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Amp to complete a full range of pop and rock sounds
Old 26th April 2007
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Amp to complete a full range of pop and rock sounds

Hi, I'm searching for a guitar amp for my studio. But I have some guitar equipment and I want something that complement my sounds.

This is the equipment list that I own :

Mesa boogie triaxis preamp
Peavey classic 50/50 tube power amp
Rocktron Velocity 100
Dbx 166
Dbx 266XL
Alesis Quadraverb 2
Marshall valvestate 8080
Marshall 4 x 12” cabinet 1960 vintage
Line 6 POD v2.0

But I can borrow a friend an Marshall JCM900 head (for some punk sound works, but I dont like it so much) and a Laney VC30 (not bad for some british sounds, but is not a versatil amp).

I own some guitars too: Gibson Les Paul Standard, JEM 555, Jackson Dinky Custom, now I'm searching for a good Tele or Strat.

So, I want a pop-country-rock sound and a big strumming sound on guitars. Triaxis sound good but perhaps I want a new sound.

VOX? FENDER? What about the VOX AC15 CC1? And Laney VC15? I've tried the VC30 but is a bit harsh, but sound samples of VC15 in laney.com are better than VC30.

What do you advice me?
Old 26th April 2007
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It would be easier to give you sound advice if we knew more about your budget
limits.

Also, are you looking for a live performance amp of something mostly for recording?

Are you looking for extended clean headroom or extended sustain?

On a limited budget, I'd go for a Fender Blues Deluxe upgrading the speaker to
a Vintage 30 or the Fender Blues Jr. or an old Princeton or the Deluxe Reverb.

For that true Vox EL84 tube sound, there's quite a few builders out there
building hand wired AC15 and AC30 circuits and they are generally more reliable
than the printed circuit spinoffs that Vox is selling today.

Your choice of speakers also makes a tremendous difference in the sound you're going to get.

Alnico's generally are the best way to go providing you watch the power rating
with the amp you select.
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I just did a "train"-ish tune the other day and I used a epi valve jr w/ a t-rex mudhoney for most of the guitars. it was soooo sweet! (and also kind of amusing that the pedal cost more than the ampheh )
Old 26th April 2007
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I know, I love my Valve Jr and question my own sanity about spending $300.00
for mods on an amp that only cost $100.00

Your suggestion about the THD Flexi-50 in the other thread is a good one that this
OP should consider along with other solutions.
Old 26th April 2007
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I need it firstly for Studio recording. But perhaps I'll take it for live.

I don't know if I want extended sustain or clean headroom, I want something "different" of my equipment. For country, pop rock, and rock. But not heavy, trash, etc. I want the sound of Rascal Flatts (fast cars and freedom), Pink Floyd (guitar solos), Maná (labios compartidos), etc...

My budget is about 1000$ but perhaps I need another guitar like Fender Telecaster for this country sounds.

Can you give me an european builder site of this VOX hand wired amps?

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I just did a "train"-ish tune the other day and I used a epi valve jr w/ a t-rex mudhoney for most of the guitars. it was soooo sweet! (and also kind of amusing that the pedal cost more than the amp )
Could you post an mp3 of this set?
Old 26th April 2007
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My advice is to save up for a better quality amplifier altogether.

You need to get out of the printed circuit valvestate heads and buy a
real all tube amplifier.

These are both US premium quality builders, but they ship anywhere.

Emery Sound makes a highly versatile stage/recording amp

The Stage Baby.
The Stagebaby -medium powered primitive sophistication, 12-35 watts

Vintone Circuits make both an '84 Express (AC15 circuit)
or his ACEY 30 (1964 AC30TB circuit)

His basic ACEY30 head starts at $1700.00
Vintone Circuits Acey Trirty

Given your budget and need for versatility in tone,

I'd have to recommend the Stage Baby or the Super Baby for a dedicated recording amp. Buy the mad scientist tube kit when your budget allows.

$1599.00 for the head plus shipping.

You'll need to e-mail or call them about 240Volt power supply, but it's
totally doable.

These amps are absolutely worth every penny you pay for them.

For that country/blues clean tone on a tight budget, I'd go for a USA built Fender Blues Deluxe.
They're still available for around $500.00 on eBay. Add a Vintage 30 later and you'll have a sweet little set-up.
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