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How do I go about choosing an amp?

 
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ifsixwasni9e



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:12 pm    Post subject: How do I go about choosing an amp? Reply with quote

I play hard rock and don't know how to choose an amp. I'll upgrade my Jackson pickups when I get a chance to Dimarzio or EMG. I want a tube amp. Budget is middle of the road.
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marksound



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bedroom, garage/basement, bar band, etc.?

Whose sound do you lilke?

Anderton's has a slew of videos covering all these. They're entertaining and informative. Do some research and you might get some ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/user/AndertonsMusic/videos

Here's a couple to start:

Sound Like AC/DC Without Busting the Bank
Sound Like AC/DC by Busting the Bank
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WildIowa



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are young with a strong back and have a way to haul stuff around for a hard rock gig the traditional two piece rig is what is most common..Marshall stack or half stack etc. Try to go with a brand name if budget allows...monitor Craigslist. There are plenty of one piece powerful setups as well. I am older and would prefer finding an older vintage point to point wired tube amp, Fender etc. For what a newer boutique amp costs you can find a nice middle of the road Fender classic. Best amp for the rest of your life but maybe not in your price range would be a Fender Twin pre master volume, but rare and expensive. I personally use a Silvertone 1483 from the 60's. You may need more watts. Old amps are easy to work on and are just so classic, an investment. Lots of newer stuff is tube but they still use solid state PC boards, a la hot rod deville etc. A 20 watt amp is plenty if you mic it, for loud stuff may not be able to keep up.
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RolandR



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hard Rock, Jackson, EMG, Dimarzio ... you want hi-gain tube amp.

For that genre, I suggestion Marshall's VM, DSL or MESA Rectifier series.
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trentonleonard



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RolandR wrote:
Hard Rock, Jackson, EMG, Dimarzio ... you want hi-gain tube amp.

For that genre, I suggestion Marshall's VM, DSL or MESA Rectifier series.


All these plus check out Blackstar.
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RolandR



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

trentonleonard wrote:
All these plus check out Blackstar.
Are these the poorman's "Soldano" ?

Jet Stasr, modern models of Orange, Bogners.


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trentonleonard



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blackstar was started by former Marshall engineers. Not 100% pure tube in the HT series but sound good nonetheless. The also have a hand wired artisan series that get you some vox and old Marshall type tones.
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BeauZeau



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

trentonleonard wrote:
Blackstar was started by former Marshall engineers.


Presumably not fellows who were fired from Marshall...
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