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  • Looking for a new amp

    Up until now i've been making do with bass amps, and i'd like to get a true guitar amp before i go to school. 

    I've got an Ibanez AF75, id prefer a clean sound, and i'll go as far as $300-$350 on it.

    It doesn't have to be huge, seeing as it'll be used in a dorm mostly, but i'd like it to be handle small open mic-type events. I'm thinking a 1x10 or 1x12 should work.

    So far i've looked a bit into Fender Mustangs. There are 40 and 100W versions that seem pretty good.

    40W 1x12 for $200

    100W 1x12 $330

    I was told to check out these Peavey Vypyrs, pretty much same specs in the same 

    30W 1x12 for $200

    100W 1x12 for $300

    And then this one caught my eye, but the small size made me weary of it. I originally was looking that the acoustic modeling version, because i want to put electrics in my GS Mini, but then i saw there's a regular modeling version too.


    Acoustic Modeling


    So, opinions on those amps for my guitar? Thoughts on the modeling abilities of the different brands? Is a 100W 1x12 too much for a 'dorm' amp? It'll be at a music school. Any others models i should check? I browsed the Orange selection a bit.

    Something that caught my eye is that the 100W Vypyr has models for bass and acoustic too, so in theory would it be a good amp for my various instruments?


  • #2

    Mustangs and Vypyrs ? Been there and done that  The concept sounded good but the amps didn't.

    I would recommend you look at the Roland Cubes - way better amps.


    • thom
      thom commented
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      I'd go with something different personally...

      Marshall Class 5, Vox AC4TV, Blackstar HT-1,...

      They won't cut it in a live/rehearsel situation though, so if that's a thing.

      For something that doesn't sound choked/lame at home and will do fine with a drummer and other guitarists: Vox AC15C2, orange terror series, egnater tweaker, blackstar artisan 15,...

      Just of the top of my head, based on volume/power and versatility.

    • Steve2112
      Steve2112 commented
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      weaselphartz wrote:

      Mustangs and Vypyrs ? Been there and done that  The concept sounded good but the amps didn't.

      I would recommend you look at the Roland Cubes - way better amps.

      The Mustangs have very good reviews, generally. Even among tube/vintage snobs.



  • #3

    The "version 2" Fender Mustang amps are "better" than the "version 1" amps. Try a couple out. 5 year warranty is a good thing.

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    • #4
      I like egnater tweaker combo 15 watt combo amp. Tube sound is superb over solid state amps. Also have a mustang. Light weight with a lot of amp modeling which helps for recording layered tracks and playing different styles of music with custom presets etc. good for open mic performances, but not live play really. I play simultaneously through a bass amp and the tweaker combo to get a nice full sound. Maybe keep ur bass and get a nice tubed combo amp play through them simultaneously with an abY pedal