Originally Posted by texasguitar903
You might wanna give up on the half stack and look for a tube combo. Peavey 5150 combo's have a very nice clean channel that can go from sterile to crunchy/punchy....the distortion is bRutAl also.
I have used this amp with heavy hitting drummers and it is always sufficiently LOUD!
I bought it at a pawn shop for 600, add another 150 for some fresh tubes and you got a mean tonebox that'll deliver jazzy cleans or nasty pick squealing leads that rival any 3000 dollar mesa booger.
I also have a JSX head and carvin 4x12 cabinet, but that'll run you about 1000 dollars.....trust me, don't short change your tone...I did at first and it took years to realize/admit it.
Good option as well, but the OP looking to spend $300-500. Your recommending $750 total with the new tubes?
More a loud hard rock/metal amp, no? Plus the Fender clean blows away the 5150, whose strong point is its overdrive. Just my experience.
Just try out amps and don't make snap decisions. If you get the wrong one return it or sell it, they don't depreciate much at all esp Fenders.
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