#1
Looking for a new amp. Preferably under $1,000, and tube. I dont really care whether it's a combo or not, jsut as long as the whole amp setup is under 1K. Looking for something for Classic Rock and Hard Rock/Metal. I've been looking at some of the Marshall combos, like the JCM and DSL.

What do you guys think?
#2
B-52 has some nice stuff, just make surt it IS tube as the solid-state amps are not that impressive.

Also, if you're willing to fork over a little more $$$, there's always a nice fender combo you could go for.
#3
I hear the Mesa Boogie F series is pretty good for hard rock styles.
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#4
Screw B-52, they are shat factories from my experience with the at models. A marshall isn't going to be THAT versatile, though it will get the classic/hard rock tones, metal tends to be tougher to get w/o overdrives and tweaking, at least with my dsl. Get a 5150 combo off of ebay. I got mine for only $350 used, and all I needed to do was switch the tubes and replace a pot. They have boatloads of gain, and I can do classic and hard rock with it despite my les paul has the emg 81/85.

Or you can get the epiphone valve junior head, and a marshall cab w/ vintage 30s, replace the tubes, and run an overdrive in front of it. I've recently got the valve junior combo, and I run a malmsteen OD in front of it, and it can do up to 80's thrash/metal ala master of puppets or maiden.
#5
i find the 5150 feels pretty trashy to me, like it doesn't come out as much, feels trapped, and i don't care if it's supposed to be voiced that way or wateva it just doesn't have wat some ppl are looking for. plus they don't have a good clean channel, wats an amp without a good clean channel? is it worth that much? If you like it then that's cool but listen to it first.
#7
Mesa Boogie Mark IV's have been going on ebay for around 900-1000 as of late, very versatile and pretty much a kick ass sound, you could look into one of those.
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#8
I'm gonna say that a small Mesa combo is the way to go. Look into either a used Mark IV or an F-50. Both are great amps.

EDIT: musicofthenite, I was reading your sig, and couldn't help but notice that you have a Vox MicroCube? Seriously, I knew Roland made them, but I didn't know that Vox was stealing the design .
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