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I've been playing three years, and I'm in a band that's starting to gig. We play fairly generic modern rock, and I personally like to stray into a metal tone. I've had an old peavey vypyr 75 (digital modelling amp - circa $300 new) for two years, which served me well while I was learning, but doesn't really have the tonal aptitude to keep up in a band setting, particularly as the other guitarist in the band has a massive, 120-watt tube amp.

I don't really want a massive, 120-watt amp, but I would like something closer to a 20-watt solution, with tubes, that I can get for about $300-500 used. Suggestions including a primarily clean amp coupled with an appropriate distortion pedal are also welcome.

I've been considering:

Blackstar HT-20 studio
Bugera V22 (with a dist pedal)
Laney VC30-112

Thank you very much in advance
I would take an Egnater Rebel or one of the newer Peavey Valvekings over any of those. I saw a Marshall DSL401 combo for $350 the other day, one of those would probably work great for you but they typically sell for a lil more. If you need clean headroom, you might wanna get something bigger (though the DSL401 would be fine).
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Last edited by Arby911 at May 1, 2015,
What amp models on the Vypyr did you enjoy the most?

Are you after a combo strictly or a head and cab?

Without knowing anything else and for your budget I'd suggest a Peavey JSX 212 Combo. You can get them on Guitar Center's Used site for $500-$600. It's 120W but has a volume knob. I'd guess you'd spend most of the time on Channels 1 and 2 but 3 is there for "metal" time.
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I'd never say a Valveking or a Rebel would beat a Laney VC30, those Laneys sound REALLY great, and I liked the Valveking I had. I think that would be a really nice choice. Good cleans, takes pedals well, it is loud and has enough headroom for big venues, it's overdrive is phenomenal in that league...

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Last edited by Perverockstar69 at May 1, 2015,
may be a little bit out there, but JSX combo?

or you could look into jet city.

i wouldn't bother with a blackstar, and the bugera doesn't seem to have the tone that you are describing (i could be wrong i haven't played one for a very long time), haven't played the laney, so i can't say.

as it has also been said, you won't be heard well and the sound won't disperse as well as the other guitarist if you are just using a 1x12"
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