#1
Ok I have been playing guitar for almost 4 years and all this time I've been using a crappy Squier. I have a FirstAct practice amp and I can play Eruption. So obviously I need to step up my equipment, because my friends and I are forming a band and that junk isn't going to cut it.

I recently started working at our local department store and I've got 900 dollars in my checking account and I want to buy some new equipment. I need a new guitar and a new amp capable of gigging so...

I play: MUSE, Hardcore/Metalcore, Heavy Metal but not like that Disturbed kinda metal more like Haste the Day and The Devil Wears Prada

Here is my dilhema, either buy:

Schecter Tempest Custom (White): $ 600
w/ Rio Grande Crunchbox/Punchbox Pickups $286

OR

PLEASE GIVE ME IDEAS FOR A GOOD LOUD CHEAP GIGGING AMP
Any amp (preferrably tube amp) capable of gigging in a small venue that costs under or around $900. I really don't know what kind of amp I want for gigging, but anything that holds distortion well and is loud, really loud.

So which one should I get first? In a few months a will be able to buy all of it but which one should I get right now?
Last edited by Rocknbird at Jan 26, 2008,
#2
Either way, I think. Your tone won't improve much until you get new of both.. So, whichever you can find a good deal on first I guess.
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#3
Get an amp. Your guitar will sound much better through a new map than a great guitar would sound through that first act.
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#4
New amp, at least it'll make you sound a bit better.

And why do you need $280 pickups in your guitar? You wouldn't even be able to tell the difference, at all, through the amp you have, even with a new amp it would be a subtle change from the pickups that come stock in it. Not worth it if you're on a budget.
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#5
Amp. Your Squier will sound good through a good amp. But no guitar, not even a Les Paul Supreme, will sound good in through your First Act. So, amp first.

For gigs, you'll need a 30/50 watt tube. They are REALLY loud. 30 watt tube is much louder than SS amps. A 6505 combo might be good. I've also heard good things about the Kustom 36 Coupe. They go for $600 new on eBay(the Kustom), but on MF, they charge $800.
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#7
Well as for music what do you play? I can think of a few amps in that price range...
B-52 AT-100 (high gain amp)
Peavey Windsor (best for classic rock and some 80's metal)
Peavey Classic 30 (classic rock and cleans)
Crate V Series
Fender Hot Rod Series (Cleans and classic rock)
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If I buy any amp head does it matter what cabinet I hook it up to?

absolutely.
What kinda of music do you listen to?
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Quote by Rocknbird
I listen to MUSE and Metal, like Hardcore music

randall (something)50tc.
Its good for metal, all tube, and loud as hell.
And you'll have a good start to a guitar.

EDIT:
Here
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Randall-RG50TC-50W-1x12-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=481197
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Traynor YCV50
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Boss BF-2 Flanger
BBE Sonic Maximizer
#14
i would look at a Peavy windsor stack, becuase jeremy of the devil wears prada used a marshall jcm 800 and a peavy windsor is basically a poor mans jcm, then get a good tubescreamer like a ibanez ts9dx. boost it and you cant get pretty much all the tones for hardcore/metal/melodic death metal/metalcore sounds. ive done it and its awsome sound. the only draw back, no clean sound. but you dont really need it for those genres. if you get serious into a band then you could buy another amp for the cleans and use a morely.