#1
I've been playing guitar for a while now and whilst my Spider III 120 is awesome I can't help thinking that it's time to start thinking about investing in a decent half stack.
I don't have shed loads of cash so I can't afford anything major, just something that's gonna be a stepping stone.
I play a lot of 80s glam metal and I'm the only guitarist in my band (with the obvious exception of the bass) so I want something that's gonna be nice and treble-y but not so much that it makes my ears bleed

Suggestions anyone?
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#2
you don't need a half stack. first of all.
Your budget, location, and new or used?
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#3
budget: Around £800
location: Stoke, England
New/used: either
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Laney IronHeart 60 watt head w/4x12 cab
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#4
Not my genre, so not sure but i would recommend a Mark IIIC used. Those things are great versatility kings.
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#5
Is this only for gigging or will it be for home use? How big are the venues? I assume you want tubes?
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#8
Just be sure you don't want a half stack for the sake of having a half stack. I personally am not a huge fan of the spider series, let alone modeling amps, but if its working for you I'd suggest getting an extension cab.

As for the half stack, I'm in love with my 6505, its pretty diverse if you know how to use it. But if you feel like actually having the money to buy a cab too, the marshall JMP series is pretty great, and its not too expensive.
#10
You should talk to Tom, he could hook you up. I think he only stays in the Gear section, where this probably should be.
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#11
Blackstar 50H? 'S about the only nice head I can think of that would leave you enough room to get a decent cab as well. For 'glam rock' you're going to want to make sure you have a decent pedal to stick in front of it too. A Peavey ValveKing might suit you alright, depends how you define 'glam rock', whether you're talking about David Bowie stype stuff or Twisted Sister and Motley Crue.
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#12
Are you sure you need a halfstack?
I've been gigging for 4 years now and have never really needed a halfstack, even for house shows with no PA.
I just got rid of mine in favor of a 2x12.
Just as loud and less to lug around, and you don't have to spend as much to get quality speakers in them.
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#13
It is worth pointing out that for much of their early career (and even lots of their later tours) The Beatles used AC30 2x12 combo units without additional micing/PA. And that was in front of big crowds. A half stack does not give you more volume than a combo unit with the same power and speakers, it just gives you the option to mix up the amp and speakers a little easier to get the precise sound you want. Most of the time a 2x12 combo is more than anyone needs.
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#14
A half stack is not really a stepping stone.

My general philosophy... if you have to ask someone what halfstack to buy, you are probably not in a position where you should be buying a halfstack.
#15
Peavey XXX half stack, super easy. That thing was built for 80's.
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#16
I'd go with a Jet City JCA, I've got a JCA100 head running through a Marshall 1960 Lead 4x12(I've got it rented for now) and I find it suits 80s metal of all sorts quite nicely. I got the head for $700 Canadian, I'm not sure how much that'd be in the UK(maybe 500 pounds-ish? You guys seem to have to pay a bit more for stuff over there).

Might wanna get a boost of some sort too though, to my knowledge that's how a lot of hair bands did it back in the day(an unboosted JCM800's not going to sound like Skid Row or Tyketto, I can tell you that much) the overdrive channel's a little too bassy for my liking(I just turn up the preamp volume on the clean channel for AC/DC type stuff, and I've got a Digitech Hardwire Valve Distortion as a boost/disto. Works quite nicely if I do say so myself. Randall's got some nice stuff too IMO(nobody deals them here anymore though), though I can't point you towards any model names. I wouldn't even bother with a Marshall at that price point, the lower end Marshalls are saddening to say the least.
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#17
laney gh50/100L + boost. if you shop around you can normally get one for ~£500.

there are a bunch of cab makers in the UK where you'd have the option of your choice of speakers. roadkill appears to be really good value, but i haven't tried them. then you have the likes of zilla, matamp, martamp/mjw etc.
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#19
You don't need a fucking halfstack. Period. Nobody does. EVER.

Suck it up and live with a small tube combo. I don't care how much money you have to spend. That's just life.


Obviously I'm being a sarcastic ass.

+1 on the Jet City JCA100h recommendation. The lead circuit is based off the Soldano SLO circuit (minus the DeYoung transformers), which is the circuit for anything 80's. Though it also has enough power for modern metal should you ever need it. You should be able to get that and the matching cab well within your budget.

Even better: try to find a used Marshall 1960a cab instead of the matching Jet City cabinet. Those go for really cheap used like, everywhere.
#20
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My general philosophy... if you have to ask someone what halfstack to buy, you are probably not in a position where you should be buying a halfstack.


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#21
I used and use a half stack from small places to larger clubs in the past, it is the do all in my opinion. Yes a combo is technically all you need most of the time but a closed cabinet delivers a better tone in my opinion although you could add a cab to a combo if you wanted to.

Someone mentioned the Marshall 2205 which what I used for a long time. It is 50 watts compared to 100 and a 50 watt head may be a better way to go so you can push it more although the 2205 is loud anyway, but very temperment in tone between volume selection. I am using a JVM 410 now which is more watts but so far it sounds good at lower volume although it really comes out when cranked.

But I am still getting a combo also for jam sessions at a local club where those guys bring a 1x12 or 2x12 and they are really strict about volume those nights at the club. Plus for informal jams a combo is easier to haul.