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#1
As the title says, what was your first good amp?

I'll start off by saying I have a Kustom quad 100HD, brought it and a fender FM412 cab off ebay for £145.
In my eyes (probably lacking in tonal knowledge) it's great, especially as it's so simple to use because it only has 2 channels, a lead and rhythm (for me, clean and distortion) with an boost button on the lead channel. It has decent effects too, but I usually leave the effects knob on reverb tbh

It certainly beats my Line 6 spider 30 IV, which was the first amp I got.
#3
Still playing out of a Marshall Valvestate 2000 AVT 50... I need a new amp.... although with a pedaltrain hooked up to it, it sounds decent.
#4
Marshall AVT150 combo I got in 2001, it served me well, still have it but don't use it nowadays.
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#7
Carvin MTS3212 (which is now just sitting in the corner collecting dust because I can't afford new tubes for it)

The Roland Mico Cube is pretty awesome for a portable amp.
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#8
6505+
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#9
A Vox AC4. Very nice tones out of that thing, but I sold it because I didn't really like it at all. Got some pedals with the money and downgraded to a Fender 65R.

I might get a Blues jr. soon. I don't really need a tube amp, though. Almost every venue here has its own backline. I just need something for rehearsals and the 65R is lightweight and perfect for the job.
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#10
My first & only: a 40w Fender HRD 1x12 combo.
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#12
I used to play marshall MG amps, and then I bought Marshall Haze 15 which is still my main amp.
#13
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It's a hybrid, got a tube preamp in each of the channels but otherwise solid state. Other online opinions of it seem good.

ITT: OP buys mediocre amp, seeks validation.

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#14
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ITT: OP buys mediocre amp, seeks validation.



I knew it wasn't going to be that great, was partially looking for a variety of tones, which I would say it has, at least much more than my Spider..
I kinda brought it impulsively..the price was one of the main reasons I went for it tbh, and I have no regrets. The cab may be a little low end..but for £145 for both, I can't complain!
#15
My first real amp was a first generation Hot Rod Deluxe. I've still got it 8 years later. When you've got your go-to, you never get rid of it.
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#16
I got a VS100. I have come a long way.
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#18
The first (what I would call diecent) amp I bought was an original Line 6 Spider 65 watt 1x12 combo. I can't believe it cost $420 back then. I got it with student loan money and I actually giged it for 2 yrs

I know people hate the spider series, but in 2000 when they were introduced, they were a complete game changer in the amp world.
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#19
I consider myself fairly lucky. I started with an Ibanez 10-watt that came with my first guitar (Ibanez Metal Jumpstart ) upgraded to a Crate GTD120 (basically the predecessor to the Flexwave) after 6 months, and then I managed to snag a used '59 Bassman LTD for $700, which I still have to this day
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#20
Depends on what you consider "decent", what one finds decent another might see as junk. Take me for example, I own a Crate Flexwave 65/112, I find it to be a decent amp, after replacing stock speaker with an Eminence Texas Heat, others will tell me it's a junk/toy/mediocre/craptastic amp, especially because it isn't tube. Now this isn't a tube hate speech I love tube amps, i just dislike the prices, so in my budget and my situation I own a Blackheart Killer Ant, which isn't the best of tube amps but it's an "ok" tube amp that I can play comfortably in my apartment.
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I knew it wasn't going to be that great, was partially looking for a variety of tones, which I would say it has, at least much more than my Spider..
I kinda brought it impulsively..the price was one of the main reasons I went for it tbh, and I have no regrets. The cab may be a little low end..but for £145 for both, I can't complain!


Don't validate someone giving you shit like that. If you like it, you like it.

I'm still seeking the tone I want. My first decent amp was an AC15, which is great, but doesn't have an effects loop. I've got a Tiny Terror and a JCA22H, and right now I like the Jet City the best, but that's all going to change.

I'm either getting an AC30 next, or a Twin Reverb.
I haven't owned a Fender tube amp yet, but I've tried plenty and this one seemed to suit my needs well enough.
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#22
my first real amp is a Kustom , I've had since the 80's and it was not new then , a early 70's model , 2 channels like yours with pull-bright , its BIG and heavy with tuck and roll upholstry, still have and its still my favorite ... its too big to keep in the house according to the wife but I bring it in every chance I get , I have a Line 6 spider 15W prcatice amp I seldom use and a Peavy Classic 30 that I keep in the house and use everyday , I do like the Peavey a lot also but the Kustom is my favorite
#25
I had a Randall RH150G3 that I really liked (aside from the ungodly hiss from the gain channel) but the first 'decent' amp I got was a Laney VH100R. Scored it for 800 bucks with the cabinet.
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#27
Mine was a Peavey VTM120. Got it dirt cheap from Daddys Junky Music in Dedham, MA summer of 1997. IIRC it was $200. Would still have it if it wasn't stolen a few years ago. Still have and use the Fender 4x12 I bought that day though.
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my first real amp is a Kustom , I've had since the 80's and it was not new then , a early 70's model , 2 channels like yours with pull-bright , its BIG and heavy with tuck and roll upholstry, still have and its still my favorite ... its too big to keep in the house according to the wife but I bring it in every chance I get , I have a Line 6 spider 15W prcatice amp I seldom use and a Peavy Classic 30 that I keep in the house and use everyday , I do like the Peavey a lot also but the Kustom is my favorite


If it looks anything like mine, I wouldn't be surprised that it's lasted all this time. I know about the weight..mine weighs a tonne and due to it's dimensions it's really irritating to lug around! Is your Kustom a hybrid/SS amp then?
#29
Christ, I know I'll get shit for this...

But it was my first tube amp and it's the 6505+ 112 combo. Before then, it was always solid state with random zoom pedals or a modeling amp.
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#31
Marshall Vintage Modern. Well, I had a Tiny Terror before that, but I didn't really like it. But I guess it was okay.
#32
I don't think I've ever had an amp I've been disappointed with. My first amp wasn't 'decent' by any stretch, but I've still got it kicking around; it's still fine for just bashing something out at home.

I suppose my first 'decent' amp by other peoples' standards would be a Marshall DSL100. Before that though I already had my Line 6 HD147, which to me (and lots of goth kids in Europe and Canada) is the end-all king of amps.

ed: I did have a Peavey Windsor head for a while, which I thought was pretty nice, if a bit limited.
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#34
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Christ, I know I'll get shit for this...

But it was my first tube amp and it's the 6505+ 112 combo. Before then, it was always solid state with random zoom pedals or a modeling amp.


Nah, the 6505+ is held in pretty high regard, dude. Well, amongst those after high gain at least anyway. Of course I'm biased as I own one (the version head though) but still, they're known for being good amps so I doubt you'll be getting any shit haha.
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Quote by ambler3
If it looks anything like mine, I wouldn't be surprised that it's lasted all this time. I know about the weight..mine weighs a tonne and due to it's dimensions it's really irritating to lug around! Is your Kustom a hybrid/SS amp then?



I thought it was a tube for 18 years but it's a SS ...... the sound at low volume blows the Peavey away , it looses nothing at low volume and will knock the windows out of the house turned up .... its just too BIG , too heavy to move in , out and around the house
#36
My first proper amp was my Fender Princeton Chorus which I got for stuff all. Solid State goodness... lovely clean channel which loves pedals... The next bigger style amp is my Epiphone So-Cal 50 with initially a home made 412 cabinet and now a Laney 412 cab. When I get some matching speakers I'll re fit the homemade and have a stack... Funny enough, my home made cabinet is heavier and tighter than a store bought one (was cut and assembled with the help of a cabinet maker friend on his professional equipment, it didn't see a jigsaw until the speaker holes were getting cut) which is kinda cool to me.
#37
Fender Super 60.

I still have it. I didn't really bother with amps for a long time.

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#38
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I thought it was a tube for 18 years but it's a SS ...... the sound at low volume blows the Peavey away , it looses nothing at low volume and will knock the windows out of the house turned up .... its just too BIG , too heavy to move in , out and around the house


Oh right, I find low volume isn't that great on mine (may be that I just prefer it turned up fairly high :P )
I've tried it quite loud..but haven't yet found out whether it's that loud :P I can't wait to take it out into the open and really blast it out, will be interesting to hear the volumes it can reach!
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Quote by NotTheMessiah30
Nah, the 6505+ is held in pretty high regard, dude. Well, amongst those after high gain at least anyway. Of course I'm biased as I own one (the version head though) but still, they're known for being good amps so I doubt you'll be getting any shit haha.


If anything, he'll get shit due to people's jealousy :P
#40
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Fender Twin Reverb. Actually my first amp period.


If that ^^ would have been MY first amp, I think my life would have gone in a whole different direction.

Actually, my first decent amp was probably my first amp as well - though I got it when I was twelve and really don't remember what it was. It was all tube, tweed-covered, '66 or older. I don't know how many watts, what size speaker, manufacturer, etc. It somehow got lost during the many moves I made as a kid. Wish I still had it.

Didn't really have a decent amp until I got my vintage blackface SuperReverb which I still have today.
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