Good small amp?

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  1. abestein

    abestein New Member

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    Hey guys, I am looking to get a small amp and wanted to see what some suggestions would be. I say small because I am in an apartment and don't want to bother my roommate or the neighbors, and I would more than likely play with headphones in most of the time, or on low volume, but i would still like something that still sounds great when I can play with the volume up. Trying to keep it under 80 since I am on a tight budget after dropping a good bit on the guitar. Used is fine too
     
  2. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    Save your money up a bit longer and pickup one of those Yamaha THR10 amps. It's a bedroom player's dream. If your budget is really $800, then your options open up, considerably.
     
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  3. CoreyT

    CoreyT PRS Addiction

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    I have one, great for sounding "BIG" even at a whisper, but can get loud even for an apartment if you turn it up.
     
  4. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Yep, I'm gonna vote this way too. I have one, and it's a great little amp with some built in effects. Perfect for your situation.
     
  5. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    I gotta agree with the guys...most $80 amps sound like $80 amps, so save a little more ...it'll be worth the wait. Personal opinion ...stay away from China or Indonesia made...Korean a little better quality.
     
  6. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenf├╝hrer

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    I would look at one of the little Voxes. They're okay, the one I have has a headphone jack, but I think is out of your budget ($200, IIRC).
    Yeah, you're not going to find this for $80. It's the trinity, you can only have two -- cheap, sounds good, and ...uh... I forget the third one, maybe loud. I'd get a Vox amPlug until I could afford a bigger amp.
     
  7. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    Fast, inexpensive, or high quality. Choose any two...
     
  8. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    The guitar is only half of the "good tone" equation, at best. The amp is hugely important, some think more important than the guitar.

    Don't expect good tone for the price of a piece of junk.
     
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  9. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I got a used POD XT Pro for $100. It's not bad. Has effects and cab sims as well. Should be fine for playing at home with headphones.
     
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  10. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    This is what I'd do, too, and I'm an analog junkie. But for your price range, you won't do better.
     
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    Fro New Member

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    Get the Yamaha THR10C. I have one and it sounds great. It'd meet your needs perfectly.
     
  12. CoreyT

    CoreyT PRS Addiction

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    I like mine, but it is the X.

     
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  13. rocguitar

    rocguitar New Member

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    Another vote here for the Yamaha THR10C. Cool amp with great sound and a whole lot of features!
     
  14. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    HANGAR18 What Would Evel Knievel Do?

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    I've got one of those mini amps. I keep forgetting I have it. I don't use it much and the dials got real gravely sounding when moved but it is a very interesting experience in that it sounds like you are waking up everyone in the neighborhood but only you can hear it.
     
  16. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    I'll admit it's limiting, but it sounds pretty good. I got one to take while traveling to China. It's a great tool to use with my SE and a set of earphones, sitting in the hotel room awake with Jet lag.

    I got one of these in a trade and it's a nice bedroom volume amp but needs pedals to get anything more than crunch.

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/V5Infinium
     
  17. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    I will suggest a couple
    1) Egnater Tweaker 15 is a great little tube amp in combo or head form lots of tones great effects loop
    2) Roland Cube 15 this is my fav practice amp has a headphone jack , small and lite , and a bunch of sounds on tap and cheap to boot.
    and last there are a bunch of apps for iPhone and such like http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/252289841227?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true
     
  18. Clifford Erickson

    Clifford Erickson New Member

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    I saw a Peavy studio pro 40 yesterday @ a small item shop for 50 dollars.I went online last night and did a search and they go for around 150-200 dollars.Are they good for small apt playing/headphones?
    Been disabled since 2001 hence the extremely low budget.
     
  19. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    If you want something inexpensive and really decent with headphones, the older line 6 emulators are less than $100 and really quite good. I have a pod pro rack that is great for practice. I see them for $75 generally.
     
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  20. Dirty_Boogie

    Dirty_Boogie Still got the ol' tagger on it

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    If you have an $80 budget (and also have a small cab lying around) this could be the best $80 you spend - 5W HotOne "British Invasion" or "Purple Wind" micro amp head. Takes pedals really well, and the effects loop is a great feature. Headphone/Line Out, and an Aux In (nice for jamming along to another music source.)
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