#1
Looking for a great practice amp, like 5 Watts?

My parents actually bought me a marshall 250FX for xmas like 3 yrs ago; but its way too much 100 watts. I never, never crank it up more than a quarter of the way.

I know with tubes, you have to crank them up to get the juicy sounds you want; are solid states the same?

I was thinking tube, but i'm not sure;

any recommendations.


Also maybe its just my playing that needs to improve and my marshall amp is fine. About 1yr ago, i bought a ashdown fallen angel 40 to try a tube amp; but again its too loud.


Let me know your thoughts,

TIA

Boyd
#3
For more information regarding "which amp," the first thing you'll want to do is read this thread:

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=149114

Next thing you'll want to do is answer a few questions.

What kind of music do you like to play?
How much are you willing to spend?
Will this amp be solely for practice in the home/bedroom, or do you plan to gig with it as well?
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#4
What kind of music do you like to play? Classic rock mostly
How much are you willing to spend?500$ + whatever I get for my trade in on the ashdown
Will this amp be solely for practice in the home/bedroom, or do you plan to gig with it as well? Soley Practice
#5
I don't do this much.
But a Line 6 Spider. Only one of the 15watt models though.


Sigh, I can't believe I'm saying this..

But yeah, they are alright for practice.
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#6
First ones that come to mind are (tube):

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Valve-Junior-Half-Stack-481475-i1275082.gc
or
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=blackheart&st=

Now those two can still get pretty loud for being only 5watts, but they'll still be more manageable than your MG, and much better sounding in my opinion.

That leaves you with some extra money to get a) an EQ pedal (like the MXR 10-band EQ), and b) an overdrive pedal (like the Digitech Bad Monkey or a tubescreamer/clone).

As for Solid State:

Roland Microcube or Vox DA5. Both low wattage solid states that are also portable (can be run from batteries, making them quite convenient for on the go). They both have numerous amp models and also a few special effects to play around with. I have the Microcube myself and use it all the time when I feel like practicing on a whim and don't want to fiddle with my other amps.
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Last edited by Hakael at Jul 26, 2008,
#7
Quote by Hakael
First ones that come to mind are (tube):

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Valve-Junior-Half-Stack-481475-i1275082.gc
or
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=blackheart&st=

Now those two can still get pretty loud for being only 5watts, but they'll still be more manageable than your MG, and much better sounding in my opinion.

That leaves you with some extra money to get a) an EQ pedal (like the MXR 10-band EQ), and b) an overdrive pedal (like the Digitech Bad Monkey or a tubescreamer/clone).

As for Solid State:

Roland Microcube or Vox DA5. Both low wattage solid states that are also portable (can be run from batteries, making them quite convenient for on the go). They both have numerous amp models and also a few special effects to play around with. I have the Microcube myself and use it all the time when I feel like practicing on a whim and don't want to fiddle with my other amps.

I wouldn't get an EQ really, I just find them a waste of money, you could get a reverb iinstead, cause the Blackheart doesn't have it.
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