Tube Amplifiers
nootgis asked:

what type of your favorites? Why? What is a tube amplifier for $ 300 - $ 400? I want to know what your opinions are, because so many other people has as much experience and knowledge about guitars and amplifiers.


2 Comments so far

  1. PaintMeAnEpic on December 14, 2009 6:46 pm

    Tubes are the best hands down. Look into some good Peavey tube amps. I got an EVH 5150 a few months ago for $400. It played perfect, tubes were in awesome condition, not a single problem. He just didn’t know what he had =D

  2. Ken C on December 15, 2009 8:00 pm

    While most people will say tubes, the style of music you play will have an impact on the choice. A lot of jazz guitarists prefer solid state amps in order to keep a clean tone. The Roland JC120 has been in the rigs of The Edge and Kirk Hammett for years, and it’s solid state.

    If you’re going to play rock, then what style? A 5150 or Mesa Dual Rectifier is great for metal, but they don’t do a mid-gain crunch very well. For that, I’d like at the Peavey Classic 30 in the price range you mentioned.

    Are you playing out live, or is this primarily for home practice? Epiphone is making some inexpesive tube amps based on the old Fender Champ (one volume control…nothing else). At 5 watts, you get a great crunch out of it without deafening your neighbors. And at about $200 for a combo, it’s a great value.

    One thing to remember with tubes is at some point they will require replacement. When depends on how often and how loud you play.

    Greetings from Austin, TX


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