#1
Hello all, I currently have a Line 6 Spider IV 75 watt amp and I am looking to upgrade. Can any one recommend a decent solid state am around that size? I am looking to spend around $400.
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Hello all, I currently have a Line 6 Spider IV 75 watt amp and I am looking to upgrade. Can any one recommend a decent solid state am around that size? I am looking to spend around $400.


First, is there a specific reason you want SS?

Second:


Genres? - What style do you play mostly, fav guitarists, do you need cleans, etc?

New or Used? - Lots of great amps out there used, especially in a down economy.

Home or Gig? - Also important. Maybe you do both. Jamming with a drummer can be considered 'gigging' but you won't have a PA etc.

Closest City? - We aren't here to stalk you but we need to know where you are in the world roughly and we can help further if we know what city you are in (ie craigslist, local shops, Guitar Center used section, etc)

Current Gear? - Also good for us to know.
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#3
The Vox Valvetronix is a good line along with Vox VR series. I see both of them gigged pretty regularly for clean/jazz/light rock stuff. Peavey Vypr is pretty cool. Randall can give you some good convincing heavy stuff at low volume and still giggable. Only solid states I've had experience with that were very enjoyable.

I still wouldn't think coming from a Spider IV 75 would that big of an upgrade. Spider IVs are perfectly acceptable decent sounding solid states. I play mine more than my tube amps when I need an amp in the house without disturbing people in another room. You might want to pick up a 15-30 watt tube combo instead so you can cover all your bases in volume/tone. You can definitely find a good one for $400
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#4
In before someone suggests peavey classic 30

But on a serious note, why does it have to be solid state?
#5
if your into rock / blues, quilter labs makes a darn nice model. unless you want to run pedals through it clean, definitely not a metal amp.

really, very few amps made ever sounds great for heavy music that are solid state. arguably, dimebag is one of the only metal guitarist known for tone that used SS, and towards the end, he saw the light and starting getting endorsed for tube models.

even despite the SS, he still had equipment, tone, and playing ability that is pretty much impossible to replicate even if you did get his gear...so really i add him to the list of "dont even try".

im sure there are other examples, but i mean, dimebag has a famous tone. just a prime example.
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#6
I mainly play post rock and jazz.
the reason I'm looking to upgrade is because mine doesnt work right half of the time. I'm looking for something that I can gig with but can be quiet enough to use in my bedroom. My main guitar is an ESP LTD H-100 with Mighty Mite pickups tuned to D standard. I really like the clean sound from my Line6 and i use it a lot.
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#7
Used JC120?
Or some other used stereo JC's you could get for cheap.
If you mind the chorus, which seems to be pretty nice, get a stereo one, but if you don't get whatever JC you can find in your budget.
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#10
How are the Acoustic lead series amps?
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How are the Acoustic lead series amps?


Sounds like a good solid state. Some dude commented he got one on Amazon for like 150 bucks.

http://youtu.be/DCxAubNl3is


I just have experience with their bass combos and they are killer for the price.
#12
I was looking at the Acoustic Lead series 120 DSp and I think I will probably get it. Thanks for the advice.
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I mainly play post rock and jazz.

I would be inclined to try a Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight, if you can find one. Of the several small SS heads I have for jazz, this one will do post rock rather well too.
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JC120, or JC60 if trying to save a quid.

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#15
Definitely the JC.

And the Classic 30 is good suggestion for lots of people Ian. Theyre excellent bang for buck, and cover really anything short of modern metal. They're good amps, that's why they're recommended so much.

However, for this situation, a solid state amp, namely the JC, fits the bill perfectly.
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#16
The new Randall RG serie are excellent but I really cant see it as Jazz or lower gain Rock amp. Its a metal amp and there it absolutely shines, but who knows maybe it can do those genres well. But I personally lack an ear for that.


Why not go tube combo? With your price range you should be able to nail a versatile little tube combo that is also usable in bedroom volumes.

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#18
Roland Cube 80
Rolland JC-50 or JC-60 (not sure what the difference is, exactly).
That new Peavey Special Chorus is supposed to be pretty good. Probably weighs a ****ton though.
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Hughes & Kettner Attax is a good SS especially if you're obsessed with Rush apparently.
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#21
I found an Acoustic Lead Series 120 watt head for $150, I'm thinking about buying it.
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#22
I have not been overly impressed with the Acoustic guitar amps. They seem to be on par with every other cheap solid state. The Roland Jazz Chorus will leave them in the dust.
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#23
Okay I'll see if I can find one.
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#24
The Roland is waaaaay better than the new Acoustic. If you want a good Acoustic you need to find an old one.

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What about an Ibanez WT80 80W 1x15 Wholetone Jazz Guitar Combo Amp ?
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#27
Haven't played that one, but Ibanez amps have never impressed me. One of the larger Roland Cubes would do well too
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#28
Roland Cube for really good Jazz tones and reasonably good rock stuff.

Fender Super Champ XD (15w tube) does really good classic rock tones and reasonably good Jazz. It is just loud enough for a jazz gig with a pocket drummer..

Both are light years more musical than the Spider IMO. Can be found used for around $250.
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#29
The Peavey Stereo Chorus could be a good JC-120 substitute for a bit cheaper.
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The Peavey Stereo Chorus could be a good JC-120 substitute for a bit cheaper.


Or a Crate GX-130C or Ampeg's SS-140C.
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Dunnow, the ampeg SS140 is amazing if you ask me, but the clean stuff isn't where it shines.
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Dunnow, the ampeg SS140 is amazing if you ask me, but the clean stuff isn't where it shines.


Agreed, the cleans aren't of the same caliber as the Roland, but they aren't nasty either. The Crate actually straddles the line better than either of it's predecessors, IMO.
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#33
If have just bought the Roland Cube and that has brilliant clean sounds as well as selection of overdriven and distortion sounds. I got the 20w version but they do 10, 20, 40, 80. The clean channel is a model of the Jazz Chorus and is a superb sound. So if you like the Jazz Chorus type sound then add one of these to your audition list. I was all set on getting the Vox Valvetronix which is a nice little amp but the salesman said let me just demonstrate the two side by said and stand back and listen and see what you think. The Roland was awesome, don't get me wrong the Vox was a decent amp but the Roland had the edge in sound and versatility by a long shot. You also have a programmable channel so you can set your favourite settings and then just call tem up when you plug in and play, great amp, definitely worth a look at the very least.
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If have just bought the Roland Cube and that has brilliant clean sounds as well as selection of overdriven and distortion sounds. I got the 20w version but they do 10, 20, 40, 80. The clean channel is a model of the Jazz Chorus and is a superb sound. So if you like the Jazz Chorus type sound then add one of these to your audition list. I was all set on getting the Vox Valvetronix which is a nice little amp but the salesman said let me just demonstrate the two side by said and stand back and listen and see what you think. The Roland was awesome, don't get me wrong the Vox was a decent amp but the Roland had the edge in sound and versatility by a long shot. You also have a programmable channel so you can set your favourite settings and then just call tem up when you plug in and play, great amp, definitely worth a look at the very least.


Yep, the Roland Cube is a more useable and better sounding amp than the Valvetronix to my ears. The Vox looks cooler though. Both sound better than a Spider IV.
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#35
Ok, there is only one solid state amp I have ever really liked...

If you can find an the original Line6 Flextone HD I would recommend it. Easy to use, versatile, and honestly it sounded decent. It would crank. I believe they also made that same amp in a 2x12 cab config as well...I think it was called the Flextone XL or Flextone PLUS but don't hold me to it.

I still don't think any of the iterations of the Flextone line has ever been better than the original...but that is just me.
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Yep, the Roland Cube is a more useable and better sounding amp than the Valvetronix to my ears. The Vox looks cooler though. Both sound better than a Spider IV.


Yeah definitely the Roland wins in sound and versatility hands down. I would maybe still like to get the Vox in a little while though because it did have a nice range of classic amp models on it and I'd like to get some with a classic sort of sound as well. The Roland is a much more modern sounding amp. I'm not too sure yet, I'm going to pay around with the Roland for a while and see what I like and don't like so much about it and then go from there. There's a good choice of amps catering for those classic sounds, the Yamaha THR10C is another but quite a bit more expensive. The Vox amps always do like pretty cool though and it's still nice to have an amp that's go some Valves as well, I don't know how much difference that ultimately makes with small amps, maybe a bit more with bigger amps and stacks but I reckon with the small amps the SS ones seem pretty good.