#1
Hi, what would you recommend for a good quality practice amp not costing too much. I've only got a pretty bad cheapo starter amp and would like an upgrade to practice that doesn't have to be loud (ill buy a gigging amp when needed) and would work well for blues rock, hair metal, hard rock, some heavier stuff. I'm thinking GNR, Led Zep, Crue, Sabbath etc. kinda stuff. As I said I'm only interested in sound quality rather than loudness. My budget is absolute max £200 though I would prefer to spend less.
#2
vox valvetronix, less watts the better
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#4
my first amp was a peavey backstage 30 W its pretty good, loud enough with built in distortion, which is not the best but better than none
#5
yeh I've got this amp http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Complete-Electric-ST-guitar-pack-with-15W-Amp-DVD-S-B_W0QQitemZ120174723943QQihZ002QQcategoryZ2384QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
and its obviously not great. I need a new guitar so i dont want to spend much on an amp but probably could do with a better one. Thia ones not too bad and would last me untill I need a gigging amp if it had to....
#8
if you are willing to go to £200, laney vc15 or peavey windsor studio would probably be worth considering (i haven't tried the studio, it's out in january, but the head is good).
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#9
Your best sound will be a tube combo. Don't know what is available to you, but check out the Epi Valve Junior and cab, Fender Champion 600, Peavey Valveking Royal 8 and my personal favorite the Crate Palomino V8. All $200 USD. You will need a pedal for metal distortion. These are all 5 watt but surprisingly loud. For solid state look into the Peavey Transtube series, best and most tube-like sound, more distortion, very rugged.
#10
VC15
^If he can actually get the crate here it'd be no where near in his budget I think. £200 GBP

Besides, the VC kills anything in the Valveking range.
#11
Didn't see the recommendations about the Laney. Since I know nothing about them I'll have to take your word for it.
#12
If you want a decent amp for not a lot of money I'd go for a Line-6

They don't get as much credit as they should. They do make quality amps.

And the pedalboard that goes with it is freaking insane
#13
the valveking royal 8 is actually quite nice for half the price of the vc15... though the lc15 isn't much more (haven't tried it though).
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If you want a decent amp for not a lot of money I'd go for a Line-6

They don't get as much credit as they should. They do make quality amps.

And the pedalboard that goes with it is freaking insane



sometimes i think people do this to try and be funny.

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Quote by borntoboard321
If you want a decent amp for not a lot of money I'd go for a Line-6

They don't get as much credit as they should. They do make quality amps.

And the pedalboard that goes with it is freaking insane


Line 6:

High end stuff and single effects: Good.
Low end stuff: Bad.
#16
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lc15 laney tubes and cheap


The best recommendation in this thread.

It'll cover you needs now, and supply enough power for band practice and small gigs when the time arrives. This way you won't be scurrying to buy another new amp then!
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#17
Serious? It would cover a small gig? (how small?!) If it would be good for a big enough gig to get a good sound (would it be need to be boosted a lot on the PA?) then im soo looking/saving for one!
#19
yes but if you want to play clean it'l have to be a very quiet or else a very small gig
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#20
^, ^^ What they said.

You won't have pristine cleans at gigging volumes, but you could probably do any gig with the amp if you mic it up to a PA. People here claim they gig with 5W valve amps. That's too small for my taste, but 15W will do fine.
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#21
For a 15w amp on a budget, might want to look at the Epiphone Valve Standard. Basically, it's a 15w version of the Valve Junior, with a three band EQ and (although I use pedals) a few digital effects. Like most people said, if you gig, you can easily mic it up. You can also plug it into a multispeaker cab if you desire a "fuller" sound from it. Best thing about it is it's about $300USD, which I'm pretty sure falls under your budget.

Also I think they might go under a different brand name locally for you.... something-Benton maybe? I'm sure someone else might know.
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#22
im afraid Epiphone valve standards don't have enough gain to cover his hair metal/hard rock needs.
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im afraid Epiphone valve standards don't have enough gain to cover his hair metal/hard rock needs.


Hard rock, it should be able to fill quite nicely.

Hair/heavy metal though, definitely need an overdrive/distortion pedal. But that's why I mentioned the amp. It's very inexpensive for what you get, and you can easily afford a pedal on top of it.
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