Buying my first amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by darkburnout00, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. darkburnout00

    darkburnout00 Member

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    I'm looking for a good first amp for my stratocaster... My budget is about ~~~$500.

    anyone have any suggestions??? (I will be willing to spend a little more)
     
  2. sliberty

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    You have to tell us a little about your musical taste in order for our recommendations wot be worth anything. Different styles of music require different types of amps.

    Having said that, $500 is a tough budget for a lifelong amp. Many of today's amps cost tons of money. At that price level, I would say its worth checking out the Crate V32 and the Peavey Classic 30. These are basic tube amps that sound good and don't cost too much. Note - if you are into metal, you'll need a good modern pedal to make these amps work for you.
     
  3. FFTT

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    Lifetime amp........

    Start out with something like the Gries 5

    A well built all hand wired Class A, 5 watt amp with wonderful tone.
     
  4. fogman

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    Lifelong amp????
    Maybe if you spend 10 times that!

    Have you experienced G.A.S. yet????
     
  5. darkburnout00

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    haha, sorry....

    I'm primarily an acoustic player, so I've never really had to worry about amps. I play a lot of jazz and blues, but not exclusively. So, I'll need a versatile amp that would suited for blues as well. I just gave a number that I would be willing to spend.



    Sorry, "this forum is my research," so here I am trying to learn about amps...
     
  6. darkburnout00

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    Oh, and what I meant when I said that I needed an amp that will last me a while is that, even when I've progressed considerably in skill, I won't really need to worry about upgrading. Although I am prone to massive GAS, humor me at the moment and pretend that I won't get AAS~~ =)

    "durability is not a real factor"
     
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    This forum started out as my research too....now I'm trying to convince myself that I should only buy what I need and not what I want. If you take that "lifelong" part of your statement out, I think people will be able to offer you more suggestions.
     
  8. FFTT

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    The Fender Blues Junior and the Pro Junior fit well into your price range
    and are at least acceptable as an entry level amp.
    The Deluxe Reverb Re-issues are also pretty good if you need something
    with a bit more clean headroom.

    Made in Mexico, PCB construction and most people upgrade the stock tubes
    and speaker.

    Unfortunately, $500.00 doesn't get you much these days, but the quality
    and tone of what is out there greatly improves in the $800-$1200.00 range.
     
  9. kurtsstuff

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    Lifelong?? Gear?? ummm.....welcome to the forum.....muuuhahahahahaha!!!
     
  10. mule73

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    Peavey Classic 30/50. Best bang for the buck amp out there IMHO. Throw in a couple of pedals and you are good to go. Also check out The Crate Vintage Club series.
     
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    All guitar forums cause gas. This one is expensive quality gas! :p
     
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    Yes. Does everything and you'll never outgrow it.
     
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    A used Mesa/Boogie Studio .22 is a cool little amp in that price range. Versatile and easy to tote around. Wish I had mine back.
     

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