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Explanation of what the various components do from S2 amps

http://www.s2amps.com/docs/vj_kit_inst.pdf

 

Reference for stock vs modified values for components

http://turretboards.com/valve_junior_page.htm

 

First version VJrH schematic

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u103/cgil155/epi_vjh_schem_stock_144.jpg

 

Second version VJrH schematic (June 2007 release)

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u103/cgil155/EVJr_schematic_V2b.jpg

 

S2 Amps VJr upgrade slideshow

http://s2amps.phanfare.com/album/91114#imageID=4728384

 

SEwatt Epi VJ Mods repository and the legendary Epiphone Valve Jr. monster thread. Plan on spending a lot of time living and learning here.

http://www.sewatt.com/forum/36

 

How to bias a valve junior

http://www.diycustomamps.com/valvejunior.htm#vjbias

 

Bias calculator using an Excel spreadsheet

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/vjr__bias_calculator.xls

 

Great tech info

http://www.pacificrecone.com/JackDarrBook.html

http://www.pmillett.com/technical_books_online.htm

http://www.aikenamps.com/

http://www.sengpielaudio.com/Calculations03.htm

http://ax84.rru.com/FAQs/general.html

http://www.duncanamps.com/technical/ampclasses.html

http://www.tpub.com/content/neets/14178/

 

Good source for information on amp design

http://www.audioxpress.com/resource/audioclass/index.htm

 

Everything you wanted to know about tubes but were afraid to ask

http://www.vacuumtube.com/FAQ1.htm

http://www.kbapps.com/tubes.html

 

Resistors in parallel calculator

http://www.electronics2000.co.uk/calc/calcrsp.htm

 

Name that resistor

http://www.breakup.de/resources/resistor.html

 

Capacitor Value Decoder

http://www.amplates.com/images/AmplatesCapChart.pdf

 

Why Gil likes a Carbon Comp resistor at R4

http://www.geofex.com/Article_Folders/carbon_comp/carboncomp.htm

 

Good place to find schematics

http://www.schematicheaven.com

 

 

Amp squeals when you roll the volume or sizzling noises as the amp warms up and volume drops to nothing?

http://www.gibson.com/products/epiphone/forum/toast.asp?sub=show&action=posts&fid=4&tid=180067

 

Silver/Gold Mods plus MV info

http://www.gibson.com/products/epiphone/forum/toast.asp?sub=show&action=posts&fid=4&tid=158801

 

L-Pad Attenuator info

http://www.gibson.com/products/epiphone/forum/toast.asp?sub=show&action=posts&fid=4&tid=175731

 

 

12ax7-Rk/Ck chart for tone tweaks

http://aikenamps.com/RC-FHz.htm

 

Vendors for components

http://www.tubesandmore.com/

http://www.tubedepot.com/

http://www.turretboards.com/valve_junior_page.htm

http://www.stf-electronics.com/Page0002.Html

http://tubestore.com/modkits.html

http://www.tedweber.com/

http://www.hoffmanamps.com/

http://www.s2amps.com/products.html

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Great effort, but I just realized a lot of the links to old threads are gonna break when the old site goes down, and a lot of good mod and trouble shooting info is gonna be lost. That truly sucks. :D Not to mention the nostalgia of seeing the post of my newbie days. Second thought... dump it! #-o

 

Gil...

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edit: Updated 1/27/08 Added more Line-Out / FX Loop links, and Vintage Voltage adapter links.

 

 

That's our Faq from sewatt very helpful indeed

 

Actually' date=' I think that's more of a subset of our FAQ. We should at least have a copy of the SEwatt FAQ's over here for safe keeping. I wonder if we can upload files to these posts? Anyway, just in case, here's a copy of the entire SEwatt FAQ files as of today.

 

[b']SEwatt FAQ[/b]

 

PARTICLE'S NOTES What is "single-ended"?

In a single-ended vacuum tube amplifier the audio signal is amplified by a power tube, in contrast to push-pull amplifiers where two output tubes work together in phase opposition. In practice, the term single-ended amp applies to tube amplifiers with output stages designed to work in the same phase relationship. The most common single-ended amps are those with

single power tubes such as the Fender Champ and the Epiphone Valve Junior.

 

How do I mod a tube amp without killing myself?

Be very, very careful! Seriously, there are several very useful safety guides around:

 

Ohio-State's Electrical Safety http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~p616/safety/fatal_current.html

 

Document

Paul Ruby's First Power Up

http://www.paulrubyamps.com/info.html#FirstPowerUp

Drifter Amp's Tube amp building and use safety! http://www.drifteramps.com/safety.html

Randall Aiken's Safety Tips for Working On Tube Amps http://www.aikenamps.com/SafetyTips.html

R.G. Keen's Musical Instrument Tube Amp Building http://www.geofex.com/tubeampfaq/tube_amp.htm

 

 

Maintaining and Modifying FAQ

Please read the all the safety guidelines before you start modding.

 

What are some simple mods that don't need a soldering iron?

1. Change the tubes

 

There is one EL84 and one 12ax7 tube inside the Valve Junior. It ships from the factory with either JJ or Sovtek branded tubes. The EL84 is the power amp tube. The 12ax7 is the pre-amp tube. You can substitute different brands of tubes (but not kind) to change the sonic characteristics of the amp. JJ's, Ruby's and Groove Tubes are popular, but some people have tried NOS Mullard, Philips, Tung Sol, Svetlana, etc with some success. Actually, the list goes on and can get very expensive - some of these tubes can cost more than the amp itself. Most people are happy with the more inexpensive JJ's and make additional mods to get the most out of them.

 

2. Change the speaker

 

Combo

This is probably not needed as the speaker in the combo is fairly decent. It's an 8" Weber. Most popular 8" speakers have been tried and the consensus so far is to put the original speaker back in. We'll let you know if we find someone hiding an earth shattering speaker secret.

 

Head

There is no speaker in the head (duh!).

 

 

Where can I find the Valve Junior mods that were on 18watt.com?

18watt.com have graciously allowed us to republish all of the Valve Junior postings and they are available as an archive

 

here: http://www.sewatt.com/18watt-archive

 

The 18watt.com "Monster Thread", as it became known, is here: http://www.sewatt.com/vj-monster-thread

 

 

 

NOMAD'S NOTES: Specific sections of the Valve Junior

R6/R7

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/r6-r7_0.pdf

 

Preamp Bias R8/R9

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/Preamp_bias_R8-R9.pdf

 

C5

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/C5.pdf

 

Adding a 6v6

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/Adding_6V6.pdf

 

Latest Valve Junior mods

Stock Valve Junior: Versions 1, 2, and 3.

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/StockVJ_1-3.pdf

 

Starter Mods: These Mods will help improve tube life, and improve your tone without dramatically changing the amp.

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/Basic.pdf

 

These are the Mods from 18watt.com: Marshall, Fender, & Vox

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/18watt_vj_mods.pdf

 

Octal

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/Octal.pdf

 

Preliminary Acoustic/bass

01-23-08

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/Acoustic_Bass.pdf

 

Master Volume

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/Master_Volume.pdf

 

Tweed Tone

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/Tweed.pdf

 

Power Amp In

01-22-08

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/PA_IN.pdf

 

NFB: NFB variations

01-18-08

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/NFB.pdf

 

VVR:

01-17-08

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/VVR.pdf

 

 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

What do individual parts do in a Valve Junior?

The following "S2amps" link with info on the VJr version 1 amp is still pertinent and still considered one of the best

resources. This document will help you understand what many of the common components do in the VJr as well as most tube amps. Some of the mods discussed in this link have evolved along with the VJr v2 and v3 amps. In other words, don't do the version 1 amp's heater mod to your v2 or v3 VJr amp!

 

http://www.s2amps.com/docs/vj_kit_inst.pdf

 

Abbreviations used in tube data sheets

http://www.r-type.org/static/help.htm

 

Annotated pictures of the circuit board so I can locate the parts I need to swap? FYI, the component locations for the VJr versions 2 and 3 are in exactly the same place.

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/evjrstock_pcb1.jpg

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/evjrstock_pcb3.jpg

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/mvc-019f_copy.jpg

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/mvc-018f_copy.jpg

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/mvc-017f_copy.jpg

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/mvc-020f_copy.jpg

 

Non-annotated pics of the full circuit board and the screen grid resistor mod...

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/stock_vjr_pcb2_376.jpg

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/screenr.jpg

 

BIAS, biasing a VJr power tube, and/or tube amps in general

http://www.diycustomamps.com/valvejunior.htm#vjbias

http://www.geofex.com/tubeampfaq/TUBEFAQ.htm#bias

http://www.aikenamps.com/WhatIsBiasing.htm

http://www.aikenamps.com/BackBiasing.html

http://www.aikenamps.com/Biasing.html

http://www.duncanamps.com/technical/lvbias.html

http://www.el34world.com/charts/fenderservice5.htm

 

Bias Calculators

The original VJr Bias calculator posted by Ronzo

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/valve_junior_bias_calculator_spreadsheet.xls

slightly enhanced version

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/vjr__bias_calculator.xls

parallel version

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/Vjr%20%20Bias_Calc%20Parallel_0.xls

 

Calculators, other

http://www.1728.com/resistrs.htm

http://www.electronics2000.co.uk/calc/

http://www.muzique.com/schem/filter.htm

 

Capacitors

http://www.amplates.com/images/AmplatesCapChart.pdf

http://www.diyguitarist.com/GuitarAmps/FilterCapR.htm

http://www.harpamps.com/micKcaps/Forming-Capacitors.html

http://www.justradios.com/uFnFpF.html

http://www.justradios.com/captips.html

http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/~reese/electrolytics/

http://www.sbelectronics.com/images/PDFs/Outsidefoillocation.pdf

http://www.vintage-radio.com/repair-restore-information/valve_capacitors.html

 

Chokes

http://www.aikenamps.com/Chokes.html

http://www.butlerwinding.com/inductors/common-mode2.html

 

Components and circuits in tube amps of all types and sizes

http://www.aikenamps.com/TI_Aiken_adv.htm

http://www.diystompboxes.com/pedals/tubedummy.html

http://www.geofex.com/tubeampfaq/tafaqndx.htm

http://www.hobbyprojects.com/tutorial.html

http://www.pacificrecone.com/JackDarrBook.html

http://www.tubecad.com/

http://www.tubefreak.com/tubefaq.htm

http://www.valvewizard.co.uk/

http://www.vintage-radio.com/repair-restore-information/

 

Current Limiters

http://www.diyguitarist.com/PDF_Files/AmpCurrentLimiter.pdf

http://www.geofex.com/Article_Folders/SPO_Test.htm

http://www.diyguitarist.com/GuitarAmps/FilterCapR.htm

 

Diodes of the Ultra Fast type (see also Transformer Info)

http://www.electronicrepairguide.com/ultra-fast-recovery-diode.html

 

Debugging squeals, hum, hiss, and pops etc.

http://www.geofex.com/ampdbug/ampdebug.htm

http://www.pacificrecone.com/JackDarrBook.html

 

Electronics Tutorials

http://www.hobbyprojects.com/tutorial.html

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hframe.html

http://www.phy.davidson.edu/instrumentation/NEETS.htm

http://www.tpub.com/content/neets/14178/

http://www.audioxpress.com/resource/audioclass/

http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Electrical-Engineering-and-Computer-Science/index.htm

 

Filters, hi-pass & lo-pass

http://mysite.verizon.net/ackman11/filters/rcfilters.htm

http://www.muzique.com/schem/filter.htm

 

Glossary of common amplifier terms

http://www.aikenamps.com/AmpTerms.html

http://www.diystompboxes.com/pedals/tubedummy.html

http://www.tubefreak.com/tubefaq.htm

http://www.about-guitar-amps.com/guitar_amps_terms_explained.html#Sag

 

Grounding

http://www.aikenamps.com/StarGround.html

 

Line-Outs and FX Loops

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/Firezog.gif

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/FenderFixedDI_Out.JPG

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/NFB_line-out.pdf

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/PA_IN.pdf

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/VJr_FX-Loops.JPG

 

Hammond OT wiring

http://www.hammondmfg.com/125SE.htm

 

Resistors

http://aikenamps.com/ResistorNoise.htm

http://www.1728.com/resistrs.htm

http://www.breakup.de/resources/resistor.html

http://www.electronics2000.co.uk/calc/calcrsp.htm

http://www.geofex.com/Article_Folders/carbon_comp/carboncomp.htm

 

Resistors and Capacitors together

http://aikenamps.com/RC-FHz.htm

http://mysite.verizon.net/ackman11/filters/rcfilters.htm

http://www.muzique.com/schem/filter.htm

 

Reverb Tanks

http://www.ampwares.com/reverb_codes.html

 

Schematic Symbols

http://www.hobbyprojects.com/general_theory/circuit_symbols.html

 

Soldering

http://www.epemag.wimborne.co.uk/solderfaq.htm#howto

 

Technical books

http://www.amptone.com/booksamps.htm

http://www.pmillett.com/technical_books_online.htm

http://www.pacificrecone.com/JackDarrBook.html

 

Technical Field Guides

http://www.rru.com/~meo/Guitar/Amps/Kalamazoo/

http://www.ampwares.com/ffg/

http://www.pacificrecone.com/JackDarrBook.html

 

Transformer Info

http://www.hammondmfg.com/pdf/5c007.pdf

http://www.ozvalveamps.elands.com/repairs/trannytest.htm

http://www.radioremembered.org/xfmr.htm

http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine/Issue/2007/Apr/The_Super_Secret_Transformer_Tester.aspx

 

Tone Stacks

http://www.duncanamps.com/tsc/

http://amps.zugster.net/articles/tone-stacks#Garnet

 

Tube Amp Design

http://www.freewebs.com/valvewizard/index.html

http://www.aikenamps.com/TechInfo_2.htm

http://www.audioxpress.com/resource/audioclass/

 

Tube History, their construction and operation, and tube data sheets

General tube theory, history, and development

http://www.lh-electric.4t.com/tbprimer.html

http://www.r-type.org/static/museum.htm

The Triodes

http://www.r-type.org/static/grid01.htm

The Pentodes

http://www.r-type.org/static/grid03.htm

The Beam Tetrodes

http://www.r-type.org/static/grid14.htm

The Other Tube Electrode Structures

http://www.r-type.org/inx/type.htm

http://locofonic.alphalink.com.au/valves.htm#indest

The Screen Grids

http://www.webace.com.au/~electron/tubes/screens.htm

The Tube Data Sheets

http://tdsl.duncanamps.com/tubesearch.php

http://datasheets.electron-tube.net/index.html

 

Tube FAQ's

http://www.geofex.com/tubeampfaq/tafaqndx.htm

 

Turret Installation the fast way (also recommended by Bigbeck)

http://www.el34world.com/charts/toolhowto.htm

the old slow method

http://www.turretboards.com/tut_building_turret_and_eyelet_boards.htm

http://www.paulrubyamps.com/TurretHowTo.html

 

VJr Parts lists for mods

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/parts.xls

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/epiphone_valve_jr._mods_194.xls

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/epiphone_valve_jr._mods_194.pdf

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/sewatt/files/xls_194___octal_schem.pdf

 

Off-site info:

http://turretboards.com/valve_junior_page.htm#VJR%20PARTS%20LISTS

 

Vintage Voltage Adapter

http://www.geofex.com/Article_Folders/vintvolt/vintvolt.htm

 

Wire Gauge

http://wiki.xtronics.com/index.php/Wire-Gauge_Ampacity

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I didn't even think about losing the links with the site#-o ...how about the sticky function for the FAQ post? Anybody know how to use it yet?[-o<

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So should this be the super-mod-thread or should we start new ones? Personally I think Epiphone should explicitly add a mods forum, but that's me. Though, I have some questions about the basic VJ mod schematic already (R6 and R7 1000K to 100K what why?)

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Actually, this "thread" is sticky because it is intended as more of a link repository thread than a thread for Q&A conversations. To keep this from becoming another 300 page monster thread, please start a new thread or find a related one to post questions in, and please help everyone by adding to the collection of links kept here... like this...

 

 

Here's an official BlackHeart amp mod that was just posted on SEwatt, and was so interesting that it immediately earned a new reference in their FAQ file. This mod can also be easily adapted to the VJr by swapping both R6 and R7 for 100k resistors, and connecting R7 to ground through a footswitch jack, and this footswitch. The use of a shorting type jack as shown is highly recommended.

 

Thanks Pyotr! This is a goodie!

 

http://www.sewatt.com/files/sewatt/BH5H_boost_FS_MOD.pdf

 

Gil...

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Hey Gil, I just wanted to add my appreciation for you, layboomo, nomad and others for keeping this site updated and of course for all the info you guys have giving me. I still have my version 1 vjr head which you all helped me mod and I still think it's the best se amp I ever heard (tastes do vary, I know). I have caught the bug and have moved on to 18 watts. I'm almost completed a Modified version of the tmb using many of the original Fender ideas, some 18 watt stuff and a few of my own... I do refer folks to this forum from time to time and visit every now then myself. Again thanks for all you do...highway1

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I cannot find this in the SEWatt archive (there's no search feature though...), mind annotating (briefly) what this does? At a glance, it looks like it neuters the volume knob and turns the amp into a straight-up stand-alone power amp, except with a preamp tube in it that you can't adjust the gain on anymore. :s

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We update schematics all the time, and when that happens, the links break. It's always best to check the SEwatt FAQ for the latest schematics. http://www.sewatt.com/node/16248

 

The In Depth Info section, http://www.sewatt.com/node/16270 gets new links posted almost daily, and there's a lot of good stuff all nicely sorted out into alphabetized groups. We've tried to make it easy to find the stuff needed most, despite the lack of a search function. All you gotta do is look for it and you'll find it in there! Need a better annotated view of the pcb, including annotated traces UNDERNEATH the board? We've got that, too.

 

http://www.sewatt.com/faq

 

Gil....

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There was a lot of reading here and in the links but one answer that I didn't see (and please don't jump on me) is how I tell a version 3 from earlier versions when I'm looking at them in a shop.

 

EDIT: Just found my answer in a different but later thread to this one.

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Has anybody had any negative affects from performing th JP1 mod? Found it on another site yesterday, along with a video on youtube. Worked great for me, it really improved the tone of the amp.

 

Just wondering if this "free mod" is going to cause any problems down the line...

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"Free Mods"? Are you kidding me? #-o

 

The info is certainly available for free, and sometimes the necessary parts might be scavenged for free, but you're still gonna "spend" some time finding the info, and the parts, and doing the install. And if you know what you're doing inside an amp, then you've already "spent" time learning the basic electronics of it. But if you haven't a clue what you're doing, you "spend" even more time simply trying to figure out how to do it the "easy way", and then even more time trying to figure out where it all went wrong. :-

 

As to the accuracy of the info? Well, that is where a little knowledge of the subject (ie. learning electronics) comes in rather handy. After all, even factory schematics are prone to errors. Of course, having the links to the secrets of the ancients available, as well as the peer review benefit of these forums is a real big plus. But the more time you're willing to spend digging, the easier it gets, and the farther you go.

 

But yes. "Free Mods" will definitely cause you trouble down the road! :-k You'll lose sleep. You'll miss meals. You'll be fired from your job for missing work. You'll go broke buying parts. You'll become a parts whore, willing to fix amps for cheep just to buy more parts. Your teeth will turn yellow and rot from the constant diet of Mountain Dew and nicotine. Even your family will abandon you to your new addiction.

 

But is all that good tone worth it? YBYSA it is!

 

Be afraid. Be very afraid! 8-[

 

Gil...

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But is all that good tone worth it? YBYSA it is!

 

Be afraid. Be very afraid! #-o

 

Gil...

Hmmmmmm ..... just what I was 'fraid of.....................

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"Free Mods"? Are you kidding me? #-o

 

The info is certainly available for free' date=' and sometimes the necessary parts might be scavenged for free, but you're still gonna "spend" some time finding the info, and the parts, and doing the install. And if you know what you're doing inside an amp, then you've already "spent" time learning the basic electronics of it. But if you haven't a clue what you're doing, you "spend" even more time simply trying to figure out how to do it the "easy way", and then even more time trying to figure out where it all went wrong. :-

 

As to the accuracy of the info? Well, that is where a little knowledge of the subject (ie. learning electronics) comes in rather handy. After all, even factory schematics are prone to errors. Of course, having the links to the secrets of the ancients available, as well as the peer review benefit of these forums is a real big plus. But the more time you're willing to spend digging, the easier it gets, and the farther you go.

 

But yes. "Free Mods" will definitely cause you trouble down the road! :-k You'll lose sleep. You'll miss meals. You'll be fired from your job for missing work. You'll go broke buying parts. You'll become a parts whore, willing to fix amps for cheep just to buy more parts. Your teeth will turn yellow and rot from the constant diet of Mountain Dew and nicotine. Even your family will abandon you to your new addiction.

 

But is all that good tone worth it? YBYSA it is!

 

Be afraid. Be very afraid! 8-[

 

Gil...[/quote']

 

Thanks, Gil....

 

So all I have left to look forward to is losing my job, yellow teeth, legal substance abuse, and abandonment by my family...?

 

I made the comment at work yesterday after I had placed yet another order with Mouser, that I forgot a part I needed (all too common an occurance). A co-worker said, "Try Radio Shack, they might have it." I just scoffed and said, "I have more parts than Radio Shack has, and if I don't have it they sure as hell won't."

 

True story.... 8-[

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Too me this amp sounds good for country, southern rock & blues. If that's what you like to play go for it. I personally prefer a Marshall or Mesa but that's me. Go for what you want as for as sound after all you have to live with it.

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Too me this amp sounds good for country' date=' southern rock & blues. If that's what you like to play go for it. I personally prefer a Marshall or Mesa but that's me. Go for what you want as for as sound after all you have to live with it.[/quote']

 

Other amps I enjoy are the Peavy Classic 30 and the Supro 24. The Epiphone Blues Custom I've seen used by a live band, and yes it was good.

 

I favor something I can drive into blues and classic rock. I've forced some Metallica-style metal (okay, the solo from One) out of a Valve Jr.

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Hmm, looks interesting, the head is around 2k. I'll put this on my list of amps to try out. I'm looking for something to add to my amp collection:

 

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I feel it's time I add the so called British sound though so I am investigation Marshall and Vox mostly at the moment.

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Hmm' date=' looks interesting, the head is around 2k. I'll put this on my list of amps to try out. I'm looking for something to add to my amp collection:

 

I feel it's time I add the so called British sound though so I am investigation Marshall and Vox mostly at the moment.

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Yeah. I might go for it in a YEAR. My plan is basically to take some harder aim at my musical aptitude, develop that as part of my character; then when I can play actually really good, buy myself a $3000 guitar (looking at a PRS 245 actually, Tobacco Burst; yes, my next-month buy is a PRS SE), possibly an amp.

 

The Blues Custom is actually interesting to me though too.

 

I want about $15k saved up by then, and my car loan paid down or off. My intent is to possibly find and close on a house with a mortgage similar to my rent; and get a sports car to replace my Mazda3. I'm overspending by about 40% right now though, and can trim my budget back; I have about $1000/mo excess as-is, could make that $1500.

 

Yes, I have a non-mcdonalds job and I'm still living on the broke college kid budget. I know the rest of you grew up to make $50k/year and try to have a few hundred every couple months to spend on something nice, but I never quite outgrew living on a $23k salary, even when I started making more than $23k....

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Since you can, might as well outgrow it!

 

The Epiphone Blues Custom is on my list as well, but then again, so is the blackheart BH100H hothead, ever since I jammed the prototype of it in Pyotr's garage in austin, TX about a year ago. Gutsy and Powerful... yes.... practical... I think not (not without an attenuator).

 

I can dream. hah

 

Those PRS amps are no joke.

 

Might I suggest the Marshal Haze?

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I feel it's time I add the so called British sound though so I am investigation Marshall and Vox mostly at the moment.

 

Vox and Marshall are two VERY different sounds. To me, Vox is Vox and Marshall is british.

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