#1
I'm trying to find a decent amp to purchase for performing mainly in small-medium venues. I have a decent budget (500-600 dollars, plus a few hundred if necessary), and need to find an amp that will last me a while as i'm currently using a really crappy one. The sound I'm playing is mostly more mellow rock (think Queen) and I don't really care too much about distortion. My friend's convinced I need something extremely expensive, but I don't really think so. I don't know that much about amps, however, so that's why I came here. Any advice? I'll gladly answer any questions that will help to narrow it down for you guys.
#2
i got a marshall mg half stack for about $600 and despite what most people on here will tell you i like the tone i get out of it. what kind of music do you play? i can get from classic rock to metal and even some blues out of my mg
#3
^ no mg's.

get a used tube. if you're looking for cleans fender is the way to go
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i got a marshall mg half stack for about $600 and despite what most people on here will tell you i like the tone i get out of it. what kind of music do you play? i can get from classic rock to metal and even some blues out of my mg


You sir are tonally retarded.
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i got a marshall mg half stack for about $600 and despite what most people on here will tell you i like the tone i get out of it. what kind of music do you play? i can get from classic rock to metal and even some blues out of my mg


You like the tone because you have no experience with amps. After you listen to a lot of amps and grow an ear for tone, you will hate your MG with a passion.

Threadstarter, maybe you could give us a few more band examples, but I'm thinking a Fender Blues Jr and a Fulltone OCD overdrive will work quite well.

Or for a little more "oomph" (plus a British sound), Orange Tiny Terror. It's a little more pricey though, $650 for the just the head.

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#6
hahah i love these posts
i do NOT suggest a MG...i have one and i regret it...go for tube...look at Crate, Fender, Marshall ect...and if you can go for used amps, they go for half of new ones
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#7
Thanks SoLgEr, for triggering another 50 post MG thread.
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#8
if you can manage to save another $400 an ac30 would get you the perfect queen tone but since that's out of your range... peavey classic 30? fender blues deluxe/junior. the tiny terror would be a good buy if you happen to have a good cab lying around
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#9
I'm definitely going to buy used if i can.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm really looking for a good-sounding clean; Cream and Queen are two good examples. My band consists of guitar, piano and drums, and it's really less of a metal or punk sound and more mellow. I don't have any recordings offhand, but all the suggestions so far are great. I've heard bad things about MGs, so I'll try to avoid them, haha.
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Brian May uses the Vox AC30, which is an awesome amp but probably more than you're looking to spend at $1000 new. You could look for one used, though. I think they can be had pretty regularly in the $700 range.

The Peavey Delta Blues has similar qualities for $640 brand new. Great amp. Great cleans, reverb, tremolo. The Fender Blues Deluxe is another great amp in that price range.

Ampeg makes a couple great, clean amps. If you can find a Reverberocket or a Super Jet. Also very nice.

You want a tube amp, and probably around 30W or more. No MG's!
You Don't Need a halfstack.

You Don't Need 100W.

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#12
Vox AC30, that was the amp that brian may used, i think a used one should be around $600?
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#13
Honestly for $600 get a Fender Blues junior (new $400, used $300) and swap out the stock speaker for a Ceklestion vintage 30 or greenback (around $100 plus labor) and maybe a few other mods. You will get a SWEET sounding, semi-custom amp that way. Great for practice, studio, small gigs (and bib gigs if you mic it)

Or get a fender deluxe reverb (or twin reverb)
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http://cgi.ebay.com/Peavey-DELTA-BLUES-Electric-Guitar-Amp_W0QQitemZ290149116314QQihZ019QQcategoryZ38076QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Not necessarily that particular one, but is that type of amp a good one? I remember playing one of those before in a local music shop and it sounded really nice, but i'd like the community's thoughts on it before thinking about purchasing it.
#15
^ they have one of those in a local store around here and i love the tone sounds amazin with my strat or my tele
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#16
^^ Yeah, I love the Delta Blues, and the 1x15 version is the one I'd suggest.
You Don't Need a halfstack.

You Don't Need 100W.

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#17
Sorry for bumping this topic again...

I just wanted to find out some information about this amp: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Class50212/

Someone offered it to me for $315, which seems to me like a killer deal, but I just wanted to see if anyone's tried it before accepting. Obviously I would try it myself before buying it, but it'd be nice to find out if it's some crappy version or if it truly is a good deal.
#18
Nice amp, nice cleans. Sort of a jack of all trades amp. It'll do what you're looking for, and that's really an excellent price if it's in good shape. They generally go for over $400.
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You Don't Need 100W.

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