Help me choose a budget gigging amp

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  1. LunarSlingShot

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    I had to sell my Deville to fix my car. Now that I've recovered a bit, I need to buy an amp to keep gigging. We really only gig bars currently. I don't have the capability YET to mic my amp through our PA, we have a small one and not enough inputs to run my guitar through as we all have a mic for harmonies.

    We play rock/blues/country covers. We have 2 guitars, a bass, and a drummer that I would say hits with about average power. I don't think that he hits super hard, but he is no jazz trio player.

    Max I can spend is $750, but if I can spend a little less I would like to.
    Here are the options I want to choose from because I need to buy new:

    Blues Cube Stage 60 or 30 (I just don't know if the 30 would be loud enough).
    Peavey Classic 30
    Bugera V55 or 22
    Boss Katana 100, either the Artist or the Mk2
    Boss Nextone

    I still have a pedal board currently.

    Also I play all of the leads
     
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    Roland Jazz Chorus 40 if another option is allowed.....
     
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    I'll check this out! I've never heard one.

    I assume you mean the Blue Cube 30?
     
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    The king of solid state....:):):)
     
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    I'm surprised that about 8 people haven't said "peavey bandit" yet. Buy a nice used one and save $600 for the next time your car breaks down.
     
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    Since you have your pedals:

    —Used Peavey Classic 30 or Classic 50
    —Used Peavey Delta Blues
    —Fender Frontman 120 or 212 (no joke—they’re good-sounding and cheap)
     
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    I would go with Fender Champion 100 before the Frontman but it's big.....
     
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    I saw a used DRRI on the local FB market page for $600. If that doesn't do it for you I also like the Peavey Bandit solution. I used a couple of those to practice with in different bands and they are serious amps. You could buy a couple of used Bandits for under $500. You would be heard for sure!
     
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    Right...DRRI used.
    I've been jonesing for a Pignose G40V, but I don't know how giggable a 1x10 is.
    They're around $200.
    Buy 2 and have money to spare.
     
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    Marshall DSL40CR. My 90 year old dad fell in love with mine so he has it on indefinite loan. He’s no rocker, but he finds the clean and crunch channels useful. He’s sold on the clean bottom-end. I bought it for the foot switchable 4 modes.
     
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    Out of the choices, I’d go Classic 30 easily, though I’d take a Delta Blues over that.

    Why do you feel you need to buy new? Just wondering. Is it a warranty thing? Otherwise, buying used will open up a ton of options and I’ve had no more problems with used amps than new.
     
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    I play the same or similar kinds of music
    Going in 20 years with a ( well- maintained by great tech) blonde Blues Jr.
     
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    What gives you that idea?
     
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    Is there a reason you just don't get another Deville? I mean there are used ones all over the place for less than $750.
     
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    Personal reasons currently.

    EDIT: alright, real talk. I was embarrassed but I guess I don't care. Right now I need to take advantage of the 36-48months no interest.
     
  18. LunarSlingShot

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    Do you mic it? Or is it enough to fill a bar?
     
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    Some good suggestions so far. I scored a used Katana Artist for $400 (basically mint). It is incredible. The speaker and cabinet upgrade alone are worth it over other amps in the class.


    Also makes it easy for me to do low budget recording at home with the line out and headphones outputs - both of which sound great btw.

    Lot of options, of course. But make sure you try an Artist. Happy hunting!
     
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    Fender Blues Junior?
     
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