#1
I'm looking to buy my first amp, I want it to be loud enough to play small gigs. My budget is around $650 or less (US dollars). I really like the VOX AC30VR, but still looking at other amps and I need help. I play stuff like Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Green Day, AC/DC, Paramore, Guns N Roses.

Vox AC30VR is $549.99
#2
Are you in the US? Don't get the Vox AC15/30VR they are crap.

If you are look used at the :
Marshall JCM2000 DSL401
Vox AC15/30 (but this would not be my choice for what you listed at all)
Laney VC50/100
Jet City JCA5112rc
Mesa Boogie DC-3
Mesa Boogie Studio .22
Mesa .50 caliber

you can find these used at www.guitarcenter.com/usedgear
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#3
Quote by Robbgnarly
Are you in the US?


Yes, I am.

But why are the VOX VR crap?
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Quote by Vitanilla
Yes, I am.

But why are the VOX VR crap?

They are nothing like a real AC15/30. They are SS amps with 1 12ax7 in the powersection. For the price they are a joke. If you want to get the AC15/30 tones cheap, get a Vox VT amp it will sound as good if not better and be more versatile.

Go to www.guitarcenter.com/usedgear and look at the selection of amps they have. There are several real Vox AC15's in your price range which are 100x better amps than the VR stuff.

But like I said before for what you want sound wise, a Marshall/Mesa type amp will be the best choice like a used JCM2000 DSL401 1x12 combo they run $500ish and are great for what you want to do.

In the end it is your choice and your money, but I've been in your position before and wish I had others to give me some good advise.
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#5
What he said ^. Buy a real amp. A used DSL401 would be my rec. GC used section has several for around $500.
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#6
Quote by Cathbard
What he said ^. Buy a real amp. A used DSL401 would be my rec. GC used section has several for around $500.


You need professional help Cath. Why'd you know what a guitar store has in stock half the world away? You've been shopping online too much.
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^

but yeah i mean i haven't tried the ac30vr but for that price it sounds crazy. I mean the little pathfinder does a passable (solid state) vox tone (if that's all you want) for like $100 (if even). the mini3 as well (and i assume the other vox modellers) for very little money (if you don't need much volume).

for closer you'd really need to go tube, i assume.
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You need professional help Cath. Why'd you know what a guitar store has in stock half the world away? You've been shopping online too much.

Well, it only took a few seconds to check. I don't like to talk shit.
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#9
There's gotta be a mistake in the vr price. I think the vr is just a vt without the amp models and fx. And you can buy a few vt30s for that much. I agree with the Marshall suggestion if you've got $5-600 to spend though.
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Quote by lucky1978
There's gotta be a mistake in the vr price.


Nope, $549.99 NEW
#11
Quote by Vitanilla
Nope, $549.99 NEW

That is too much money for that amp. You can get a real Vox AC15 for $399 used at www.guitarcenter.com/usedgear
They also have a Laney VC30 (VoxAC30 clone) for $349.


But like I already stated, for what you want sound wise, something like a Marshall/Mesa small combo will be better unless you run lots of pedals
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#12
The suggestions are pretty spot on so far. If it were my money and I were you I would look for the Marshall DSL 401, not the newer Marshall DSL series the older one. Also, just a suggestion, watch creating too many threads pretty much around the same topic, I just saw your other one which asked about what amps under 700. Mods tend to not like repeat/duplicate threads.

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Quote by Robbgnarly

They also have a Laney VC30 (VoxAC30 clone) for $349.


i don't think it's a clone. it's more like "sorta voxy/poor man's vox" kind of thing.

Could be wrong, though, i really must check a schematic. but my feeling from trying it was that it wasn't actually all that voxy Nice amp though and presumably far better than that ac30vr nonsense.
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#14
I'm stunned that GC is selling the vr30 for $549! That's insane! Sure it's a 2x12 and they sound ok but damn what a ripoff. If I were going the "hybrid" route I'd take a vt30 over a vr 30 even without the $350 price difference new.
#16
Being someone who has owned and played A LOT of VOX amps (including the AC30VR and the Valvetronix series), I can tell you now that the AC30VR is definitely better than the Valvetronix series.

If you were to choose between the AC30VR and a Valavetronix, definitely go for the VR. The VR has a more AC30-like tone. They serve okay as a backup for an AC30.

Of course the VR is nothing compared to a real AC30. The VR isn't a great amp to be honest, but it's not terrible. I would certainly choose on over a Valvetronix. In my humble opinion, Valvetronix's are strictly practice amps and should not be used out of the house. The VR is somewhat passable to be used in gigs.
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