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Looking For A Small Amp. Any Suggestions?

Jimmy25

Member
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136
Hey Guys, I'm looking for a small size amp that I could easily carry around with me mainly between school dorm and my house, or sometimes other places. It's mostly going to be use for practice only, so I'm not going to need a loud volume, but I'm looking for an amp as small as possible, would be great if it's light, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, with decent sound quality, and also include distortion effect. I'm not so sure where does the small size amps range in price, but I can tell you I'm kind of on a limited budget (no worries, just give me the amp name and price, I'll do the math and figure out which one works best for me). I mean, the amp doesn't need to be awesome, it's just for practicing in a small room.

BTW, it's for my Fender 57 Reissue Stratocaster Made In Japan Since 1993.

Style of music I like to play: Blues, Jazz, Funk, Rock
Some examples of the tone I'm looking for would be:

John Mayer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQkO3SGB3So&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWv3cZOBgpM&feature=related
Jimi Hendrix
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz85o1paFMQ
Funk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIqEDjabG-g&feature=related
And sometimes I would play rock songs like this too
(so I prefer there's distortion effect along with the amp)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEFa1f_WCms&feature=related
 

jordanL

Member
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1,478
Look at one of the small modelers - Roland Microcube or Vox DA5. Either will allow you to get most basic tones. As an apartment dweller I usually play through a Microcube. YMMV - price around $125
 

DGTCrazy

Mod Squad
Staff member
Messages
16,088
If I were you ( in college, limited budget), and I owned an iPhone, I'd be all over Amplitude or a similar app. It gets the job done, and very quietly I might add.

If you're dead set on owning a Two Channel Amp that's inexpensive, what about the GDEC series from Fender? Small, compact, full of features....

If you really want your JM tones....and have the $$$, then I'd suggest a Two Rock Gain Master combo.
 

Drawde

Member
Messages
1,581
I have the super champ which I love, and think sounds really good. There is the smaller version thought the fender vibro champ xd. $239
 

s2y

Member
Messages
19,482
Do you really need an amp? When I was in college, I had a strict enough RA, that my amp could barely be heard. I ended up using a Korg Pandora II with headphones, which worked well enough. I would have been happier with the newer stuff, but mine was cutting edge back then.
 

Sidmore

no talent hack
Gold Supporting Member
Messages
3,153
I have the ac4tv-mini but you can't get any real distortion without really driving it and that can get LOUD. For practice I like Vox's amPlug lead - it has distortion and delay and you can use it with headphones or plug it into some powered computer speakers...
 
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8,093
a sixties Kalamazoo Model 2. One EL84 power tube, 10" spkr. Not more than maybe 20 pounds. Turn it up and it sounds like a million bucks for just a coupla hundred.
 

cratz2

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
11,301
I'd get a Super Champ XD and replace the speaker with a Ragin Cajun if/when funds allow. Only drawback is it doesn't have a headphone jack. If that's important, I'd get the Mustang II.
 

Davo17

Member
Messages
2,170
Master volume, reverb, built in attenuator, and sounds pretty good. Also has a line out/headphones jack.
 

Dale

Member
Messages
10,310
All good options. I use my Micro Spider for many of these types of things. It is a battery amps as well if need be so it is a bot more versatile in that sense as well.
 

Deathmonkey

Member
Messages
2,430
I'd get a Fender Blues Jr or a Peavey Classic 30. Maybe even a Carvin Nomad 16, if you like mid-heavy tones.
 

mrmatt1972

Member
Messages
1,534
Blackheart - personally I have the Handsome Devil combo and had the little giant head. Both are great single channel el84 amps, the devil brings the possibility of small gig/practice volume with some clean headroom that the LG doesn't. Both fit the bill for size and wight and volume restrictions. I play all the styles you mentioned.
 

rockonomics

Member
Messages
516
Pignose 7-100 is a great sounding inexpensive amp worthy of consideration as well.
Brings back memories. If I find another one I'll get it. They're battery powered and sound purty damn good. For those who don't know, you can have someone open and close it while yer playing it for a wah effect. I always just opened it to where the tone was what I wanted. Simplest tone stack in da world.
 




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