#1
I am planning on buying a new amp. I have a low budget and someone said that Craig's List was the way to go. Based on reviews I've read, the Epiphone Valve Standard is a very good tube amp. Its on the cheap side but has great tone and rich, warm tube sound. So I'll buy that amp, and then probably buy my first pedal, which will be an Ibanez TS7 Tubescreamer Pedal. So does an Epiphone Valve Standard + Ibanez TS7 Tubescreamer = Good Deal?

Here is the link to the amp which I think is regularly $300: http://stlouis.craigslist.org/msg/727924848.html

This page of amps is in my price range, so if you see a better amp please tell me: http://stlouis.craigslist.org/search/msg?query=tube+amp&minAsk=min&maxAsk=250
#3
get a blackheart little giant, its 5 watts like the epiphone plus it has an eq and i find it sounds better
#4
Craig's List is a good way to get deals on stuff. Before buying make sure to check everything out. You may even want to bring someone who is a little more knowlegable about equipment when you try out stuff...and try ALL the features, etc.
#5
I play rock, hard rock, classic rock, alternative, and a little metal. To give you an idea, here are a few of the songs my band will cover in it's next gig.

1. Pork and Beans-Weezer
2. Blue Orchid-The White Stripes
3. Hate to Say I Told You So-The Hives
4. Crazy Train-Ozzy Osbourne
5. Either Love Train or Joker and the Thief-Wolf Mother

I forgot to also say that the amp must be able to gig in a fairly small space, maybe a gym or small theater or club.
#6
Quote by funkymonkz
get a blackheart little giant, its 5 watts like the epiphone plus it has an eq and i find it sounds better

The Valve Standard is 15 watts, has a 3 band EQ and sounds great. It's also cheaper than the Blackheart.


Dude, please jump on that. The Valve Standard is definitely worth the 200 bucks you'd be spending on it. Never used a TS7 before, but it should be good, and if you can mod it to TS9 specs later on down the line.
#7
you could get a fender super champ xd for like $300 and you wont even need a distortion pedal, it has 16 types of amp voicings in it, from clean to distorted to acoustic, and its tube, 15w, or the vibro champ which is 5w with basically the same features

heres the vibro champ
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Vibro-Champ-XD-Guitar-Combo-Amp-483069-i1371396.gc
heres the super champ
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Super-Champ-XD-Guitar-Combo-Amp-104494281-i1371514.gc

but if you still like the valve standard + tubescreamer setup, it sounds good to me if you play blues or classic rock
"A musician should not be measured by the skill at which they perform, but the passion, and love for music with which they are playing."
#8
Thanks HamburgerHelper, I was thinking the same thing. I might take my friend's Dad who knows A LOT about guitars and stuff. If he is willing to drive with us the 40 minutes to this guys house! (He wouldn't drive my dad would.)
#9
Quote by imgooley
The Valve Standard is 15 watts, has a 3 band EQ and sounds great. It's also cheaper than the Blackheart.


Dude, please jump on that. The Valve Standard is definitely worth the 200 bucks you'd be spending on it. Never used a TS7 before, but it should be good, and if you can mod it to TS9 specs later on down the line.

And then from there to TS808