I'm looking to get my first serious guitar amp. I've been playing mostly solid state since I've started, and I want to make the switch to tube. I don't need a huge amount of volume, just enough for small-medium sized clubs. I'd like to get

crunchy 70's rhythm guitar tones, with the option to push the amp a little further if needed. The extra push can come from a pedal though. I'm also looking for that early 70's Rolling Stones lead guitar sound. The kind of tone guitarist Mick Taylor got live from 1969-1973.


This http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUCXtYbMLaQ (Lead guitar around 1:48)


This http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il1Anw1H3c0&feature=related (Lead guitar around 2:06)

Now the Stones were using ampegs on stage in the 70's (SVTs, V9s, V4s). So naturally ampeg feels like a good direction. I've been looking at the newish Ampeg GVT52-112, but I'm not entirely convinced on whether I can get this sound out of it, none of the demos I've seen even try to come close. The size and volume levels of this amp appeal to me as well.

I've also thought of just getting a 1970's ampeg V2 head. They can be hard to come by, and I'm unsure of the reliability or ease of repair. I'd also probably have to use an attenuator. I'm confident this would get me half way to nailing the tone though, the other half is in the fingers.

I've also looked at the egnater rebel 30 head and cab. It's probably closer to the top end of what I'd be willing to spend.

Fender is another thought, but that's more of a 1990's-Present live stones sound.

Anyways, I'm really undecided on what to do. Do I play it safe and go with the security of something new? Or do I go with something like V2? (which I will probably be stuck buying sight unseen)

I'll be using Les Pauls and similarly styled guitars mainly.

Maybe you folks have other suggestions on getting this kind of lead tone.
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"Swords, nature's hell sticks."- Trip Fisk
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I see you've posted a budget .... um...I'd look at an Egnater Renegade. I like those a bit more than the Rebel for versatility.
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