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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by ddk1, Aug 12, 2020.
i barely play my ac4 after getting a roland cube.
I didn't know that the GT40 was discontinued, but I guess it makes sense, since the LT50 is the same price. I wonder if there will be a new lower priced GTX amp as a replacement, because they have more features than the LT series have.
The Orange 35RT is an exceptional little amp.
I use mine at home mostly but it sounds huuuge in larger spaces.
The Fender Champion 50XL would have been my choice if I wanted that type of sound. Again, an amp that sounds far more expensive than it is, amazing value. Much nicer than the other budget Fenders I tried, a very open and expressive amp.
And lastly the Vox AC4 is simply delightful.
I was disappointed with the Katanas on stock settings, but have heard them sound very good after a little tweaking.
Mine still play flawlessly.
Landfill ... isn't that the case for most solid state amp ?
Used Marshall Origin 50
Lots of headroom and bass response
I use it. I have TWO... I sold my Bassman
YES too... Is what I use at home
But you can set the amp I told you before to 5W, to 20W or 50W. So, you can use it at home, studio or live
Since it’s just for the apartment and you just want clean, any solid state or low watt tube amp will do.
I’ll go a different direction. Check out some cool low watt vintage amps. Something like a Danelectro Cadet. They’ll do the low volume clean thing, but super vibey. And they look way cooler than most modern amps.
There's a Fender Mustang and several other options around your target price, if you're in/around NYC.
You said "apartment". My suggestion as always would be a Vox Mini 5 Rhythm (it's what I use). Good models, effects, basic drum machine, mike input jack, headphone jack and wattage options. imho a lot of good honest suggestions here but most would be too loud for your application.
Adding to my previous response, it may seem counter intuitive but the Fender Rumble amps sound great with guitar. All of them from the 100 watt down are under 3 bills. Straight clean and an overdrive channel, plus some amp voice choices.
Roland Blues Cube Hot. Used they run about $300.
I have a SDXD, it has worked great for years, sounds great, has very usable reverb, delay, chorus, even vibrato. The clean channel is close to perfect; although not as loud as a TR or DR, naturally. The #2 setting on the drive channel is close to a turned-up DR.
I dig the Mustang series for a "cheap" amp. Good tones and effects. The bonus is the USB out. I can plug directly into my PC to record.
With your budget, a Boss Katana!
Or, for more upgrade versatility, add a tad more and get a used Boss GT-1 + Headrush FRFR108! Later on, you can go for a better modeler later on which would work really great with the FRFR.
It would be a gig ready and also works for small spaces.
Modelers will give you tons of amp and effects simulations!
they sound great with drum machines and synths too. just a really nice all around amp.
If you can find a Vox Pathfinder 15r then you won't need to look any further. They used to sell for the frankly ridiculous price of $120 new. I wish I had bought twenty of them. You can't find a better solid state amplifier for the sound you're seeking.
With a Boss GT-1 in front ....
108 db will peel the paint off the walls and have the cops at your house in less than five minutes . ..
MicroCube. And save a few bucks. I've owned a couple over the years but have had a tendency to wear out the speakers from playing the more high gain models at excessive volume. But it also does cleans well.
Currently for my condo amp I'm using a Blackstar HT -1, a little 1 watt tube/SS with an 8" speaker. I can annoy my neighbors with it running clean. And crank it and it can get loud for 1 watt. They retail for about $250, but I paid $80 for mine used. It takes pedals well, FWIW.
Another vote for the SCX2, Fender nailed it with these and the XD.