#1
Hi all. I'm in the market for a nice little tube combo, something I can overdrive at home and mic for gigs. Recently, I stumbled across the Epiphone Valve Junior combo (I believe that's the one, 5w, 8" speaker), and it seemed like a lovely idea. As far as I'm concerned, I can do better than a 3-knob eq with the knobs on my guitar, or, if I must, a Danelectro (gasp!) fish n chips eq.

I guess at this point the logical thing to do would be define my musical tastes. That's difficult, but I play everything from Buddy Guy to AC/DC to John Frusciante/RHCP-style stuff. From what I've found, I can usually get what I need out of a pedal or two, or with the knobs on the guitar.

So, my questions:

Would the Valve Junior be prohibitive to actually playing any of my styles of music?

Can that combo be disconnected from the speaker to power a cab?

Will that cab be any louder than the combo, if I can power it?

Is this thing a good idea, or should I just wait for a blues jr?

Much thanks in advance.
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#2
ive got the epi head.
from what i hear it's much better of the two. i think the epi speaker is pretty bad.


ive also got a blues jr.

i use the epi head connected to a combo amp for practice, its a vintage, raspy easy to overdrive sound. it will hum if u add any outside interferrence like a dimmer or a computer monitor nearby. so i doubt id trust it for a gig.

if u plan on gigging or if u just plain cant get the head. then save up for the blues jr.

and yes, u can run the epi combo out to a cab. there's a "how to" explaining just that, if u google epi mods, and similar you should be able to find it.
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#3
Much thanks. Looks like my cheap self is just going to wait and fork over the cash for a blues Jr.
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#5
jenny's usually right. though you picked a good amp. you could buy the head, get a $90 speaker from MF, and build yourself a 1x12 cab for cheap.
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#6
Build a cab? Sounds exciting. lol. Time to search the forums for a "how do i build a cab?" thread. Again, many thanks.
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#7
Honestly, wait for a Blues Jr rather than get the Valve Jr combo, I tried it and it sounded pretty crap. I've got a Blues Jr and love it, it'll be amazing for your styles.
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#9
too high gain i think
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#10
I second (or 3rd, 4th, etc.) the Blues Junior, over the Valve Junior.

I've tried both, and have owned the Valve Junior and can honestly say I didn't like it at all. The overdrive (at least on the combo) is a bit aquired taste imo, very vintage and (as Jenny described it) 'raspy'. I guess you either like or you don't. But I didn't.

As for the Blues Junior. I tried it for about 30-60 minutes in a shop with my Les Paul. I didn't get to crank the poweramp, but the I loved the sound of the cranked preamp, and the cleans were great.

So yeh, it may be a fair bit more but IMO the Fender is well worth it over the Epi.
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