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SamuelLee15
11-13-2007, 10:29 PM
I've been wanting to get a new guitar amp, but I don't really have too much money. What do you guys think is the best amp under $1000?

eric-d
11-13-2007, 10:30 PM
what kind of tones are you looking for?

mude
11-13-2007, 10:38 PM
No idea what you are looking for, but after playing a Mesa Maverick today, I would put it on the list. They can be had for easily under a grand and they can be killer amps in the right application. Great set of controls and tones. Take a look.

Evan.

Telephile
11-13-2007, 10:53 PM
+1 on a Maverick. Also the Vox AC30 CC series can be had for under a grand.

skylabfilmpop
11-14-2007, 12:12 AM
or early (68 69 ) silverfaced. These amps rock and are cheap and can be easlily equipped with a master volume if you like.. I picked up a 67 modded by a very well known boutique builder. What a monster! and $450. add a decent used 2x12 and you are slaying for under $800

silencer eleven
11-14-2007, 12:20 AM
check out some of the dr z stuff. you can find a ghia for well under 1000.

jordan

ChrisGS
11-14-2007, 01:02 AM
I've seen some nice used gear for sale on the emporium over here for under $1000 RI Marshall JTM45's , 15 or 18watt Top Hats, Silverface Fenders, Valvetech VAC'c and Hayseeds, $400 Bassman heads, $400 Traynor YBA-1's.

For a real good new amp, I think that you can still get a Valvetech head for under$1000.

oddb0d
11-14-2007, 01:29 AM
Vox AC15 with Blue Alnico speaker....

pageburst
11-14-2007, 01:39 AM
Fender Vibrolux Custom. $999.00 new

Maybe it's the absence of a negative feedback loop but this amp just sings. The clean tone has the warm spacious Fender shimmer in spades and then some.

Out of the production Black Face resissues I find the Vibrolux tone most accesible especially for smaller rooms. It's livelier and warmer than the Deluxe Reverb. Less reticent in the mids. It's as if the Vibrolux custom has a touch of the tweed tone to it.

And when you crank the dial you get a great juicy breakup with loads of harmonics.

The 60's Pro Reverb is my favorite BF Fender. I've always found that they seem to have a bit more character than some of the other Fender BF amps of the time. Just a bit less lean. Much the same way I prefer the Pro Reverb I also find the Vibrolux to have a bit more character than many of the current production Fender RIs

ChrisGS
11-14-2007, 01:39 AM
Right now there is a Clark 5E3 Tweed Deluxe w/a Celestion Blue for $1080 on the emporium.

67super
11-14-2007, 05:15 AM
or early (68 69 ) silverfaced. These amps rock and are cheap and can be easlily equipped with a master volume if you like.. I picked up a 67 modded by a very well known boutique builder. What a monster! and $450. add a decent used 2x12 and you are slaying for under $800

+1 on early SF Fenders. I recently picked up a early 68 SFDR for under a grand and love it. Also the Fender Super-Sonic is around a grand and I love mine.

Peppy
11-14-2007, 06:00 AM
Fender Vibrolux Custom. $999.00 new

Maybe it's the absence of a negative feedback loop but this amp just sings. The clean tone has the warm spacious Fender shimmer in spades and then some.

Out of the production Black Face resissues I find the Vibrolux tone most accesible especially for smaller rooms. It's livelier and warmer than the Deluxe Reverb. Less reticent in the mids. It's as if the Vibrolux custom has a touch of the tweed tone to it.

And when you crank the dial you get a great juicy breakup with loads of harmonics.

The 60's Pro Reverb is my favorite BF Fender. I've always found that they seem to have a bit more character than some of the other Fender BF amps of the time. Just a bit less lean. Much the same way I prefer the Pro Reverb I also find the Vibrolux to have a bit more character than many of the current production Fender RIs

The Custom Vibrolux is unique but...it's not a reissue.

art_z
11-14-2007, 07:06 AM
Rivera.

Makes no difference what tones you're looking for, the Rivera's have them all in one amp.

Chubsters, Clubsters, and even a Quiana or Fandango can all be had for under a $1000.

ahahahahahaha .. yea, the magic amp ... :rolleyes:

Robotechnology
11-14-2007, 11:01 AM
Once in a while you can get a THD Flexi-50 for $999 used in excellent condition. That would definitely be my vote!

ChrisGS
11-14-2007, 03:49 PM
TGPer Riffmiester has a Tophat Club Deluxe 2-12 combo on the amps and cabs emporium for $1100...Nice.

ChrisGS
11-14-2007, 03:58 PM
Still yet another Tophat Club Royale...This time in Green tolex w/ Red Fang Speakers. Mmmmmm.

In the emporium from TGPer amonte. Also for $1100

SamuelLee15
11-15-2007, 12:59 AM
what kind of tones are you looking for?

I play mostly in a church setting. I'm looking for an amp with a warm clean channel that will break up nicely when I put an overdrive or distortion through it.

guitarvc
11-15-2007, 07:28 AM
For under a grand, new I'd get the Ceriatone Expression. Fantastic OD tones and cleans up nicely usiing the volume control on the guitar.

Used I look on Ebay for a Soldano designed Yamaha T 100 or T50. They come as a head or 1 x 12 combo. 2 channels clean and overdrive...basically a poor mans SLO. They are on Ebay often when I do a search for Soldano, and theysell for between 500 and 650. Great value!

black_manta
11-15-2007, 07:42 AM
I love my Heartbreaker, I got it for $800 used, and it has a delicious 3d clean channel, as well as a great OD channel, and the ability to have either channel be low or high gain, no recto "fizz" on the distortion, lots of power scaling options, and some pretty nice reverb for a mesa.

+1 on the Maverick, too, very nice amp.

Capn Spanky
11-15-2007, 08:16 AM
Samuel

Watch these videos, no overdrive pedals needed, just the amps footswitch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zij-aMS4J6w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFRlsoSBtYI&feature=related

Not many amps sound like this, period, for any amount of money.


Where can you get these for under $1,000?

ChrisGS
11-18-2007, 12:37 PM
TGPer Randy Morser is selling a Custom Pennalizer 20 (Billy Penn) asking $875, and TGPer Toomerkel is selling a Hayseed 30 for 800-ish.

Simon
11-18-2007, 03:47 PM
Without an indication of what style of music you playn this is all just a crap shoot. The recomendations are all these guys styles and tones not yours. You could be into country or death metal, which of course are night and day amps.

fusionbear
11-18-2007, 09:53 PM
You can find old Mesa Boogie MKIII's for under $800.00 used. They are very versatile. They can do funk, country, classic, rock, metal etc....

Roosevelt
11-18-2007, 09:56 PM
I really love the Genz-Benz----anything. They generally sound amazing.

stratzrus
11-19-2007, 07:56 AM
what kind of tones are you looking for?

This is an absolutely critical question.

Rivera. Makes no difference what tones you're looking for, the Rivera's have them all in one amp.

I'm a satisfied Rivera owner, but I'd be real hasitant to say that they have all tones. Many of the combos mentioned sound different than each other let alone sound different than amps from other manufacturers.

For example, none of the combos mendioned do ultra high gain like a Diezel. The K-Tre does, but it's over $2K. You're not going to get convincing Vox AC30 tones either.

I think the right Rivera combo would meet the OP's stated needs and would recommend trying one out, but I wouldn't say that you can get every tone under the sun with them.

stratzrus

johnnyqb
11-19-2007, 08:02 AM
'59 Bassman Ltd., <$850 used.

gtrman01
11-19-2007, 08:43 AM
Silverface Princeton Reverb and Silverface Pro Reverb.