#1
Allow me to introduce myself. You may call me by my username or my real name, Ian. I'm 22 and have played guitar for 10 years.

The current problem I am facing is that through financial troubles a few years ago, my
rig shrunk down to next to nothing. I'm currently in the midst of fixing that. I just bought myself a solidstate Fender Princeton Chorus and am working on getting a decent guitar again. (I have my eye on a Jazzmaster, in particular).

Currently, all I have is my very first guitar, a Johnson stratocaster copy. I have an intense love-hate relationship with this instrument. It sounds decent, but the feel of the neck and fretboard are absolutely dreadful.

Ah, but to the point now. I am in a situation where I am nowhere near a sizeable guitar shop and will not be able to get to one in the forseeable future. I'm trying to select a good tube amp to save for. I know the drill, that I should be trying them out myself. It really doesn't seem feasible to me, however, so I've been listening to sound clips and trying to research as much as I can. I would appreciate if someone could give me some clues as to the right direction in which to look.


Budget: $900. I can go a little higher if need be.

Preferred Sounds: Some of my favorite guitarists' tones include Jay Mascis (both his jangly clean sounds and the fuzzy wall of noise), John Frusciante, Cream-era Clapton, Hetfield's rhythm tone a la Kill Em All, among others.

Other preferences: I'm looking for a combo. Honestly I'm just remaining open to suggestions. Maybe I'll be steered in a direction I didn't expect.
#2
In your price range, you should be able to find a good tube combo amp from Fender, Carvin, Vox or Peavey that should make you happy.
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#3
Any particular models to check out? I've listened to a bunch of Fenders and all I really know about from Vox are their AC30 and AC15 models.
#4
Where are you located? that will make a huge difference in prices.
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#5
Well, I own a Fender HRD- 40w, 1x12- and I love it. Some of the cleanest cleans out there.

The Vox AC 15 & AC 30, Carvin NOMAD (50w 1x12) and Carvin BELAIR (50w 2x12) are also worth checking out.

I remember trying out a 30w Peavey I liked, but it was a while ago, so I don't remember what model it was.
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jul 21, 2013,
#6
Quote by Robbgnarly
Where are you located? that will make a huge difference in prices.


+1

Off the top of my head I'm thinking used Marshall JCM800 combo or Vintage Modern combo. A DSL401 could be a good choice, but I understand if you want to utilize your budget more.
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#7
I'm in West Virginia. Wow, that Belair can get some pretty decent fuzzy goodness going on. I really dig the clean channel. I'm definitely considering this one. And then of course, the JCM 800 beckons...