#1
Hello all,

I'm about to purchase a new amp. I've pretty much narrowed it down to the Vox Valvetronix AD50 (or AD30) and the Fender Blues Junior.

I primarily play Neil Young and some Oasis (I don't play any metal). I just need an amp for jamming and playing at home. I don't gig.

What are your suggestions? I use a Epiphone Les Paul with P90 pickups.

Thanks
#2
The Blues Jr.

It's all-valve and will give you those tones better than the Vox can. Plus, it would sound lovely with P-90s.
#3
Yeah, Blues Junior, that'll be great for what you want.
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#4
i'm gonna suggest the AD30vt here.
it's much more versatile, and you won't feel the need to crank it all the time (and hurt your ears).
sure the BJ has better tone, but it's also more expensive and 15 watts tube for home playing is overkill.

just my 2 cents.

oh and you won't nail the Oasis tone with a blues jr...
don't get me wrong people, i love the BJ but i think this guy would be better off with the vox.
#5
Blues Jr., by far.

The AD50VT's a nice amp and all, but you'll tire of it eventually. With the BJ, you'd be buying the basis for a quality rig. Definitely the way to go.
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#6
Well, I tried the XL version of the Vox and I wasn't impressed, pretty muddy sound. I would say Blues Junior as well for the type of music you like to play.
#7
Fender BJ all the way - in fact, it's damn near ideal!

After a few months the novelty of the Vox would wear off and you'd be left wanting something with real tubes in it...
#8
Quote by The red Strat.
i'm gonna suggest the AD30vt here.
it's much more versatile, and you won't feel the need to crank it all the time (and hurt your ears).
sure the BJ has better tone, but it's also more expensive and 15 watts tube for home playing is overkill.

just my 2 cents.

oh and you won't nail the Oasis tone with a blues jr...
don't get me wrong people, i love the BJ but i think this guy would be better off with the vox.


Actually, P90s + BJ could make a nice Oasis tone, given the right eqing and whatnot.

The BJ is a fantastic little amp, not at all overkill for home playing, but loud enough to move up to rehearsals and small gigs if need be.
#9
BJ f'sho!!!

join my group of Blues Jr owners when u get it too.
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#10
Quote by Don_Humpador
Actually, P90s + BJ could make a nice Oasis tone, given the right eqing and whatnot.

The BJ is a fantastic little amp, not at all overkill for home playing, but loud enough to move up to rehearsals and small gigs if need be.

i'm not so sure about that... you could be right.
oasis never used p90's and they used marshall JCM900 amps too...


it's very nice indeed, but a 15 watt tube amp for home jamming is on the edge IMO.
#11
Doesn't one of them use an Epi Casino or something like that? I'm sure that had P90s in it. Not soapbars, though - the dog ear ones.

And I currently have a 50 watt amp for home practice...
#12
Quote by Denthúl
Doesn't one of them use an Epi Casino or something like that? I'm sure that had P90s in it. Not soapbars, though - the dog ear ones.

And I currently have a 50 watt amp for home practice...

possible, but definitely not much anyway. les pauls and es 335 type guitars were noel's main guitars.


tell me about it, i have a 40 watt tube amp for home practice
#13
Yeah. But at least yours fits your playing style. Mine isn't right for me. It's a good amp, but...I don't think it's going to give me what I want in the near future
#14
well, i'm not too fond of my amp at the moment...
i can't nail a single tone i want.

i love 900's.
what genres do you play ? cause they're pretty versatile.
#15
I play everything, but it seems I prefer a vintagey tone rather than a modern one. The clean channel is amazing, but the overdrive just isn't doing it for me anymore. The OD-3 over the clean channel is good for now, but I can't go on like that forever.
#16
hmm... they sound very good cranked, you could consider an attenuator.
it wouldn't change the rather modern tone though...
#17
thanks all, I appreciate the advice.

I think Noel's Epiphone Supernova (the union jack one) has p90's on it, but I could be wrong.
#18
I've already cranked it once, and whilst I was impressed by the tone, it still didn't feel right for me. So I'm thinking of trading it for something different. Possibly a Blues Jr. or Vox AC15 or something like that. Whatever takes my fancy/sounds best with a Strat.
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Quote by rust weld
thanks all, I appreciate the advice.

I think Noel's Epiphone Supernova (the union jack one) has p90's on it, but I could be wrong.

nope alnice 57's

my point was that you couldn't nail the oasis tone with a BJ

Quote by Denthúl
I've already cranked it once, and whilst I was impressed by the tone, it still didn't feel right for me. So I'm thinking of trading it for something different. Possibly a Blues Jr. or Vox AC15 or something like that. Whatever takes my fancy/sounds best with a Strat.

ah yeah i have that same feeling too with my amp now. it doesn't feel right...
God, why did you have to make me tone freak instead of being happy with a spider

a JCM900 for a BJ or ac15 isn't exactly a fair trade
(i mean the 900 is much more expensive)
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#20
Quote by The red Strat.
a JCM900 for a BJ or ac15 isn't exactly a fair trade
(i mean the 900 is much more expensive)


Sorry to contradict you again but used JCM900 combos go for £350, and a Blues Junior, new, is roughly the same price
#21
Head and cab, actually

And I've seen them go for between £400 and £500 at various times on eBay. Though...I only have a 1922 cab, not a 1936 or 1960...

I'm really just after getting something that will give me nice cleans and perhaps decent OD, though I'd be happy to give it a little extra push with a Tubescreamer. Anything that can get me tones that would be good for playing RHCP, Clapton, SRV etc. would be nice to have.