Recommend a versatile, good-sounding practice/jam amp

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  1. NoahL

    NoahL Member

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    I sold my Fender Pro Jr. because I was tired of the bright Fender tone. I bought a Roland Blues Cube, but the speaker was too tiny and it wasn't loud enough for jams with drums and another guitar or two. I want an amp that is small enough to carry on a bus or toss easily in the trunk -- no bigger than a Pro Jr., ideally a little lighter. It needs to have a nice warm clean tone and a usable overdrive; maybe even a decent reverb, even if it's an effect and not a tank. I don't want to spend a lot. I can think of maybe one of the slightly larger Rolands (isn't there once called the 15 or something?), or a Tech 21 Trademark 10? I'd give up the reverb if I could get nice clean and overdrive. It can even be a tube amp, but it has to be sturdy. You get the idea ... something that will be pleasing at bedroom levels and loud enough for a solo when jamming in someone's basement. Hey, if it gets loud enough to play at a small bar gig, that's amazing too.
     
  2. jeffwith1f

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    light and loud is a tricky combination to come by. to project volume of sound you need to have the speaker enclsure have a bit of weight on it, otherwise it just starts to vibrate.

    you could try the larger models of the Roland Cubes
    I enjoyed them when I have played though them, for what it is
    here's a link to the 60
    has a 12" speaker, decent onboard effects
    32 lbs. not exactly light, but manageable
    http://www.roland.com/PRODUCTS/EN/CUBE-60/index.html

    the Cube 30 has a 10" speaker and weighs in at a more friendly 20 lbs
    http://www.roland.com/products/en/CUBE-30/index.html
     
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    Tech 21 Trademark 30 or 60.
     
  4. PFCG

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    how much do you want to spend?

    Ive been an avid supporter of swart products, the two rock jet and other 1x12 combos, as well as Acoustic Image/Raezerz Edge combos.
     
  5. Darth Tater

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    Fender Super Champ XD. Replace the stock Chinese speaker with an Eminence Rajin Cajun and you won't touch it for the price.
     
  6. johnboggs

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    Check out the Crate (Palomino) V8. 5 watt Class A. Celestion speaker. Great little amp.
     
  7. Elmer

    Elmer hell is chrome

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    +1 on the Super Champ XD. Even with the stock speaker it ain't too shabby.
     
  8. Brian Scherzer

    Brian Scherzer Staff Member

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    I moved this thread to the correct topic area. Carry on!
     
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    This IS the one!:RoCkIn
     
  10. soundchaser59

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    Traynor TRM40.

    Two 20 watt output channels, two speaker outs 8 ohm each. Solid state, but has a beautiful built in chorus, footswitchable between clean and lead. 2x8 internal, but plug it into a 2x12 or two cabs and it is just huge. Does fair cleans, and screamin leads. Not bad for $150 bucks or so.....
     
  11. strat94

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    Peavey Classic 30.

    Nice clean and dirty channels, sounds good. I use it at home in my basement 'area' and bring it to practice no problem. Nice and small and gives a great sound. Loves pedals too if you're into them.
     
  12. amphead777

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    I have a Rivera Clubster 25. Two channels, LOUD, and the OD channel is really good. The gain boost is a FET boost like some Two Rocks. Really a great practice/small gig amp. It weighs, I think 28 lbs. It's small.
     
  13. PremiumPlus

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    +1 on the Super Champ XD
     
  14. B_of_H

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    this is what i'm thinking.

    the revered kingsnake is a damn good choice as well if you can find one.
     

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