CHEAP Gig Amp

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Vespa_One, Mar 27, 2017.

Can you get a giggable amp for under $300?

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  1. Vespa_One

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    Hello fine people of TDPRI:

    I am looking to buy a cheap guitar amp NO MORE THAN $300 that is loud enough to gig with. Hopefully sounds good clean at high volume and takes pedals well. Is this possible? I cannot justify spending more than $300. I have not gigged in years and live in a tiny SF apartment. I can barely turn up my blackstar fly 3 at home, I mostly play in headphones. That being said I've been itching to jam and would like to have an amp on hand. Must be able to get over the drummer!! If I don't find a jam situation then it is an amp that may never be turned on once so I'm keeping it under $300 or waiting till christmas 2019! Any ideas would be appreciated!

    fyi: love the fender sound, hate the vox sound. Looking to play blues and rock, reggae


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  2. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

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    Sure. There are plenty of solid state options that will put out 20, 30, maybe 50w in your price range.

    Orange, Marshall, Fender, even BOSS have a horse in that race.
     
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    Peavey Bandit, any vintage, under $100 but the word is out and people are snatching them up with prices going up. People are gigging with them. "loud, take pedals well, rugged" are the typical description. Best results are to use the clean channel only with pedals.

    Orange 35RT has some folks on here that gig with them.
     
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    There's tons of great stuff you can get for $300.
    I assume you don't mind buying used gear.
    I am a huge fan of all Roland Cube amps.
    Anything 30 watts or over is generally gig-worthy, IMO.
    My favorite is the Cube 80XL.
    I see them on CL for $200ish.
     
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    I agree with jvin, Bandits are a great choice for tone, volume and reliability. I picked up a redstripe Studio Pro as it was slightly smaller / lighter but still a 12" speaker. Still massively loud with heaps of clean headroom - I can't imagine a situation of needing anything louder.
     
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    The speaker in an amp makes a lot of difference.
    Wattage is relative to that. I like something that's gonna have a little bottom end and don't use pedals , .... so a 12" speaker . and a spring reverb , narrows my choices.

    Here in Memphis I have two choices rEvolve Music or Guitar Center. Finding a new/used amp for under $300 is no problem. If I was out in the sticks Musicians Friend would ship me something free ..... tax free ... last time I looked. :twisted:
     
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    Personally I would look for a used Orange cr60c - The Crush Pro series. It's essentially a 100% analog solid state version of a Rockerverb. Great amps, and extremely gig worthy with the birch ply cabinet, great effects loop, very good sounding digital reverb ( the only digital part of the amp circuitry ).

    Other options would be Peavey Bandit, Roland Cube 80gx or a Mustang III


    For me though as said, it would be a used Orange cr60c.
     
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  8. tele12

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    Yes,this is the answer. Cheap,loud,reliable,durable.
     
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    Bugera V22 is a fantastic sound amp with a lot of extras (2 channels, footswitch, effects loop, reverb). I still gig with mine from time to time plenty loud enough.
     
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    Another Peavey that might work would be a used Classic 30. E-Bay, Guitar Center, Craig's List, or Reverb should have some that are hovering around the $300 mark.
    Good Luck!...and Merry X-Mas!
     
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    When I hear "cheap guitar amp loud enough to gig with" literally the first thing I think of is a Peavey Bandit.
     
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    Another vote for used Peaveys from me. In the last three years I've acquired three of the Red Stripe ones--a Studio Pro 112 and two Envoys--from CL and pawn shops, and I have just over $200 invested in all three.

    I've gigged them all, and truthfully, I've toted the SP out to places I could've played easily with one of the little ones. It would be hard to pick a favorite; I just love 'em. :D
     
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    Boss Katana is a viable option! American-ish gain and very clean cleans, but it works with pedals marvelously, and has plenty of headroom! If you are a tube-only guy, you could try to find a used Blues Jr. or Hot Rod Deluxe, or get a fifteen watt amp from Monoprice. I've heard reasonably good things about those, and they run around $180 I believe! Personally, I have a Roland Cube 40 which does all I need!
     
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    I'll second this , try one out if you can it's my favourite amp at the moment
     
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    I'm in agreement with the Peavey Bandit. I had one in the 80s. Bandit 112. Teal stripe. Scorpion speaker. Great amp. I should have kept it but I sold it to buy a bass amp.

    I have a Bugera V22 now and it's my gig amp. Plenty loud for the dive bars I play at. If you find one >$300 I'd say buy it.
     
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    First thing I though of too was Peavey, either a Bandit or a Classic 30. You should be able to find a used C-30 for less than three bills. And Bandit is a real bargain at about one c-note and change.
     
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    Marshall AVT50, these are the second generation Valvestate amps, 50 watts, (1) 12AX7 preamp tube, 2 channel , 12" speaker, FX loop, line in. I got mine used for $125, a gigable deal of an amp.
     
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    Bandit
    Great amps
     
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    Saw a Bugera V22 with a buy it now of $250, recently. I have seen a few Peavey Classic 30 amps for under $300. A great work horse of an amp. Prudent shopping will net some interesting results. I just picked up a VHT 12/20 (non reverb/tremolo) for $325, new. See those regularly on Ebay. Great amp, IMHO.
     
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    lab series l5. Plenty loud
     
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