#1
hi my friend wants to buy a new amp but he doesn't now wich one.

he's price range is $500-$1000

he likes stuff like acdc, fountains of wayne, simple plan, metallica, blink182, alter bridge, led zeppelin, guns n roses, journey, foo fighters, the killers, the scorpions, steve vai, joe satriani, red hot chili peppers, def leppard, nirvana, avenged sevenfold.

i forgot to say that he will not buy used and he will buy it in arizona, he wants a loud tube amp, he will play in a band.
Last edited by alexcp94 at Oct 16, 2008,
#3
he's like right in the middle of the voicing spectrum...pretty much half and half debate on whether to get british voiced or american voiced....

so with that kind of budget he can get TWO combo tube amps and A/B them. as for the american voiced amp, i don't know for sure. but he can definitely get a used peavey classic 30 and OD pedal (for the vintage tones) and have plenty left over for his american sounding gain.

his american voiced amp is gonna need to be able to have a good OD channel as well as good cleans...so i'm thinking bugera 333xl. maybe even a carvin used.

alright well that's my two cent. if he's dead set on ONE single tube amp, tell him to get a used randall RM50 and to do research on which modules he'd want. i'm not gonna do ALL the homework lol...but i can tell you those amps are all tube and will be the best thing to accurately recreate ALL tones desired. just don't forget an OD pedal for boosting.
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#4
does he not want to order off the internet? if it was me, and that was my budget... probably get a ceriatone JCM 800. maybe not what he would want to do. but those ceriatones are amazing
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#5
The Traynor YCS50 is gaining a reputation for doing both american and british tones well. I have one (combo version) and love it, but I have not owned a lot of amps so I won't rate how well it impersonates the two countries' greats.
Combo - US$700
Head - US$650
#6
http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/msg/874483360.html Mesa Dual Recto Combo, $1000 Would hardly ever need to be mic'd.

Sorry - no used. My bad.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Peavey-Windsor-Studio-20W-1x12-Tube-Combo-Amp-481660-i1386608.gc Peavey Windsor or
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Peavey-Peavey-Vypyr-Tube-60-60W-1x12-Guitar-Combo-Amp-482912-i1413609.gc Vypyr 60 watt

And

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Hot-Rod-Series-Blues-Junior-15W-1x12-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-481861-i1392207.gc Blues Jr. or
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Crate-V-Series-V33-212-33W-2x12-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-487056-i1372076.gc Crate V33
You would need a A/B/Y switch and an od and maybe an eq or two depending on his like for his tone etc. And the 2 combo scenario would need to be mic'd. If you bought at GC they would likely make this deal under $1000. If you're lucky.

But do me a favor and tell your friend to look at this thread. Really look at the quality of what he wants and what he can get used vs. new. That Mesa creams anything shy of a 5150 III half stack, which also is used on clist for just a tad over the Mesa btw. Good luck with that bro.

Edit - the YCS50 or YCV50 would be good potential options as suggested, as would a JCM800. But also try a Classic 50 and good OD. Still that Mesa...
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Last edited by gregs1020 at Oct 16, 2008,
#7
Quote by gregs1020
http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/msg/874483360.html Mesa Dual Recto Combo, $1000 Would hardly ever need to be mic'd.

Sorry - no used. My bad.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Peavey-Windsor-Studio-20W-1x12-Tube-Combo-Amp-481660-i1386608.gc Peavey Windsor or
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Peavey-Peavey-Vypyr-Tube-60-60W-1x12-Guitar-Combo-Amp-482912-i1413609.gc Vypyr 60 watt

And

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Hot-Rod-Series-Blues-Junior-15W-1x12-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-481861-i1392207.gc Blues Jr. or
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Crate-V-Series-V33-212-33W-2x12-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-487056-i1372076.gc Crate V33
You would need a A/B/Y switch and an od and maybe an eq or two depending on his like for his tone etc. And the 2 combo scenario would need to be mic'd. If you bought at GC they would likely make this deal under $1000. If you're lucky.

But do me a favor and tell your friend to look at this thread. Really look at the quality of what he wants and what he can get used vs. new. That Mesa creams anything shy of a 5150 III half stack, which also is used on clist for just a tad over the Mesa btw. Good luck with that bro.

Edit - the YCS50 or YCV50 would be good potential options as suggested, as would a JCM800. But also try a Classic 50 and good OD. Still that Mesa...


I have not played a YCV50 but based on what I've read about it I would not recommend it. It's a completely different animal than the YCS and a bit of a one trick pony compared to the YCS's versatility.

Oh and when in full 50 watt mode the YCS50 is astronomically loud. I can't even imagine the situation in which you would have to mic it.
#8
Im pretty sure someone on the gear forum is selling a mesa single recto for $900...

idk if thats what you want, but it might be a good deal for you.
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#9
A Windsor head, a Used Bassman head (tell him that if he wants a good deal to go used. If he won't, then more used shit for me), and a used 2x12.
#10
Quote by Blaster Bob
The Traynor YCS50 is gaining a reputation for doing both american and british tones well. I have one (combo version) and love it, but I have not owned a lot of amps so I won't rate how well it impersonates the two countries' greats.
Combo - US$700
Head - US$650
That's what came to my mind first.
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#11
imgooley, your statement made me laugh.
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#12
Quote by slash_rocks2005
imgooley, your statement made me laugh.

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#13
I would go with a Bugera 100 watt half stack. It evens out at about $1000 and has a pretty good tone for the styles he plays. If 100 watts is a little loud you could probably get a 50 watt Marshall JCM 800 for a decent price. He might need to spend a little over when he buys a cab, but it'll be worth it, the JCM 800 rocks!
#14
sure, if your friend wants to get similar to all those tones, get ONE amp. but if he wants to get pretty much dead on (without getting exact same amps), he needs to get two different voiced amps. plain and simple.

slash_edit: either that or get an amp that lets you switch power tube types.
My MAIN Gear
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"They call him the 'Sand Spider.' -Why? -Probably because it sounds scary"
*Agile AL3000 Les Paul w/ Alnico IIs
*Randall RM50
*Dunlop CFH
*fellow LEO feel free to give a shout out
#16
ha, gregs, i keep noticing that amp and wondering how it will sound...

don't Mesa's allow for different power tubes? that and i know the Randall RM series does too.... i don't wanna always sound like i think the MTS line is the best if you want to sound really close to multiple different amps within just one, but IMO i really do think that at least w/o spending over a couple grand at least.
My MAIN Gear
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"They call him the 'Sand Spider.' -Why? -Probably because it sounds scary"
*Agile AL3000 Les Paul w/ Alnico IIs
*Randall RM50
*Dunlop CFH
*fellow LEO feel free to give a shout out
#19
^^^ Me too.
I found this on the Peavey Windsor. "The power section is designed to accommodate 6L6GC, 6550, 6CA7, KT88 and KT66 octal power tubes, as well as variations on those types". So the Peavey Windsor Studio has the capability to accommodate different types of tubes.

Edit: I didn't like it when I tried it though.
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#20
Hey Alex?

Didn't we do this last night? I guess you didn't like my response

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=979392

For a minute there I was getting to report you for having multiple accounts but I see it is still just you. Good luck man and Gregs has found some good stuff.
#21
The YCS50 combo comes with 6L6's, (actually 5881's but close enough) the head comes with EL34's. Both amps will handle either type of tubes, and any variation of either type. According to the manual, you can use any tube that has the same pins as a 6L6/EL34 and can take 500 volts on the plate. Even 6550's if you can get your hands on the type manufactured with the small base (or else maybe if you cut up the chassis.) Matched pairs only of course.

Interestingly, no one has mentioned too much of a difference between the combo and head versions, despite the different tubes. Reportedly, the combo is a bit brighter than the stack.
Last edited by Blaster Bob at Oct 16, 2008,
#22
I'm looking forward to trying the YCS50 combo, it lists very nice versatile features similar to the Egnater I posted.
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#23
i'm alex's friend.. so at least ill take the peavey classic 30 but if you got a better option i will be checking
#24
Quote by PatoGM
i'm alex's friend.. so at least ill take the peavey classic 30 but if you got a better option i will be checking

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/msg/874483360.html Mesa Dual Recto Combo, $1000 If you want a $2200 amp for $1000.
The classic 30 is a good all around amp, new for around $550 I believe. And the others suggested in this thread.
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#25
peavey windsor studio also has a nifty feature where it self biases and peavey also sells a pack of (hand selected) tubes. one for each type of tube it can use so he can just buy that pack if he trusts peavey's pick of tubes and try them all.
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#26
Peavey JSX
good for anything. perfect cleans, nice middle ground crunch channel, and really crushing distortion
if he looks around, he could get a used one for under 1000, otherwise its like 1200-1500
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