#1
Hey everyone, I need a little help selecting an amp.

Budget: Less than $1000
Genres/artists: Indie/Alt/Garage Rock/occasional dabbling in hard rock
New or Used: Doesn't matter to me
Home or Gig: Home
Closest City: Washington, DC
Current Gear: ESP LTD EC-1000 & Line 6 Spider IV 75W

First and foremost, I know that my current setup is exactly what I DON'T want. I started playing about a year ago and when I bought my guitar and amp I was largely running off of public reviews and price - bought both blind because people were happy with them and I got them heavily discounted. I didn't want to buy any effects pedals when I was learning, and I opted for an amp with a variety of built-in effects, just so I could mess around and have some fun. They're just fine for learning to play, but now I'm getting to the point where I've started narrowing down the kind of music I'd like to play and the tone I'd like to have. Of course, I've learned that my setup is exactly the opposite of what I'd like to end up with, but that's life and it's no big deal to Craigslist some stuff.

So! With that said - I'm most looking to emulate Tom Renaud's sound (lead guitarist for Lord Huron).

Example 1 (in the hat): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4a3tJEwngw
Example 2 (blue shirt, *not* using the Guild in this video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkJu4_vYJ0k
Example 3 (with the sunglasses): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r6OdV6VitQ

I know his main setup is a 1967 Guild Starfire V run through a Top Hat King Royale. Both of those are pretty far out of my price range right now and would be overkill for someone still learning. Down the line I'd like to pick up a current production Starfire V, but for now I think I'd like to just replace my existing amp.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone!

#2
Amp-wise, you might want to take a look at a used vox ac30. Heavy, but great amp that fits the indie rock bill perfect.

WHen it comes to guitar, I think that you might want to have a look a perhaps a semi-hollow epiphone (like the sheraton), or maybe a used jazzmaster?
Gear:


Fender American Hand Stained stratocaster
Fender 72' Telecaster Deluxe FSR

Squier Vista Venus

Boss TU-3
Boss OD-3
Pro co Rat 2
EHX Big Muff Nano
EHX Small clone
Boss DD7
Hardwire Supernatural


Vox AC30cc1
Blackheart Little Giant stack
#4
seems like the fx are just as important to the sound as the amp. vox certainly but on the somewhat cheaper side maybe a Fender could work as well. an overdrive and a delay would be needed as well.
#5
Thanks for the replies everyone! Will - that's very interesting information about the roots of the Top Hat amp. Looks like the AC30 is a solid choice then.

Regarding effects - yes, I agree. Down the line there are some purchases to be made. I actually got a shot of Tom Renaud's pedal board at one show. I can ID some of these (Strymon Flint, Boss Blues Driver, Strymon Blue Sky, Xotic Compressor) but not all...

Tom Renaud's Pedal Board