I'm shopping for an amp, with a budget of roughly $800. That figure is quite flexible (up to 2x) but I'd like to keep it around $800.
I'm primarily a geezer, acoustic guitar player, and very little experience playing electrics. Every now and then, I meet a new bunch of playing buddies who are into electrics, so I'm looking for a new, relatively portable amp for small gigs, jams, band-practice, and studio use.
I haven't shopped for electrics i over 20 year, and the last time I did, I bought a Mesa-Boogie Mk III Signature Edition, and a PRS Custom 24 w/birds/ "10" top. I've also got a Strat-Plus Deluxe, Deluxe Telecaster, Les Paul Custom, and a Gibson ES-175. Nice gear, but unfortunately I keep gravitating back to the acoustics,
Last weekend, at a local jam, I met a couple of guys who were playing Fender Deluxes; one was a Blues Deluxe, and the other was a Hot Rod 3 Deluxe, and they both sounded great as far as I was concerned, A few days ago, I stopped by a small local shop, and bought a Limited Edition HotRod 3 Deluxe (lacquered tweed/ Jensen). Since then, some of the guys on the live-sound forum have suggested that the HR3 was not "the way to go", so now I'm having doubts. Could I have done better for the money? If so, what would you recommend? I can always take it back and exchange it.
I paid $825 + tax (15%). I also picked up an Ibanez Tube-Screamer and a T-Rex Engineering Fuel-Tank Jr. power supply. I heard a Hot Rod Deville while I was there, and it did sound "fuller /fatter" , although it was a very short demo, but, it was also a LOT heavier.
Any suggestions for this geezer? Will I regret the Hot-Rod III Deluxe?