#1
OK, so I've been playing for about a year now and my current amp is Line 6 Spider III 30watt, I know it sucks, but when I bought it I hardly knew what I was getting myself into and it sounded nice. Now that I'm more experienced I want a better metal sound out of my playing which is impossible with such a crappy amp. I've looked around the forums and I fully realize that if I want to get a particular band's sound I need to get the same amp as they have, or at least of the same series/company. The problem is I'm a college student and live on campus. Big amps are not allowed and half the time I'm forced to play with headphones on because of the time of the day I can practice or a roommate is trying to study/sleep, and I don't want to be an ass.

So my question to you guys is this: should I get a distortion pedal to get that crunchy metal sound I'm looking for or should I look into buying a better amp? Please don't suggest anything over 50 watt. Even with 30 watt amp I hardly go above 3 on volume knob. And if a distortion pedal will be enough to please my appetite for destructive sound then what brand should I look into?

If it helps I play a lot of metallica, megadeth, lamb of god, and pantera.

My guitar is Schecter C-1 Hellraiser FR with EMG's 81/85 that I bought a month ago.

Thanks in advance, and please, no immature/pointless responses... I'm asking a serious question here.
#2
A distortion pedal in kinda redundant what with built in effects that the spider has. For a small amp that does it's job I'd say a roland cube. Now that you'd need a pedal.
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#5
Mesa? the 5:50 express is a 50 watt and a 5 watt tube combined. i think it gets enough gain for ur music. it's not cheap though. cuz i don't think i saw a budget there...

if not, yes. roland cube.
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#6
how much money do you have/are you willing to spend?
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#7
Money isn't a problem really. I'm willing to work extra hours to make up for the higher cost. I just checked Roland 60watt cube on their website, the audio files there sound really damn great. But gotta check it out in a local Guitar Center first though. If 30watt sounds just as awesome as 60watt then I might buy it instead. But I really don't want to spend more than $500 for a new amp.
#10
+1 to cube.

When your at the guitar store also try out the 5w Crate palomino or Valve junior with distortion pedals. You might like their sound better.
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#11
For some odd reason Guitar Center does not stock the larger Cubes in the stores.
@ least not here. I finally found mine at the old guy's guitar shop down the street. $325 US for the Cube 60. Bought a Metal Muff, and a Digitech Metal Master, and wow.
Definately sounds crushing. Loud as HELL too for a SS.
#12
Wow, it seems Roland Cube is a winner. I'll definitely check it out along with some Crate amps, heard a lot of good things about them too. Thanks for the help!

I also like the acoustic feature on the Roland amps, very versatile.
#13
Honestly, i'd say get another SS amp. You pretty mcuh cant get a low wattage high gain valve amp. And you cant use headphones with them. Unless you buy an attenuator...
+1 On the cube.
Maybe a micro cube would be a nice choice and you can start saving for a valve amp for once you get out of college.
#14
you wanna know the best bet for playing in a college dorm? play into your computer and wear headphones. seriously i did that waaayyyy more than i ever used my amp while in the dorm. hell, i still do that a lot. something like a USB interface or even just a mic preamp with a 1/4" input will do. so a mic preamp, an adapter for your headphones, and headphones. grab a nice distortion pedal for your chain and bam, done. mic preamps can be had for under $100, you can get a nice disto pedal for around $100-150, and you probably already have headphones. so for <$250 you can get a very nice practice setup that wont bother anyone.

if you really do want an amp, then i would think that one of the cubes is the way to go. i would go for the micro cube if it is just for dorm playing. you dont need more volume than that.
#15
^ that'd probably be a good call. It's debatable if it's worth buying a roland cube when he already has a spider (unless he sells the spider to fund the cube, and even then...).
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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