#1
Looking for a medium sized amp that I could practice with at home, but also play some shows with. Somewhere around the $300-$400 range, cheaper is nice, I wouldn't plan on paying more. Primarily for metal/hard rock, with good distortion and clean tones. Stuff for metallica, a7x, soad. but could also be used for some alternative or blues. New would be nice, but used wouldn't hurt. Like I said something that I could practice with at home, but could take to band practice. I usually snoop around the guitar center in wichita, kansas. Any suggestions?
#2
if you are at the right place at the right time and were able to squeeze an extra bucks in, peavey's older combo amps are great. they have XXX/JSX and 6505+ combos (very popular).

but if you could find a JSX combo, that would be the best way to go IMO. but i don't know what they go for. also used.gc. com is a good place to look. craigslist is good too.
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#3
You're asking for an amp that can do everything with a minimalist budget. The Peavey JSX (or the Bugera equivalent) is your most solid bet. I dunno what tube Peavey Vypyrs go for but that would be a solid choice as well, they sound more like a 6505+ than the 1x12 6505+ combos do and cover a lot of ground pretty well.
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#4
what would a better budget be to get the ideal peavey for what I'm looking for?
#5
A thousand dollars. But seriously, go for an amp that does the alternative/blues thing and then boost with a pedal for teh br00tz.
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#6
i would try to go around 500 or 600 for a good combo. Look into the peavey 6505 combo or JSX combo. If those are out of your price range check out some of the Blackstar combos.

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#7
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A thousand dollars. But seriously, go for an amp that does the alternative/blues thing and then boost with a pedal for teh br00tz.


eh? A boost for something he plays the most? I want what you are smoking.


Your Craigslist sucks.... guitar center used will be your best friend. The Peavey JSX comes to mind for you- but they are 700.

http://used.guitarcenter.com/usedgear/index.cfm


Peavey XXX is next. Much cheaper. at around $300.

Peavey ValveKing. Not a metal master but not bad either. Any entry level amp.

Marshall JCM2000 DSL- check out the 401- 40watts, 3 channels, reverb, master volume, OD1 and OD2. $500

6505+ 112 cleans are horrible as some people say...

Also Crate Blue Voodoo. 2 channels, cleans reverb, etc. Entry level amp.
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#8
Peavey JSX or one of the good Jet City's. Not very familiar with their particular models, but I think the JCA22 is good? The JCA50 definitely should be. I'm assuming they're in your budget used.
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#9
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Peavey JSX or one of the good Jet City's. Not very familiar with their particular models, but I think the JCA22 is good? The JCA50 definitely should be. I'm assuming they're in your budget used.


JCA22 is approx $390 new, JCA50H is abour $550 new.

Both would do what youw want. I was gonna get the 22 but they were sold out at the time, so they gave me a good price on the 50H.

I'm really glad I got it. It has an amazin dirt channel. I can go from barley overdriven blues to full out metal. The cleans are not fender, but they are good!

Zacky Vengance from ax7 actually uses the JCA100H completly stock for touring.
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#10
Used Bugera 333 or 333XL. Basically a cheaper ripoff of the JSX. go for about $350-$500 used.
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#11
JSX is an excellent option but it's well over budget. If your budget isn't quite that flexible, the Vypyr is another good option. I'd suggest the 60 first, then either the 75 or 60.

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#12
Those Jet Cities are excellent amps, but are a totally different beast than a JSX. I had a JCA100H (my favorite amp I've had yet) and traded it even for a JSX and never was happy with it. The JSX is definitely a nice amp, don't get me wrong, but for my tastes the Jet City did "that thing" way better.
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#13
So, in looking to the peavey amps at my local guitar center, I found three amps. A 6505 4X12 SLANT CABINET ($400), USED PEAVEY SPECIAL 1X12 GUITAR AMP ($200), and a USED PEAVEY WINDSOR 4X12 STRAIGHT CAB @470 ($200). I've never used a cabinet amp before, and I'm not really sure that I would need one that big right now. Would the others be worth looking into?

And thanks for all the responses I've been getting so far.
#14
None of those. A cabinet is only a cabinet with speakers...so no amp in there.

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#16
Used Peavey Ultra 1x12 or 2x12 combo <$300 usually on GC used site.

This is the precurser to the XXX/JSX/3120 amps. It has a pretty good clean ch, a good low gain ch and a great hi-gain ch
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#17
Marshall is very iffy, few of their modern amps are worth looking into in my opinion. Stuff in your price range... I highly doubt would be worth your time.

Anything with MG, AVT, MA, etc isn't worth looking at. The newer Class 5 combos are decent, the first gen not so much. I would also lump in Mode 4 into this, the exception being their speaker cabinets.
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