#1
I currently have a cheap Crate 15w amp I bought for $100. I have a friend who wants to buy it of me so I figured this could be a good time to upgrade a bit to a better quality amp. However I am not looking to spend $500+ on an amp so here is my question. Anyone have any suggestions on a better quality amp but will only cost me maybe $200-$250??

My original thoughs were:

Line 6


Rolland Cube


Thanks.
#3
get the Cube 15x. it's excellent. its included distortions are pretty awesome and it is built like a tank.
#4
for 250-300 you could get a tube amp. check out the valve jr. and the blackheart series.
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#5
Out of those 2, the cube for sure.
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#6
But if you want to play metal on valve then you have to buy pedal and increases cost
#8
go for it, the roland 20x rocks! the distortion is awesome and i like its clean channel as well
#9
the 15x and 20x lack a lot of the features of the other cubes. You'd be better off with either the 30 (or 30x - the 30x just has about 3 extra things which aren't really that essential/useful) or the microcube.

Also what style(s) of music do you play?
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#10
well I am new to guitar, as I said I am just upgrading cus a friend will take my crate off my hands but when I practice I guess I'd be more rock, nothing heavy and I don't go crazy with distortion. I want to play Audioslave as much as I want to play Dylan :P
#12
you can get a used peavey tube amp from the early 80s, 2 chan, for $250 or so usd ... they go about 130 watts and are just loud as sin ... plenty of power, good reverb, and tubes really make a difference ...

just my humble opinion tho but if you can, tubes are definitely the way to go
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#13
the cubes only have amp modelling after the 15 or 20...or get the microcube

EDIT: palomino V18 is like 330USD and will last you FAR longer than the cube
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#14
Why dont you try a Fender Champ XD I think personally there very nice sounding and cheap amps.... It has modelling but from what I understand the 12AX7 has the dsp run through it, keeping it virtually a full valve amp on 6v6's.. Anyhow I bought one to practise / do small gigs with and I find it very nice to play... and at £200 a bargain
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the 15x and 20x lack a lot of the features of the other cubes. You'd be better off with either the 30 (or 30x - the 30x just has about 3 extra things which aren't really that essential/useful) or the microcube.


+ a big, fat 1

Skip the 15 and 20. If you go for the Cube, the Microcube or the 30 is the way to go.

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well I am new to guitar, as I said I am just upgrading cus a friend will take my crate off my hands but when I practice I guess I'd be more rock, nothing heavy and I don't go crazy with distortion. I want to play Audioslave as much as I want to play Dylan :P


For your styles, you may prefer the Vox AD30VT. It's a little warmer sounding to me, a little more "tubey" than the Cubes. Probably better for your more mellow stuff.

I also agree about going for a small tube amp. The little Blackheart or Crate V8 might be a good choice. A 5W tube amp can sound nearly as loud as a 30W solid state amp, so don't let the wattage fool you. And if you're willing to buy used (which I'd recommend), a whole bunch of options will open up.
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#16
Why would you recommend buying used? I was under the assumption that tube amps can wear over use??

yes I know nothing about this..sorry..
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Why dont you try a Fender Champ XD I think personally there very nice sounding and cheap amps.... It has modelling but from what I understand the 12AX7 has the dsp run through it, keeping it virtually a full valve amp on 6v6's.. Anyhow I bought one to practise / do small gigs with and I find it very nice to play... and at £200 a bargain


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sorry, its $400 anyway


the actual tubes can wear over 3-5 years depending on usage, 'cept from that, theyre much simpler than SS amps and as long as you play before you buy and treat it well you should be ok
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#18
will check out some used ones around here, I was also confused when I see 5w.. My current one is 15 and I didn't know a 5 can sound as good or better than a 15. I really appreciate the help, I am learning a lot!!
#19
yea tubes amplify more frequencies and are percieved as louder

thats it roughly

5w amps are loud but tend to be limited feature-wise, hardly any have a 3 band EQ and i dont think i've seen one with reverb. except the laney lionheart, but thats crazeh-moneh

im still rooting for the palomino V18
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#20
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Why would you recommend buying used? I was under the assumption that tube amps can wear over use??


Because they're a better value. You should be able to find near mint condition used amps for about 2/3 the price of a new one. I buy practically all of my stuff used.

Everything wears out over time. The difference with tube amps is that when something goes wrong, it's usually a tube. You replace it, and you're on your way. With a SS amp, if something goes wrong it generally becomes an overpriced doorstop.

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will check out some used ones around here, I was also confused when I see 5w.. My current one is 15 and I didn't know a 5 can sound as good or better than a 15. I really appreciate the help, I am learning a lot!!


5W tube will be louder than your current amp, and will sound a lot nicer depending on the speaker you decide to go with. The little stacks with their 12" speakers are real nice. A 15W tube amp will provide you with enough power for small gigs. Again, if you go used, you might be able to find a Palomino V16 or the like within your budget range. I got one of those for my son a year ago, and he's played his school auditorium with it -unmic'd- and rocked the house.
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#21
15x is better than the micro if you don't care about the other effects other than distortion.
#23
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Peavey 5150, Ultra, Triple X all are gonna be good for metal and great for what your looking for...


$200-250?
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$200-250?


Opps misread his post.. thought his max was $500... Either way $200 bucks more and he is in that ballpark... Should save up and get something actually worth purchasing.... And sometimes you can find the Ultra as low as $250...