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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-06-2007, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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low wattage hi gain amp?

does anyone make a good sounding hi gain amp with low wattage that won't cost me an arm and a leg? i'm thinking in like $200-$400 range.

i also have a rocktron progap ultra preamp which i love (except for the presets-too muddy). could some of y'all that are familiar with it maybe give me some settings based more for heavy metal. thanks!!

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Re: low wattage hi gain amp?

Vox AD50VT Valvetronix Guitar Combo Amplifier (50 Watts, 1x12 in.)

Find a place to demo one, I think you'll be surprised.

If you want something all tube, Peavey Classic 30 1x12 30W Guitar Combo Amp
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Re: low wattage hi gain amp?

Neither of those are low wattage. I think the OP mean someting in the 5-15 watt range.
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Re: low wattage hi gain amp?

The AD50VT has a power setting on the back, I think it can go all the way down to 1w.
If you want extremely hi gain, check out the Line6 Spider III series. The Insane-channel on those babies is well, insane
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Re: low wattage hi gain amp?

Any one try that JSX practise amp?? I'm sure there's enough gain there for you
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Re: low wattage hi gain amp?

Ah, when you said low watt, I though you meant less than a 100.
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Re: low wattage hi gain amp?

i guess i should be a lil bit more specific. i would prefer 50 watts or less, 12" speaker, warm and fat cleans, and good variety of high gain lead tones.
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Re: low wattage hi gain amp?

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Any one try that JSX practise amp?? I'm sure there's enough gain there for you
The 5 watt JSX is a class A, low gain amp. It's similar in respect to the Fender Vibro Champ of the '60s and '70s.
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The 5 watt JSX is a class A, low gain amp. It's similar in respect to the Fender Vibro Champ of the '60s and '70s.

but at 5 watts you can push it into powertube distortion very easily and if you throw a pedal infront of it i'd imagin it be be kinda cool , not 500$ cool though
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Re: low wattage hi gain amp?

I played a B52 AT112 and 212 it has a good amount of gain and still sounded nice at both low and high volumes. I think it's 50 watts. It cleaned up well too. I think they are good sounding amps with a mix between Mesa and Marshall kinda sound with good cleans.
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You can hear the Mini Colossal on the Peavey homepage now.
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Heard the clip earlier, still hasn't convinced me to part with £450 of my money though Rather have a Cornford Harlequin for that much.
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Re: low wattage hi gain amp?

The JSX Mini Colossal was always going to be a big no-no for me. Especially when compared in price to the Peavey Valveking Royal 8, which will do a very similar/basic job for alot less money. The JSX was always going to cost way more, all because it has his name on it.

For me, nothing beats a Laney LC15 in the "low wattage" amp category. You can also get the VC15 which is roughly the same but with a few more features. But they both fit perfectly in the low wattage hi gain amp group.

And those Laney's sure do get cranked when the volume and gain is raised. But if the distortion still isn't enough, you can always stick a pedal or two in front (as previously mentioned).
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