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Best Amp Under $300?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by ddk1, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. Pointmonger

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    I picked up a Vintage 47 Spectator for $300, but good luck with that.
     
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  2. rangercaster

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    As long as you are in the $300 range, just make sure it's loud enough to piss off family, pets, and the whole neighborhood...

    Then the cops come to your house ....
     
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    Used Fender Super Champ XD.

    I picked one up used recently for $250 and can't recommend it enough for the OP's intended use. I've also owned a Blues Jr, and it's a very nice amp, but prefer the flexibility and sound of the Super Champ XD. In the past I've owned several silverface Twins, a couple Princetons (including a MUCHXS modded Princeton and a MUCHXS modded silverface Champ), a couple DR's and BMRI's. The Super Champ XD definitely has the classic Fender tones.

    I also have a Yamaha THR10. That's also a great "table top" amp, and can get some surprisingly great tones out of those 3" speakers, but with that said I'd still lean toward the Super Champ XD for it's versatility. If you did end up getting into some low to moderate volume jams or collaborating with other players the Super Champ XD would be the better choice.

    EDIT: I have a SCX2, not SCXD.
     
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    Pre-owned Roland JC.
     
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    Came here to say this.

    Others I like that have been mentioned are the AC4 and Orange 35 RT.
     
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    I have a Mustang LT25, and it’s a really nice amp. It sounds bigger and more expensive than it is. The color LCD screen is brilliant for navigating settings and effects.
     
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    They say an image is worth a thousand words.

    Super Champ XD #2.jpg
     
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    The AC 10 is a seriously good amp. On the used market they are slightly above the $300 price mark, from what I've seen. But if the OP is willing to put out the extra fifty bucks or so, it would totally be worth it. The one and only very minor complaint I have about it is that the reverb is too much, too soon. But that's easily dealt with, just don't crank the knob up.
     
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    Another THR10(ii) vote, but there are a LOT of amps that fit your criteria!
     
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    I love my champ 20 and champ 600, but if I had to pick just one, it would be the champ 20. The 600 is tube, but it’s a one-knob wonder that breaks up early.
     
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    Another vote for the Orange Crush 35RT.
     
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    I stated earlier that the OP was likely to be disappointed with a tube amp in this price range, but I forgot about the Super Champ XD which is a killer amp. I played one in a store on the way home from work one day and nearly bought it. The only thing stopping me was I didn't have the $$$.
     
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    Plenty of good choices. For strictly apartment / practice use you should consider the Yamaha THR10 series. I was playing bass through mine all day, it's a very well designed piece of gear. Plenty of other choices out there too, get to a guitar store and do some testing!
     
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    Yeah, for apartment living..... the THR 10 is the last amp you will ever need. You may want something different eventually... but the THR10 is satisfying to play at those levels. I play my 335 knock off through it a couple of times a week, I get a "bigger" jazz sound out of it than I do my actual bigger amps when I am watching TV and still want to hear the dialog that is :)
     
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    People, the XD has been discontinued for many years, and has been replaced by the X2. If you have an XD, and it dies, which they have a reputation for doing suddenly, then it's landfill.
     
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    I would choose Peavey or a Crate in the sub $300 category...

    More decibels for your dollar ....
     
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    JC 22 is a nice clean amp. Chorus is great.
     
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    Crap, I actually meant the X2, NOT the XD!
     
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    Yamaha THR for the win in the context... a Boss Katana maybe
     
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    Don't sleep on the Fender Mustang GT40. Just recently discontinued (weeks ago), and you should be able to find one NOS for well under $300. Very small footprint, cleans are good,, including at low volume, allows for experimentation if you are so inclined, and doubles as a stereo Bluetooth speaker and/or sound bar. Perfect for a small space.
     
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