#1
Hey,

I'm interested in getting a new amp for my Jackson DKMGT "Dinky" (with active EMG 81/85 pickups).

First, I was interested in the Crate FlexWave series (specifically the FW65), but my local store didn't have any to try out. Also, I've seen a ton of bad reviews on the Crate amps, so I'm not so sure about it again.

Next, I was leaning towards the tube technology, specifically the VOX AD15VT-XL/AD30VT-XL, but I really didn't like the sound coming from them. I may look into some Peavey amps as well.

My style of music ranges from rock (Jun Senoue's sound, guitarist of Sonic Adventure - Open Your Heart) to harder rock/metal (some from Dan Donegan of Disturbed). Again, I've tried most of these amps but maybe you guys could recommend some before I buy something I may not want later on. I may add some pedals in the future too.

My max budget is $500.
Last edited by keennay at Sep 20, 2008,
#2
yea, umm, look at a cube 30?
your not going to get much for 200, just save
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#3
+1. save up more and you'll get a better amp.
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#4
Yeah, I thought as much.

I've changed my budget price to $600. I've checked other threads and rounded up a list of tube amps. Feel free to recommend some that are not on the list:

*Laney VC30-112
*Peavey Classic 30
*Peavey ValveKing 112 (maybe even the Peavey ValveKing 212, but I'd be fine with the 112)
*Roland Cube 60

I'm leaning towards the Peavey ValveKing 112, but let me know if there are better amps at the same or cheaper price (GuitarCenter has them priced at $429.99). Anyway, I plan on trying it out for myself sooner or later + I see there are some great deals for the ValveKing 112 in my area (~$300).
#5
I can't speak on the Laney, the Classic 30 is a great amp but won't do modern metal. Roland is decent, valveking is ok but nothing spectacular. The Classic 30 is easily the best of the ones you listed.
#6
How do Randall amps compare (specifically the Randall RG50TC)? There isn't one at my local shop, so unfortunately I wouldn't be able to try one for myself.

I really appreciate the help so far!
#7
used 5150 combo!!
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#8
ZOMG MY ENGL CAME IN THE MAIL TODAY AND IM GOING TO PLUG IN MY JACKSON DINKY AND AND PLUG IN MY EMG PICKUPS(5 OF THEM) AND MY METALZONE PEDAL AND AND ITS CUZ ITS GOT 300 WATTS AND I CAN HIT IT SO HARD UNTIL THE RECTIFIER GLOWS WITH THE INTENSITY OF A THOUSAND BURNING UNICORNS


Serious now, try a 5150 theyre very metallish.
#9
At 600, i'd say either a Peavey VK 112 (modded-new speaker/tubes) or a B-52 AT-112 or a Randall RG50TC or a used 5150/6505 (same amp, different name).
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#10
1 month bump.

After reading through some threads on these forums, I think I've decided on a Randall RG50TC. Again, it doesn't have to be anything too big, yet I would like something pretty decent as well (not looking for Cleans either).

Unfortunately zero stores (Guitar Centers, small-town guitar shops, Craigslist, etc) in my state carried one (I'm located in the US), so I never had the opportunity to test it with my own ears.

Here's what I've tried so far:
*5150/6505 (out of my price range)
*Laney VC30-112
*Peavey Classic 30
*Peavey ValveKing 112 & 212
*Roland Cube 60
*A few other amps that I've forgotten

I've spent some time checking out older threads, and the most common thing I've noticed is that used 5150/6505's are almost always recommended, even though they are well out of most peoples' price ranges.

I've searched so many small-town guitar shops in my state, looked around on Craigslist & eBay, and I would really like to know where one can find a used 5150/6505 for $500 or less (a 5150/6505 Head must obviously be under $500, as it would require a Cab).

Anyway, I think I may just go ahead on a Randall RG50TC as it seems like it has what I'm looking for.

Thanks again, I really appreciate all of the help I have received!
#11
You can really find 5150 combos for 600. Its not that hard.
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#12
Prcing average:
Product: Peavey 5150 212
Price Paid: USD 450
Submitted 06/10/2008 at 12:44pm by Bill

Product: Peavey 5150 212
Price Paid: USD 500 USED
Submitted 05/20/2007 at 08:04pm by Jay

Product: Peavey 5150 212
Price Paid: US $625.00 used

Product: Peavey 5150 212
Price Paid: ? (350) used
Submitted 04/15/2006 at 06:41am by Jules

Product: Peavey 5150 212
Price Paid: US $600 used
Submitted 03/19/2006 at 07:32am by Waynehead

Product: Peavey 5150 212
Price Paid: US $525 used
Submitted 03/03/2006 at 12:47pm by Jon

Product: Peavey 5150 212
Price Paid: US $550
Submitted 02/20/2006 at 07:41am by Kris

Product: Peavey 5150 212
Price Paid: US $600 used
Submitted 01/09/2006 at 08:27pm by Hakk Wyldly

Product: Peavey 5150 212
Price Paid: US $200.00
Submitted 07/08/2005 at 10:37pm by Kramr

And the list goes on and on.....

Also check out Used Peavey Ultra's and Triples..
#13
Looks like I need to look around more!

Thanks, but I'm not really interested in the 5150/6505's.
#14
Don't 5150's have a brown sound though so they wouldn't be very good for metal unless you got a decent distortion pedal?
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#15
Quote by mightmuffin
Don't 5150's have a brown sound though so they wouldn't be very good for metal unless you got a decent distortion pedal?


I'd call it rather blue.

and for the rest: WTF? 5150 not good for metal? Using a distortion pedal on a 5150? Are you feeling well?
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#16
Quote by mightmuffin
Don't 5150's have a brown sound though so they wouldn't be very good for metal unless you got a decent distortion pedal?


That comment actually made me puke a little.....


Brown Sound - Marshall Super Lead, Ohmite Variac variable transformer
5150- Metal Beast that 80% of all modern metal bands to date use
Distortion Pedal- Can-o-Bees no were close to being actual metal tone
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#17
Well, my Randall RG50TC amp came in today and I'm very satisfied with it! I may change the speakers/tubes in the future, but I'm glad I made this purchase. Got it at an incredibly cheap price as well!

The clean channel, well, they aren't great but I didn't get this amp for cleans!

Thanks for all of the help people!