#1
I've been playing for about 7 years now with the same setup.


I have a Peavey Transtube 212efx amplifier and a Peavey Raptor Plus Guitar


I've been thinking seriously about upgrading equipment. But I don't know what to get first.

I'll probably save up around $500-700 for either a new amplifier or a new guitar.


Is their anything I should keep in mind when making the decision? Is it better to have a great guitar or a great amp?


If it matters I usually play either metal or grunge/rock
#2
great amp is always better
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#3
Guitar. Peavey makes much better amps than guitars. The transtube is not half bad.
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#5
even the best guitar will sound awful through a bad amp.

But a good amp can make a poor guitar sound pretty good, not as good as say, a great guitar coupled with a great amp and good technique, but still.

Just keep that in mind.
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#6
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what kind of metal do you play?



Mostly Melodeath and some thrash


Children of Bodom, Dark Tranquillity, The Duskfall, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy
Sepultura, Opeth, to name a few


I also play a lot of Tool, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, The Porcupine Tree stuff like that.


I've heard good things about the transtube that I have. To be honest I like the idea of getting a new guitar more than a new amp but I just want to know what's going to sound better.
#9
A good tube amp is unforgiving though. If you have a meh guitar through a good, responsive amp, it's going to sound like a meh guitar.
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#10
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A good tube amp is unforgiving though. If you have a meh guitar through a good, responsive amp, it's going to sound like a meh guitar.


I totally disagree, the guitar doesn't play that big of a role. Sure, a great amp won't be used to it's full potential with a bad guitar, but it will still sound good. Of course if you're playing a guitar with absolutely terrible pups or you're using single coils for metal it might notwork.
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#13
I checked the amp reviews on this site on the Peavey 212 is ranked a lot higher than I would have thought. It doesn't have a lot of heavy distortion but I have a DH7 Distortion Factory pedal that I love to take care of that.


I'm thinking if I get a nice ESP with some good pickups that might be the best way to go.


Any other thoughts?