The Backup - IE: the one you kick around the house or for jams.

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Hey guys.
My JVM is phenomenal, and it isn't going anywhere. Mostly because i resent schlepping gear around.
I'd like to get myself something small, durable, and cheap - but it has to sound passable. Preferably 2 channel, but more is fine.
I used to have a Peavey Bandit Red or Silver Stripe, or a Studio 65, but I want to commit to Marshall, and i know they've made alot of solid state gear.
When I was a kid we had a pop-punk-metal covers band where we dimed little 30 watt valvestates or G series amps into oblivion. It sounded like hot garbage, but it was the greatest thing ever.

I'm looking for a semi all-in-one Marshall solid state amp. Around 50 watts oughta do it. I plan on substituting whatever speaker for a Celestion NEO V-type.

Don't think too hard about the pricing on these pictured, but it gives a ballpark of what is available in my neck of the woods.
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I have had a Boss Katana 50 a few years ago, and I'm not going for a code. Digital is not for me - at the moment. The one listed as an 8000, is actually an 8080.

I think i maybe want to wait it out and get a MG50GFX with the 4 button footswitch.
Please chime in with your wisdom.
 

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I've never had a Valvestate, but I have a G50RCD that I can't give away.
Of what is shown in your pic, I'd actually recommend the CODE.
But if I'm not mistaken, 1,000 kr is a little over $100 usd, so not a lot of risk with any of them.
 

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I've never had a Valvestate, but I have a G50RCD that I can't give away.
Of what is shown in your pic, I'd actually recommend the CODE.
But if I'm not mistaken, 1,000 kr is a little over $100 usd, so not a lot of risk with any of them.

I have a G50RCD as well. Loud little thing but I think it could use a speaker swap.
 

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Convenience for me means being able to achieve my preferred tone, response and feel with a minimum of change of how I play and what I do at the guitar. The majority of my tone is achieved through interaction of the guitar and amp and NOT through use of pedal/stonp/box/thingies, so plugging into any lesser amp than my main gigging amp is less convenient, even if it moves around easier! In other words, I always want "MY SOUND" all the time!
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I tried it through a bunch of different speakers that I have.
It doesn't get much better...

I like the sound of it when it is cranked but at lower volumes it could use more bottom end. I haven't played it in years. I need to get it out and see what I think of it after using a tube amp for the last several years.
 

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I should clarify that my absolute minimum "kick around the house" amp is either a DSL20CR or TWEED DELUXE, with the caveat that a good attenuator is needed for either to really give up it's goods at home volume levels! Much like most tube amps!
Just Crankin'
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A couple of years ago I was at my local guitar store for one of their sales, discovered a like new DSL15C for a 'couldn't pass it up' price. I changed the speaker, did a couple of circuit board mods. It's a pretty good home amp.
 

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Maybe you can get one of the smaller DSLs used? If you don't like modeling enough, are you shure an analog SS Amp will be right for you?
Because I consider any modeling Amp better than anything solid state. And the Katana- is one of the best of them. Many steps above any Solid State thing.
 

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My living room amp is an old Line 6 Flextone II. To this day, I totally love the old Modern Hi-Gain setting.
It's great to have something that is just super simple.
Save up a bit more and buy a better amp
It's not about budget, it's fully about getting something I won't be too sad to see go up in flames or take a tumble down a flight of stairs. You can't do that with a DSL.
One time my Bandit slipped from my hand and did just that. Almost got through the door it hit. Amp worked perfect and, had almost 0 damage.
I'm with @tallcoolone - I have found the occasional good deal but never great tone on the cheap.

Russ
It's not as much about tone, but more about kickability.
I've never had a Valvestate, but I have a G50RCD that I can't give away.
Of what is shown in your pic, I'd actually recommend the CODE.
But if I'm not mistaken, 1,000 kr is a little over $100 usd, so not a lot of risk with any of them.
About $142. I might be intrigued enough by the code to try it. I can always flip it if it doesn't work. You haven't tried a valvestate yet? I had one a decade ago. Laugh all you want, but for a brief period it was my only amp. I have fond memories of it. It didn't sound like a million bucks, with 20 watts and a 10" speaker, but it was ok for practicing.

Convenience for me means being able to achieve my preferred tone, response and feel with a minimum of change of how I play and what I do at the guitar. The majority of my tone is achieved through interaction of the guitar and amp and NOT through use of pedal/stonp/box/thingies, so plugging into any lesser amp than my main gigging amp is less convenient, even if it moves around easier! In other words, I always want "MY SOUND" all the time!
Just Sayin'
Gene

I should clarify that my absolute minimum "kick around the house" amp is either a DSL20CR or TWEED DELUXE, with the caveat that a good attenuator is needed for either to really give up it's goods at home volume levels! Much like most tube amps!
Just Crankin'
Gene
Yeah, sure a DSL would be welcome at my place again. But I wouldn't want to beat the poor thing. Wouldn't let my 4 year old touch one, or have it anywhere outside of the office/guestroom. At some point I'll have all kinds of Marshall, but right now I'm going for something that can take a beating, that I won't feel sorry for.
 

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Sorry sir, but I consider a DSL20 as a cheap amp, at the entry level to real Marshall tones and would never even think twice about knocking it around, as much as I would ever knock anything around. I treat my gear pretty good, wherever and whenever. Any amp that can't survive a 4 year old with sticky fingers twisting it's knobs, won't likely survive a drunk/stoned guitarist at 3 AM! :facepalm:

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I have nothing against solid state Marshalls, I have had and still have a few including a CODE, just never a Valvestate.
My other solid state Marshalls are single channel - more of a classic tone.
The G50RCD is just a little too high gain for my taste, but if you're looking for pop-punk-metal, you might like the G80.
 
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At this stage in my life, this philosophy does not resonate with me. I am currently living in one of my most noise-intolerant close-quarters environments and my living room amps are 100w MV and NMV Marshalls. The tech exists on the cheap to bring a cranked 1959 to residential and even headphone volume.

My appreciation of cheap(er) gear was stuff that would be moved/thrown around constantly with a moderate thievery risk… something you wouldn’t miss dearly if damaged/destroyed/stolen and easily replaced. None of that registers with what I have in my home.
 

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I have a bunch of Marshall amps. If I was buying something to beat around the house and was kid proof, I would get the Yamaha THR10IIW. The wireless one. That has a really good reputation for excellent sound.

I have a katana 50 also. I keep it at the end of my bed so that my blanket doesn't fall onto the floor.

 
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I highly recommend a Fender Bassbreaker 007 combo. Around $400 new, super versatile and awesome tone. Durability? The Bassbreaker series gets a bad rap on circuit board design but mine is built like a tank and I don't abuse my stuff so I expect it to be quite serviceable for some time now. Very light weight for an all tube practice amp. Did I mention AWESOME tone? You won't be sorry if you got one...
 

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Hey guys.
My JVM is phenomenal, and it isn't going anywhere. Mostly because i resent schlepping gear around.
I'd like to get myself something small, durable, and cheap - but it has to sound passable. Preferably 2 channel, but more is fine.
I used to have a Peavey Bandit Red or Silver Stripe, or a Studio 65, but I want to commit to Marshall, and i know they've made alot of solid state gear.
When I was a kid we had a pop-punk-metal covers band where we dimed little 30 watt valvestates or G series amps into oblivion. It sounded like hot garbage, but it was the greatest thing ever.

I'm looking for a semi all-in-one Marshall solid state amp. Around 50 watts oughta do it. I plan on substituting whatever speaker for a Celestion NEO V-type.

Don't think too hard about the pricing on these pictured, but it gives a ballpark of what is available in my neck of the woods.
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I have had a Boss Katana 50 a few years ago, and I'm not going for a code. Digital is not for me - at the moment. The one listed as an 8000, is actually an 8080.

I think i maybe want to wait it out and get a MG50GFX with the 4 button footswitch.
Please chime in with your wisdom.
I’m a Marshall guy but I’d go Katana and not Marshall for solid state. You just need to go into the global post parametric eq and go -6db to -8 dB at 1khz, q=0.5. You can then turn the level up +5 or +6 dB to compensate for the overall volume drop. Thats a good starting point to get into Marshall territory. Personally the head and a sealed cab is the way to go. You can even try 1.25 kHz and see if that suits you better. That 50 does have a small open back cab so that will always be a limiting factor.

Edit: you’ll also want to back off your guitar volume a hair to get a more natural sounding distortion.
Cheers!
 


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