#1
Okay I have been playing guitar for only 9 months now I think I am pretty decent but I play everyday for a few hours to 5 hours,<--- That is kind of irrelevant sorry. Anyways I've been playing an acoustic guitar until now. I bought a used fender squier affinity Strat, say what you want about fender but I like them.I noticed that the guitar arrived in my city and will be delivered tomorrow. I ran out of money because I bought the guitar, new strings (Ernie ball 10-46) and a tuner even though I can tune by ear. I am 17 and I need to buy a amp and 1/4 guitar cable. To save me and my dad some money I would like to know if any of you know a good amp for maybe something under $50, I only play in my room, and will probably use headphones most of the time so quality is preferred over loudness. I heard you shouldnt go cheap with an amp. I want something that sounds good or decent but is affordable but isn't absolutely terrible. Thanks

-I live in Michigan
-I definitely am going to buy used unless there is a small price difference
-I mostly play rock I like nirvana ALOT, I also enjoy classical rock and some metal.
Last edited by Jalenxt at Jan 8, 2012,
#3
Jesus.. under 50$??? Thats going to be pretty hard. You should definately get a modeling amp. I personally think this is the best option for a new electric guitar player because they are extremely versatile and will help you find out what kind of music you want to play. My first amp was a Line 6 Spider IV. Contrary to (extremely) popular belief, you can find a couple tones worth the money in that amp. I got mine for about $90. If you have an absolute budget of $50, I recommend saving up. Honestly, you won't get crap for $50. Or at least you won't get anything that you won't regret buying after a week. How much was the tuner? The Spider IV 15 watt combo ($90) has a built-in tuner.
@Above me
An Amplug? Lol. I was actually gonna recommend that, but I don't think that's the best first amp choice. Especially since it's battery-powered... If you plan on traveling a lot with your guitar, it would be pretty smart to get it. If not, I wouldn't.

EDIT
Oh, and when you heard you shouldn't go cheap with amps, you heard correctly... only "cheap" isn't $50. Cheap could be $100, $200, $300, $400, $500, etc. If you want an amp that will last, you should save up. If you want a temporary amp, save about 100-150 to buy something semi-decent. The Spider lasted me 2 years, but I was unhappy with it after about a year.
Last edited by StratR96 at Jan 8, 2012,
#4
Peavy Vypyr or Fender Mustang I are affordable but quality beginner amps, plus you get a good range of tones for varied playing styles (until you get one down).
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#5
if you have headphones an amplug is a good bet - it connects from guitar to heaphones and simulates an amp without the noise!
The only 6 words that can make you a better guitarist:

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#6
dont get one with an 8 inch speaker it will get old fast.
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#8
I found a used fender frontman 15g amp for a good price but I will only be playing in my room anyways loudness isn't needed. The plug and play isn't really something I am looking for but it would be good to have when I go to a friends or im on vacation. feel free to leave more suggestions.
#9
don't get the fender frontman, here are the amps you need to check out
Roland Cube
Peavey Vypyr
Fender Mustang
Quote by barden1069
A "tubescreamer" is a person paid by a guitarist to stand behind the amp and scream at the tubes. This terrifies the tubes into overdriving and delivers a thick, harmonic-rich tone.
#10
For $50, the Vox ampplug is your best bet.

The AC30 model will get you what you want.
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#11
id go with the roland, i used to have it. i liked it better than the vyoyr.
Ibanez Rg 321mh
Squier Classic Vibe 1970s Precision Bass
Guitar Rig 5
Presonus Audiobox
Behringer Truth B2030A
#12
Well I am gonna go to the 2 pawnshops in my city tomorrow, and bring my guitar maybe they will let me play it with some of their amps so I can test it out. If I don't like anything they have to offer, then I will look online for something.
#13
I suggest that you save up some though. 50 won't get you far
Quote by barden1069
A "tubescreamer" is a person paid by a guitarist to stand behind the amp and scream at the tubes. This terrifies the tubes into overdriving and delivers a thick, harmonic-rich tone.
#14
Update I am getting a Peavey vyper 30 tomorrow. Quite expensive but I heard it has built in effects so I wont have to buy some pedals and it sounds great so excited. Thanks again everyone for you advice.
#15
get an irig if u have a iphone or itouch, if u have a computer get a used guitar interface. Also there are tons of used roland micro cubes for abut $50 used at guitar center. I would get one of those. I used to have a fender frontman 15r as my 2nd amp, it was an upgrade from a shitty no name $5 amp. The only thing nice about that amp was the clean channel and spring reverb the distortion was horrible. It doesnt get much love but its not a bad starter amp and not a bad clean channel amp either, also has headphone out. I wouldnt pay more than $30 for it tho.

I recommend maybe playing ur acoustic for a while, or playing ur electric through some cheap ass beat up amp. Save up maybe a few mnths and get a used fender champ 600. The champ is a real tube amp that sounds great and will last you a lifetime, Its one of thsoe amps that has great tones and i would keep it in my house for pretty much ever.
Last edited by stratplyr at Jan 12, 2012,
#16
Thanks but I just posted earlier that I have made up my mind and in my opinion the "Peavey vypyr 30" is better but thanks anyways. The Peavey vypyr 30 has built in effects alot of them..
#18
Quote by NosralTserrof
Sure thing bro.

I have the 15. Great practice amp.


How is the chorus on that. My favorite effect is chorus.. so far. I just wanted to know if it was good or should I still buy a pedal that sounds better.
#19
Quote by Jalenxt
How is the chorus on that. My favorite effect is chorus.. so far. I just wanted to know if it was good or should I still buy a pedal that sounds better.

You probably wont notice that much difference in the amp's chorus and a pedal yet. When i had the vypyr it sounded good. Not that much different sounding than my small clone chorus.
Plus, youd need to shell out another 50-100 bucks for a pedal
#20
I'd suggest looking for a used Roland Micro Cube. Actually saw a guy selling one near me on Craigslist not long ago for $50.