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Ebony finish. I initially wanted a LP studio but couldn't get it in left hand so the LP Standard was second on my list. Not disappointed that I couldn't get the studio model though. Of course photos will follow.

 

Any recommendations on a low watt amp I can use for home practice? One that gives good tone. I live in a condo and I really like my neighbours so don't want to alienate any of them.

 

Brian

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Got an old Pignose I'm really fond of, but I've also got a little 12 or 15 watt Marshall practice amp that gives pretty good bang for the buck too.

 

My son loves his Crate GTD15 (it is pretty decent for what it is).

 

Shop around, play through a few. There's plenty of nice little practice amps out there in the $100 - $250 range. It's just a matter of finding the one that sounds good to you.

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Congrats for your LP... I'm using a Roland cube 30 for practicing. I love it. Planty of choices with DFX and differents amp sounds...also a headphone jack...good for your neighbours !!! Check for the new cube 30 X, it have an incorporated tuner also. ( that I don't have )

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Congrats! I have an ebony LP Standard that I bought online recently and I think it's a great guitar. Easy to play, has good intonation. Hard to beat Epiphone's for price/performance.

 

A 12-15 watt RMS amp is plenty of power for a practice amp. Some have built-in special-effects, at least Fender does. I was playing through one at the local guitar store when I was deciding between a Dot 335 and a Casino.

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I love my Vox AC30VT... It's 30 watts peak, but has a variable control on the back, so you can dial it in anywhere from 1-30 watts... It's also got great amp modeling and built-in effects.. Better than any other "modeling amp" I've tried IMHO... I just wish it had more than 2 channels for saving settings... I still can't believe this amp only costs $250!

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My nephew is a lefty and about 3 or so years ago MF had a 'clearance' of lefty Epi LP Standards & he got one for $299! (Up until my bro got his elitist twisted sister LP for $599, that was the best deal in the family). I never figured out what the deal was there 'cause two months later they had 'em back up there for $599.

 

It's gotta be the heaviest LP I've ever held in my life but it's a rockin' machine with great tone. I'm pretty sure you'll be real happy with yours if it's built like my nephew's, which I'll bet it is.

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I have the AD30VT also. Great little amp for the money.

 

 

There are also a couple of web sites that have some downloadable settings for the amp to let you re-create most tone settings for a lot of bands, players and music styles. I picked up a used one for 150.00 a couple of years back. Love that you can crank all the settings up but keep the output wattage low for a nice personal experience.

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I've got the 15-watt version of the Valvetronix and I absolutely love it. First, as far as I'm concerned, you get a very decent tube sound (good enough to have kept me from buying a tube amp so far) and the 11 amp models are better than any of the models I've heard on other modeling amps including the Line 6 (I've got one of those, too). I highly recommend them. They are capable of a super wide range of sounds. The effects, while decent, aren't the greatest I've ever heard but will do the job. Being a modeling amp, any digital effects boxes sound terrible but there's enough stuff in the amp to where you don't need anything else. If I were still gigging I believe I'd use a 50-watt version of the valvetronix just because you can get so many different sounds real easy.

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my home amp (because my buddy aaron has all my REAL amps) is a little pignose and the marshall micro stack lead 15.... great amp for solid state, but the gain is not footswitchable... got mine for 200 on blem a lot of yrs ago..guitar center has them for 300.... it will hang with a drummer... has good marshall tone too ( like a mini jcm900 stack/) id like to use one of those voxes though...

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The only pedal I have is a 2 position footswitch...... and it's a generic with leds... I agree only having 2 programmable channels is a bummer.. But dialing in different tone settings only takes a minute once you get the hang of it.

 

Slim - have you been to the web sites... Seems like the first one did not get renewed yet..... The second one is till good. I would suggest anyone wanting to listen to the AD Vox type go and have a listen to the jukebox.. Granted some of the playing is not real good but the tone range of the amp is awesome.

 

http://www.patchtronix.com/

 

http://www.valvetronix.net/

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Thanks for those links Nick, but the patchtronix domain name has expired...

 

I agree about the effects on the Valvetronix... They are kind of limited... I wish I could combine effects the way I want to, not just the way they're paired around the dial.. But they sound good, and I'm really not that big into effects anyway.. I like a little coloration for certain things, though.. One of the effects that I thought was totally useless when I first got the amp was the "auto-wah"... But after playing with it for a while, I ended up writing a pretty cool, funky little number with it.. Just another example of how an effect can spark some inspiration..

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I agree with all the comments about the Vox Valvetronix series, because the AD120VTH is my "big" amp - but as good as it is (and that's very, very good) it is still a bit sterile in direct comparison with either the Epiphone Valve Junior Head or, especially, the new Blackheart head...which has really gotten my attention. With the same speakers, the Epi VJH has much less articulation, but dynamics are improved and pick attack follows me, not the program that controls the actual output. I like them about equally for just fooling around, with the Vox taking the cake in clarity and depth; but although its easier to get a reliable overdrive from the Vox' internal effects, I prefer the tube OD even with its sometimes uneven application (read, the idiot can't play for sh!t). Overall tone of the VJH is a little more Marshall than Fender, but the Blackheart, IMHO, just LUVS multiple speakers and with either 3x12 or 4x12 presents a very close approximation of a Bassman, or especially what I call the honk of the Fender amp (I forget the model for sure...Showman?) that used the 3 speaker setup. Both of the 5 watt heads are priced right, too. Personally, I find I can use a Weber Micro Mass attenuator and get superb OD at volume levels that don't bother even my upstairs neighbor easier with the smaller amps than I can with the big Vox. Even on "1 watt" settings, my perception is that it has to be cranked up a little more to get its best OD sound, and that means I tend to use it most when I want an ultra clean tone, or some effect that I don't have a pedal for. BTW, I'm older and physically handicapped and I definitely appreciate the fact that I can handle the smaller heads and cabinets separately, even with an extension speaker, with a wonderful advantage in both size and weight per unit. I'll take 3 trips at doable weights as opposed to 2 trips with backbreakingly heavy loads. See what I mean?

 

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