#1
So I've been saving up for some new gear for a while and I've got about 600USD. I've got a Crate 120w SS HS ( ) that I'm hoping to sell for around 400-450USD. Now the dilemma is that I've used the money to help out my family's financial situation (due to a recent hurricane) because I thought I wouldn't have enough to get some new gear soon.

Now should I just sell my Crate and Spider III 15W and get around 500USD and get an amp from that price range or should I get some money back from the family and get a better amp. The problem with the last option is I would really feel like an asshole because I know I don't really need that much and I'm not very sure how my family's financial situation is at the moment, but at the same time, I don't want to buy an amp just to have to sell it later on because it's not good enough, like I did with the Crate.

I guess what I'm really asking is:

What's the best amp in the 500-600USD range?

What's the best amp in the 1000-1100USD range?

What would you do in my situation?

Also, another note I would like to add is that I've been saving for a guitar as well, so any extra money would go toward that.

Thanks for all the help.
#3
Quote by forsaknazrael
Best amp for what genre of music? Artists you'd like to sound similar to?


Oh forgot that bit. I'm into a lot of different stuff. I really like metal and rock, but I also like funk and ska as well. Some of my favorite guitarists are Paul Gilbert, John Frusciante, Yngwie, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, and Petrucci. I know that probably doesn't help much given the tonal variety, but I guess just what amp would be best for a variety of different styles.
#4
look at sum carvin amps, there are a few around that price range that sound quite nice.
#5
Quote by Ajax413
Oh forgot that bit. I'm into a lot of different stuff. I really like metal and rock, but I also like funk and ska as well. Some of my favorite guitarists are Paul Gilbert, John Frusciante, Yngwie, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, and Petrucci. I know that probably doesn't help much given the tonal variety, but I guess just what amp would be best for a variety of different styles.

Well, Froosh, Gilbert, Trucks, Bonamassa on I think Yngwie too, all use British-voiced amps.
On the lower price range of things, a Traynor YCV50 Blue can cost anywhere between 400-650 bucks. This'll be good for the lower gain stuff. Grab an OD pedal for Gilbert, Petrucci and Yngwie.
#8
Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I'll look into Carvin and Traynor when I get the chance.
#9
Quote by forsaknazrael
Well, Froosh, Gilbert, Trucks, Bonamassa on I think Yngwie too, all use British-voiced amps.
On the lower price range of things, a Traynor YCV50 Blue can cost anywhere between 400-650 bucks. This'll be good for the lower gain stuff. Grab an OD pedal for Gilbert, Petrucci and Yngwie.

Derek Trucks uses Fender Super Reverbs. Read: not british-voiced.
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#10
Quote by forsaknazrael
Well, Froosh, Gilbert, Trucks, Bonamassa on I think Yngwie too, all use British-voiced amps.
On the lower price range of things, a Traynor YCV50 Blue can cost anywhere between 400-650 bucks. This'll be good for the lower gain stuff. Grab an OD pedal for Gilbert, Petrucci and Yngwie.

+1 this.
No amp in that price range will do British voicing better then the Traynor. Juat needs a bit more gain