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    I'm looking for suggestions for a new practice amp - I've been using a Marshall CD15, but really don't like anything about it. Don't need anything fancy, but would like something that I can grow with as I get better. My guitar instructor recommended the Hughes & Kettner Blue 15. Any suggestions?
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    I was at Guitar Center last weekend and the store was almost empty. One of the guys behind the counter had a Vox DA-15 behind/underneath the counter and was noodling with it the whole time I was in the store. On the way out I had to ask what he was playing through because it sounded so good - again, this was behind and underneath the counter. He said he was just using the factory presets and hadn't even tweaked them yet. It really blew me away! I'm thinking of picking one up.

    Also, the Tech 21 Trademark 10 is a great little practice amp. Not sure what your budget is, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis5150 View Post
    I was at Guitar Center last weekend and the store was almost empty. One of the guys behind the counter had a Vox DA-15 behind/underneath the counter and was noodling with it the whole time I was in the store. On the way out I had to ask what he was playing through because it sounded so good - again, this was behind and underneath the counter. He said he was just using the factory presets and hadn't even tweaked them yet. It really blew me away! I'm thinking of picking one up.

    Also, the Tech 21 Trademark 10 is a great little practice amp. Not sure what your budget is, though.
    Budget is $300, max. I've saved up for this, so I could get a good solid amp. Thanks for the suggestions, it looks like the Tech 21/10 has been discontinued and replaced by the 30, so I'll keep both in mind!
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    Quote Originally Posted by timmac View Post
    Budget is $300, max. I've saved up for this, so I could get a good solid amp. Thanks for the suggestions, it looks like the Tech 21/10 has been discontinued and replaced by the 30, so I'll keep both in mind!
    Here's the DA-10:
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...Amp?sku=483001
    Like I said, i couldn't believe how good it sounded from underneath the counter. The Tech 21 stuff is some of the best sounding solid state ever, but it doesn't have all of the effects that the VOX does. I didn't realize they discontinued the trakemark 10, but you can probably find one on eBay. I should never have sold mine.
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    For the money, I like the Line6 Spiders.....lots of tonal options so you can try different styles of music as you expand your playing without having to invest in a ton of pedals.
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    try the vox-30w amp..its about $299 and it wails...plus the fender g-dec junior..I just got this one myself..it comes with a drum machiene with bass as well ,with different modes ,rock ,country,jass ,ect....for $160 :joe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soon to be EX-fan View Post
    For the money, I like the Line6 Spiders.....lots of tonal options so you can try different styles of music as you expand your playing without having to invest in a ton of pedals.
    agreed......I've had my Spider 3 75 for a few months now, and I am totally pleased. Picked it up for $299. Great little amp, IMHO.
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    I have a couple practice amps. A Fender Performer and a Crate G60C

    They both fucking rock for practice

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    Default Fender G-DEC

    The Fender G-DEC is a really cool little amp. It plays drums beats, bass lines, lots of cool stuff to practice to.

    You can record guitar loops over bass and drum tracks to solo to.

    You can change what key the patterns are in, the tempo, etc.

    If you're looking to practice soloing this is the amp to get.

    Oh yeah, you can also plug in an external source like IPOD to play through the amp, which is cool when playing along with songs.

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    Default Fender G-Dec

    I've put in many hours on the G-Decs. One of the stores where I teach keeps them in the lesson rooms. I don't like the G-Dec Junior very much. It tries to do too much with too little and doesn't get any really good sounds. The bass and drum loops are kinda' cool and the sound is kinda' good and that's it. The overall effect leaves me wanting more.
    The real G-Dec, on the other hand, is totally worth the extra money. It can do much, much more and sounds much better.
    There's also a bigger G-Dec called the 'Pro" or "Executive" or something, but I haven't tried it out yet.

    Myself, I have a little Marshall MG-10 that I love for practicing at home. It's nowhere near loud enough for band rehearsals but it sounds great for the home studio, much better than the 15 IMO. I only paid about $60 for it, but I think that was a special deal. I think anybody could get one for about $80.

    If you want a home practice amp, I don't think you should spend much more than $100. If you want a rehearsal amp, that's another story.

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    One of the best I've had is the Peavey Bandit. Good and loud solid state amp with fair tones. Doesn't compare effectwise with alot of the new shit out there these days, but it keeps 'ya honest. Since your topic was "practice amp", I thought this would do. You should be able to find a used one in good condition for under your budget. Good luck!

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    epiphone valve junior + overdrive pedal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis5150 View Post
    Also, the Tech 21 Trademark 10 is a great little practice amp. Not sure what your budget is, though.
    I have a Trademark 10 for home, and it is a spectacular little amp. Most of the home recording I do is with it.

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    I can suggest two amps that I sell like their going out of style:

    If you want drum loops and accompaniment, the GDEC is the way to go. You can get one for $269. The guitar settings and effects aren't great, but easy to look past if the 'band in a box' is your thing.

    Check out the GDEC interactive site here:
    http://www.fender.com/products/gdec/home.php

    If you want good sound and versatility, the Roland Cube 30 is a pretty sweet sounding amp for only $225. Built in Boss COSM amp modeling and effects.

    There's a pretty cool video about the Roland Cube series here:

    http://www.rolandus.com/products/pro...22&ParentId=57
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    I picked up a Behringer V-Ampire 210 and it really is nice (I wouldn't even call it a Practice Amp). I use the Peavey 5150 model, the JCM800 model, and the Roland Jazz Chorus model and they're nice (and you can tweak the parameters). It's not incredibly loud but then again, you are looking for a practice amp.

    The Line6 Spider or the V-Ampire are my suggestions.
    Good Luck

 

 

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