models you can muck around with until you know exactly what you want.
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+1 to the Cathbard CT18!
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If you could find one used in your area, the Line 6 Flextone amps are an excelent modeling amp.
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#21
you are from mumbai right?? check out www.be3amplifiers.com
the guy mohamed ansar makes some boutique stuff at affordable prices get his brat+ or ask him to build you a custom amp according to your needs
and who said there isnt a secondary market in india
check am used instrumental group on fb
go try out ansar's amps first
and i dont think buying from cathbard is a good idea
nothing against him/his amps they are great tbh and cath is one of the most respectable kittys around its just the customs,they will butt r*pe you
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