#1
Hi GG&A,
I've just moved apartments and my head/cab are too big/loud for my new place, and I'm tired of using Guitar Rig 5, it's just not the same playing with headphones all the time, so I'm looking for a small tube amp to practice on in my room.

My budget is around $500AUD, I'm looking for an 80's rock tone (Steel Panther, GnR, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue etc) although I play a lot of RHCP also (Froosh uses Marshalls though so it shouldn't be an issue) and occasionally some heavier stuff, but I have a Tubescreamer if a boost is required. I'm fine with new or used, but there's not much of a used market in Australia except for Marshall MGs, AVTs and Fender Frontman amps, the occasional AC30, that's about it. I live near Bondi in Sydney, if there's any used stuff around that I don't know about. I don't need to gig or anything, this is purely for bedroom practice and maybe the occasional jam session. Would prefer a combo as space is limited. Mp3 in/line out would be handy but not essential.

As far as current gear goes, I have a few different guitars I'll be using it with - Fender Stratocaster, Epiphone Explorer, Maton Mastersound and a Schecter Synyster Custom. I have a Tubescreamer, ISP Decimator, and quite a few other pedals do I don't need any effects built in, although reverb would be nice. A few amps I've looked at already include the Jet City 2-channel 20 watt combo and the Blackstar HT1R (I know about the 'OMG ITS NOT A REAL TUBE AMP' stuff... what happened? GG&A used to love Blackstar ), but would like some alternatives to look at also as neither one of them perfectly fits what I'm after.
Last edited by slickerthnsleek at Feb 10, 2014,
#2
The Jet city is definitely comes to mind for me.
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#3
I'm actually not a fan of two channel jcm800's but if you can get down to Melbourne or know somebody that can pick it up for you:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Early-80s-JCM-800-50-watts-Marshall-Amp-with-Marshall-foot-switch-/291069745570?pt=AU_Amplifiers&hash=item43c51bd9a2

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#5
Keep reading, it was just power tubes.
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#6
Quote by slickerthnsleek
(I know about the 'OMG ITS NOT A REAL TUBE AMP' stuff... what happened? GG&A used to love Blackstar )


I've been on here since Blackstar was ever a thing, and I don't remember GGnA ever liking them, let alone love them. Honestly curious about what you mean.


Anyway, Jet City is definitely the way to go, awesome value amps.
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#7
Quote by slickerthnsleek
I know about the 'OMG ITS NOT A REAL TUBE AMP' stuff... what happened?


Don't ask. Unless you want this thread to turn into a "flogging a dead horse" thread.
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#8
I'd love a JCM800, it's one of my favourite amps ever, although I don't know anybody in Melbourne =[ I'll keep an eye on it though.

Yeah, I used to be pretty active on here but stopped coming on here back when the HT5 first came out and it was the big recommendation in just about every 'need a new home amp' thread. I had the HT-Dual pedal for a while and it was okay, offloaded it a few months ago though.
#9
I totally recommend Jet City. The JCA22 should work nicely for you. I own a 20H, one of the earlier, single channel EL-84 heads, and I love it. It's been my go to amp for the last two years.
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I've been on here since Blackstar was ever a thing, and I don't remember GGnA ever liking them, let alone love them. Honestly curious about what you mean.


Anyway, Jet City is definitely the way to go, awesome value amps.


+1 on both counts
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#11
JCA 22H, can't go wrong with it!
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#12
Can you even get a Jet City in Australia? I haven't seen one ever there.
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#13
Looks like the Jet City is the way to go then.

Blackfire - Turramurra Music have them, I think Belfield Music do too. They're hard to find but you can get them.
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Quote by slickerthnsleek
Looks like the Jet City is the way to go then.

Blackfire - Turramurra Music have them, I think Belfield Music do too. They're hard to find but you can get them.


Great, you should go try one out.
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#15
I'm going to try one out next week, I've just had the realisation that if I can afford the Jet City amp, that also puts me in the price range of the Marshall DSL15C. Now Turra seems to have both amps in stock so I'll go in and spend some time on both and see which I like, what's the opinion on the DSL15C? Anything I should know about, common problems etc?
#16
The Jet City is way better IMO, but try both out and see which you like best
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#17
Yeah, from videos I'm liking the tone of the Jet City better, the DSL15C seems like it gets a tad fizzy, but the ability to put it in half-power mode caught my attention.
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Quote by slickerthnsleek
Yeah, from videos I'm liking the tone of the Jet City better, the DSL15C seems like it gets a tad fizzy, but the ability to put it in half-power mode caught my attention.

You don't need 1/2 power switch, just a decent master volume. I can play a 100 watt 1/2 stack in an apartment just fine
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You don't need 1/2 power switch, just a decent master volume. I can play a 100 watt 1/2 stack in an apartment just fine


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#20
Quote by Robbgnarly
You don't need 1/2 power switch, just a decent master volume. I can play a 100 watt 1/2 stack in an apartment just fine


yeah. those half power switches (and similar things) aren't really all that much use unless you have full-blown power scaling or VVR or something like that that lets you get down to whisper volume. And even then they're probably going to be more use on a non-master volume amp.
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#21
1/2 power isn't for playing quietly, it's for getting more power amp distortion at high volume.
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#22
yeah exactly. even the things that let you down to 5 watts, or even 1, are still too loud for the vast majority of home practice situations. you need things which will get you down to a fraction of a watt to be any good for home practice, really.
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