#1
Do I really?

If I had the money Id buy all sorts of shit. But my thinking is, I dont even gig. Theres really no authentic justification for my buying one. Same with effects. Ive got a processor and amp, I shouldnt need anything else. My time could be better spent woodshedding it rather than browsing for new gear that I cant afford. I already know what type of amp I want for when I do start gigging. So Ive got an idea for when the time comes.

Until I start gigging, I dont need an amp, or effects, or anything like that. Really the only thing I NEED to be buying right now are strings. (and a capo, I seem to have lost mine). If I just HAVE TO HAVE that tube sound, I MAY just buy one of them 5 watts. But that'd be it for now.

what do y'all think?
#2
I'm trying to adopt your attitude

Just get what makes you happy at home if you don't play out. I use my processor for most of my practicing, but like to plug into my amp to blast around a bit. I would be fine without a legit amp, but it's fun to have one and that's why I play in the first place.

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#3
your choice on that. amps are good to have to practice fr sure. playing is just one aspect of electric guitar, getting your sound is another. you'll need an amp before gigging is a possibility. you need to have one to get in a band and it helps to have your sound together. playing through an amp at higher volumes presents things not noticed at bedroom volumes and certainly not just using headphones.
#4
dude this is a rathole of a thread. there a guy in here (forget the user name) that has like 8 boutique 100 watt heads. most professional musicians dont have that gear. doesnt matter he wants it.

i live in a thin walled apartment and i dont nearly need the setup i have. in fact, most times ive seen somebody gigging they dont have as big a setup as me. if their amp has more watts, perhaps its a combo on teh ground, but my rig with a vertical 2x12 cab looks big, goes up past my rib cage.

no justification for having a custom carvin and this rig. but i have it because i just played guitar for 3.5 hours, and all 3.5 hours i love my tone. and i put my guitar down and say....."hmmm. almost done here with the tone chasing.".

thats why.
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#5
My rig, just so ya know:

Epiphone Casino and an SG
Laguna LE422

Digitech RP350
a few od/dist pedals (various)
Digitech Hardwire Chorus
Roland Cube 15X


It aint much and certainly not the best, but for what I play and my level of skill its pretty good and keeps me happy.
#8
If you can afford it, and if it does not result in a long term financial dent, by all means buy it.
You have the money, it's not like you're begging or stealing.

Quote by Tremolo Bum
I'm trying to adopt your attitude

Just get what makes you happy at home if you don't play out. I use my processor for most of my practicing, but like to plug into my amp to blast around a bit. I would be fine without a legit amp, but it's fun to have one and that's why I play in the first place.



I see you own an RP as well.

Care to share some X Edit screenies?
Last edited by GS LEAD 5 at Oct 27, 2013,
#10
I liked your idea for a 5 watt tube amp. When I bought one of those I came up with a ton more material. Just because my quality of sound was better. I also had built in effects with the amp. Read my review of the Fender Vibro Champ XD. It is one of the cheapest 5 watt amps, but I'm serious it is a great value.

Maybe wait til Christmas when they are cheaper. When I bought it, I got it cheaper because of that reason. But, read my review. I think you'll be convinced.
#11
Quote by odensson95
No you don't need a new amp. **** consuming.


err, this is kinda the Guitar Gear & Accessories forum. the very nature of the interest of this forum deals with consuming... stuff.

and his roland cube is def something that will need to be upgraded in the long run.

Quote by neptune1988
what do y'all think?


roland cube 15?

not the worst, but it's definitely a practice amp. i didn't get a big amp for a while, but it's definitely more fun to play out of a good amp.

if you can put some money away for a good amp then do so, if you can't then don't worry about it. i didn't start accumulating all the gear i have now until i was in my late 20's and could actually afford it responsibly.

though, when i graduated HS and was looking to start playing out i got a capable amp with my graduation money. it was my amp for a good 8 years before i got any more significant purchases and it served me very well.
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#13
A recording setup is an awesome way to go. In lieu of saving up for a Hiwatt, I've been beefing up my pedalboard and running it directly into a recording interface. I have a pedal preamp in the chain (a Hiwatt modeler :P) and it sounds pretty damn good for not paying out the ear.

A 5W amp is also a good solution, but I'm finding that I play more in my quiet apartment when I can use my headphone/recording interface setup. Like what Tremolo Bum said, nothing beats playing through a cranked real amp, but there are plenty of decent alternatives.
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#14
I thought about being sensible, and then i bought a hot rod deluxe last night.

I wouldn't mind but i live in a terraced house with neighbours who cant even stand the sound of my Greta.

My gear also lives in the living room where my little boy plays so yeah, practicality isnt my strong point.

That said my little un loves ye ole 6 string so f**k the neighbours.
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#15
If you enjoy your playing enough with the gear you have then no you don't NEED a new amp, but since when was playing music about 'need' anyway. I love improving my rig, getting a better sound, and ultimately continuing to enjoy playing every day. **** saving your money all your lifetime and dieing old and bored.
#16
Why I ultimately decided against the Engl E530. I got an AMT E1 and it was supposed to just be a stopgap. Big mistake, I love the thing to death. I do want a better amp than my Crate V33 now though. No headroom really. I think a modern voiced amp with a good clean channel would be nice. Peavey Ultra 60 is barely more expensive than the Crate was.

Um, anyone interested in buying a Crate V33?
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#17
What you really need is a new amp.
/thread
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#18
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Quote by kangaxxter
Tone is in the fingers.

What you really need is a new amp.

(Anything I missed?)



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I have been hearing about MG amps lately. I have heard good about them, but only a few times have they been talked about here.

#19
Quote by mikeb2817
I thought about being sensible, and then i bought a hot rod deluxe last night.

I wouldn't mind but i live in a terraced house with neighbours who cant even stand the sound of my Greta.

My gear also lives in the living room where my little boy plays so yeah, practicality isnt my strong point.

That said my little un loves ye ole 6 string so f**k the neighbours.

this is an amazing post, good sir. I commend you.
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#20
Quote by tas38
Why I ultimately decided against the Engl E530. I got an AMT E1 and it was supposed to just be a stopgap. Big mistake, I love the thing to death. I do want a better amp than my Crate V33 now though. No headroom really. I think a modern voiced amp with a good clean channel would be nice. Peavey Ultra 60 is barely more expensive than the Crate was.

Um, anyone interested in buying a Crate V33?


Put a 12AU7 in V1 and a Joyo Ultimate Drive in front of that V33 and it will turn it into a completely new amp!

I say that only because that's exactly what I did with one Thursday evening...It's truly difficult to explain what a massive positive difference it made!
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#21
I have a long, long list of things that I need to buy. I need an upright bass, I need a banjo, I need a JCM800 clone...

The point being, I don't actually need these things, but it sounds fun doesn't it?
#22
Yes.
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