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PenguinNinja
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How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
I’m looking for something to use just playing at home and MAYBE in a band with others, but no gigging or anything like that.

I don’t even know where to start. Any advice on what to look for? Does it depend on the type of music I want to play?


PillPusher
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re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
If you want to play at home without having the cops called on you and still be able to play with a drummer if needed you most likely need something in the 15-22w range. And of course the style of music you play will lend itself more to some amps then others but you can play any style on any amp if you do it right.


SidewalkTiger
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re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
I'm more of an acoustic player but I have a Fender Champion 20, it seems pretty decent.

Like I said though, more of an acoustic player


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kingbob
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re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
There’s several concerns:
1. How loud are you trying to play?
2. What style of music?
3. Do you need a direct out to play with headphones or recording?
4. Are you planning on playing with pedals or mostly just the tone on your amp

There are two different types of amps:
Solid state and tube.

Solid state amps tend to be able to sound more consistent at lower levels. Tube amps have that warm classic sound that feels more real, and also tends to get more distorted at higher volumes.

There’s also the fact that some amp brands are more known for amps that sound great clean verses other amps that are made to sound great dirty with onboard overdrive or distortion.

Fender amps tend to be clean style.
Vox, orange, mesa boogie, and marshall tend to be more designed around sounding great dirty.

If you’re mostly playing rock music in your bedroom, I’d recommend a solid state amp. Fender mustang ii is a good cheap one with lots of effects to play around with and a headphone jack. Fender champ 20 is a decent budget solid state smp for clean tones. Orange makes a slightly more expensive solid state that actually sounds pretty good for gigging, but comes without most of the onboard effects besides reverb and overdrive. Vox has some decent cheap solid state practice amps as well. Do not get line 6 spider or a fender frontman amp as they Both sound like absolute trash.

A Marshall half stack is likely going to be way too loud.

If you’re playing 60’s/70’s classic rock or country music and can afford to turn up a little louder, it’s hard to go wrong with a fender hot rod deluxe with that warm tube sound. I’ve owned one and gigged with it for almost 6 years.
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SEClint
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re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
Mesa Triple Rectifier on a 4x12 cab with Celestion Vintage 30s


crazy4lsu
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re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
Get a 15W Fender Bronco.


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wareaglepete
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Member since Dec 2012
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re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
Just remember if you get solid state you will need more watts than tube. 50 watts tube would be great and probably over 100 watts if solid state.
Even though not gigging, get more than you think you need in case you get together with others.
And if you did end up gigging, you could just mic the amp to go through FOH.


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BogeyTX
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Member since Apr 2018
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re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
I bought a Boss Katana MKII 50 watt amp and I love it. Has a power control knob that you can set at .5W,25W or 50W. Check out the reviews on YouTube.


kingbob
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Sorrento, LA
Member since Nov 2010
56035 posts

re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
If you’re super bougie, get a Kemper Profiler. They’re about $1800 used, but can successfully mimic nearly every amp setting and effect on the market. They come loaded with thousands of pre-sets so you can sound like exactly your favorite rig or artist. They also are perfectly volume scalable, so they sound just as good through headphones as they do playing softly or cranked up through a cab. They’re an expensive piece of gear that’s not just a status symbol. Plus, if you decide you don’t like it anymore (which would be hard to believe) they have excellent resale value. Everyone I know who does any serious recording uses one in their studio.
This post was edited on 11/16 at 8:52 am


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Kashmir
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re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
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it’s hard to go wrong with a fender hot rod deluxe




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re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
If you are just starting with electric, I think the Fender Mustang 1 is a good choice. It mimics several other amps and isn't very complicated or expensive. I've got one that's 20 watts, and I use it most of the time, instead of something bigger, but it's still loud enough to piss off neighbors, if they live close and you crank it up. I bought mine used several years ago for 150 bucks.


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MudCatMatt
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re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?



TTB
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re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
LINK

Spark Amp - If you want a ton of tones for not much money
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schismatic
Member since Oct 2020
53 posts

re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
Line6 spider series... get any tone you want and they're fairly inexpensive.


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LSU alum wannabe
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Katy, TX
Member since Jan 2004
23351 posts

re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
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Spark Amp - If you want a ton of tones for not much money


Thank you.

OP perk up too.

I was going to hijack this thread to ask about this one. It has modeling features and play along software with chord recognition.

What it doesn’t have are a ton of reviews.

I mean it does have reviews but they are GLOWING reviews from you tubers who got them for free to plug the amp. Then you have negative reviews from people butt hurt about others getting it for free.

I just want first hand normal consumer reviews.


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rexorotten
Missouri
Member since Oct 2013
542 posts

re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
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I bought a Boss Katana MKII 50 watt amp and I love it. Has a power control knob that you can set at .5W,25W or 50W. Check out the reviews on YouTube.


This. You cannot go wrong with the Boss Katana for OP's situation. Good sounding, affordable solid state amp with tones of options for gain and effects. You can play any style with this amp. Great for home use or playing with a band. I have the 100W version and it's pretty great for a solid state. My main amp is a Friedman JJ Jr, but I play them both.


Easye921
Alabama Fan
Mobile
Member since Jan 2013
1099 posts

re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
I just bought that spark amp on a whim to use as a little practice amp. I love it. I find myself using it more than my bassman or Hiwatt lately. Great clean tones and the delay and reverb are very good, as well.


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TigerRanter
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Louisiana
Member since Feb 2005
6253 posts

re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
2nd the Boss Katana


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lazy
Member since Jun 2020
714 posts

re: How do I choose an electric guitar amp?
A Roland Cube 60 watt is what you want


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