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If you intend to play medium-sized auditoriums without a PA system' date=' you'd want a higher rating... which Epiphone will be supplying, very soon. The Valve Senior is 18 watts, when it's released.[/quote']

 

If he can hold the GAS till September...

 

Edit: alltho December is more likely...

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I've gone through five G-400s over the past seven or eight years plus one Dillion SG that I'm pretty sure came out of either the Unsung or the Saein plant. The good news is that the current crop of EE G-400s (avoid the other plants) are pretty good guitars and at $329 Cdn street price it's hard to criticize them even though they're still a bit on the fuzzy side of accuracy. Unfortunately I also own a couple of Gibson SGs, well; four, and an Elitist SG, that naturally make it difficult to get too excited about a G-400. The two remaining G-400s in my 'collection' are only there because one of them has the Maestro 'lyre' vibrato which is about as much as I want to spend on a detuning mechanism and the second one (a Vintage G-400 that I essentially got for free through a series of wheelings and dealings involving two other G-400s) is collecting dust in its original box waiting to be stripped, hacked, gouged and otherwise transformed into a one-of-a-kind collector's project guitar.

 

Anyway if you are looking for a decent solidbody that isn't going to break the bank and you're not too picky about dimensional accuracy, you won't go far wrong with a G-400. The new ones are nice and light, they play well, and they look enough like an SG to fool 90% of the people. Naturally, as with most Epis, you'll want to think about some decent pickups eventually.

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My first Epi was a G400. It's a guitar I play everyday and really enjoy.

But one of the best mods I did to it was get a better amp.

Tube amps sound the best; few will argue with that. But they cost some jack.

If that's a concern, like it is to me and most, I suggest looking into getting a "Hybrid" type amp. Some of these amps can get pretty close to sounding like the real deal. And they sound so much better than pure solid state amps.

I have a Vox ad30vt and it has made my G400 sound way better than the solid state 30 watt that I had before. There are several brands out there that make some nice ones, so you might want to check them out as well.

Peavey, Kustom, and Fender are among some of the others.

And look on ebay and craigslist; you can find some great deals on there. That's where I found my amp.

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On the amp front, I have a Roland Cube 30 which I bought second hand, and I have been astonished at how versatile it is. Although it's pretty loud for a home setting, one can get a decent sound out of it at low volumes, and it has inputs for headphones and a CD player. The amp emulations are very good, in my opinion, and the effects are decent.

 

The amp is light in weight (although you wouldn't want to walk more than a decent sized city block with it), and very sturdy and robust.

 

There really are many, many sounds that one can get out of this with one guitar, and with a Strat-like Ibanez, my L.P. Standard and my new Casino, the sky's the proverbial limit.

 

I would highly recommend this amp. (I have no connections of any sort with Roland or any manufacturer of any sort).

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How much would a usable quality pair of headphones cost?

 

Headphone are cheap, like starting at 5 bucks. Obviously, you can spend a lot more

but you can do OK for less than $30.

 

Advice: When you go to the stores to check out amps, try to go when the store is

least busy. Like Monday at suppertime, NOT on a Saturday. You could ask them

in advance as to when would be good times.

 

I have no direct experience with Roland amps but have heard very good things

about them.

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Advice: When you go to the stores to check out amps' date=' try to go when the store is

least busy. Like Monday at suppertime, NOT on a Saturday. You could ask them

in advance as to when would be good times.[/quote']

You know Ron, that's some really good advice.

So simple, and yet I have never thought about doing it.

But I will now, thanks.

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(a Vintage G-400 that I essentially got for free through a series of wheelings and dealings involving two other G-400s) is collecting dust in its original box waiting to be stripped' date=' hacked, gouged and otherwise transformed into a one-of-a-kind collector's project guitar.[/quote']

Now I'm curious, what are your plans?

Also, didn't you have a G-400 you fixed a broken headstock on and gibbified?

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^ If you mean the MG series' date=' then I'd stay away from them. Tube amps are much, much better.

 

I've heard good things about the Peavey Classic amps, if you can find one used.[/quote']

 

HEY, DON'T LISTEN TO HIM!

 

I love my MG. I can't figure out why people are always knocking them. I also have a Crate that's 15 watts more, and it sucks in comparison. Maybe compared to $2000 real Marshalls it's not too good, but think about it's competition.

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More advice: When you do find the amp you want, don't buy it. At least not right

away. Get a price from the store, then go home and think about it, while checking

prices and reviews. Also consider whether the liberal exchange policies of the major

online retailers is "insurance" you'd like to have, even if it might cost some shipping

dollars to return it.

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In other words' date=' find an amp, do a lot of price searching, look for the best deal, and make sure it's got a good return policy. This would be worth a trip to Guitar Center as well, wouldn't it?[/quote']

 

Of course. GC, Sam Ash and the other big stores have a large selection of stuff ready to try

and at good prices, but my previous advice to shop at a quiet time is really important

there. Otherwise, there will be a bunch of other dudes thrashing away at the same time.

(personally, I can't stand to be in GC because of all the noise. And if the noise isn't coming

from people trying equipment, it's loud music on the PA)

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I'd add that before going in to demo an amp do some leg work via the web. Read or ask from others that use the particular amp you might be interested in as far as prices , reliability and so on. Then take your guitar in and demo the amps. Like already stated it's a sign that you are serious....trust us, they will not mind. If they do leave. It's your hard earned scratch not theirs. Besides, and MAINLY, if you use one of the guitars there it might not sound the same as yours....match the guitar with the amp from the get go IMO.

 

Most bigger places have an isolation room, GC has what they call the Vault, which are quiet and no over head music playing. At any rate this is where I have them set me up when I'm ready to buy anything.....even the silly pedals.

 

I'd also ask myself what I'd plan to do with the amp...live work, home use only, or both. Might help deciding and narrow which way to go I would think.

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Last time I was shopping for a guitar, I was plugged into a Fender Twin. It sounded great. However, $1500 is out of my range for the foreseeable future. A few weeks later, I brought a Frontman 212R. It's not as warm as a tube amp, but if you crank the treble and mid down a bit, you can make it sound pretty darned good. In fact it cranks. It has two channels - Clean and Drive (with a More Drive button which I don't use). It also has a spring reverb (I don't use this eiither

 

For just over $300 and a 100 watts of power, it was a decent stop gap for the time being.

 

I will replace it with a tube amp at some point in the future.

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Last time I was shopping for a guitar' date=' I was plugged into a Fender Twin. It sounded great. However, $1500 is out of my range for the foreseeable future. A few weeks later, I brought a Frontman 212R. It's not as warm as a tube amp, but if you crank the treble and mid down a bit, you can make it sound pretty darned good. In fact it cranks. It has two channels - Clean and Drive (with a More Drive button which I don't use). It also has a spring reverb (I don't use this eiither

 

For just over $300 and a 100 watts of power, it was a decent stop gap for the time being.

 

I will replace it with a tube amp at some point in the future.[/quote']

If I was going for a halfstack(and didn't already have my craigslist score fender twin), I'd plug a valve senior into a FM412 cab.

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for so much money what do you get? 2 sounds. clean and dirty. thats what most use their amp for.and possibly an extra pedal for lead boost. so you better question if you are going to like the dirty sound as you'll be stuck with it. clean is pretty much always ok? or just go for any old amp for the power and use a modeler for 32 amp models and above. i may be in my own camp here. but i had a jcm 800 2210 head and 1960a cab and i didn't get a better sound than my old park 50w head and sound city cab and a cheap rocktek metal worker. it cost about £800 to upgrade. i shouldn't have bothered with all that "marshallness" i still couldn't get the sound i wanted or even enough gain. it did look the part though!

i now have an mg10 "tranny" 2 channel headphone socket. cd input. i added the tube screamer from my pod and it was the best sound i've had. also i get verb from the pod. etc etc. you get so much more to play with.

 

http://www.absolutemusic.co.uk/shop/view_product.php?product=aleta50

 

in future i may run my pod into this portable pa as some do. just for power. i like these you link 2 for stereo 100 watt and use for bass and or keyboards too.

or i may go for a spider 3 jam.

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