Best tube amp under $500?

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  1. GNR AX7 1789

    GNR AX7 1789 New Member

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    Hi I've been playing guitar out of a line 6 spider IV 15 watt for a while and I think I want to move on to a tube amp. My budget is 500 dollars. I play LOTS of different types of music but mostly hard rock, classic rock, metal styles and bands like Guns N Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne etc. I would like the amp for mostly home use. But be able to handle jamming with a drummer or a band if needed. I was looking at the Blackheart bh 15 combo, marshall haze 40c used, marshall class 5, Vox ac4tv, Peavey classic 30 used and more. but i woud like to have more options or if you guys think one of the amps above are best just give me your opinion. Also if its important I'm playing a Epiphone les Paul ultra ii currently. Thanks for the replies in advance.
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    $500? You will need a cab too but you can get a JCM 900 Head for that or even less if you shop.
     
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    How much do you think I'd have to save to get a good cabinet for it?
     
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    scat7s New Member VIP Member

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    egnater tweaker 15 head.

    nice amp, lots of tones, and will keep up with a band pretty easily. buy used and save a few bucks, you can pick up a 2x12 with the remainder of your 500 budget.
     
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    I wouldn't buy anything until the new releases at NAMM come out.
     
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    Forget all those for what you want and want to do.

    This all day.
    Tweaker is the best tube amp that you can get w/ a separate cab for $500 that will keep up w/ a drummer/band setting.
     
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    GNR AX7 1789 New Member

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    Do you guys think this can do hard/classic rock and metal well better than a marshall?
     
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    Well that's a pretty bold and broad statement but better in a band setting within your budget than the Marshalls you mentioned, yes.

    SJ makes a good point about waiting until the NAMM announcements, but even after that you'll have to wait for those products to actually come on to the market.
    If you're a Slash fanboy though, NAMM may have some pleasant news for you in the range you're looking for. Or not.
     
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    scat7s New Member VIP Member

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    better?

    i guess it depends on the marshall model...

    try one out if you can, you'll probably be impressed.

    3 band eq, vintage/modern switch, fender/marshall/vox voice sw,clean/dirty sw, bright/normal, tight/deep switch, and tube buffered effects loop.

    made overseas so its cheap, but so far, rugged/reliable, and it really sounds great. rock/ hard rock all day long. metal? i dont know, some metal guys are picky about what they consider an amp capable of metal as being.

    to me? yeah, it does metal. but, to some guys, it may not. more gain than i would ever use...
     
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    Even though I like to play "metal" riffs through it, I pretty much never hit that hot switch.
    But I do use a boost. (OFA SD-1)
     
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    i run in clean mode as well. and it can get pretty hairy...matter of fact, there is more gain on the clean mode than i would ever use haha.

    i run about 5 or 6, and its got plenty of crunch.
     
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    GNR AX7 1789 New Member

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    How long till NAMM is held? Also when I talk about metal the heaviest I would play is avenged sevenfold or Metallica. Nothing like Slipknot or anything I don't care for that type of music.
     
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    Me too pretty much EXACTLY. :thumb:

    I've worked my way down back to 5 or 6 or even 4 but with the SD-1 Vol @ 10, gain @ 0.
    I have a Joyo British Sound inline that I kick in if I want more hair than that, although it's not often.

    All NOS Too, 6P3S power, Matsushita in V1.

    NAMM is in a couple of weeks.

    You'll be fine w/ Tweaker then, if you don't "NEEDZ DA BROOTALZ" ;)
     
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    Any other amps? Just lookin for more options.
     
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    Never played one but I had heard Jet City JCA22H. At $599 The Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18w is a good little amp with lots of features.
    I have not played the Marshall DSL 15h but I just got the DSL 40c. The thing I have found so far is no amp I have played sounds better than a Marshall amp. I'm sure there are some but I doubt if they are under $500.

    From what I have learned recently most people don't really go to Marshall for Metal. I think Mesa and Engl but not under $500. I had originally set my limit at $500 but after several months I found that putting a limit on spending puts a limit on your sound.
     
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    Jet City. I have the JCA20H and love it but would love to try the JCA20HV.
     
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    I'm on the same page with mine including NOS in the preamp and 6P3s in the power section. I use the gain knob with the amp in the clean setting and kick a Route 66 or SD-1 for heavy as well. These are the best bang for the buck amps out there IMO. Very convincing Marshall AND Fender tones with a head you can easily pick up for $300. Add a 212 cab and you have a damn fine little tube amp.
     
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    Used Blackstar combo, or a Carvin Belair, used Peavey Classic 50
     
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    I've seen JCM900 combos in your price range. Get a 50 watter, I think it will do all the music styles you want.
     

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