Recommend a good SS amp for $200 - $300

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  1. Nubs

    Nubs Friend of Leo's

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    Ahhh another amp recommendation thread! Nice!

    I took my Trademark 30 to the last jam session and the poor little guy just couldn't keep up. I was positioned next to the drummer who wasn't really that loud, but we have a TON of guitars there and well...you know how that goes.

    Normally I take a Vox AC10C1 with me and that works very well. BUT it's a tube amp and eventually will need maintenance. No bueno around these parts.

    I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive SS amp that can keep up with a drummer, bassist, keys, and anywhere from 6-10 guitars. It's a blues jam session so we primarily play blues and throw in a bit of classic rock from time to time.

    I'm inherently a tinkerer so the Katana 100 was kinda fun and sounded pretty good, but I never really connected with it for whatever reason. So I'll probably pass on a Katana 50 even though I know it's a solid amp. I'm also thinking at least a 10" speaker would be preferable. PC/iPad connectivity is a nice feature, but not a requirement.

    So, whatcha got? Thanks in advance!
     
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    I picked this up a couple of weeks ago (an 80’s Marshall Master Lead Combo).

    It is a 30 watt SS amp with a 12” Celestion G12M70 speaker that I plan to use as a living room practice amp. Well within your budget.

    I’m sure that it could hold its own in a not-too-loud blues or rock band.

    I’ve also heard good things about the Orange Crush Amps, no experience, but maybe worth looking at.

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    "80's Peavey Bandit. If that's too big, a Backstage Plus.
     
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    The Peavey Bandit sounded best to me in that shootout video above.
     
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    Hard to beat Peavey -- they took on SS directly and really tried, pretty successfully to deliver the good for guitarists. Their stuff generally works really well. Might not add any great magic to your tone, but play some good notes, maybe a pedal or two, and it'll get you there. Broke, I played through the humble Pacer for three years and it always did the job just fine.
     
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    The Bandit 112 sounds a heck of a lot better than the piece of crap Bandit 65 I had in the 80's.
     
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    I've got no experience in a live setting, but I bought some SS amps based on recommendations here as they pop up locally.

    My $40ea trifecta is...
    80's Fender Sidekick - mine is the 20 or 25? The 30 jumps up to a 12" speaker. It's a tank.
    Vox Pathfinder 15R of course. You could run an external cab?
    Danelectro Nifty Fifty. For the size that thing is LOUD. Prob not enough though.

    Of all I'd guess a Sidekick? I see them periodically on my CL. I'm cheap though & you're willing to go more.
     
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    If you’re patient you can probably get two or three 80s bandits for $200-$300, and they’d probably outlast all of us.
     
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    Bandit is good. Peavey Special 130 is better. Sweepable mid on the clean channel and 5 on the volume will shatter windows.
     
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    I had a Fender sidekick in the mid 80s. Think it was 10 or 15 watts. Cant remember but I thought it sounded decent at the time. I preferred it over a Rolland Jazz Chorus and a higher powered Peavey amp I cant remember the model of. My teacher at the time, guy in a local metal band with songs in the National top 40 liked it too. I traded it with him for lessons when I was broke.

    From memory when I bought it new I think it cost about $150 and a new 10w Fender Champ cost about $300 at the same time.
     
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    I bought a 65 watt Fender Deluxe 112 for $250 brand new back in '94 or so. It kicked around for a long while, rock solid, loud, and able to dial in a decent SS version of the Deluxe Reverb sound. I finally sold it to a bandmate for $50 where we use it in the practice space. It keeps up pretty well with a full, loud band but it needs a bit of finesse to dial out that SS peakiness.
    It's in the same family with the Deluxe 112+ (90 watts), Princeton Chorus, and Princeton 65. All pre-DSP era. I see them all the time for $150 - 200.
     
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    Marshall Lead 12 combo. They can be had for $150-200 and they are like a little mini blues breaker
     
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    The answer to this question is always Peavey Bandit.

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    There are a couple of things that stand out in your post:
    • standing next to the drummer
    • jamming with 6-10 guitars
    • $200-300
    The image that comes to mind is a pissing contest, with every guitar player wanting to be "heard".

    With some enforced discipline, 30-40 solid state watts works; however, given the circumstances, it may be better to have more, and not need it, than to have less, and need more.

    So, all that said, consider: 1) increasing your budget, and 2) these options:

    Fender Champion 100
    Peavey Bandit 112
    Peavey Envoy 110
    Roland Blues Cube Hot
    Orange Crush 35RT

    Let us know how you fare, Nubs. ;)



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    The Marshall MG solid-state combo amplifiers replicate the classic Marshall sound quite well.
     
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    Another +1 for the Peavey (aka black box/silver stripe) Bandit 112 with the Sheffield speaker. Been looking for one for quite some time and finally scored a clean one for two hundred bucks. It's heavy but it's a keeper.
     
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    I have a Peavey Bandit 112 that I could sell you. Scorpion speaker. Perfect condition, sounds fantastic. Can't say enough good things about it, I just don't need it, as I have too many amps as it is. If you're interested, I can send you pics, specs, sound clips, etc.
     
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