#1
I'm looking an amp to play thrash metal, prog metal rock music, I like to play Pantera, Dream Theater, Megadeth songs.
I have a Jackson guitar but I don't know what amp to buy and I don't want a tube amp.
I was thinking of the Blackstar or maybe a Marshall amp or maybe you can recomend me another one.
My budget is 500 dollars.
#2
Just so you know, all those bands use tube amps...
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#3
Quote by erickthewall9
I'm looking an amp to play thrash metal, prog metal rock music, I like to play Pantera, Dream Theater, Megadeth songs.
I have a Jackson guitar but I don't know what amp to buy and I don't want a tube amp.
I was thinking of the Blackstar or maybe a Marshall amp or maybe you can recomend me another one.
My budget is 500 dollars.


Peavey JSX: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Guitar-Amplifier-Heads.gc?Ntt=jsx#narrowSideBar
#4
If you definitely don't want tubes try out the Marshall 8100. It has 1 pre amp tube in it but it's fairly highly regarded for metal. I have to ask though, why don't you want tubes? I know I used to be that way too because I had better luck with solid state and modeling but once I finally tried a decent tube amp I was converted pretty quickly. Just don't make the same mistake I did and think it needs "more gain" it doesn't just use a boost and it'll put you right where you need to me.

If you can be convinced to go with tubes check out the JSX as mentioned above and the Marshall DSL15H, also the Randall diavalo as well.
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#6
If you don't want tubes look at the Randall RG series.
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#7
I second the JSX, maybe look at Laney IRT series or if you're looking cheap - H&K Tubemeister series.

Don't want a tube amp...ehhhh, that might be a tall order...look into the Yamaha THR series (the green, metal version) as they seem cool little home amps.
#8
Only SS amp I've played that has the gain and tone for thrash was the Orange Crush Pro CR120. Though it still didn't sound as good as a tube amp does. I have yet to try the new Randall RG series but I wouldn't be surprised if that would do it.
#10
Peavey vypyr tube 60 only has a couple power tubes, easy to maintain
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#11
Tubes are good for you.

Look into a used Peavey 6505/5150, XXX, or JSX combo amp.

If you insist on solid-state, consider either an old Marshall 8100 valvestate, or a Randall RG-series of some sort.
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#12
Quote by FlightofIcarus
Tubes are good for you.
9/10 doctors recommend a dose of tube amp use of at least 1 hour daily for mental, physical, and spiritual health. The other 1 doctor shouldn't be taken seriously.

Quote by T00DEEPBLUE
Why don't you want tubes?
+1 to this question. erickthewall9 typical "I do not want a tube amp" requests are due to reasons that are built upon misconceptions: they are too loud, too much maintenance, etc. Let us know why you do not want a tube amp and we may be able to help you better.
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#13
Why fear the big bad tube amp? with proper care they require less maintenance than myth suggests. Although looking at your budget I can see your point, as you'll not get much tube amp at that price point but quite a bit of SS amp there. In which case brand or model doesn't matter as much as you think as long as it plays well with peddles, Which most do provided its not a cheap junk peddle and amp, I use some SS stuff, although the processors and peddles cost 3 times as much as the amps, But they get the job done, That metal thing your looking for though? My first choice is always a tube amp with attitude. Distortion peddle? Yea Right!
#14
There is nothing wrong with tube or solidstate amps.

I say ignore what technology the amps use, and instead focus how it sounds.

If you can try amps out in person, then go play any amp you can within your budget and get the one that sounds best to you.
This includes used and new, tube or solidstate.
If you buy used and don't like it, chances are you can sell it for what you paid for it.
#15
Just as a note, I live in San Francisco and checked out that JSX head that guitar center has for 360. It's in pretty fantastic condition. Pair that with a cheap 1 or 2X12 that you've replaced the speakers in and you have a great rig for 500
#16
I know this thread is a few days old now, but I wanted to make an update. I've since come across a deal on a Randall RG100h. I have to say, its probably the best SS amp I've ever played for metal.

I would give up my tubes for it, but its tone wouldn't embarrasses me at all of I had to use it on stage. Its a keeper! Looking forward to playing with it.

So to the OP, I would definitely recommend this amp for a SS Metal amp.