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BabysArmHoldingApple
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Help Selecting Guitar Amp
Play rhythm guitar in gigging band. Material is primarily 90's guitar-oriented rock/alternative (Third Eye Blind, Tonic, Counting Crows, etc.) with some later classic rock nuggets mixed in. Primary guitars are Les Paul Standard and Fender Thinline (Telecaster). Typically use conventional effects pedals - nothing too exotic.

I was using a Marshall twin combo. It wasn't ideal for the material, but I inherited it and made it work. But it just sputtered and died and cannot be affordably resurrected.

Based on that information, can anyone help me select a new amp? I was looking at a Vox 15W combo. I want something that is easy to load, and I don't really need anything that will blow the roof off.

Sweet spot for budget would probably be $500-1000, but could go higher for the perfect fit.

Any amp recommendations (or pro/con feedback on the Vox idea) would be welcomed and greatly appreciated!


BayouBlitz
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
Fender Deluxe Reverb '68 Reissue. Awesome clean tone and the Custom channel takes pedals really well.

Look at an Orange amp also. Maybe the Rocker 32.

I've never played the Vox, but hear good things about it.


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Marfa
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Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus


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BabysArmHoldingApple
Lafayette
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
Thank you all very much for your feedback and good ideas. I will do my research - greatly appreciated!!


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SEClint
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp


I hate combos. This was versatile for me, and can get something like this for under $1500 used. Just save a little more for a lot more.
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Freon
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
You gonna stick with a combo amp or go with a stack? As far as a good combo goes the Vox AC15C is a pretty decent little amp, sounds good when mic'd up to a decent sound system. Never had one myself but an old bandmate had one going into a Telecaster and it was really nice with vanilla settings. Didn't even need an effects loop. Like 600 bucks for it IIRC


BabysArmHoldingApple
Lafayette
Member since Dec 2016
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
Thanks much for the feedback. Looks awesome and I am sure that you can do a lot with that. Truthfully, I think that this would be overkill for someone like me (mediocre talent).


BabysArmHoldingApple
Lafayette
Member since Dec 2016
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
99% sure that I will stick with a combo. Thank you.


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RabidTiger
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
What size cab is that?


PillPusher
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I have an AC15. I like it. Can go from clean and chimey to overdriven with the two volume knobs. Takes pedals well even though you’ll read online people saying it doesn’t. The reverb is ok nothing spectacular. I never use the tremolo mostly because it raises the noise floor to much. It can get plenty loud as well. Mine has the Greenback speaker which sounds good to me. You can get one with the Alnico Blue but it’s a couple hundred more. I got mine used on EBay for $400.


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TheFretShack
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
Tech 21 Trademark 60. 1x12 Celestion'ed combo with onboard Sansamp. Reliable, affordable, lightweight, bulletproof and good-sounding SS clean that loves pedals out front. Loud enough to keep up with a drummer, rehearsals and small clubs. For bigger venues run DI from the Sansamp to FOI via a mike cable, put the combo on a chair or tilted back for you and drummer, ask for guitar in monitors for rest of band. I gigged for years with Boogie halfstacks and never got the consistency of tones and FOH praises like I did with the TM60 and a few pedals driving it.


Easye921
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
I love my laney lionheart. Voxy clean tones with a marshall drive channel. Amazing amp. I've tried replacing it with amps way more expensive, but it always wins out.


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SEClint
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
quote:

What size cab is that?


That one is an Orange PPC412 240watt 4x12 Straight Cabinet with black trim.


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SEClint
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Shack, ever heard much on Coffee Audio ?

I've heard their cabs are quality and I like the way they look. Haven't been able to demo any live, but have been looking into it. Sound great on youTube

It's cool when ordering, on their 4x12 for example, you can totally customize the speaker and wattage, colors, wiring, mesh, corners, etc. Cab I designed for myself (4x12) just playing around ended up being 1,290 euros ($1419.61 lol)

LINK


I like their custom paintjobs as well. May would even go with green.

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TheFretShack
Member since Oct 2015
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
Haven't been exposed to Coffee Audio, but finding good cabs at good prices in person is breezy in today's market. You cannot walk into any GC nowadays without finding great quality used 2x12s and 4x12s with nice woods, nice baffles and backboards and great speakers at ridiculous value pricing. Everyone's ditching big amps for compact, versatile, DI-oriented Fractals and Kempers, Tech 21 Fly Rigs, Quilters and Katanas. It's a buyer's market for the antiquated stuff due to size, and one doesn't have to be frugal or shrewd to land stellar deals.


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TigrrrDad
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I love my Marshall Code 100 half stack. It’s a modeling amp, and it’s just so damn convenient to have access to a virtually unlimited supply of patches from the Marshall websites for any song you want to sound like. And all the pedals are built in if you want to customize your own sounds. Costs around $600-700 for the 100 watt head and a 4x12 cabinet. Or you can get the Code 50 combo amp for around half of that.
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MudCatMatt
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Louisiana
Member since Dec 2018
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
I personally prefer an older tube amp but here are some modern tube combos that are great for the price.

1.) Fender Blues Junior 15w (Trust me it's loud)
2.) Peavey Classic 30w (Great 90's tone)
3.) Vox AC 15w (Not my favorite but gets the job done)
4.) Marshall Origin50C (Sounds like a Marshall)
5.) Supro 1650RT Royal Reverb 35/60w (Unique tone)

Go visit your local music shop and try to play some of these if possible.
This post was edited on 11/29 at 2:21 pm


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BigWhiskeyRiffer
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Member since Nov 2018
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
For the price/wattage you mentioned, I'd recommend an Egnater Rebel 20 combo or some of the fender combos others have mentioned. I can get just about any tone I want from my Rebel 20, except for modern metal, but I think the newer Rebel 20s have more gain available than the old models like mine. Also, for the 90's style of music you play, a Marshall DSL40 would probably be a solid choice as well. Good luck in the never ending quest for tone!


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Carson123987
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
Mesa baw here


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midnight1961
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Member since Jan 2007
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re: Help Selecting Guitar Amp
You might want to check out the Bugera V22. All tube amp, 12" speaker, sounds great ! They are around $470 new.

Below is mine, bought it slightly used for $250. I really like it. Play mostly classic rock and blues.

Here's a link to Sweetwater's site. Read the reviews.

Sweetwater



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