#1
I'm just getting back into playing and was wondering what's the best bang for buck large amp for around 150 preferably on amazon
#2
There's no "best" amp really, and for that money you're not gonna get anything worthwhile.

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#3
For $150?

Nothing, keep saving.

While you can buy an amp on Amazon for that amount, you'll hate it in short order.

Or try answering the following and perhaps we can help a bit more.

Budget? - What is practical for you and what is your limit?

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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#4
if you save just a little bit more then you can get yourself a Peavey Vypyr which will fit the bill.
#5
Yikes, for $150 you're not gonna get much 'bang'. Save up a little more and get an egnater, valveking, blackstar, jetcity, etc.

For $150, the best I could recommend is a good used epi valve jr. but it's tiny
#6
You're not going to find much in the way of a high-wattage amp for under $200. You'd probably just find a head. Off the top of mine (my head), there's the Marshall Mosfet, Peavey Supreme, Peavey Windsor (basic tube head). Those are all quite good. Your best cheap option might be something like a Behringer Ultra G DI box, $40 American. Connect your pedals to that and go to the mixer and have all the loud you'd need.
#8
I'd NEVER grab a Bugera. Save more money and answer our questions.

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It's not the owner that will go wrong, it's the Bugera.


Maybe. But it's $280. And it's got a warranty.

What's your suggestion for a similar alternative in that price range?
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#12
Quote by Arby911
Maybe. But it's $280. And it's got a warranty.

What's your suggestion for a similar alternative in that price range?


http://www.guitarcenter.com/Peavey-Used-Peavey-6505-Plus-1X12-60W-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-110512722-i3920854.gc

Of course, 280 and 300 is still a good bit over budget.

I'd maybe even suggest an SS amp if you're stuck to $150. You can get a Vypyr 75 at that price. I have a Raven RG60 and don't think it's terrible, they have 100 watt and 200 watt 2x12 models.
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http://www.guitarcenter.com/Peavey-Used-Peavey-6505-Plus-1X12-60W-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-110512722-i3920854.gc

Of course, 280 and 300 is still a good bit over budget.

I'd maybe even suggest an SS amp if you're stuck to $150. You can get a Vypyr 75 at that price. I have a Raven RG60 and don't think it's terrible, they have 100 watt and 200 watt 2x12 models.


Didja miss the 'warranty' part?

As to the bolded, you've just flushed your credibility down the crapper...
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Didja miss the 'warranty' part?

As to the bolded, you've just flushed your credibility down the crapper...



That's been gone for quite a while, it's okay.
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#15
For $150 bucks you can probably buy one Celestion Greenback speaker and then next paycheck get a second one until you have an amp

Seriously though, depending on styles, you can probably grab a big wattage solid state combo from Randall or Peavey from a pawn shop at around that price or maybe some kind of powered PA/speaker system.

The older Marshall VS series has some decent to good sounds at around 50 watts and up so that'd be my suggestion.
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For $150 bucks you can probably buy one Celestion Greenback speaker and then next paycheck get a second one until you have an amp

Seriously though, depending on styles, you can probably grab a big wattage solid state combo from Randall or Peavey from a pawn shop at around that price or maybe some kind of powered PA/speaker system.

The older Marshall VS series has some decent to good sounds at around 50 watts and up so that'd be my suggestion.

For $150 you can get 2 Eminence GB128 which are IMO better than a G12m25
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#17
$150? The Roland Micro-Cube is nice.

Mow lawns, wash cars, sweep floors until you can get a decent amp. Decent sounding small ones can be found for $300. Decent sounding larger ones that don't totally suck are closer to $600. The last thing you want to do is drag around a big ol amp, set it all up, turn it on, and nothing but crappy sucking guitar tone comes out. Aaak!

The best bang for the buck is always to buy used because you can often find a decent amp for 1/2 price.
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#18
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Didja miss the 'warranty' part?


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a 333/XL would be better bang for buck if it could be found a similar price
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Maybe he could go for a used Yamaha THR10X?
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#21
Maybe a used Bandit? To get anything even remotely decent, you're gonna have to go used.

Some of these suggestions are truly horrible. Well, they'd have to be for me to rec a Bandit.
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#23
You can find used flextone3 xl's for that. A very workable 150 watt 2x12 combo with an xlr outs,midi,effectsloop,headphones. covers every style of music and even though its a modeling amp it uses vetta tech. so it sounds great. I really like the jcm800 channel. Thanks to line6 having such a bad reputation from there spider series these gems go for cheap.
#24
Quote by Arby911
Didja miss the 'warranty' part?

As to the bolded, you've just flushed your credibility down the crapper...


"Warranty" means that you get to pack up your amp, send it away and wait.

I've never sent an amp in for warranty repairs in my life. Useless as tits on a boar hog.

You'd much rather pay for a better quality amp than for a warranty.
#25
As mentioned, $150 isn 't going to buy Big OR Bang.

At $350, you can pick up some absolutely killer amps on the used market if you know what you're looking for OR if you have a good tech on speed dial who can take a look at the amp with you and go over it.

If you're buying a tube amp, look up what a complete retune will cost you and figure that into the cost of the amp, no matter what the seller says about what's in there. You may not NEED those tubes right away, but you'd rather have them from day one than sit and wait for them to come in.
#26
I had warranty repair on one of my Peavey amps but a certified tech in my city, all paid by the manufacturer. At least at the time (2 years ago) they had certified Peavey techs in Houston. So, it wasn't totally useless. If I had to ship it, it probably would've cost $120 to get it to the manufacturer.
#27
Quote by dspellman
"Warranty" means that you get to pack up your amp, send it away and wait.

I've never sent an amp in for warranty repairs in my life. Useless as tits on a boar hog.

You'd much rather pay for a better quality amp than for a warranty.


Better quality amps fail too. No manufacturer has a perfect record.

If I'm not going to gig or I have several other amps, warranty is a good thing. I just bought a Bugera 6262 2x12 because MF is blowing them out to only stock the Infinium versions. A $30 no fault 2 year warranty seemed reasonable to me since the amp only cost $280
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Better quality amps fail too. No manufacturer has a perfect record.

If I'm not going to gig or I have several other amps, warranty is a good thing. I just bought a Bugera 6262 2x12 because MF is blowing them out to only stock the Infinium versions. A $30 no fault 2 year warranty seemed reasonable to me since the amp only cost $280


I don't buy GC's extended warranty, either.

Given the number of amps, guitars, keyboards and accessories I've purchased (new and used), the amount I've spent on fixing *anything* over the years has been a tiny fraction of the 10-15% of the purchase price that GC wants. And that includes repairs that have occurred well after any warranty would have long since run out.
#29
I hate warranties. Delays making mods to the amp.
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#30
Quote by dspellman
"Warranty" means that you get to pack up your amp, send it away and wait.

I've never sent an amp in for warranty repairs in my life. Useless as tits on a boar hog.

You'd much rather pay for a better quality amp than for a warranty.


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I don't buy GC's extended warranty, either.

Given the number of amps, guitars, keyboards and accessories I've purchased (new and used), the amount I've spent on fixing *anything* over the years has been a tiny fraction of the 10-15% of the purchase price that GC wants. And that includes repairs that have occurred well after any warranty would have long since run out.


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I don't buy GC's extended warranty, either.

Given the number of amps, guitars, keyboards and accessories I've purchased (new and used), the amount I've spent on fixing *anything* over the years has been a tiny fraction of the 10-15% of the purchase price that GC wants. And that includes repairs that have occurred well after any warranty would have long since run out.


I don't normally either, but it's on a case by case basis.

$30 seemed cheap enough.

If this amp ever sees a gig, it will be a "friends and family' affair that I'm not getting paid for anyhow, so if it fails me I'll just go "sorry" and drink another beer...

If gigging was how I paid my bills it might be different. (Or not, in that case I'd probably have an MFX rig similar to yours...I buy tube amps because I LIKE tube amps, not because they are necessary to the task.)
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#32
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Maybe a used Bandit? To get anything even remotely decent, you're gonna have to go used.

Some of these suggestions are truly horrible. Well, they'd have to be for me to rec a Bandit.

Agree. Back in the day the bandit went a long way for the money.
#33
save 50 and grab a peavey vyper tube or line 6 vetta
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