Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Galway, Ireland
Ok, well here's the deal. I have been working all summer to get a Jem, and as soon as I get close to my target, my amp starts giving me trouble. Its tube sim not real tube, but it always sounded tubey until about a week ago, when it became brittle and harsh sounding. So what ever was simulating the tubes isn't doing it anymore. On top of that, there are other problems that have arisen. I keep getting wierd buzzing and fizzing noises, and I can't turn on my spring reverb with out this over powering bassy hum that just keeps getting louder and louder. Basically, the amp is dying, and I need to now consider buying a new one.
I don't see the point in repairs, my ears tell me any trace of what it once was is gone. And I can only fathom more repairs would be needed. So I'll hang onto it a bit longer, but I need to start saving for an upgrade.
I'm not going to give up the Jem before I even get it. I worked for it, so I'm getting it, the amp is not going to take its place in my cash flow priorities. I'll make the most of my amp for now before I upgrade.
So I need to start considering an amp. All tube, and since I don't want to have to upgrade again too soon, I want to get something with some serious power. Half stacks basically are what I'm considereing.
So give me your recommendations. It needs to be able to handle everything I play, which is mostly instrumental rock, classic rock and some fusion style stuff.
Marshalls. I have experience with them, and it was good, but the tone of a Marshall has never seemed individual enough to me, because lets face it, everybody uses Marshalls. Sure if I had a 68 plexi or something I'd probably be saying otherwise, but thats just not going to happen. I will take them into consideration, but the modern ones just don't really appeal to me. Recommendations will be considered, but as I said, I don't see myself playing through a Marshall. The tone isn't really me.
Fenders. In consideration, but again the tone seems somewhat cliche-ed. Not really me, and while I do love the cleans, I've never been a fan of the distortions.
Peaveys. My current amp is a Peavey. I do like them, but I don't think I like them enough to stick with them.
Other brands. Carvin, Laney, etc. This is mostly what I'm considering. The non standard brands. They seem to be what I'd go for, because
1. I like to be different.
2. I am different.
3. If I'm not drawn to Marshalls, Fenders and Peaveys, then the less common brands are obviously where I'm going to look.
So give me your recommendations. But I ask you to think carefully because since I live in Ireland, looking for a non-Marshall or non-Fender or non-Peavey basically means I'm just not going to be able to try before I buy. I know that sucks, but its fact. I just won't. So all I have to go off are recommendations and reveiws, so advise with caution.
And don't tell me tone is in the fingers, I can't buy new fingers, and I can't change them. I'm asking about amps.