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hummerlein
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Hey guys. I need a good loud amp for doing some live shows in smallish venues. I will probably not be playing with a drummer, just one other guitarist. What kind of wattage do I need? 50ish?

I was hoping for a tube amp, but is that not possible to get a loud enough one for under $500?

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-Spider-III-75-Modeling-Combo-Amplifier?sku=482272
That amp looks pretty good but it's not tubes and I'm concerned that the sound might get muddy at high volumes. Anyone have amp suggestions for $300-500?

Also I was looking at guitars, I can't really decide between the two following guitars (and no, I'm not going to get both :lol:):

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Showmaster-Flame-HH-Guitar-?sku=511334
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-2005-SZ320-Electric-Guitar-?sku=519983

Any thoughts? I want a guitar that is good for rocking out and making spacey sounds as well.

Thanks all


   
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ColoradoFenderBender
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Check out this amp. I own it. Its plenty loud for small gigs, tube amp, sounds very nice & only costs $400. Try it at your local GC:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Crate-V16-Palomino-15W-Class-A-Tube-Combo-Amp?sku=487826


   
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sdolsay
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You might give this one a try:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-Valvetronix-AD50VT-50W-Guitar-Combo-Amp-?sku=482615

The reviews are good and I think it has more of a tube sound than the Line 6 spiders.

Here is a nice review with video clips:

http://www.dolphinstreet.com/amps/vox_ad50vt

Scott

I havn't found my tone yet, and I have no mojo....but I'm working on it :)


   
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rparker
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I've been thinking about the Spider III too. Lots more to it than the Spider IIs had. Still, I doubt it will have that tube sound to it. I went to the local GC today and the place was a zoo, so no chance to try it out.

Roy
"I wonder if a composer ever intentionally composed a piece that was physically impossible to play and stuck it away to be found years later after his death, knowing it would forever drive perfectionist musicians crazy." - George Carlin


   
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MrJonesey
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I don'tnknow what yourn budget is, but I love my Rivera. I would definitely suggest playing it before buying it. It's a lot of money to drop, but I fell in love with ti from the get go.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rivera-Clubster-45-Watt-1x12-Combo-Amp?sku=486326

"There won't be any money. But when you die, on your death bed, you will receive total conciousness. So, I got that going for me. Which is nice." - Bill Murray, Caddyshack ~~ Michigan Music Dojo - http://michiganmusicdojo.com ~~


   
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hummerlein
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Thanks guys. I talked to some other people and I'm getting suggestions for tube amps that are 15W. Is that really enough to go gigging with?

Any thoughts about the guitars? I'm leaning towards the ibanez, and beginning to think about one of their semi hollow body models


   
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pearlthekat
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you can get a Fender Blues Jr. all tube amp for around $400.


   
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Wes Inman
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Take a look at the Peavey ValveKing 112, 50 watts all tube. Plenty of power. Gets great reviews too.

Peavey ValveKing 112

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Ignar Hillström
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Stay away from Spider3. It's basically a spiderII with more presets and the same plastic sound. Who cares if you have 10, 400 or 40000 presets if the sound ain't good? My compliments to the Line6 Hype Department though, those guys really know how to sell an old product like it's new. If you want to go digital try to find a used Line6 Flextone3 or a Vox AD60 amp.


   
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hummerlein
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Thanks guys. I had a feeling the spider III may not have been so good. That peavey looks good too, thanks wes! I will decide between that and the vox sdolsay posted. Though I think the peavey is winning out :)


   
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