#1
right first thread guys. basically me and a few friends have been 'jamming' for two years now, with no real performances. i'm looking for a new amp, in the price range of around £200 or $450.
basically my question is this, am i better off with a cheap head and cab at this price, such as the 60 watt Hartke Piggy Back, or a physically smaller combo such as the vox AD50VT?
I understand that most venues have a PA system anyway.
This is a totally stupid question, and forgive my ignorance, but if i were to get a combo, could i connect it to a cab at a later stage, so my guitar goes through both?

thanks in advance.
#2
depends on the combo, how easily you can connect another cab to it. If you get one make sure it has outs for an external cab. A lot of them do but not all so you have to check. Otherwise you'll have to have it modded so you can connect a cab to it.

For me I'd rather have a head and cab for the reason that a 2x12 combo can get pretty heavy and if it's not made like a tank you can have vibration issues if you play very loud. I also feel like you get more flexabilty and options with a separate head. Like if you want to try a different cab, like a closed back one for instance, it's easier.
#4
thanks guys,
but anyone know of a decent head and cab for a good price? also, would something like the vox ad50vt be loud enough for a gig?
#5
Combo's don't necessarily make things easier.

If you want the chance to expand to a stereo setup later on, or run a bigger or smaller cab, depending on the stiuation... then its obvious, go with a head and cab. Usually when you buy a cheaper combo, the speakers are not as good as a separate cab.
I've bought, sold, and traded more gear than I care to admit.
#6
guys, he has 450 bucks... he's not gonna get a head and cab that's not crap at that price...

check out peavey valveking 112 50 watt combo, all tube, as loud as you'll ever need
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#7
either way, just make sure it sounds good. I would just go with a combo though.
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#8
Combo in my opinion. Most have external speaker jacks, my '63 reissue does for example. I just don't see how lugging around a cab and a head could ever be easier than a 40 pound combo.
#9
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guys, he has 450 bucks... he's not gonna get a head and cab that's not crap at that price...
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Correction, he has 450 euro, which is 850-900 USD (I'm not to0 bright on that subject)

You could get a 2x12 marshall cab for about 200 euro, but im not sure where you could get a head for 250 euro, that' not utter crap.

EDIT: Peavey Valveking Half-Stack = 900 USD/ 450 Euro
Get it if you want a good tube stack for volume. Unless your playing small clubs, this is probably the best stack for the money.

Stay away from SS half-stacks (MG's, Crate's)

But if you're hauling this back and forth, it will be a huge hassle.
A lighter half-stack would be a nice AVT150HX head
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Marshall-AVT150HX-150W-Amp-Head?sku=482630V
And a Marshall 2x12
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Marshall-MC212-130w-2x12-Guitar-Extension-Cabinet?sku=481033

Not sure if that's over 450 euro.
Last edited by wolfy808 at May 22, 2008,
#10
I would get a combo, simply because it's easier to carry.
#11
Quote by wolfy808
Correction, he has 450 euro, which is 850-900 USD (I'm not to0 bright on that subject)

You could get a 2x12 marshall cab for about 200 euro, but im not sure where you could get a head for 250 euro, that' not utter crap.

EDIT: Peavey Valveking Half-Stack = 900 USD/ 450 Euro
Get it if you want a good tube stack for volume. Unless your playing small clubs, this is probably the best stack for the money.

Stay away from SS half-stacks (MG's, Crate's)

But if you're hauling this back and forth, it will be a huge hassle.
A lighter half-stack would be a nice AVT150HX head
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Marshall-AVT150HX-150W-Amp-Head?sku=482630V
And a Marshall 2x12
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Marshall-MC212-130w-2x12-Guitar-Extension-Cabinet?sku=481033

Not sure if that's over 450 euro.



He said he has 200 euros which is 450 dollars.
#12
it's actually £200. So €350 or $425 approx.
i can afford to go a little over this. has anyone used either the hartke piggy back or the vox ad50vt, or express opinions on it?
thanks again
#14
Speaking as a guy who does sound in rooms that most regular gigging bands would consider normal to large...just a decent combo, especially on that budget of yours.

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