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(@youngrawker)
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ok, so I have a REALLY BAD squier amp that can barely do anything :roll: .....I wanted to know if anyone had any good suggestions for buying a new amp. I was thinking of buying a Fender 25R Frontman Series II Combo Amp along with a Zoom Multi-effects Pedal so my price to pay would be just about 200 bucks for the whole deal. What does anyone else think?

I like to play stuff such as greenday, blink 182, nirvana, and foo fighters. Just so you know what I'm into

Oh, and yes, I Have to stay under 250 bucks.


   
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(@pearlthekat)
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if you can only buy one pedal i recommend an ibanez tube screamer.


   
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(@dogbite)
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if you can only buy one pedal i recommend an ibanez tube screamer.
definately pass on the Zoom multi effects pedal.
with a Tube screamer you can get alot of sounds out of it, it forces you to focus by not having a gajillion effects to toggle thru.

some say the tubescreamr isnt made for a solid state amp. Im not sure, being a tube amp player.
my tube screamer rocks. itll do Nirvanna, but not metal.

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http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-Valvetronix-AD30VT-30W-Guitar-Combo?sku=481959

Valvetronix++

Great amp, sort of a tube/solid state hybrid. Great tones, several different amp models, and some effects that can get you buy until you know exactly what sort of effects you want.

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(@primeta)
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Try the Roland Cube 30 and the Crate FXT30 Guitar Combo Amp with DSP as well as the Vox. I think you may need to save up a bit more, but I don't think the Frontman is much of a step up from the Squier.

I wouldn't bother with a tubescreamer unless you're getting a tube amp :wink:

Get a good amp first, then worry about the multifx.

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(@artlutherie)
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THat's one nice amp. Wish it didn't have so many effects.

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(@drewsdad)
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I'd second the Roland or the Valvtronix, but I have the FXT30 and while the clean channel and most of the effects are not bad, the gain is pretty harsh and brittle (but YMMV).

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ok, so I have a REALLY BAD squier amp that can barely do anything :roll: .....I wanted to know if anyone had any good suggestions for buying a new amp. I was thinking of buying a Fender 25R Frontman Series II Combo Amp along with a Zoom Multi-effects Pedal so my price to pay would be just about 200 bucks for the whole deal. What does anyone else think?

I like to play stuff such as greenday, blink 182, nirvana, and foo fighters. Just so you know what I'm into

Oh, and yes, I Have to stay under 250 bucks.
Which Zoom pedal? If it's not one of the newer ones I wouldn't recommend it. I had the old 9002 and it was OK, but you could hear it was a multi-fx pedal a mile off :)

I've just got one of the new ones, the G2.1u, and I love it - very nice sound through a good amp and/or headphones. Most of the default patches are based on actual album tones too, and one of them is even Dookie. There's a few samples of the sounds from that series here (and all the others linked from here).

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(@duffmaster)
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Yeah, ditch the squier. Those amps make me shiver...

Look into the Epiphone Valve Special or the Valvetronix.

What style are you looking to play?

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I also recommend either the Vox Valvetronix AD30VT or the Roland Cube 30. I have the VOx and I play the cube at my lessons. They both have good tone and several nice amp models, both under $250, and you can get a long way without an effects pedal with either. With the VOX, you can play anything from jazz to soft rock to blues to metal with the included amp models, I think. I have not played as much with the Cube, but you can certainly get a very clean tone and a very nice distortion. Don't know about in between..

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(@youngrawker)
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Which Zoom pedal? If it's not one of the newer ones I wouldn't recommend it. I had the old 9002 and it was OK, but you could hear it was a multi-fx pedal a mile off :)

I've just got one of the new ones, the G2.1u, and I love it - very nice sound through a good amp and/or headphones. Most of the default patches are based on actual album tones too, and one of them is even Dookie. There's a few samples of the sounds from that series here (and all the others linked from here).
haha, well actually thats one of the ones I was looking at. Yeah, I heard they were pretty good but I never knew they had a "Dookie" tone in it which is pretty kewl. :lol:


   
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