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Hello all. Hope you're doing well.

I'm trying to build a rig I can get some quality sounds out of. I currently am running a BC Rich JRV-7 (pickups will be swapped soon) into a solid-state Fender Princeton Chorus. I actually like the cleans I get out of this thing. It just seems like it can be a bit one-dimensional. Like, I can get a couple of really good sounds, and if I had the options to tweak it a bit more I could really get some mileage out of a surprisingly cheap amp.

I have considered the route of buying a whole new setup, but I see quite a few things in my way. One, it seems that it's going to be hard to find something versatile enough to suit all my needs without spending a ton of money (I play a little of everything from old-school thrash, funk, blues, hard rock, poppy punk, electronic, etc etc).

I've been playing around with the idea of a preamp of some sort, but I'm not sure if it's going to get me where I wanna go. I need versatility, but I'm not sure if this will help me achieve such a goal. Plus, if I feed the preamp into the input of my Fender, won't it also be getting processed through the Fender's preamp, or is there a way to bypass this that I'm not aware of? And if it does go through the Fender pre, will that alter the tone in such a way as to make the new preamp a moot point?

Basically, I need to get some more sounds at a price that won't kill my wallet (or break my back). I'd like to spend less than $1500 total. I don't care if the overdrive channel sucks, because I'm not above sticking a couple dirt boxes in my signal chain to get where I want to go. I would like it to have a lot of toneshaping options as well (hope that makes sense). Sorry if I'm getting a bit long-winded. At any rate, if anything I said needs further clarification please don't hesitate to ask
#2
EVH 5150III or Mesa Rectoverb should do what you want.
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It does seem to be quite versatile. And it wouldn't be a pain to lug around. I'm not terribly familiar with tube amps - 25 watts would be enough to get heard over a drummer and still have clean headroom, correct? I know I'll have to go try one out some time soon, it would just be good to know as a reference point.
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Quote by Ashakoh
(I play a little of everything from old-school thrash, funk, blues, hard rock, poppy punk, electronic, etc etc).


The Marshall JCM2000 DSL can do all of that easily. And it's like a $500-650 head. They pop up on Craigslist and Guitar Center Used all the time.


Quote by Ashakoh
It does seem to be quite versatile. And it wouldn't be a pain to lug around. I'm not terribly familiar with tube amps - 25 watts would be enough to get heard over a drummer and still have clean headroom, correct? I know I'll have to go try one out some time soon, it would just be good to know as a reference point.


Extremely dependent on the drummer. Some drummers maybe. I'd guess that most drummers, no. 50W is a safe place to get totally clean cleans with a non-metal/punk drummer. If your clean cleans are really important, just go for 100W. Better safe than sorry.
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#6
+1 Mesa combo - they beat anything Fender is putting out now. They're pricier, but it really is worth it.