SS Amp recommendations?

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  1. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

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    I’m thinking about a solid state amp for dragging around and taking to some of the shadier places I’ve been in. I have a Roland Cube, but it’s not really big enough, a Mustang 3, but I’m not too fond of it.
    I like to use a few pedals, not big on onboard effect stuff. How does the Katana do? Take pedals well? Which size is gig worthy? Or the Fender SS stuff? Or???
    What do you guys recommend?
     
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    The old 70's era LAB Series amps were pretty cool. I think they were made by Gibson / Norlin? BB King played the two 12 model for years. So did Pat Metheny.
     
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    I used to own a lab series l5. Great amp very nice cleans and also some nice light distortion/drive. Loud enough for gigs but also very nice for home use. Sold it because it was to big (as a unit) and didnt get enough playing time.
     
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    I like at least 60-100 watts RMS.
    I also have had great luck with Roland/Boss amps.
    I really like, and own the Cube 80 series, Katana, and Blues Cube Artist
    60-100 watt amps can “compete” with other loud players, if you have to.
    They also are very EQ-able.
    There are lots of great, gig-worthy SS amps.
    Peavey Bandits, Tech 21 amps, Roland JC series, even some Crate and Marshall SS amps sound great, IMO.
     
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    Get yourself a Peavey from the 80s, best ss imo. You will need to elbow grease that dust out of it and spray the scratchy pots if needed.

    Most 1980s ss Peavey amps can be had for less than $150. And they have plenty of volume on tap.

    GDR
     

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    Our rhythm guitarist uses an SS Orange combo. Bright, funky cleans and a dirt channel that is a match for any OD pedal.
     
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    Honestly, there's lots of choice. What kind of sound are you after? I use a BCA, and the other guitarist in our band uses the 100w katana. Different voicings, both good. The BC takes pedals better, but the katana's onboard stuff is good, and that's one less thing to risk in, error, 'choicier' venues...
     
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    Roland Blues Cube: pick a model that is large and heavy enough for your needs.
    Peavey Bandit
    DV Mark (50W or 250W)
    Award-Session Blues Baby 45
     
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    Peavey Special 130 in good shape it will cost around a C note. I still have my 130. I can sound decent and it is very loud.
     
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    Boss Katana can't be beat for the $$$...
     
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    #1 on the Peavey Special 130. I own two of these and alot of really nice Fender tube amps too. But, for the cold winter months and some questionable gigs, my Peavey Special 130 sees 99% of the duty. Lots of folks like the stock Scorpion speaker, but I personally prefer to upgrade to an EVM 12L. It really brings out the full potential of this amp's tone and power. This is one SS amp that sounds as good playing quietly at home or on an outside stage. It's the only SS contender I would even consider using (to take the place of one of my Silver Face Twins). It's a totally pro amp, very reliable and very easy to setup and enjoy playing. We just played a gig of over 600 in the audience last Saturday night. No, none of our amps were mic'd. My little Special 130 was cruising along at 2+ on the volume control.
     
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    Bandit or an old Crate (Ampeg) used SS amp. Bandit is the one, and you don't need to get hung up on what color stripes or the version -- you want the clean channel and they are famous for 'taking pedals well'.

    Johan Sageborn Peavey Bandit Most Legendary Budget SS Amp

    Whips Cheap Guitars Bandit

    Intheblues Real Tubes versus Peavey Bandit


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    I take it from the original posting that you want:

    * Solid State circuitry

    * Something that you won't mind lugging in and out of some sketchy places

    * An amp that, if damaged or stolen, you won't lose your mind with grief

    I must support the opinion of the majority of posters above;
    You need a Peavey.

    My personal favorite would be the Peavey Vypyr VIP 2.
    A 40 watt 1x12 combo (amp modeling) amp.
    Ultra lightweight, and unbelievably versatile.
    (It functions as either an electric guitar amp, a bass amp, or an acoustic amp, all at one small button push, right when you plug in.)

    Yes, it's got lots of onboard effects that you probably don't want to use.
    But they are so sublimely simple to dial-up, you might change your mind, in about a New York minute.

    I bring mine to every gig, to function as a backup for my main guitar amp, and as a backup for the band's bass amp.
    And I end up using it for one or two songs per gig, no matter what.

    :)


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    If you want a sound processing computer that also makes you louder - instead of a plain analog SS amp.
     
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    1. Boss Katana 100
    2. Boss Katana 50
    3. Fender Champion 100
    4. Randall RG80
     
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    Quilter...mount it to a pedalboard...either the standard 101 size or the Interblock 45, with the former getting up to 100w, the latter 45w, each at 4 ohms.

    I haven’t taken my Twin, Bandmaster Reverb in a 210 cab, Frenzel, MusicMan, etc out since getting them.
     
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  18. whoanelly15

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    These are worth a try, but as someone else mentioned, not exactly a plug and play SS. Pretty user friendly though and easy to dial in your sound.

    Depending on the shade of the place though, I might not want to bring a Katana with me. I’d probably use that as an excuse to get a used Peavey Bandit.

    And for more of a long-term recommendation, I don’t think there’s a better solid state amp than the Orange Crush Pro series. And since you’re a Pearl Jam fan, this is obligatory...



    Hope it helps. Cheers!
     
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    Is your main objective to have something cheap that you won’t have to worry about at sketchy gigs? If so, then the suggestion for a used Peavey Transtube is spot on. Prices seem to vary a lot but you should be able to get a Bandit in good shape, red stripe or silver stripe, for $200 or less. A studio pro would probably work too. They all take pedals well.
     
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  20. Bob M

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    I have a Bandit out of the '80s and it's a great amp. Real spring reverb-but it is heavy as hell! I just got a DV Mark 50 and I'm liking it. I leave a speaker cab at different rehearsal spots and show up with guitar and amp-plug in and instant sound. I am selling off some old tube amps because this rig has been so versatile.
     
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