#1
Dear UG,

It has been several years since I last played an electric guitar. I missed it, and managed to pick up a very cheap Yamaha Pacifica 012 in the Amazon Black Friday deals. I've heard it is a very suitable basic guitar.

The issue is, I have no idea what I'm doing with regards to finding a suitable amp. I only have experience with two: a very high quality Roland Acoustic AC-60 and a terrible 15W Behringer.

So what am I looking for? Well, I won't be gigging. It will only be used in a living/dining room, around the house. If it can handle more though, great I suppose. I really would like something with good quality components though - future-proof. I don't mind spending more for quality.

I don't really have a style of playing, or genre preference - so something versatile is necessary. Maybe the most helpful way of doing this would be to suggest in price categories? I.e. What would you recommend:

1) < £100 / $160
2) < £200 / $320
3) < £300 / $480

Thank you for your help in advance. I'll be reading every post carefully.
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#2
Fender Mustang II, Peavey Vypyr 30, Vox VT40+, Roland Cube

These are all modeling amps so the variety of sounds is huge and they have built in FX you can use
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I'd say get the Mustang III if you go for a mustang, it has a lot more effects/models/presets and a better user interface.

Also, if you get a Vypyr get the Tube 60.

Aww yeah, and Yamaha THRs are pretty cool, too.
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+1 for the Yamaha THR (it'll match your guitar). It has the best tone imo of all the amps mentioned.
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#6
....yeah...name a few songs you wanna play and mabye people can zoom in on something that will suite you.

I had a vox vt 50 to begin with and build quality and tone was perfect for starters until I found exactly what dirrection I wanted to go in tone wise...then I was just stuck like most every one else on ac30 until I could afford to trade up....
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Well this has got confusing fairly quickly! Since I play on my own, and listen to pretty much anything from classical to punk (with the possible exception of Metal and Jazz), I thought it was necessary to have something versatile.

But to help narrow it down, I'd love to replicate some of the crisp sounds in, say, Radiohead's Street Spirit... and some REM songs too.

I homed in on the Cube straight away because I was familiar with Roland. I found the 40XL for £150. I like the look of the Vox too. But let's face it, all the amps you've suggested are very positive reviewed - so it's awkward to differentiate between them at my level of understanding.
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#8
Look at the Peavey Vypyr VIP 2. It has models for guitar, bass & acoustic guitar, as well as some nice FX. Paired with a Sanpera controller, it's pretty damn future proof. I have a VIP 3 for use in my room, and it's a really great practice amp to have. One small amp for guitar and bass is wonderful.
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Well this has got confusing fairly quickly! Since I play on my own, and listen to pretty much anything from classical to punk (with the possible exception of Metal and Jazz), I thought it was necessary to have something versatile.

But to help narrow it down, I'd love to replicate some of the crisp sounds in, say, Radiohead's Street Spirit... and some REM songs too.

I homed in on the Cube straight away because I was familiar with Roland. I found the 40XL for £150. I like the look of the Vox too. But let's face it, all the amps you've suggested are very positive reviewed - so it's awkward to differentiate between them at my level of understanding.

Iirc jonny greenwood used an older fender ss amp for a lot of that album. I forget the model but I'm sure they're affordable and the info can be found with a google search. Check it out, it may be a good amp for pedals/multifx.

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#10
My recommendations are the Vox AC4C1, Fender Excelsior or Rampart (maybe Vaporizer), Hayden Lil' Mofo, and Blackstar HT-1 or HT-5. My #1 pick is the Vox though. The Fenders are pretty good too. The Vox is pretty much a Top Boost channel in a small package whereas the Fenders are pretty strange and unique but they sound good. If you're not looking to go from cleans to metal, I wouldn't go with modelling. You can get something pretty good for the price.

I picked those amps because they're future-proof in that they have recording applications and they do what they intend to do well. Most modelling amps in that price range are nothing more than practice amps. A better modelling amp will always come out in a few years and at the same price. But a better version of one of those tube amps won't. You might get different but it's not meant to be an update. If you're recording an album 20 years from now, you might pull out the AC4 or one of the Fender Pawn Shops, but I highly doubt there will be a place for a 20 year old cheap modelling amp.
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if you want to stay as cheap as possible, the vox mini3 is pretty nice.
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#12
Thank you for all the replies. There are so many to consider. I've really taken to the Yamaha THR10 - because it seems like it would be suitable for my electro-acoustic guitars too, based on its 'acoustic mode'. It also seems smaller than many of the others suggested - something that is a real benefit to me in a small house.
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Quote by punchadonkey
Thank you for all the replies. There are so many to consider. I've really taken to the Yamaha THR10 - because it seems like it would be suitable for my electro-acoustic guitars too, based on its 'acoustic mode'. It also seems smaller than many of the others suggested - something that is a real benefit to me in a small house.


I think it also works with an interface and comes with a free version of Cubase, which is a pretty good deal IMO.
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