Amps for a rehearsal studio

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by recans, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. recans

    recans Member

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    New member and drummer here. The guitarist in my band frequents this site and suggested I pose this question here. (Pardon me for being an amp novice...I know a ton about drums!)

    So...if you were starting a small rehearsal studio for rentals, what guitar amps would you have as a minimum? I'm thinking two Marshall type stacks and two combo style amps. If you were only to have three amps for the room, which would you get?

    Recommendations for amps to buy new if on a limited budget?

    Thanks in advance, Rich
     
  2. cubistguitar

    cubistguitar Member

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    Fender Deluxe Reverb reissue
    Vox AC15c1 1x12 combo
    Fender Princeton reissue
    Fender Twin Amp Reverb reissue
    Vox AC15HW1
    Peavey 6505 2x12 combo
    Egnater Tweaker 40 with 212 cabinet

    you can mix and match but those are good reliable equipment. I would invest in the classic style tube combos first and the low wattage ones are just fine in a studio, record better anyway.
     
  3. gixxerrock

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    IMO, you want a few simple tube amps that can cover a wide range of styles. For just 3 amps on a limited budget, something like:

    - used Fender HRD,
    - some kind of used Marshall, 50W
    - some kind of Mesa (Dual Rec, 5:50, Mark )

    Any of the Rivera 50W combos (Fandango, Suprema, Quianna etc...) would also work and are a bargain used.
     
  4. Lublin

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    I wouldn't go dumping a ton of money on amazing tube amps. A lot of guitarists are picky with their setups and usually bring their own heads, anyway. A lot of these amps get treated like crap, too, so your maintenance and upkeep can get pricey. I'd dedicate my cash to the following:


    • Nice space which is soundproofed from surrounding spaces (no one wants to hear the band next door)
    • Clean environment (NO SMOKING!)
    • Good cabs
    • Good PA system with option to record
    • Good drum kit

    If you want to buy tube amps get some Fender combos.
     
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    I'd probably just go with the Fender Hot Rods or Peavey Classics. Good, general purpose, workhorse amps. Probably nobody's favorite, but almost anybody can get pretty close to the sound they're looking for.

    I'd stick with the two channel amps rather than the Deluxe Reverbs and twins, etc. With the two channels people that want clean and people that want dirty can be happy with the same amp.
     
  7. amphog

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    How big are your rooms, who are your clients, if you have small rooms and blues,jazz country acts the small amps are great. If you have metal acts they will need more space and bigger rigs. If you have national acts, you need very high quality pa. I have worked for some high end rehersal, sound stage companies in NYC, if you would like to chat, pm me. Also, if you do the recording studio thing, your gear needs will differ. The biggest cost in most cases is the real estate-construction, good luck.
     
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    From a business standpoint this is exactly where I went as well. Generally cheaper on the used market and built pretty well. These amps will get abused if it's a rehearsal space for rent. Also you might consider grabbing a 2x12 and/or 4x12 cabinet(s) with the ohms CLEARLY marked for guys who want to bring in their own heads. I would go really high on the wattage too, maybe loaded with Eminence so they aren't overpowered and get fried.
     
  9. dk123123dk

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    Used Peavey 4x12" cabs are cheap and actually sound decent.

    I would suggest Peavey Bandits for amps. Loud, reliable, and sound ok.

    Hope this helps.


    dk
     
  10. recans

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    Thanks for the suggestions.
    Keep them coming.
    Yes, it's going to be for rent. Relatively small size...15 x 20 or less.
    Not high end...cheap!

    Thanks, Rich
     
  11. freaksho

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    welcome. i like the drums - they're in my top 3 of rock bands instruments. ;)

    i'd say hit the big classics: Marshall, Fender, Vox. people are gonna want to see those logos. some of the best buck bang models in order of what i'd personally prefer:

    Marshall:
    1. JCM800: 2204 (50W) or 2203 (100W)
    2. JCM2000: DSL50 or DSL100

    Fender:
    1. Any Silverface, select based on power desired
    2. Reissue Blackface models

    Vox:
    I'm no Vox expert but one of the AC15 or AC30 combos - maybe the CC line for budget reasons?



    note: my suggestions are all in roughly $800 used range each. if you need cheaper then some of the above suggestions might be better.
     
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    I'm surprised no one mentioned a Roland JC120. Every casino I've played at, and studio I've been in has one laying around. When I asked why not Fender instead, the staff at one place said they get more requests for the Roland.

    No clue what they cost though.
     
  13. GCDEF

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    My experience with rehearsal studios is that the people that use them are younger and play very loud, distorted rock or metal. I've never seen or met anybody that plays a Roland JC, ever.
     
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    Kustom Coupe's or higher watt Defenders can be found fairly cheap used. I'd go with higher watt amps with decent MV's; more headroom to please all types of players. And two or three high watt cabs... (Not HiWATT... cabs that can handle high wattage.) CL here in ATL is chock-a-block full of low cost cabs...
     
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    Dude...

    Fender Twin Reverb RI
    Fender Bassman
    Vox AC15 or AC30
    Marshall JCM 800 2203 or 2204
    Mesa Dual Rectifier

    If you have those amps, and some drive pedals you can record just about any band under the Sun. Actually, I've only recorded bass using Twin's in the studio. They just work!
     
  16. Lublin

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    The JC120's at my local rehearsal had a 1/4" of dust on them. No one uses them.
     

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