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Postby yaledelay on Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:16 pm

Ok, I have blown up my last tube amp, they just can't take what my band puts them through, I am sick of amps not working a week into a two week tour... I just got my tax return, I AM GOING SOLID STATE!

I have about $600.00 to spend, but I would like to spend less than that. I want good sounding (while distorted) loud and built like a tank...

We should start a list of good sounding solid state amps...
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby Pure L on Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:22 pm

I'll be the guy who suggests the ts-50b.
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby PEPPER! on Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:25 pm

I've been playing guitar through a GK 400RB while saving up to fix my tube amp, it sounds fine. I like the distortion. you could buy 3 or 4 of these heads for your budget.
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby tallchris on Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:29 pm

Dude, Roland Jazz Chorus. Cheap, plentiful, loud, will take pedals well as well as all of your abuse.
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby 154 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:33 pm

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I can second the Spectras that were recommended in that thread. I played one at Hype practices and it sounded good with pedals.
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby elisha wiesner on Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:45 pm

Standel made great solid state amps in the mid 60's that typically sell for really cheap. I have a hybrid, solid state pre, tube power section from '64 but by '65 they were all solid state.
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby numberthirty on Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:02 pm

While I know it's not the cool amp, have you thought about Peavey? I know my friend Micah was using one of those eighties Peaveys and, it sounded pretty good.
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Postby whoisalhedges on Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:37 pm

tallchris wrote:Dude, Roland Jazz Chorus. Cheap, plentiful, loud, will take pedals well as well as all of your abuse.
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Postby endofanera on Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:42 pm

numberthirty wrote:While I know it's not the cool amp, have you thought about Peavey? I know my friend Micah was using one of those eighties Peaveys and, it sounded pretty good.
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby givemenoughrope on Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:52 pm

Has anyone tried these 22W and 44W amps by Electro Harmonix? I have basically no experience with Solid State amps but these sounded loud and clear (and warmed up around halfway up) through an Orange 1x12. $100 and $150 and they're the size of a pedal. I might buy one of each.
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby yaledelay on Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:23 pm

whoisalhedges wrote:
tallchris wrote:Dude, Roland Jazz Chorus. Cheap, plentiful, loud, will take pedals well as well as all of your abuse.



Yeah its on the list but they seem to go for a little higher than what I want to play... I have rocked one before and I liked it.
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby tallchris on Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:31 pm

yaledelay wrote:
whoisalhedges wrote:
tallchris wrote:Dude, Roland Jazz Chorus. Cheap, plentiful, loud, will take pedals well as well as all of your abuse.



Yeah its on the list but they seem to go for a little higher than what I want to play... I have rocked one before and I liked it.


Check the used section on Guitar Center's website. Just saw a few starting at $350.
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby yaledelay on Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:32 pm

Pure L wrote:I'll be the guy who suggests the ts-50b.


Is this loud enough is my question? I don't think I have ever played one, and I have to keep up with the rest of the hifi which is no easy task.
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby tallchris on Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:36 pm

yaledelay wrote:
Pure L wrote:I'll be the guy who suggests the ts-50b.


Is this loud enough is my question? I don't think I have ever played one, and I have to keep up with the rest of the hifi which is no easy task.


You'd probably want to go with the Rusty Box into a power amp. I don't think the TS-50b into a 2x12 cab would be loud enough for you guys. You'd end up clipping the amp, and potentially causing early damage to your speakers.
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby yaledelay on Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:43 pm

tallchris wrote:
yaledelay wrote:
Pure L wrote:I'll be the guy who suggests the ts-50b.


Is this loud enough is my question? I don't think I have ever played one, and I have to keep up with the rest of the hifi which is no easy task.


You'd probably want to go with the Rusty Box into a power amp. I don't think the TS-50b into a 2x12 cab would be loud enough for you guys. You'd end up clipping the amp, and potentially causing early damage to your speakers.



Yeah I figured that...

also I haven't found a cheep JC-120 in a while, is it back to being a cool amp?
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby yaledelay on Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:54 pm

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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby chris jury on Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:02 pm

I will second the Roland JC 120 (or 77-both good). I would also suggest looking around for one of the 80's Peavey combos- The Session 400 is a fucking destroyer, as is the Reno, Vegas, Austin, Nashville, Special (there is a 1x12 Special 130 at a pawn shop by my house for $140). The Stereo Chorus is also outstanding. In Imipolex G I played a Stereo Chorus stacked on top of a Session 400. I dropped one of them down a flight of stairs and it was fine. The bass heads from that era are also outstanding-just reliable as all shit.
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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby Tommy on Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:09 pm

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Late 70s/early 80s Peavey Musician MKIII. $100-$200. Buy 3-6 of them.

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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby benadrian on Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:43 pm

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Re: Solid State Amps

Postby Adam P on Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:02 pm

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