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Best Amp Under $300?

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

  1. cyclopean

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    i barely play my ac4 after getting a roland cube.
     
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    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.
     
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    The Orange 35RT is an exceptional little amp.
    I use mine at home mostly but it sounds huuuge in larger spaces.
    Lovely cleans.

    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.
     
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    Mine still play flawlessly.

    Landfill ... :twisted: isn't that the case for most solid state amp ?
     
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    Used Marshall Origin 50

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    1x12"

    Lots of headroom and bass response

    I use it. I have TWO... I sold my Bassman
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Roland Blues Cube Hot. Used they run about $300.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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!
     
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    they sound great with drum machines and synths too. just a really nice all around amp.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Another vote for the SCX2, Fender nailed it with these and the XD.
     
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