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Praetorian
post Mar 15 2008, 11:30 PM
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I just bought my first guitar...it is a Yamaha Pacifica and still need an amp. My playing interests are metal and blues/rock...mostly metal though. I am looking for something to play personally, I won't be needing anything to play gigs. My interests are mostly Metallica, Sevendust Slayer etc. Are there any amps out there that I could pick up used that wouldn't be too expensive and would give a decent Metallica sounding crunch? I have looked up the amps listed in the sticky post at the top of this forum, and they are all WAY too expensive! What would you guys get?

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post Mar 15 2008, 11:37 PM
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What is your budget?


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post Mar 15 2008, 11:47 PM
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QUOTE (Tjchep @ Mar 15 2008, 06:37 PM) *
What is your budget?


Around $200...I know it isn't a lot, but that is why I am hoping to find something used.


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post Mar 15 2008, 11:48 PM
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Crate is definitely a good way to go ! Crate 65W would suit your metal needs !
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post Mar 15 2008, 11:59 PM
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Fender makes very nice beginner amps. You'd probably need a pedal for quality distortion though...


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post Mar 16 2008, 12:01 AM
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QUOTE (SinoMan @ Mar 15 2008, 06:59 PM) *
Fender makes very nice beginner amps. You'd probably need a pedal for quality distortion though...


Yeah, that was actually going to be a follow up post! I know NOTHING about pedals (or amps for that matter!) blink.gif


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post Mar 16 2008, 12:05 AM
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QUOTE (Praetorian @ Mar 16 2008, 12:01 AM) *
Yeah, that was actually going to be a follow up post! I know NOTHING about pedals (or amps for that matter!) blink.gif


Electro Harmonix Tube Zipper is the best pedal on the planet. You can hear it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFq3GDsC_tE

It's $200 though wink.gif


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post Mar 16 2008, 12:16 AM
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I would recommend you to check out some Randall amps , they can be affordable and they are awesome for metal hi-gain music wink.gif


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post Mar 16 2008, 01:04 AM
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+1 for Randall. I tried some Randall Cube amps and they have good sound & features. Plus they are not expensive.


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post Mar 16 2008, 01:17 AM
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I picked up a brand new VOX DA15 for pretty cheap (under $200).
My playing interests are pretty much the same as yours, and this little amp works pretty good. I've got
3 heavy distortion pedals that I used to use with my old Fender amp, and I don't even use them with this one.
It has a bunch of different built-in styles (3 different metal styles) & effects, so it's quite fun. It is definitely just a practice amp for fun though; not for gigging.

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post Mar 16 2008, 01:19 AM
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QUOTE (ActiveX @ Mar 15 2008, 08:17 PM) *
It is definitely just a practice amp for fun though; not for gigging.


That sounds exactly like what I need!


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post Mar 16 2008, 02:01 AM
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Cube 60 or Cube 30, it's the perfect amp for you

I use the cube 60 in my band, it's got just enough to stay on top of the sound with a really loud drummer and another guitarist + bassist. And what's great about it is that it sounds really good on low volumes too, the cube 30 obviously doesn't play as loud, but if you're not gonna be using it with a band, it's just as good.
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QUOTE (erik @ Mar 15 2008, 09:01 PM) *
Cube 60 or Cube 30, it's the perfect amp for you

I use the cube 60 in my band, it's got just enough to stay on top of the sound with a really loud drummer and another guitarist + bassist. And what's great about it is that it sounds really good on low volumes too, the cube 30 obviously doesn't play as loud, but if you're not gonna be using it with a band, it's just as good.


Are you referring to the Roland Cube 30?


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post Mar 16 2008, 02:50 AM
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post Mar 16 2008, 05:12 AM
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QUOTE (ActiveX @ Mar 15 2008, 08:17 PM) *
I picked up a brand new VOX DA15 for pretty cheap (under $200).
My playing interests are pretty much the same as yours, and this little amp works pretty good. I've got
3 heavy distortion pedals that I used to use with my old Fender amp, and I don't even use them with this one.
It has a bunch of different built-in styles (3 different metal styles) & effects, so it's quite fun. It is definitely just a practice amp for fun though; not for gigging.


That VOX DA15 seems to have quite a lot of punch for the money...anyone else have experience with VOX amps?


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post Mar 16 2008, 07:55 AM
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I would recommend the Peavey Rage 158, and a distorion pedal. My peavey was only $99 new, and it has been rock solid and trouble free since I got it. And just about any pedal is under 100 bucks.

If your looking to jam with drums, I wouldn't get anything under 50W though. If the room is really big you can get away with 25W probably.

Hope that helps ya out man.

Also like to add that VOX amps are awesome too, but they are expensive. You might be hard pressed to get one you'd be happy with for under $200. Hopefully you'll get lucky.

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post Mar 16 2008, 02:02 PM
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QUOTE (Sircraigery @ Mar 16 2008, 02:55 AM) *
I would recommend the Peavey Rage 158, and a distorion pedal. My peavey was only $99 new, and it has been rock solid and trouble free since I got it. And just about any pedal is under 100 bucks.

If your looking to jam with drums, I wouldn't get anything under 50W though. If the room is really big you can get away with 25W probably.

Hope that helps ya out man.

Also like to add that VOX amps are awesome too, but they are expensive. You might be hard pressed to get one you'd be happy with for under $200. Hopefully you'll get lucky.


I found this VOX DA15 at Guitar Center for $159. Is this price wrong do you think?

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Vox-DA15-15w-1...570-i1145868.gc


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QUOTE (Praetorian @ Mar 16 2008, 02:02 PM) *
I found this VOX DA15 at Guitar Center for $159. Is this price wrong do you think?

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Vox-DA15-15w-1...570-i1145868.gc


Well its ok for 15w amp with 1x8" speaker.I didn't hear good vox amps (for metal) but I didn't hear a lot of them also..
I would recommend looking for some amp with 1x10" speaker or even 1x12" speaker in it..1x8" may sound to thin.. wink.gif


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post Mar 16 2008, 02:18 PM
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my first amp was a behringer v-amp 100W combo. great for the money, packed full of effects and you can get pretty much any basic sound you want... great for metallica stuff.


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What do you guys think of this one?

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Randall-RX-Ser...733-i1388674.gc

You think I would still need a good distortion pedal with this amp...or would it have enough by itself?

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