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#1 User is offline   BladeRunner_RP 

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 08:39 AM

Hi there,

I am looking for an amp to my Epiphone DOT.. The sound that I am looking for is hard rock, heavy blues, stoner and lot of fuzz!!

budget - until 300€/ 352$ / 275£

purpose - just to practice/pay at home


I would like to get some feedback! :)

Best Regards!
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Posted 17 August 2017 - 08:47 AM

I have a little Fender Mustang I amp at home and it's great for practicing. It's a modeling amp, solid state, which means it's capable of producing different sounds from different amp styles. It's perfect for practice. Some people use the higher powered ones for live performances.

Here's a link for you: Guitar Center - Fender Mustang I Amp
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Posted 17 August 2017 - 08:56 PM

Welcome BladeRunner. I have a Fender Mustang ll amp for around $300.00 I think it was, lots of heavy metal and fuzz on it and different sounds, I also have a Vox amp Vt 20+ that has even more different tones. Rock, metal, California clean, blues, fuzz, echo, on and on. There's about 80'or more settings you can mix and match. Great for home use on either and the Vox amp was $100.00. Best thing is go to your music store and start trying different ones out in your price range. Most will let you take a guitar down off the wall and start trying them out and see what you like. Good luck.
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Posted 17 August 2017 - 09:01 PM

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 09:03 PM

get the 2 and 4 button switches and expression pedal too. Run "FUSE" (amp/effects software) rock Posted Image
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Posted 18 August 2017 - 10:57 AM

Seems like the popular suggestion here is the Fender Mustang so I thought I would throw my two cents in as a relative beginner who owns a Fender Mustang and I like to play heavy blues with Fuzz (check out Reignwolf btw). I thought the presets for any distortion were sub-par and even after loading in some user created variety was still left disappointed. I did get some really cool ambient sounds (chorus, phaser, etc.) out of it. But that doesn't sound like what you are looking for. I now own a Marshal DSL40c and run a muffuletta fuzz pedal into it with my LP Studio and am quite satisfied (doesn't work for your budget yet, but maybe down the line?)
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Posted 18 August 2017 - 11:38 PM

I have found my Vox AD-120-VTH to be one of the best amps that I've ever used and it's definitely the absolute best hybrid amp that I've ever used.The AD-120-VTX would probably be y6our best bet because the AD-120-VTH is a 120 W head alone whereas the AD-120-VTX is a 2-12 combo.The AD-120s have an 12AX7Y tube in the output section of the amp where almost all other hybrids have the tubes in the preamp section.Having ther tube in the power amp allows you to dial the volume up much louder before it would start to distort like an amp with the tube in the preamp would.The AD-120s can do amp models that are so much like the ones that they emulate that it's uncanny.The 2-12 Black is modeled on the clean signal of a '65 Fender Twin and it is very faithful to the real thing.The AC-15 and 30 clean and Top Boost models are so much like their vintage Vox models that any difference practically undetectable.There is also a Marshall Blues Breaker model that's a deadly recreation of the real McCoy and I can tweak the JCM 800 setting to emulate the tone of my old JCM 800,2204 stack that they sound nearly identical when placed side by side.The AD 120s have models of the Mesa Boogie Rectifier,and other very desireable uber Wattage highly crunchy distortion monsters and even have clean Dumble and Overdrive Special settings and even though I have never heard a Dumble played alone-I did however hear SRV's in concert,but judging by the near exact tones of other models I have no doubts that the Dumble models would be faithful to the real thing-for $50,000 or so less of course.I paid Only $400 for mine about 10 years ago when it was only a year or 2 old-it cost $1,200 new.You can pick them up these days for as little as $200 for the head and $250 for the 2-12 combo.BTW: it also has 12 different effects including octave,triggered wah,overdrive,fuzz etc. and 6 different modulation effects that such as flanging,phasing,a very realistic "Leslie" setting and it also has a dynamite reverb/delay section and 64 user programmable presets-that doubles to 128 when you use the VC-12 Footcontroller-which you can pick up used for about $150 or less.Happy hunting.
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Posted 19 August 2017 - 09:13 AM

View PostMichaelT, on 17 August 2017 - 08:47 AM, said:

I have a little Fender Mustang I amp at home and it's great for practicing. It's a modeling amp, solid state, which means it's capable of producing different sounds from different amp styles. It's perfect for practice. Some people use the higher powered ones for live performances.

Here's a link for you: Guitar Center - Fender Mustang I Amp



View PostRetired, on 17 August 2017 - 08:56 PM, said:

Help BladeRunner. I have a Fender Mustang ll amp for around $300.00 I think it was, lots of heavy metal and fuzz on it and different sounds, I also have a Vox amp Vt 20+ that has even more different tones. Rock, metal, California clean, blues, fuzz, echo, on and on. There's about 80'or more settings you can mix and match. Great for home use on either and the Vox amp was $100.00. Best thing is go to your music store and start trying different ones out in your price range. Most will let you take a guitar down off the wall and start trying them out and see what you like. Good luck.



View Postcrust, on 17 August 2017 - 09:01 PM, said:

Mustang III, version 2 Posted Image



View Postcrust, on 17 August 2017 - 09:03 PM, said:

get the 2 and 4 button switches and expression pedal too. Run "FUSE" (amp/effects software) rock Posted Image



View PostPJgodot, on 18 August 2017 - 10:57 AM, said:

Seems like the popular suggestion here is the Fender Mustang so I thought I would throw my two cents in as a relative beginner who owns a Fender Mustang and I like to play heavy blues with Fuzz (check out Reignwolf btw). I thought the presets for any distortion were sub-par and even after loading in some user created variety was still left disappointed. I did get some really cool ambient sounds (chorus, phaser, etc.) out of it. But that doesn't sound like what you are looking for. I now own a Marshal DSL40c and run a muffuletta fuzz pedal into it with my LP Studio and am quite satisfied (doesn't work for your budget yet, but maybe down the line?)



View Postbonzoboy, on 18 August 2017 - 11:38 PM, said:

I have found my Vox AD-120-VTH to be one of the best amps that I've ever used and it's definitely the absolute best hybrid amp that I've ever used.The AD-120-VTX would probably be y6our best bet because the AD-120-VTH is a 120 W head alone whereas the AD-120-VTX is a 2-12 combo.The AD-120s have an 12AX7Y tube in the output section of the amp where almost all other hybrids have the tubes in the preamp section.Having ther tube in the power amp allows you to dial the volume up much louder before it would start to distort like an amp with the tube in the preamp would.The AD-120s can do amp models that are so much like the ones that they emulate that it's uncanny.The 2-12 Black is modeled on the clean signal of a '65 Fender Twin and it is very faithful to the real thing.The AC-15 and 30 clean and Top Boost models are so much like their vintage Vox models that any difference practically undetectable.There is also a Marshall Blues Breaker model that's a deadly recreation of the real McCoy and I can tweak the JCM 800 setting to emulate the tone of my old JCM 800,2204 stack that they sound nearly identical when placed side by side.The AD 120s have models of the Mesa Boogie Rectifier,and other very desireable uber Wattage highly crunchy distortion monsters and even have clean Dumble and Overdrive Special settings and even though I have never heard a Dumble played alone-I did however hear SRV's in concert,but judging by the near exact tones of other models I have no doubts that the Dumble models would be faithful to the real thing-for $50,000 or so less of course.I paid Only $400 for mine about 10 years ago when it was only a year or 2 old-it cost $1,200 new.You can pick them up these days for as little as $200 for the head and $250 for the 2-12 combo.BTW: it also has 12 different effects including octave,triggered wah,overdrive,fuzz etc. and 6 different modulation effects that such as flanging,phasing,a very realistic "Leslie" setting and it also has a dynamite reverb/delay section and 64 user programmable presets-that doubles to 128 when you use the VC-12 Footcontroller-which you can pick up used for about $150 or less.Happy hunting.


Loved your feedback folks! Amazing :)

I think the fender mustang will not suit me :( And I can´t find an AD-120-VTX (I am from Europe) but I love it, the sound is amazing!

I think I will order an Orange Dark Terror + Harley Benton G112 Vintage for 310€. But I am open to more opinions!

Thanks once again and best regards ;)
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Posted 19 August 2017 - 04:12 PM

You can't go wrong with the smaller Orange amps such as the Tiny Terror,Dark Terror etc. These little tone demons are so good that "Death Cab For Cutie" has used them on stage when on tour.There are some great videos on YouTube of DCFC using the diminutive little monsters in a concert setting-they sound huge!
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Posted 19 August 2017 - 04:24 PM

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