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post Mar 23 2008, 03:04 PM
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Okay so for the past year I was working my ass off and managed to save up $2800. Now I want to spend it on guitar gear, but I dont know what to buy.

I was thinking of buying a new electric guitar (a fender strat maybe) but then I thought that I only have a cheap $150 amp and the guitar would not be used to its full potential.

Now I am thinking of buying a good amplifier. Maybe a tube amp. The problem is, I dont know anything about amps. Maybe you could suggest some good rock/blues amps in that price range? I would appreciate it very much


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post Mar 23 2008, 03:06 PM
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If you can find one a Marshall JCM800 is easily the best for rock and blues in my opinion.


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post Mar 23 2008, 03:11 PM
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For the ampli I can suggest the Mesa Lone Star. Look at this laney and listen the samples http://www.laney.co.uk/show_prod.php?prod=l5t-112
Then...I don't know much about fender amps but they seems to be great rock-blues amps.
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post Mar 23 2008, 04:54 PM
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What guitar do you have ? Fender strat is awesome guitar and I think you can buy it and for the rest of money (you have plenty enough) buy a good amp..IMO guitar is more important than amp..




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post Mar 23 2008, 07:04 PM
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it really depends on what your looking for? What music do you mostly play? what guitar bodies do you like? what sound? with this information our replies will be more efficient becausssee. right away i say two brands..

Krank

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post Mar 23 2008, 07:09 PM
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As for amps,Mesa,H&K,Laney,Marshal.Bogner...list is huge.
Always be sure to try amp by yourself,samples are fine,reviews as well,
but you MUST try it to be 100% sure if that's the amp you've been looking for.

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post Mar 23 2008, 07:38 PM
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There's tons of good options when you have that amount to spend. It's hard to give a definite recommendation, but the important thing is that you buy something you will be pleased with.

But how about one of those Fender twin reverb combo tube amps? They are great for blues/rock, and really high class.


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post Mar 23 2008, 08:01 PM
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I'm sure you can find a pretty nice used american strat for $1200....leaving $1600 for amp & effects.

But definitely take your time. I would buy the guitar first, then choose an amp while testing it with your guitar only. That way you know exactly what your set up sounds like before you drop a good chunk of cash on your amp.

I'd leave $400 for effects, spending $1200 each on guitar and amp...but that's just me haha.



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post Mar 24 2008, 01:50 PM
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QUOTE (Smikey2006 @ Mar 23 2008, 08:04 PM) *
it really depends on what your looking for? What music do you mostly play? what guitar bodies do you like? what sound? with this information our replies will be more efficient becausssee. right away i say two brands..

Krank

and

Schecter

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What music do you mostly play? - I mostly play blues and rock, but I also shred and play some hard metal riffs if I feel like it.
What guitar bodies do you like? - Well, the guitar body isn't really important to me. I love the LP body, I also love the Strat-like body. It really depends on how the guitar sounds like, not the form of it.
What sound? - I am looking for a blues/rock sounding guitar.


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post Mar 24 2008, 02:59 PM
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Then I suggest to buy Amercan Fender Stratocaster guitar first..And see how much money you are left with. wink.gif


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post Mar 24 2008, 03:10 PM
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A good starting point would be to check Fender and Marshall amps for blues/rock, and some of the Mesa's and H&K's amps are good for that kind of playing aswell smile.gif

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post Mar 24 2008, 03:34 PM
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QUOTE (Bogdan @ Mar 24 2008, 03:59 PM) *
Then I suggest to buy Amercan Fender Stratocaster guitar first..And see how much money you are left with. wink.gif


That seems to be a good idea now that I think of it. Thank you for your advice laugh.gif


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post Mar 24 2008, 03:51 PM
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I have to agree with Bogdan. Get the guitar first then worry about the amp. I'd suggest going to the guitar store playing the guitars you like through some different amps you may be interested in. Once you find your guitar then play it through the amps your interested in. You may luck out and be able to get both smile.gif If not then you'll at least know what amp you like and can start saving for it.

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post Mar 24 2008, 05:44 PM
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The thing is, the local guitar store in my town has a very limited variety of guitars (last time I was there about 2 months ago and all they had were some cheap ~$300 Slammer guitars and a Squier Strat) and amps. There is a big guitar shop in another city not too far away (~200km) so maybe when I get the chance to go to that city I will try some guitars out.


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post Mar 24 2008, 06:07 PM
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SinoMan's guide to spending $2800

1) Give $2700 to SinoMan
2) Buy a Squier Strat for $100


















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Get a Line 6 amp dude, they rock. They sound almost like tube, but you don't have to go deaf when you want distortion.


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post Mar 24 2008, 08:21 PM
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QUOTE (Muris @ Mar 23 2008, 07:09 PM) *
As for amps,Mesa,H&K,Laney,Marshal.Bogner...list is huge.
Always be sure to try amp by yourself,samples are fine,reviews as well,
but you MUST try it to be 100% sure if that's the amp you've been looking for.

Same idea goes with guitar. smile.gif


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Test as many amps as you can find in local music shops, and if you find one that you like, buy exactly THAT amp, cause if you order the same model somewhere else it won't sound the same, for whatever reason most amp manufacturers are still not able to produce two amps that sound the same.


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post Mar 24 2008, 09:45 PM
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The thing is I'm not experienced enough to know if an amp sounds good or bad as stupid as it sounds.


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post Mar 24 2008, 10:40 PM
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Just by a Strat first and don't save your money on it. Good guitar is more important then a good amp, remember that.

When you take a Strat, check some all tubers to your liking. Generally for blues&rock, Fender, MArshall or even Vox can really do the trick. Just find something in the price range you are looking for and test it of course.


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post Mar 24 2008, 11:27 PM
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I would buy a good rack. MAybe a Rocktron Profesy with a good poweramp and cabinet ...


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If I were you I'd Go for a..

Guitar - Music man axis , or some parker.. I liked them both alot better than a strat in alot of respects..

Amp - So say $1500 for guitar.. that leave $1300 for amp and stuff.. I'd say get a T.C Electronics G-Major and a tube combo amp..

That way, you have all the effects you need and a nice amp too.


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