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Old 11-15-2015, 07:08 PM
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I dick around with a guitar and have been thinking of getting my first decent amp. I like the Line 6 spider 75 (I think it's called) It's got good volume and has a host of drum beat built in that makes jamming alone a snap. It also has the usual effects as far as distortion feedback reverb go.

I was also looking into a tube amp, they are much more expensive, the Line 6 runs about $400 new a small tube amp can easily run $1,000 or so.

My level of play and ability don't warrant a $1K amp even though I can afford it. Just wondering if the sound quality is that much better in your opinion and if they have any brands that are less expensive but still deliver the sound quality.

A true Tube amp can be plenty loud at 15-20 watts, so getting a half stack or anything with ahead unit isn't needed.

Thanks for the opinions.
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Old 11-15-2015, 07:23 PM
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What do you play? Style of music and type of guitar? Acoustic? Electric? Bass?
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:16 PM
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Agree with Ebels... An indication of the type of music you play and the guitar you will be using are important pieces of information. I prefer Vox, but that's a very specific sound for the type of music I like with my guitars. It can be a little too bright for some.

If you want a fuller, classic rock sound, look for a smaller Marshall or Orange combo. Can't really go wrong with a classic Marshall or Fender combo.

If you are just jamming at home, look at the Line 6 AmpliFi... Tons of cool features and can also serve as a kickass iPod dock.
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:29 PM
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The better the gear, the better you sound. The better you sound, the more you want to play. The more you play, the better you get. I'd recommend better, used gear if youre trying to keep the cost down. I have an amp now that I love. But it's about a grand brand new. It's a Fender vibrolux silver face reissue with the custom bassman channel. Best amp I've ever owned.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by s_ebels View Post
What do you play? Style of music and type of guitar? Acoustic? Electric? Bass?
I play both acoustic and electric, rock from the 70's and 80's for the most part, Led Zep, Stones, the Cars, for the most part. Softer stuff would be the eagles, Jackson Browwne, Jimmy Buffett

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Agree with Ebels... An indication of the type of music you play and the guitar you will be using are important pieces of information. I prefer Vox, but that's a very specific sound for the type of music I like with my guitars. It can be a little too bright for some.

If you want a fuller, classic rock sound, look for a smaller Marshall or Orange combo. Can't really go wrong with a classic Marshall or Fender combo.

If you are just jamming at home, look at the Line 6 AmpliFi... Tons of cool features and can also serve as a kickass iPod dock.
I'm leaning towards the line 6 for the options, but even with them it doesn't have the warm tube sound.
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The better the gear, the better you sound. The better you sound, the more you want to play. The more you play, the better you get. I'd recommend better, used gear if youre trying to keep the cost down. I have an amp now that I love. But it's about a grand brand new. It's a Fender vibrolux silver face reissue with the custom bassman channel. Best amp I've ever owned.
I'm not opposed to used gear, just wondering if there is some brand that is "tube" but comes in under the standard price.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:15 AM
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Check out a peavy classic 30.

Or since you can afford it maybe a Carr Hammerhead, treat yourself real nice.


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the nice thing about the Line6 and similar amps is that they often have numerous modeling effects built in. So you can have it sound like a Vox or a Marshall or a Roland or a Twin Reverb, etc. The true aficionado will argue that nothing has the sound of the original tube amps, but for someone who just wants to enjoy playing at home and have fun trying all sorts of sounds and effects on a relative budget, the Line6 stuff aren't bad options. For that matter, however, there are a bunch of modeling amps available from almost all of the main manufacturers. I say find one that has the options you want for the price you want and buy it and play it. Don't let the guitar snobbery/elitism that exists influence you too much.

I like high end stuff as much as the next guy, but I'm also rational about it. Not everyone needs a boutique Two Rock or Matchless amp in order to enjoy playing music.
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
I dick around with a guitar and have been thinking of getting my first decent amp. I like the Line 6 spider 75 (I think it's called) It's got good volume and has a host of drum beat built in that makes jamming alone a snap. It also has the usual effects as far as distortion feedback reverb go.

I was also looking into a tube amp, they are much more expensive, the Line 6 runs about $400 new a small tube amp can easily run $1,000 or so.

My level of play and ability don't warrant a $1K amp even though I can afford it. Just wondering if the sound quality is that much better in your opinion and if they have any brands that are less expensive but still deliver the sound quality.

A true Tube amp can be plenty loud at 15-20 watts, so getting a half stack or anything with ahead unit isn't needed.

Thanks for the opinions.
Vox makes some authentic modeling amps that have a lot of versatility to them in that price range. I have a 35 watt bedroom Mesa that has never been above 2. 10 watts is plenty for home.
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:45 AM
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I am gonna blame the Chuckster for this one ((( ))) but I got talked into a Vox AC10c1 tube amp and its just amazing. Yes, the Fender Mustang I have is cool because all of the effects are built in, but the sound doesnt even come close to the Vox.

I think its an incredible buy for what it is. I can play it in the house, or take it to a gig. With some pedals, the options are also endless.

Brad1 has also a good point...buy good equipment and the only hang up with be the guitar player LOL

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AC10C1
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:18 AM
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Don't buy anything but a good tube amp.
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:10 PM
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If you want the sound of the 80s then look at the type of amps they used back then and buy yourself a really good USED tube amp

I play a smidgen of Bass so for the price of a less expensive used amp I got one that sounds great . . . happy with my decision.

I play along to my favorite songs so the built in drum machine is not needed.

You will grow to appreciate the sound of a tube amp especially with the type of music you like to play music
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I love my Fender Blues Junior.
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Old 11-16-2015, 04:08 PM
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Anyone have an opinion of these amps?


Bugera

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Old 11-16-2015, 05:53 PM
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Buy a tube amp. I bought a spider 75, not a bad amp, but after a month I wanted more, then more, and finally ended up with a marshall dsl 50 and a 4x12 cab. Ive got $700 into it but spent that much on the other amps, which I got little money back from. Im selling the marshall and will get most of my money back. I amputated my finger with a table saw so don't play much and or well anymore.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by sorry charlie View Post
Buy a tube amp. I bought a spider 75, not a bad amp, but after a month I wanted more, then more, and finally ended up with a marshall dsl 50 and a 4x12 cab. Ive got $700 into it but spent that much on the other amps, which I got little money back from. Im selling the marshall and will get most of my money back. I amputated my finger with a table saw so don't play much and or well anymore.
Ouch! Sorry for your loss! 4X12's is far more then I'll e4ver need unless a guitar hack becomes popular all of a sudden. a 15-25 watt tube amp is more then enough for my current needs. The Spider jam 75 has cool drum beats that I like.


Agian sorry for the loss there.
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