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  • What's a good amp to run clean and use distortion pedals with?

    I currently use a bugera 6262 head with a 212 cabinet. I think it sounds ok but it's definitely a cheap amp not made for serious practice. I'd like quality sound at a low price. what amps fall into this category? i'd like to spend less than 1000 dollars just for the head.

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    If you were a traditional classic rock guy I'd say grab a Fender Blackface Deluxe

    A Twin Reverb, if you need more clean, at a higher volume.

    These are classics, you can't go wrong with.
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    • #3
      The OP mentioned "serious practice."

      The Fender Princeton Reverb is available with an optional 12" speaker. That would be my recommendation.

      The Princeton is also a great amp for plugging straight in and really getting to know one's guitar.
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      • #4
        Ok, define "serious practice"? ANY amp is for "serious practice" IF you practice seriously, and not just play noise making sounds.
        The question SHOULD be: "What's a great sounding clean amp, at XX amount of wattage, that takes pedals well under $1000?"

        Do you want tube, SS, or hybrid? Head, combo, digital, 2x10, 2x12, 4x12?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by badpenguin View Post

          Do you want tube, SS, or hybrid? Head, combo, digital, 2x10, 2x12, 4x12?
          I want tube, preferably a head and a 2x12 cabinet.

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          • #6
            Have you heard the PRS Sonzera? They sound great clean or dirty (they're two channel / channel switching amps) and it's within your budget. I'd recommend the 50W head. The only drawback is that the volume controls are a bit touchy at the very low end of their travel; IOW, they really are not a great low-volume "bedroom" amp, but from your previous posts, I suspect that's not a huge concern for you.
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            • #7
              Roland JC 120. Made for pedals or for running a Boss GT through it. Also, the new Katana series of amps would do the chore.

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              • #8
                I would get a Peavey xxx and possibly use a metal core pedal

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                • #9
                  What distortion pedal does Petrucci use if he doesn't have an amp ? I thought I remember seeing a pic of his pedals there was a boss metal zone and ds-1 in there. but DS-1 doesn't seem to have enough gain and doesn't seem to suit prog metal.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mbengs1 View Post
                    What distortion pedal does Petrucci use if he doesn't have an amp ? I thought I remember seeing a pic of his pedals there was a boss metal zone and ds-1 in there. but DS-1 doesn't seem to have enough gain and doesn't seem to suit prog metal.
                    Here's a complete rig rundown...



                    https://www.premierguitar.com/articl..._John_Petrucci

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                    • #11
                      if you want to practice you don't need more than a Blackheart Little Giant*, if that.
                      a Deluxe reverb is enough to gig. and that bugera you already have is more than enough to tour with.

                      90% perspiration, 10% inspiration, and a 1000% determination

                      find the best teachers you can convince your worth their time, and if you can't earn enough with a ts9** and a zoom ms70, keep practicing and/or networking.

                      if you get good enough, people will give you gear

                      i just wish i'd really understood that when i was young enough it mattered.

                      * nowadays, you could tour with the little giant
                      ** or a rat etc., I love stacking an ocd/timmy
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                      • #12
                        Not long ago, L.A PD notified by email, that they found my old 1968 Fender Princeton Silver Face from a pawn shop in Down Town L.A., that was stolen from my old place in the Fair Fax District back in 1988.
                        Single channel, great legendary cleans but distorts heavenly with smoother break up than my other amps with a second overdrive channel. It has 12 in. Alec speaker instead of the 10 in. that usually come stock with the amp. Simple meat and potato amp, no bells and whistles ... just simple great versatile tone.
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                        • #13
                          I noticed my Laney solid state amp doesn't sound good with distortion pedals. Is there any way to make it sound good?

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                          • #14
                            I noticed my solid state Laney head doesn't sound good with distortion pedals. Is it really this way with solid state amps? I supposed you got to use distortions with tube amps mainly. Is there a way to make a solid state amp sound good with distortion pedals?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mbengs1 View Post
                              I noticed my solid state Laney head doesn't sound good with distortion pedals. Is it really this way with solid state amps? I supposed you got to use distortions with tube amps mainly. Is there a way to make a solid state amp sound good with distortion pedals?
                              The difference between tube amps and solid state amps is how they respond when they are pushed. An overdriven tube circuit has a warn pleasant while an overdriven transistor circuit can get really nasty.

                              If you run the output level of your distortion pedal high it may overdrive the first stage of your amplifier. This may cause the solid state amp to sound unpleasant compared to the tube amp.

                              Try running your pedal(s) with the gain/drive turned up as usual but with the output level turned down a bit - you can make up the volume loss by turning up the volume control on your amplifier.
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