#1
I'm looking for a practice amp that can cover a wide range of tones (good tones), that I can play for just bedroom practice and the occasional jam with a band and/or lug to school. I play quite a bit of stuff, from blues to Nile, so I'm going to need some versatility. Good Distortion is a must, though, and I put that before anything else.

I'm eyeing those Spider IIIs, but I've noticed that most of you aren't too fond of it.
#3
do you want a tube amp?are you interested in getting a stack. I have a SpiderII and itll get you a sound your looking for, but id i wouldnt go out a buy another Line6. Theres probably something better. Peavey Marshall Krank VHT probably are known for some good distortion
Hi tom
#4
i'm fond of them the only problem with spider III's are you need at least the 75 watt one to get a good sound outa them. one of my friends has one of the 30 watt ones and it sounds like ****, but me and one of my other friends both have the 75 watt ones and love them
Guitars
Godin Velocity w/ Schaller locking tuners
Ibanez RG7321 w/ Dimarzio Crunchlab & Liquifire
Seagull Coastline S6 Burst GT QI
Random Ibanez Bass

Gear
Blackstar HT-5 Head
Avatar Contemporary 212 Cab
Peavey Valveking 112
#5
I play an ESP, Mahogany body, EMGs, etc., I don't really have a budget.

I've never played a full tube amp before, closest I've ever gotten is my AVT20 (which sounds like poo), but sure, and the stacks'll be a pain to move around (I'm 14ish, can't lift 100 pounds too well).
#6
I like my Spider III 75W.

Problem is, you don't really need 75W, and this sucker is heavy. Plus it's not that durable.

I'd go with a Peavey or Crate if I were you. Crates are cheap but not the greatest sounding. Peaveys are my personal faves.
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Great list Rutch. On re-reading this one I'd have to say Solid State means not liquid or gas.

I figured it out.
#7
Spider III is a good amplifier if it's the sound you like! People need to stop attacking them, really.

I have a Spider III HD150 with a 4x12 cab, and it's amazing, I love it. Just play what you like, and don't attack other people for what they like.
#8
People say they sound like crap at higher volumes. Is this true?
#10
In that case, I'm thinking of maybe getting a Peavey 6505. But as aforementioned, I can't lift half stacks around too well, so are there smaller alternatives to the cabs?

How much does your cab affect your tone?
#11
A head and 1x12 cab will be amazingly portable. Moreso than a 1x12 combo amp. Just watch the speaker. And the cab and speaker are the centerpiece of your tone. Not too many people are up on that yet.
#15
i herd u liek mudkipz.


And yeah, they do.
Co-Founder of the Orange Revolution Club


-Esp/Ltd Ec-1000 w/ BKP Mules
-2-channel Titan
-Oversized Bogner 2x12 Cabinet
-Fulltone OCD
-RMC Picture Wah
-T.C. Electronic Nova Delay
-Larrivee D-03R
#16
A Wizard Has Turned You Into A Mudkip. Is This Awesome Y/n?

Edit: stupid caps lock filter.
#18
peavy bandit if you insist on going new. A classic 30 can run you less if you go used, and is 30 all-tube watts, loud enough to gig with (even at large places if you mic it through a PA and put in a really nice speaker) and pretty versatile.

the bandit is a really nice solid state amp, still loud enough for gigs.

if you want something cheaper, and don't wanna gig, I really recommend the Epiphone Valve Junior Combo or stack. The combo is like $150, and is 5 all tube watts (can be louder than a SS 15 watt amp) and the stack ($250 I think) has a better quality speaker. This is by far a better amp than the bandit, but the bandit can go louder.
Gear:

Jackson dk2m
MIM strat
peavey jsx 2x12 combo
Recording King RDC-26
Digitch RP1000
Crybaby 535Q
#19
Will I be able to get the peavey tone out of the 6505 at bedroom volumes?
#21
try a multi effects processer on a combo amp wih good clean tone.
-------Gary Coy Smith---------

Epiphone G-400 1966 RI
Dean ML XM
EHX Big Muff
Epiphone Valve Jr
Guitar Rig 4
#22
Will my amp's tone affect the tone of the Multi Effects Processor?

I'm looking at the POD XT right now, does anything have something to say about it?
#24
Quote by uldhppi
The opposite. The multi will affect the amps tone adversely.


lol