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Aug 28th, 2019 06:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of my neighbours took up guitar a year or two ago. He bought a decent Seagull acoustic and has learned some basics. Now he's interested in an electric guitar—a Tele style guitar, in fact (Good man!), probably a Classic Vibe.

I'm wondering what a good choice might be for a modestly priced amp. He'll be playing at home, so small is important. I think he'll also want some thing that has a decent, low-volume distortion as well as reverb.

Is this Mustang or Roland territory? I don't really know these amps. All advice/opinion welcome. Thanks!

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Aug 28th, 2019 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

A Nustang, Katana, or Cube would be a great first amp because these have multiple tones and effects to help keep a new player interested.

Good call on the Classic Vibe. Killer Telecaster.

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Aug 28th, 2019 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

For amps in that range, I'd go Katana all the way.

The Mustang's not bad, mind you.

The Katana does a better job at the vast majority of things in its arsenal


langford
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Aug 28th, 2019 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, PG. I'll pass on the recommends. And thank you, Rob.

(This message was last edited by langford at 11:24 AM, Aug 29th, 2019)

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Aug 30th, 2019 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

This thread topic didn't go anywhere *near* where I thought it was going to...


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Aug 30th, 2019 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

The obscure title probably doesn't help.

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Aug 30th, 2019 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

It’s not too late, Mick.

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Aug 30th, 2019 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Do the digital amps sound great? I borrowed an ME-50 to use direct in at Church. It hand a great boost to it, but the effects made me fatigued very quickly.

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Aug 31st, 2019 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

"He'll be playing at home, so small is important."

He's a beginner.
He'll be playing......at home, not gigging with it.
All of the amps recommended are basically gigging amps.

Is "home" a house, or is it an apartment/condo?
If the latter, then I'd say a small table top amp like the Yamaha THR series (Boss, Blackstar and others make some like it also.)
And, IMO it's a necessity to have a headphone out, ESPECIALLY for an apartment/condo.


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Aug 31st, 2019 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Blues Junior or Vox AC15.

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Aug 31st, 2019 01:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

ME-50 is a generation or two behind the Katana, fwiw. Huge, huge jumps were made with the GT-100 engine that it is based on.

And I would go with something larger than the tabletop amps simply because, well, buy once.

Any of the listed have headphone outs etc.


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Aug 31st, 2019 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Rev!

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Aug 31st, 2019 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Blackstar SS line is pretty alright. He could pick a price point and be happy with one, I would bet. I have this one and it sounds better than it has a right to.

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Sep 1st, 2019 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'd be looking for a used Mustang III because it has the screen telling me clearly what the settings are as I dial around the choices. The advantage of the Mustang III is it might be the only amp your friend will need as he moves from home to rehearsals to gigs.

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Sep 1st, 2019 02:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been gigging a MIII for about 7 years with no problems. It's an excellent amp and should tick all of your friend's boxes.

That said, when the MIII finally dies, I'll be looking at a Boss Katana.

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Sep 22nd, 2019 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

There are a ton of new modeling and practice amps out there to choose from and they all do a bunch of stuff well. For a newby though I would be sure it has an aux in for backing track playback and the headphone out for not driving everyone else nuts.
Another thing is his or her level of computer literacy because of learning the apps and ways to adjust amps with software menus because a lot of features on any of them are designed to adjust stuff not available from the amp itself.


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