#1
Orange Crush 30R
Vox AD30VT

I have narrowed my choice down to one of these two amps. Don't tell me "save up some more and get a tube amp" because I'm financially tied up for about the next year so this is the best I can do, and anyway, this is a guitar question. That said, both of these amps are great, and I'll probably settle for the Orange, which, despite having less features (it isn't a modelling or hybrid amp) has amazing tone for an SS and looks very cool too. I'm going to get the amp first though, as I've found out it is the amp that maketh the guitar.

I currently play a Squier Affinity Strat with a Fender Frontman 15R

I've been playing since February this year and I feel it's time I upgraded as I've made ok progress for someone self taught, and I know that playing better gear makes learning way more fun and encourages you to improve.

I've tried out a few guitars, and here are the standouts:

PRS SE II Soapbar
Ibanez Artcore AS 83 as well as the deeper bodied model (model name esacapes me though - maybe an AFS 275!?)
Fender 50's Classic Strat and Tele
Epiphone Dot
Standard Strat and Tele
Epiphone Les Paul Goldtop
Ibanez Jetking

There are a few others I can't think of right now, but hopefully this thread will give me a better idea.

At the most I am looking to spend about £300-350 (probably about $600) on my guitar due to financial constraints, as well as not getting above my station skill wise.

I play a lot of blues and blues orientated rock (Black Keys being a major influence, as well as the White Stripes) some classic rock, a lot of indie, garage rock and punk, 50's rock and roll, 60's beat music, grunge, the Stones, Oasis, The Jam, Libertines, Strokes etc. The heaviest I go is Queens of the Stone Age and Wolfmother, usually (if I get heavier, I'll get an effects pedal).

So what do you reckon? What guitar would you suggest.

Also, has anyone played the Danelectro U2 56 pro reissue? Is this guitar suitable and more importantly, is it any good. No music shop I've been to sells them.

Finally, are there any effects pedals that would help me achieving better sounds to tie in with my styles of music, as I know diddley squat about effects pedals.

Your help is much appreciated,
Greg
Last edited by greggybhoy at Sep 17, 2006,
#2
I have a Fender 25R and its great. I payed 150 for it at Sam Ash. Comes with reverb, gain, channel selector, seperate head slots and great sound.
#4
Sorry, I posted this thread incomplete by accident. I've fixed it now!

Edit: hehepupitre, I'm staying away from Fender Frontmans. They are infuriatingly tempremental. I have the 15 watt model, and the only reason I haven't threw it into the sea is cos it's all I have.
#7
What does FTW mean?

I've checked Eastwood out sooo many times but I live in the UK and shipping is a bitch as you have to pay tax on top of delivery when the UPS man comes to the door. Not only that, the only companies that import Eastwood guitars generally only sell the high end ones, like the Airline etc (they also sell them at a big mark up).

I dig the P-90 sound in a big way. Are there any other good P-90 loaded guitars in my range. I tried an Epi Casino but it's too expensive and feels like it would fall apart in days.
#8
Quote by greggybhoy
What does FTW mean?

I've checked Eastwood out sooo many times but I live in the UK and shipping is a bitch as you have to pay tax on top of delivery when the UPS man comes to the door. Not only that, the only companies that import Eastwood guitars generally only sell the high end ones, like the Airline etc (they also sell them at a big mark up).

I dig the P-90 sound in a big way. Are there any other good P-90 loaded guitars in my range. I tried an Epi Casino but it's too expensive and feels like it would fall apart in days.


FTW = For The Win

Did you play all these guitars through the Orange? (I'm assuming you have...)
#9
You know what they say about assumption!

I wasn't able to find a shop that had all the gear I wanted to try out in the same room, but I tried out the PRS with the Orange and it blew my socks off it was so good. I think I may be better off with the PRS than a Fender as it has a slightly more beefy sound, even though the wide fretboard will take a bit of getting used to, but the Ibanez AS83 is also amazing and probably better than the Epiphone 335 - in fact I know it is. However, I haven't tried it through the Orange, but I just know it will sound amazing.

Any takers on the Danelectro and effects pedal questions?
Last edited by greggybhoy at Sep 16, 2006,
#10
Quote by greggybhoy
You know what they say about assumption!

I wasn't able to find a shop that had all the gear I wanted to try out in the same room, but I tried out the PRS with the Orange and it blew my socks off it was so good. I think I may be better off with the PRS than a Fender as it has a slightly more beefy sound, even though the wide fretboard will take a bit of getting used to, but the Ibanez AS83 is also amazing and probably better than the Epiphone 335 - in fact I know it is. However, I haven't tried it through the Orange, but I just know it will sound amazing.

Any takers on the Danelectro and effects pedal questions?


Well, if you like the combonation of the two that much, go and play them again, and if you're still pleased/satisfied, you might aswell buy them (the two that you tested, of course).
#11
Id rather have the PRS Standard w/trem with 2 hums for $499 or the SE Custom w/ trem for $549 or the SE Singlecut for $549
#12
The Singlecut from what I've saw is out of my price limit unless I find it cheap somewhere. I wouldn't mind a tre on my guitar but PRS don't do the model I want with one on it. I seem to be fixated with getting P-90s on my guitar, as I'm not sure how suitable humbuckers on a solid body guitar would be for what I like to play. Is the Santana SE any good?
#13
i have a vox ad50vt and its really great and i still have lots of fun with it even though ive had it for a while. The ad30vt is a modelling amp so you can get more sounds out of it that the orange crush 30.
For the guitar i reckon you should get a strat cause they own.
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#14
I'm watching this thread quite eagerly, I'm in a very similar situation to you (Squier frontman pack) and I have also narrowed my amp choice down to those two...

I've decided on the guitar (Epi LP Plain Top) and my musical tastes are pretty much exactly the same as yours.

Your amp is temperamental? By that do you mean is incosistent in sound, or buzzes alot clean? Cause mine does that too =)
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#15
The amps sound varies some days, even on the same setting, and the pickups on the guitar will randomly buzz.

I'm going to go for the Orange amp though, I have decided.

Curreently the PRS SE is my front runner. The 50's classic Strat I tried on a Hotrod was amazing but the shop didn't sell Orange amps but if I get the chance to try then out together then who knows?