Hi guys,

Long time reader first time poster. I need some help deciding for a new amp. A little bit of info so you know my situation. I live in a medium size house, so would prefer something for bedroom levels. I will never be in a band or a gig player, although I do jam with some mates in a shed from time to time (drink beers more than anything). I play mainly classic rock, 90's grunge and metal. It can be a combo or a head, but I want to run it through a 1x12. I use an EMG 81/85 Epiphone Les Paul and an Ibanez RG470. I don't mind running some pedals either, although I currently don't have any. Basically I have some criteria that I need to meet, also some wants would be nice but I know it isn't going to be possible to get all of them.

Suitable for a 1x12
Bedroomish levels (switchable watts?)

Switchable watts
Headphone jack
FX loop
2 Channels

I have been looking at a few amps including Blackstar Ht1R/HT5R, Orange Micro/Tiny Terror, Ibanez TSA5TVR, Peavey 6505+ etc... Budget is around this sort of range, nothing really firm, also open to second hand options. Also, I am at least a 2 hour drive from a decent music store.

Thanks in advance.
Last edited by Pimpin_1JZ at Nov 4, 2015,
Tiny Terror will probably suit you well, unless you want a more cleanish type of amp, look at Marshall Class5.

You didn't say price? Reason I am asking is cause a Mesa Express 5:25 or Mini Rectifier will probably work great for that purpose as well.
We really need your budget first before we can give you any really help.


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I have edited the first post. I can't really say a price as the Australian Dollar is fairly different to most but around the prices of those amps mentioned would be nice. I am also a 2 hour drive from a decent music store so it is a bit difficult to test a lot of amps. I am happy for new or used amps also.
The Tiny Terror is short on bells and whistles but long on great guitar tone that suits your playing.
If you got $500 you could find a decent used Mesa to tick the boxes.
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The Tiny Terror is short on bells and whistles but long on great guitar tone that suits your playing.
If you got $500 you could find a decent used Mesa to tick the boxes.

Not in Australia he couldn't.
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