Hey everyone!

I’m looking to buy a combo guitar amp and my budget is $250. I know that isn’t much but I’m in college and don’t have a lot of cash to spare. I have a MIM Fender Strat. I also have a Peavey Vypyr 15 and I’m not crazy about it. The sound doesn’t bug me but I really don’t want a modeling amp at all. I want something more simplistic. I’m totally open to buying a used amp. I’d really rather not buy a China made amp, but I’m not completely against it. I play mostly alternative but I’d like to have a fairly versatile amp. I won’t be playing metal. I will be using this amp for bedroom jamming and small gigs. I’d like a 12” speaker and as long as it is loud enough to play in bars and small theaters, wattage doesn’t matter to me. I have no real brand preference but I am fond of Peavey, Fender, and Vox sound. Also, I definitely want to be able to use a footswitch with it.

I am open to all advice and thank you guys so much in advance for sharing your amp knowledge with me!
You could get a used AC15C1. Although Vox's these days are made in China - don't let that put you off because it has to be one of the best decisions Vox has made. The English ones were insanely unreliable.
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I hear they use false bypass switches.

It's, like, so ironic.
Last edited by Volcz at Sep 14, 2013,
Anything that cheap is made in China. So much stuff comes from China nowadays. I wouldn't care that much about where it was made. Chinese people can make good stuff but of course the cheaper the stuff, the worse QC it usually has. But yeah, I wouldn't worry about Chinese made stuff. I have had two Chinese made guitars (Epiphone LP that I sold and my Tokai bass) and neither have had any problems.
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The only USA made combo that fits what you are asking is either a used Peavey VTM 1x12 combo (if you can find one) or a Peavey Ultra 1x12 combo

look here they had a Peavey Ultra 1x12 combo for $219 the other day www.guitarcenter.com/usedgear
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