#1
i have a very nice deluxe reverb tube amp but i am going to pick up a nice solid state amp for practice and general knock around purposes. I am not going with anything huge and have basically narrowed it down to either a marshall MG30 or an Orange CR35. They are both in the $200 range and both seem fairly comparable. Does anyone have any strong opinions one way or the other? going to try to play them both at a local box store and i feel both have pretty good names in the guitar amp world. thoughts?

- i play multiple guitars (some humbucker, some single coil)
- i play anything from surf to garage to punk and old metal (like black sabbath and the likes)
- and yes i play all these guitars and genre of music poorly
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#2
You should go for the new series of Orange Crush amplifiers. They actually sound sort of good and Marshall MG30 to my experience doesn't.
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#3
Yeah id pick the Orange over the MG
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#4
Get a used Line 6 Flextone

Here is one at the Tampa GC for $199. It will be much better than any of the amps your looking at.
www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Used-Line-6-FLEXTONE-III-Guitar-Combo-Amp-110644963-i4055014.gc
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#6
^I like the Fextone II/III way better than the Vypyr.
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Get a used Line 6 Flextone

Here is one at the Tampa GC for $199. It will be much better than any of the amps your looking at.
www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Used-Line-6-FLEXTONE-III-Guitar-Combo-Amp-110644963-i4055014.gc


I thought you were automatically kicked off of UG for owning a Line 6?
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I thought you were automatically kicked off of UG for owning a Line 6?

Line 6 makes some nice amps, it is the Spider series that gets all the flack. The Flextone is a very good sounding amp and it is cheap used.
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Line 6 makes some nice amps, it is the Spider series that gets all the flack. The Flextone is a very good sounding amp and it is cheap used.


THAT'S RIGHT... i forgot it was the spider series! My memory ain't what it used to be.
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#10
Hey it is at the Tampa GC, why not take the short ride over and check it out and try out some other amps in your budget
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#11
If you're looking at the low end non-tube amps, and those are your only two choices, Orange all the way. The Marshall MG series is dogshit with knobs on it. But seriously, if that's the kind of range you're looking at, I wouldn't take either. I'd go for Peavey Vypyr, or shop around for something used.
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#12
definitely gonna hit up the guitar center probably this weekend, might also shop the used market. I know quite a bit about buying used equipment and what to look for. thanks for the suggestions everyone. the dogshit with knobs has me thinking probably should steer clear of the MG series Marshalls.
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#13
^my "dogshit with knobs" description is probably a little too harsh, but yeah. There are reasons that the MG is basically a punchline around here.
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#14
both british but IMO orange and marshall each have a very signature tone. imo, its a marshall tone vs orange tone to me. both are very hard picks. i would say given the simplicity of the orange, thats more of a "players" amp. like a single channel amp, coaxing all the goodness out of it with its simplisitc setup. most marshalls you are going to have a farily typical 2+ channel setup. you set them up, use the foot switch, theres your clean and dirty. i feel like Oranges you may tweak the knobs a bit more and discover different tonalities, etc.
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both british but IMO orange and marshall each have a very signature tone. imo, its a marshall tone vs orange tone to me. both are very hard picks. i would say given the simplicity of the orange, thats more of a "players" amp. like a single channel amp, coaxing all the goodness out of it with its simplisitc setup. most marshalls you are going to have a farily typical 2+ channel setup. you set them up, use the foot switch, theres your clean and dirty. i feel like Oranges you may tweak the knobs a bit more and discover different tonalities, etc.


if you were talking the tube version of each maker then yeah i'd agree. we're not so i kinda doubt you're really going to get the signature tone out of either of them.
#17
Flextone is a good bet, same with the Peavey Vypyr.
Both are better than either the Orange or the Marshall, especially for what you want.
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#18
Grab that Flextone for sure. Real nice amps, great sound.
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#19
Get a Frontman 212R or something similar. It would sound closest to your fender deluxe reverb.
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#21
MG is awful so don't go there. The Crush is decent but I'll really suggest the Tech21 TM30 - great sounding solid state that can do close to the big Marshall sound (not the MG but the JCM range) and a few more sounds (very good Mesa and Fender imitations) and will probably sound a bit better in this price range.
It is about $50 more. In case you haven't seen it - here's the link:
http://amzn.com/B000A2ZP5S
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#23
Just got back from picking up the newest edition to the family. Found a like new Vox Valvetronix AD30TV amp. Listed on craigslist for $100. Went over and ran it through the paces and grabbed it up. very clean, virtually unused.
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#25
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Line 6 makes some nice amps, it is the Spider series that gets all the flack. The Flextone is a very good sounding amp and it is cheap used.

The flextone 2 and 3 are real amps The absolute best value
#26
HNAD! the valvetonix are pretty cool modeling amps.
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