Help me find an amp!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Joses, Feb 18, 2008.


  1. Joses

    Joses Member

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    Hi all,

    Ok, so here's the deal. I'm looking for an amp (well, 2 actually) for my church (youth service to be specific), and I'd really appreciate some suggestions as I'm facing some constraints.

    Firstly, I've always been a picky guy when it comes to amps - I've always liked to have a super clean, single-channelled, point-to-point, hand-wired amp and do all my "colouring in" (dirts, mods, etc.) out the front of the amp [thus the reason for my choice of personal amp].

    So the specs are pretty similar for the 2 amps I'm looking for, except I'm on a tight budget (under $500 per amp) - therefore, I'm willing to ease on the point-to-point and hand-wired criteria. All I need is a good single-channelled and CLEAN amp (i.e. blackface, silverface, etc...tweed is about as break-uppy as i'd like to go).

    Oh, and its gotta be all TUBE! (no SS or Hybrids please)

    Any help and suggestions would be really greatly appreciated! :D

    Cheers,
    Joses
     
  2. FFTT

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    Due to your location and your budget, your best option is to contact
    Nik at Ceriatone.

    All hand wired with good build quality out of Malaysia.
     
  3. Kitarist

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    Yep try Ceriatone. Those amps are way better than those you get at the stores. Quality is like 2 times better and its handwired.
     
  4. Joses

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    cool, will check Nik out...thanks guys!

    any others??
     
  5. FFTT

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    Everything else I would recommend in a well built amp is going to be way
    over your stated budget.

    You already know about Gries Amplification.
    They are now offering a more affordable Minnow head, with more of a Tweed tone stack @$549.00US You would still have to come up with your own speaker cab or buy one from Gries.

    The Gries 5 is still the coolest little combo for your money.

    The Gries 20 and 35 are way beyond your stated budget.

    For a bit more volume and headroom, the Reeves Custom 12 or Custom 30
    would be a great great choice if you can swing the extra funds.

    Another very well built amp is the VVT Amps Fralin which allows you
    to run either 6V6's or 6L6's.

    If you're buying an amp for a youth group, it's tough selecting something
    that is loud enough, but not too loud and durable enough to handle multiple users, especially in your stated budget.

    If they will be using this amp with live drums, you're going to need
    something in the 12-30 watt power range.

    If you're just using this amp to teach guitar or perform at lower volumes, then the Gries 5 or Reeves 12 would be excellent.
     
  6. Joses

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    Yea, i figured it would be a tough battle to get a gem at under half a G...

    Btw, appreciate the info! :)
     
  7. GregoryL

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    A used Fender Hot Rod Deluxe is within your budget - it's Fender's best selling tube amp of all time for a reason.
     

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