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post Sep 14 2007, 05:29 PM
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Hey everybody!

I'm planning on buying a ibanez RG350 DX but since it's my first electric guitar (I've only played with my brothers before) I also need a good amplifier. So I need your guys help with what to choose since i basicly know nothing about amps.

If you got any tips on amps belove about 250 dollars or some tips on what I have to consider when i buy one I will really apriciate!!
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post Sep 14 2007, 06:20 PM
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If you got any tips on amps belove about 250 dollars or some tips on what I have to consider when i buy one I will really apriciate!!


I guess it depends a little bit on what type of music you are playing; the choice of an Ibanez RG350 hints more towards shredding than country I guess... :-) Another thing to consider might be if you are primarily going to play at home, by yourself, or together with others in band.

I'll start by saying that I am primarily a blues player myself, with the occasional venture into different types of hard rock (primarily 70s, riff-based, and yeah, I love the stuff that Gabriel is putting here on GMC).

In the price range you mention, I have personal experience with the Vox DA5 (about 100 EUR at Thomann), which is a very cute little modeling amp that I use to practice at home. It has a number of built in effects and simulates a number of different amps. It is also surprisingly loud for being such a small amp, but the small speaker tend to become a little "screamy" when you crank it up. You can also "scale" it to either 5W, 1.5W, or 0.5W, which is nice when you play at home. You also have amps like the Vox AD15, which I guess is more of a "real" amp than the DA5; I have only tried it in a store once, and I thought it sounded pretty OK.

http://www.voxamps.co.uk/daseries/da5.asp

When it comes to modeling amps, I guess YMMV; they are not *real* tube amps, if thats your game, but to me, I find that they give you quite a broad range of possibilities, which is fun when you are trying to expand your musical horizon.

I also have a Laney 15R, which is a very nice little tube amp, but it is a little bit more expensive, and to me, it seems more geared towards blues and traditional rock rather than, say, shredding. Lately, I have also been playing around with Amplitube Jimi Hendrix edition, but that's, I guess, a different beast entirely :-)

I'll stick to writing about amps that I have personal experience with, and leave to others to write about alternatives in the price range you mention; I am sure there are many alternatives!

And finally, I guess the best advice is to actually go to a store and try out a couple of amps before you decide, preferably with your actual guitar of choice.


Cheers and good luck with the amp selection,

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post Sep 14 2007, 06:35 PM
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I had the Roland Cube 60 watt which would be fantastic for what you want. The 60watt versions is probably out of your price range, however the Roland Cube 30 is equally as good and would probably suit you very well. Failing that, even the smaller Microcube packs a punch! smile.gif


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post Sep 14 2007, 06:42 PM
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I also would recommend you one the Roland Cubes. For beginning and also intermediate, it is a very good amp. I just bought a Cube 15x which stays at the house of friend so we can jam a bit together smile.gif
One of smaller VOX-amps is also a gooc choice, depends on your taste. If you are more the heavy guy, I would buy a Cube, if you are more into blues or something like that, I would buy a VOX AD15/30.


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post Sep 15 2007, 07:42 AM
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How will you be playing - Head phones, band rehearsal, gigs, quietly in bedroom?
What's sound sound preference - Punchy and plenty bottom, gritty and mean, clean, I want 10 amps in one with built in effects and if it makes coffe too it's great, keep it simple?
What kind of music - Blues, rock, metal, funk, jazz all of the above, what do I care?


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post Sep 15 2007, 10:24 PM
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I have a Marshall VS65R Valvestate, 65 watts solid state amp. Great little amp for what I need. Plenty of power for playing at home and plenty of power for playing with a garage band or even a small club. Has a decent sounding clean channel with a gritty 2nd channel. Both channels have decent tone but you can definately tell it is not a tube amp. I personally would not spend the money on a tube amp for my first amp. As your skill level progresses, your desire for an amp that fits your sound will change also. With that said, in time you may find it really does not suit your needs later on. Play several amps at a store, narrow it down to 2 that fit the sound you are looking for and then decide. I have no experience with amps that have the effects built in, a friend has one and it has been in the shop several times with electrical issues. That turned me off from those right away. Fender has some nice little amps in the 50 watt range that may suit your needs.


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post Sep 16 2007, 04:01 AM
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For me, when you buys the guitar, the better choice is to ask to the vendor to try some amps and see which, for you or for an expert friend, sounds better for the music styles that you will play.


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post Sep 16 2007, 09:01 AM
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i'd say try out Line6 Spider series, Roland Cube series, and the Vox Valvetronix / DA series. all of those are very affordable and are great amplifiers for the starter and beyond.


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post Sep 16 2007, 05:55 PM
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I have a Roland Microcube. My main amp now is a an Orange Tiny Terror (which kicks arse) but even now I still find myself going back to the microcube when I can't be bothered to wait for the tubes in the TT to warm up or I wanna play with the effects, and I am always pleasently surpised at how good it sounds. I would presume that the larger amps in the Roland range are equally good.

1 thing about the micro, since it is small and only has a 5" speaker, I think this might contribute to how good it sounds at bedroom practice levels, and it may have something that a bigger amp would not at similar levels. The small speaker is being driven quite hard even at these volumes which perhaps lends it a touch more edge and life than u would get with a larger solid state being driven well within its limits.

The amp models in the micro range from very good (black face, vox ac30, the latter of these being my personal favourite) to OK (marshall, dual recto). The effects are all good. Probably all this digital stuff is even better and more plentifull further up the range.

I am not gunna talk too much about anything I don't have pesonal experience with, but I have read several times that the Vox DA5 is slightly better than the microcube.

1 way to look at it is, if u buy someting like 1 of these 2 amps, u will be spending less than half ur budget and u definately get something that is very good for practicing at least (in fact u could easily spend ur whole budget and get something much worse if u were unlucky). U could then put the 150 dollars towards a larger amp some where down the line when u have more experience and know more about what u really want out of an amp.

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post Sep 17 2007, 02:37 AM
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Thank's for all the help guys! this will really help me out! biggrin.gif
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