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    Default Recommendations for a good practice amp with built-in effects ... please?

    My girlfriend and I just recently purchased a log cabin in West Virginia and I've been spending ALOT of my weekends there doing repairs, furnishing, and just getting it ready to use as a vacation rental.

    Bringing an acoustic is okay ...
    But I'd really like to find a small (the smaller the better!) practice amp, preferably with built-in effects that sound good so I don't have to tote around a bunch of pedals or outboard effects just so I can tolorate the sound.

    The Roland Cube and the little Tascam amp caught my eye, but I've never tried them and I'm not sure how good they sound. Has anyone here played through one or do any of you have any other suggestions?

    I would prefer an amp with a speaker as opposed to any sort of headphone amp.

    Thanks.
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    You may want to try something like this, too:

    http://line6.com/pocketpod/

    I haven't heard it myself, but the reviews have been good and you can connect it to an amp.

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    If you can find one, there's the Peavey TransFex 208s. Unfortunately, it's no longer in production.

    There's also the Peavey VYPYR and Line 6 Spider III. In my opinion, both sound pretty good, for a smaller practice amp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clawedmonet View Post
    You may want to try something like this, too:

    http://line6.com/pocketpod/

    I haven't heard it myself, but the reviews have been good and you can connect it to an amp.

    Thanks, but I just want a small amp that has some decent sounding effects already built in. Not a POD, headphone amp or an amp with a bunch of pedals or outboard effects.

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    Hey Dino...here's a link to a thread that was going not too long ago...lots of suggestions in it.

    I still stand by the ones I made.

    Peavey has a 15 watt with effects. Fender has a great one that came out about a year or so ago that is really nice. The Roland MicroCube rocks and, if you're not married to having a bunch of effects, go with the Vox Pathfinder. Best little amp ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    My girlfriend and I just recently purchased a log cabin in West Virginia and I've been spending ALOT of my weekends there doing repairs, furnishing, and just getting it ready to use as a vacation rental.

    Bringing an acoustic is okay ...
    But I'd really like to find a small (the smaller the better!) practice amp, preferably with built-in effects that sound good so I don't have to tote around a bunch of pedals or outboard effects just so I can tolorate the sound.

    The Roland Cube and the little Tascam amp caught my eye, but I've never tried them and I'm not sure how good they sound. Has anyone here played through one or do any of you have any other suggestions?

    I would prefer an amp with a speaker as opposed to any sort of headphone amp.

    Thanks.
    Dude! Have you checked out the Vox AD series? Ive got the AD 50 VT and it's awesome, packs decent effects (you gotta play with 'em, and actually read the manual), 11 models but also uses a 12AX7 tube for the actual toneshaping, has power attenuation, blah blah, blah. Anyway, they come in lower watt versions, like the 30w, and I think they have even lower than that. I sugest them whole heartedly. I bought mine with the intention of it being a knockaround amp, but I even gig with it. Their just great! They just feel like a good amp. My 50w was around the three hun. mark, and they go down significantly with the lower wattage versions. Check 'em out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by s6275 View Post
    If you can find one, there's the Peavey TransFex 208s. Unfortunately, it's no longer in production.

    There's also the Peavey VYPYR and Line 6 Spider III. In my opinion, both sound pretty good, for a smaller practice amp.
    Those both look really good.
    Thanks a bunch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    Those both look really good.
    Thanks a bunch!
    Those Cubes don't sound to bad either clean.(not sure about the distortion) I heard a guy playing some jazz riffs through one at a store last week, and they sound surprisingly "big" for their size. You can't go wrong with the Line 6 Spiders recommended above either. Their super light to carry around too. That's my only beef with the Vox 50. they weigh a bit. The 30 was a bit lighter.
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    The Roland Cube Street is the Shit! I just got one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    Hey Dino...here's a link to a thread that was going not too long ago...lots of suggestions in it.
    I remember that thread!
    As a matter of fact, I think I even remember recommending the Line 6!

    I guess what I'm looking for is a MICRO-practice amp.
    Something super-compact that offers a good selection of on-board effects.
    I just didn't realize that Line 6 or Peavey made something that small until now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    I remember that thread!
    As a matter of fact, I think I even remember recommending the Line 6!

    I guess what I'm looking for is a MICRO-practice amp.
    Something super-compact that offers a good selection of on-board effects.
    I just didn't realize that Line 6 or Peavey made something that small until now.
    when you say MICRO do you mean pocket size?
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    Get the cheapest Peavey Vypyr. It is 15 watts and like $99.

    My friend who was starting out on guitar got one, and I was very surprised with it when he came over to my house and I played on it. Even with it sitting next to my 5150 halfstack, the '6506 model' on the Vypyr actually captured the concept of the 5150's tone! Does it stand up to the real 5150 -- not a chance, but is it more than just a practice amp? Yes. When I get a little practice amp, it WILL be the Vypyr.

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    i just picked up a line6 spider III (although the 150w combo) and couldn't be happier, the effects are very good indeed and the amp models are pretty authentic aswell, my only critisism is the stereo chorus, its awful, but i think that may be because the speakers are so close together so i run a mono chorus if i need it.
    im pretty sure they do a 15w version.
    the vypyr is (from what i've heard) a very good amp too and most certainly worth checking out, it has more amp models that the line6 too
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    I use a Line 6 Spider III. It has good built in effects. You will never want to use it live if you play with another guitarist. It gets lost in the mix.

 

 

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