#1
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-Vypyr-75-75W-1x12-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=482910

I want an amp for band practice or small gigs, will this do it? Also I like to play metal/shred

right now I have a Fender SuperChamp XD, it's a really nice amp but I think I might be able to get a better metal tone out of this, what do you guys think?
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#2
Meh, I haven't heard too many good things about them. But then again, I can't really say, I haven't played one myself.

Maybe look at Randall, if you can afford one.
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