I started playing guitar five years ago. I got a little first act guitar with a $50-100 amp and haven't gotten a new amp since. Recently, I got the Ibanez Artcore AM73 and I need some help finding an amp that matches the quality of my guitar.

I need something that won't cloud the sound of notes and chords, if you know what I mean. I use the DigiTech RP500 pedalboard (if that's relevant to the situation) and I like to use all types of effects and still be able to hear pitch. And the amp needs to be powerful enough for band practice.

I normally wouldn't ask but I don't know a thing about amps and I don't want to make the mistake of buying something I can't use. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Your budget?
What style of music will you be playing?
What major city do you live near? Indy. Found that.

Nice guitar, congrats.

Edit: Damn you Ghold!
Last edited by gregs1020 at Jul 23, 2008,
$300 is probably a stretch right now but if I need to I'll save up.

As for the music, I play a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta, System of a Down, Bush, AFI, Coldplay, Hurt, Muse, David Bowie.
I don't really know how to describe my own music. It's fast paced but not harsh. I jump between distortion effects and reverb & delay, and sometimes go entirely clean. Sorry if that doesn't help..

I live in Indianapolis.
grrrrrrrrrrr, nothin is coming to me. The only thing i can say is try and save up?
Quote by Ghold125
grrrrrrrrrrr, nothin is coming to me. The only thing i can say is try and save up?

But for what?
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/msg/759570520.html Vox Ad50, not a tube amp, a hybrid but is very versatile.
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/msg/764411026.html Fender Blues Jr. All tube, you would need a TS-9 the like to hit some of the bands. On it's own, it will sound great clean with that Artcore.
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/msg/751600770.html Peavey Classic 50. 4x10. Wow! $250? Holy cow, that's not bad but like the small fender, you will need a good od pedal to hit some of the more "distorted" sounds you like. Big & heavy = harder to transport.
Best for last...
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/msg/731560894.html Ampeg Jet. Needs a TS9/Maxon808 etc to hit the distortion you need, but that's a great amp.
One other question (just to be sure): Would all of these amps be capable of handling a full band practice?
The classic 50 would be your best option, if it's in good condition....and the ad50 is the next one....the other I don't think you can get through a band situation that has a drummer...good luck.