What is the Best Tube Amp under a Grand suitable for a Les Paul Without any effects, preferably low wattage
Posted 16 August 2011 - 09:32 PM
Gibson CS-336F 2010 (Faded Cherry)
Gibson ES-137 Custom 2009 (Triburst)
Gibson SG Classic 2008 (Heritage Cherry)
Gibson Les Paul Studio 2007 (Ebony)
Gibson Hummingbird 1963 (Sunburst)
Gibson WM45 1999 (Natural Top)
Fender Blues De Luxe RI 2011 (Blond Tweed)
Fender '65 Twin Reverb RI 2008 (Black)
Williams Bothers Epworth Upright Grand Piano 1895 (Worn Brown)
Posted 21 August 2011 - 07:19 PM
So, Marshall Haze, 15 or *40 watts (*still not low wattage, really)
Marshall Class 5 (5 watts)
Fender, Blues Jr. at 15 watts.
Fender, Deluxe Reverb Reissue, at 22 watts.
Epiphone, Blackstar, Egnator, Orange, and other's all make great amps, below $1000.00
Go out, and try as many as you can find, of each brand, and see which one(s) work,
the best, for your "style"/type of music/playing.
Posted 22 August 2011 - 06:18 AM
Posted 22 August 2011 - 07:36 AM
Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cut
Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro (W/P-90's)
Fender Natural Ash AmSe Telecaster
Fender Natural Ash MIM Stratocaster
Fender MIM Jazz Bass
Ovation "Cheapo" beater
Homebuilt Tele Clone
Aria Classical Guitar
ESP body/Warmouth Strat neck hybrid
Posted 23 August 2011 - 07:47 AM
Gibson Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute, Cherry Burst
Gibson SG Jr. 60s Heritage Cherry
Epiphone ES-339 Limited Edition Black Royale
Fender Stratocaster, Blue
Martin 00X1 Java Mahogany
Fender Vibro Champ XD
Peavy Audition 30
Posted 23 August 2011 - 11:29 AM
Posted 24 August 2011 - 03:50 AM
I encourage you to check out one of those Peavey 6505+ 112 combo's for 599. Play with turning the pre and post gain knobs up and down, one up and one down, and visa versa and see what kind of comparison you can get at low volume to the other amps you are looking at. This amp has a lot of potential and can crank for when you want to have fun or drownd out a loud drummer that tells you to "get a real amp". Ha ha. That is always really rewarding to be able to see him frantically waving you down instead of insulting your underpowered amp. The day may come. My Super Champ XD on one of the louder voices has, with its fifteen tube watts, had some drummers sternly waving me down while I casually take my time to do so like I'm not sure what they mean. Very rewarding. But very embarassing when he yells at you to "get a real amp". So in the big picture getting a more powerful but versitile amp that you can turn down and still sound great, is a good idea in my opinion. Plus high gain amps just sound great, in my opinion, especially if you have a clean amp you can use when you want that sound.
Posted 24 August 2011 - 06:08 AM
Posted 24 September 2011 - 06:19 PM
Or, if you need to get really serious and simply must spend $1000 snag yourself a litely used TRRI. The belief held by many that a 15 watt amp can't gig and an 85 watt amp can't be used for practice is an assumption not based in fact. Of course both can do either. That's why guitars, pedals, and amps have volume knobs.
I'm a big believer that Fender amps are the best thing that ever happened to Gibson.
Posted 25 September 2011 - 02:32 AM
I would get something with 5 watts or under.
my stuff - http://www.gear-review.co.uk/guitar
Gibsons: LP Classic Goldtop / LP Studio+ Desertburst / LP DC Faded Signed by Les Paul / SG 61 RI / SG Bass Std / 335 - Heritage Cherry
Posted 25 September 2011 - 03:23 AM
I've used it for a band rehearsal with a Marshall extension cab and it sounded great. 4 channels with footswitch.
I know valve is supposed to be better, but it's good to have both. Keep the Marshall and get a one of these I'd say.
Don't forget you can get an A/b box and run both together too. Lots of pros run two or more amps together to get 'that' sound.
Posted 03 October 2011 - 06:46 PM
Posted 03 October 2011 - 09:31 PM
All of that aside, it looks really cool with the blue LED lights when I play in the dark
Just my .02
2011 J-45 Standard
2011 '52 Tele AVRI
2009 Les Paul Standard
25th Anniversary PRS Modern Eagle II
25th Anniversary PRS 305
2009 PRS McCarty Korina
2008 Carvin SH 550
2010 Fender Deluxe Player's Stratocaster
2011 Epiphone P-93 Riviera
20?? Epiphone Les Paul (maybe a fake, but it plays good and sounds nice)
Posted 04 October 2011 - 04:31 AM
Although you, and others, may like different amps more, this is an amp that I would seriously consider before spending 700 on a different amp. You can go anywhere from clean to ultra high gain, with plenty of sounds in between.
Hope this gives you something else to look at.
Also the Bleackheart "Hot Head" is another amp head that is highly regarded with 100 watts, but with switching to go between A and AB class that lets it put out as little as 30 watts. It is built with ceramic tube sockets and quality components, with a five year warranty. Four EL34 power amp tubes and something like six preamp tubes. Can be very high gain and has been compared to Marshall JCM 900's in sound. This amp, interestingly, sells for only 499 for the head; so that leaves plenty to get a good cabinet for it. You may want to check out this supposedly great amp head.
Posted 04 October 2011 - 01:35 PM
I wouldn't buy any "real" amp if I were you. Instead, get one of the better modelling rigs (a used Line6 Spyder perhaps), and play that long enought to figure out what kind of amp suits your style best. Then when you're sure you have something in mind that will work, sell the modelling amp and invest in a good tube amp of the appropriate type.
You may find that you're really only happy with a Marshall type tone, or maybe you will grow to think that you're more of a tweed Fender man. For years, when I was younger, I lusted after big, high powered amps. I kept buying the most pwerful amps I could afford, and then getting terribe tone at the low volumes I was forced to use with them. Only later, I realized that what I was really after all along was a small, simple Fender kind of sound. I can't tell you how much money and time I wasted on that quest.
Right now, in addition to my expensive amps, I'm having a lot of fun with an Egnater Tweaker, definitely within your price range. But, you may decide only something heavier would work for you. A decent modelling amp will reveal all...
Posted 04 October 2011 - 03:25 PM
and with plenty of power, for gigging, as well. Even the all valve AC-15 and AC-30's are within
that price range. AC-30's at $999.99 or less (Smile)...unless they are the "handwired," versions.
AC-15 is $599 or less. But, even those, are less, if "Used," but not abused.
So, LOT'S of great choices, available. Again...Try them all, or at least, as many as you can!
Posted 13 October 2011 - 01:54 PM
I loved my Super Champ!! I used it to drive my Fender Twin!!
Now , I have a Hughes& Kettner Switchblade 50 all tube amp and I love Love LOVE IT!!!
I paid like $875.00 for it.
Sounds awesome loud or soft.
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