#1
Hey guys, I was looking for a tube amp the other day to replace my digital amp that I have now. I tried a lot of the fender ones in the store and they sounded great, but I couldn't manage to get some really good high-gain sounds even with the drive knob all the way up - although i was playing with low volume which may have been the reason. I play a lot of blues and jazz, so the fender amps were great, but once in a while I'd like to crank it up and play some high-gain stuff. So anyways, I was wondering if any of you can suggest a good tube amp under $1000 that will get me those sounds.
#2
Traynor YCV40 or 50, Fender Hot Rod, Peavey Valveking, Peavey Classic.... I'm sure there are more.
#3
How much gain are you looking for (SRV? Or something more like Petrucci?).

For moderate to high gain, you could get a big muff to overdrive any of the Fenders.

For really high gain, check out a smaller Soldano (maybe used), or a used Mesa.
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#4
Man, check out the ENGL screamer, my 50 watt combo gets used in jazz band all the time, absolutely awesome. At night its a high gain beast, again, awesome
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You can order an ENGL Screamer from rocksolidamps.com if you're in the US. They're fairly popular in Europe, but hard to find here. However, ENGL's have a very bright tone, so that's something to take into consideration. The Traynor YCV50 Blue is a phenominal amp. It's a great all-around tube amp. It doesn't have quite enough gain for heavier styles of metal, but an overdrive pedal with give you the boost in gain you need for really high-gain tones.
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I second the mesa f and screamer, for dark or bright tones, respectively.
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The ENGL is bright with a flat EQ, howere, it can easily be EQ'd to sound dark if you take out the lead presence
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^ yeah, but if it's anything like my savage se (and it should be, as my savage se actually has more features to let you sculpt the sound) it still sounds pretty bright. just with the treble or presence lower. it never really sounds like a recto, for example. An eq should help with that, though.

It's a bit over budget, though...
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#12
Yeah, obviously it doesn't quite sound like a mesa, I'm just saying it's brightness is absolutely no problem
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^ oh, I agree. I bought an engl, lol. but if you want the mesa (or similar) sound...
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#14
The crate V30/V32 is surprisingly good in its pricerange and extremely versatile.

Cleans are decent, and the overdrive is damn good.

Try one out.
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#17
i say get a fender for uber cleans then a nice OD pedal or two for the gainy stuff
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#18
^^ +1.

You'll never regret the cleans you get from the Fender. If you play jazz and blues it's the way to go. Check out some different distorsion pedals if you want the high gain like Jeckyll and Hyde, Subdecay Blackstar, etc...
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#19
Hmmmm a fender amp is always going to have crap distortion though, just doesnt have any bottom end, its not tight either, no matter what pedal. If a fender with a pedal is so good, then why do no metal bands use them live, ever?
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Hmmmm a fender amp is always going to have crap distortion though, just doesnt have any bottom end, its not tight either, no matter what pedal. If a fender with a pedal is so good, then why do no metal bands use them live, ever?


no bottom end? not tight? /laff

metal bands use marshalls and mesa's because its about image and/or they have an endorsment with those company's.

its preference all preference
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no bottom end? not tight? /laff

metal bands use marshalls and mesa's because its about image and/or they have an endorsment with those company's.

its preference all preference


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what makes me a newb? he said he liked to play BLUES and JAZZ and every once in a while play high gain stuff. since when did B.B king and george benson use mesa's?

besides,mesas and marshalls usually go over $1000 anyway. even a fender twin is $1,100. nice talking to you mr. senior member
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