#1
*I'm looking for a versatile amp. One that won't be wasted practicing at home but can also be heard over drums in garage jamming sessions and maybe handle small gigs in the future.
*Money isn't really an issue but I still wouldn't want to spend much more than $600. The cheaper the better.
*Essentially I love a nice distortion. I always loved the 90's distortions. Kyuss, Nirvana Corrosion of conformity are amongst my favourite bands. Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age are also up there. So I like my Rock and Grunge. Decent clean tones would be nice, but can be done without.
*I'm willing to consider new or used gear. I'm based in Melbourne, Australia so alot of stuff is in limited supply.
*In possession of a Fender Strat atm. I think I have a DS 1 lying around somewhere as well.
*I convinced myself that a secondhand Blackheart little giant head would be perfect, but someone got to it first I've been looking at the Vox ACTV4 combo/head since then. I also recently discovered a deal for the Lil night train online which sounded quite nice (I could afford the actual night train but I suspect it wouldn't be suited to my purposes.) Generally I'm not a fan of the sound of SS's but I am open to suggestions in that direction.
#3
You'll just have to continue to scour the used market down there. I really can't think of anything new that will work for you. An AC4TV will be worthless in a garage jamming session with drums. Hell even the Blackheart would probably struggle but the Blackheart does seem like a good fit for what you want. I'd look for a used Marshall DSL - that will probably be your best bet. There are a few Laneys and Orange amps that would work too if you can find one.
#4
Kind of odd, but I'd actually suggest a Peavey XXX combo. As long as you keep the gain knobs down and learn how to EQ it, it should work well for your needs.
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#5
Cheers for the advice. Had a look at a JC A20 today and loved the sound of it. My main concern is that the volume might not be enough for gigs. But thats simply because I didn't get the chance to really crank it up in the store. I'm also keeping an eye on the local used music stores.
#6
Quote by macglockenspiel
Cheers for the advice. Had a look at a JC A20 today and loved the sound of it. My main concern is that the volume might not be enough for gigs. But thats simply because I didn't get the chance to really crank it up in the store. I'm also keeping an eye on the local used music stores.


you'll be fine with the volume. i can play over a band with a 6watt amp
#7
The JCA 20 is a good amp.
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