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I've been getting by with a really ****ty amp for practice, and I've been looking in to getting something a little more decent. My spending range is about $400-$500, which I know isn't really enough for anything great, but it's what I've got. I'm thinking either a Line 6 Spider III or a Crate VTX200S, but I really don't know anything about amps. Does anyone have any suggestions? Any of your knowledge will help, thanks.
#2
neither
spider suck so hard, I know I have one
crate is ... yeah (it not so great)

I personally love marshal and vox
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#3
i'd recommend the Spider III. I had a really bad amp to start, but i upgraded to the Spider III, and i wet myself every time I play cuz the tone is just phenominal.
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neither
spider suck so hard, I know I have one
crate is ... yeah (it not so great)

I personally love marshal and vox
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Thanks.
Yeah, I messed with a Spider III in the store. It was fun, but I heard they're really unreliable and stuff.
Aren't Marshal and Vox pretty expensive though? Right now I'm pretty piss poor.
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Yeah, I'll see if they have it at any local stores and try to test it out. Thanks.
#8
What kind of music (metal, etc.) It makes a big difference on amp recommendations. Are you gigging, jamming with friends or playing home/bedroom volume?
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What kind of music (metal, etc.) It makes a big difference on amp recommendations. Are you gigging, jamming with friends or playing home/bedroom volume?

It's pretty much just for practicing at home and maybe some jamming. So far, I've been learning a lot of jazz guitar, but I kind of want an amp that does okay all-around because I'm still learning and kind of want a taste of everything, y'know?
#10
A 5 watt tube combo like a Crate Palomino would probably be great for you. Good cleans up to about 4 and decent distortion. They are surprisingly loud, but not for a whole band situation. Just jamming in the garage or the living room would be fine. Another benefit is they make excellent practice amps if you decide to get a bigger amp later on. $200. Will need a pedal for metal. There are two or three other 5 watt brands in that price range. All are well spoken of on UG. I love my VK but 50 watts may be overkill for you. I would however try one out because they sound pretty good at low volumes but have the power for gigging.
#11
Woah hold up there everybody. With 400-500 you dont need to be getting a spyder. Period. A lot of lower end Crates are less than stelar too. Don't be intimidated by price. Heck yesterday I played a used Peavey classic 50 (great for your style, ussualy $850usd) for only $400. I'd research a good deal of amps. Ask around. Go to Guitar Center or whatevers close frequently and get a taste for what you like. Look at maybe a used Fender HRD, blues junior, etc. or maybe a peavey classic 30? Look at the palomino series. All quality but nicely priced tube combos. Good luck!
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