#1
I think I need a half stack. but am really just looking for the best sound I can get from a head unit and amp for a grand total of $1000.00.

Let me know what you think.

I play more of an alternative, punk, rock sound. I don't know if that matters when choosing one.

I've played Guitar for a year come July and just don't really know jack about equipment, what gives the best tone all around, what gives the most bang for my buck. Etc.

Thanks.
#3
You won't get a nice halfstack for that money and you probably won't need one either. My Peavey 6505+ halfstack never goes past 2 live. If you spend all the money on a 30 or 50 watt tube combo, you'll get a much nicer amp and it'll be loud enough for live use, especially if you mic it to the PA
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#5
you won't need a half stack.
I played a gig on friday and had my 100watt Valve King 212 on 2.
so...maybe a Valveking would do the job...
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#6
Yeah, hafstacks are just a bit too unruly for most live use, however, they have a sound that no other amp type can reproduce. So if the reason you want a halfstack is because you want that massive, thick, ticht bottom end that they do so damn well, then I'd suggest saving more money and going for something like a Peavey XXX or 6505 or a newer Marshall, those styles are some of the few tones that the JCM2000's do quite well.

But if you just want an amp with a good, tight tone for live gigging, look at some 2x12 combos like what's been suggested, the 6505 is a killer amp for the cash and the ValveKings can rock just as hard as amps that cost twice as much.
#7
a vox ac30(used) or orange rocker 30(also used) should work pretty well for the styles of music, i wouldn't recommend going for a marshall in this price range (or any for that matter*unless its vintage*)


edit: why so many metal amp reccomendations? for punk, rock, and alternative he is going to need some useable cleans
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a vox ac30(used) or orange rocker 30(also used) should work pretty well for the styles of music, i wouldn't recommend going for a marshall in this price range (or any for that matter*unless its vintage*)


ahh yeah, I just checked the prices, the 2000s are a bit out of the price range, and anything non-valve from marshall aint worth a scrap of nipple filings
#9
If you really don't know what kind of tone you're looking for then you've got to shop around, but I'd be looking primarily at 30-50W tube combos. Of the ones that have been mentioned so far, the Orange Rocker 30 would probably give you a much better Marshall-y tone than the DSL, especially since the combo's speakers suck. The Traynor YCV50 Blue is another Marshall clone to keep an eye out for.

You could also look at a Mesa in that price range, a lot of modern rock and punk bands use them and they're actually quite versatile. In that price range, you're looking at an F30 or F50, a Rect-o Verb combo, a Mark IV, or maybe a Lonestar. It'd be better to look at them used though, since they're not sold (new) over the internet and going used gives you a lot more options.