Pre-Amp buying questionaire

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  1. jpmage

    jpmage Junior Member

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    How much would you like to spend?
    about 800 pounds

    What's the absolutely most you will spend?
    1400 pounds

    How many years have you played guitar?
    2 years with a teacher, a lot self-taught, but i don`t know many technical terms

    Do you seek tone quality or versatility?
    quality first, if possible versatility is also needed

    What is your primary guitar (include pup type and configuration)?
    i have a gibson les paul traditional 2011 (factory settings) and i`m going to buy a telecaster this july

    What style(s) of music do you primarily play?
    Rock and most of its derivatives (blues, heavy metal, classic rock.) i just don`t like modern rock

    What one guitarist do you wish to emulate?
    jimmy page/ randy rhoads are my favorites, i can`t choose 0_o

    Do you prefer to plug straight in, or will you be using effects?
    * If you plug straight in, you will likely require 2 or more channels
    * If you use effects, you may prefer an effects loop
    i`m open to that, maybe will use some effects on the future

    What will be the primary use of the amp?
    bedroom/living room
    jam with friends (guitars only)
    jam with friends (guitars, bass, drums, etc.)
    gigs (small venues)
    gigs (large venues, is mic'ing available?)
    i need something that can do all of that, maybe with an attenuator or something..

    Do you prefer a combo or head/cabinet (and why)?
    i was thinking about it, i can`t buy the head cabinet on the trip, only the head, and then i would buy a cabinet here in brazil, because it`s kinda easy to bring only the head, but if i bring a combo it have to be reasonably light

    What amplifier(s) do you have/had and why do you want a change?
    i have a fender blues junior that i love, but i need something that have gain, and gets dirty, but beautiful sounding :D i am not going to trade the blues junior, i`ll keep it for the clean sounds

    Please list five amps (minimum) that you have researched (if you can't do this, you're not serious)
    Marshall 1959RR Randy Rhodes Signature Head
    pros: MY IDOL!/LOUD!/ and it`s good a pretty close plexi sound
    cons: TOO LOUD/ may be impossible to play at home levels?

    Marshall JVM 410H 100W Head/combo
    pros: very versatile from what i`ve seen, and tone quality is appealing
    cons: Loud?/ kinda of fake sounding, IDK...

    Orange Rockerverb 50 MKII Combo 112/head
    pros:awesome dirty channel/ pretty good looking, and i can change the valves pretty easily.
    cons: kinda heavy, kind of a one trick pony maybe?

    Orange TV50 H Thunderverb 50w Guitar & Bass Head Black
    pros: built in attenuator, got a killer gain in there. and can work with drop tunings
    cons:too loud, kinda expensive

    1959 super lead Marshall reissue (the most recent one)
    pros: It`s a PLEXI!
    cons: It`s a PLEXI!

    Blackstar Series one 45 combo.
    pros: heard some pretty good demos of this amp
    cons: heard some pretty bad demos of this amp...

    Blackstar Artisan 30 combo
    pros: very high end amplifier, lots of valves and got some killer tone
    cons: too heavy maybe? IDK

    Blackstar HT-60 stage
    pros: lots of versatility
    cons: damn heavy, and also can get too muddy with distortion.

    i`ll be playing mostly with the les paul, but only after one year, because ì`m going to the uk in july and i`m going to live there for one year, and i`ll buy a tele there.So i want a amp that`ll work well both with a tele and a les paul.
    when i said today rock, i meant today music, i love kinda recent bands like GnR and stuff like that, i just don`t like maroon 5 and stuff like that....
    thanks for your time guys!
     
  2. homenote

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    Why is everyone filling this out and posting it on this thread, and why hasn't the OP said anything about this yet? :hmm:

    Just sayn..
     
  3. Rock City

    Rock City Senior Member

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    So, what do you think?
     
  4. acstorfer

    acstorfer Senior Member

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    I have said something about it several times. See posts 12, 22 and 25. I'm sure if you read the first page you will see that. I certainly will not go on this thread and say it more over and over again. They didn't read it the first few times, why should I have to do the same correction over and over? I made this thread as a tool to use to make things easier. Personally, I get the heebie jeebies making any recommendations, so I don't check this that often.

    Just sayin'
     
  5. Steven

    Steven Senior Member

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    Edited: Didn't see date of this thread prior to offering someone a recommendation. I also reread that people should post info in a separate thread.
     
  6. Tanner

    Tanner Senior Member

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    How much would you like to spend?

    $500-$800

    What's the absolutely most you will spend?

    $800

    How many years have you played guitar?

    7 years

    Do you seek tone quality or versatility?

    Tone Quality

    What is your primary guitar (include pup type and configuration)?

    I use 3 as my primary

    Epiphone Dot - Stock pickups (humbuckers, Epiphone Alnico Classic)
    Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar - Stock pickups (Single coils)
    Fender Telecaster - Stock Pickups (single coils)


    What style(s) of music do you primarily play?

    Indie, Shoegaze, Alternative Rock, Noise Pop, Dream Pop

    What guitarist(s) do you wish to emulate?

    Brian Aubert, Kevin Shields

    Do you prefer to plug straight in, or will you be using effects?

    Effects. Lots.

    What will be the primary use of the amp?
    jam with friends (guitars, bass, drums, etc.)
    gigs (small venues)


    Do you prefer a combo or head/cabinet (and why)?

    Combo, easier to transport

    What amplifier(s) do you have/had and why do you want a change?

    Marshall JCM2000 DSL50 - My current amp... it's too big, too heavy, too much to transport, the clean channel sounds extremely muddy

    Vox AC30 - At the time I wanted something heavier sounding, but I guess the main reason I'd be turned off my one now is whenever I used one with my effects a week or two ago it sounded really fizzy, so I'm not sure if I'd want that

    Line 6 Spider III - ...no explanation needed


    Please list five amps (minimum) that you have researched (if you can't do this, you're not serious)

    Fender Hot Rod Deville
    Fender Twin Reverb
    Fender Deluxe Reverb
    Fender Vibrolux
    Ampeg V4


    What did you like about them?

    For the fender; great loud, clean sound. The Deville has a great OD channel too, but 99% of the time I use my Fulldrive for distortion but it'd be nice to have the option available. And they sound good with my pedals too. The Ampeg sounds pretty sweet as well

    What did you not like about them?

    Ampeg doesn't have a master volume, if I turn it up I'm gonna get some tube-saturated fuzz/distortion and I don't really want that
     
  7. garybaldy

    garybaldy Senior Member

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    It should be "Amp pre-buying questionnaire" unless you're buying a pre-amp.
     
  8. garybaldy

    garybaldy Senior Member

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    Has anyone bought an amp off the back of filling in this questionnaire?
     
  9. Ozzy Mandeus

    Ozzy Mandeus Senior Member

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    No, but I just did the questionnaire retrospectively to confirm that I impulse purchaced the right amp for me......
     
  10. EndGame00

    EndGame00 Senior Member

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    How much would you like to spend?
    my 'big ticket item" costs less than $400.00


    What's the absolutely most you will spend?
    GAS'ing for a cheap Les Paul copy. I'm debating between an Ibanez ART100 or Charvel DS3-ST -- see answer above


    How many years have you played guitar?
    25 years. I picked up the instrument when I was 12 years old


    Do you seek tone quality or versatility?
    tonal versatility


    What is your primary guitar (include pup type and configuration)?
    MIJ Ibanez RG520QS - DiMarzio PAF Pro

    What style(s) of music do you primarily play?
    80's hard/sleaze rock

    What one guitarist do you wish to emulate?
    No one

    Do you prefer to plug straight in, or will you be using effects?
    Single channel amp. I prefer bare-bones geetar-to-amp setup, nothing to color my tone. I just love the raw sound of guitar straight to amp.

    What will be the primary use of the amp?
    bedroom/living room
    rec room- jamming

    jam with friends (guitars only)
    maybe

    jam with friends (guitars, bass, drums, etc.)
    I have a small house, so jam with friends usually happens elsewhere

    gigs (small venues)
    retired from gigging

    gigs (large venues, is mic'ing available?)
    retired from gigging

    Do you prefer a combo or head/cabinet (and why)?
    combo for portability

    What amplifier(s) do you have/had and why do you want a change?
    Fargen Mini Plex MK2 combo - I love that baby
    Modded Marshall DSL15C - modded the Ultra Channel to make it usable
    Mesa Mark IV head/ 2 x 12 cab loaded with WGS Veteran30 . I found a buyer for the Mesa head. I'm keeping the cab. I'm too old to be fiddling around with multiple knobs and the 5-band EQ. My Mesa has a good run while I was gigging, but it needs to find a new home and some TLC. I'm gonna get killed for saying this but I'm tired of Mesa tone. It had its moments with me, but I'm moving towards Marshally "grunch"


    Please list five amps (minimum) that you have researched (if you can't do this, you're not serious)
    Fargen 25-Watt Olde 800 head with my own custom specs- been talking to Ben about this.
    Granger Super Plexi 100 - Curt is a cool guy
    1979 Marshall JMP 2203 head
    Voodoo V-Plex head
    Splawn Street Rod combo


    What did you like about them?
    Marshall tones -- one of them is a true Marshall. The rest I listed are boutique amps

    What did you not like about them?
    Can't think of any. I like what I listed. Otherwise, I would have been wasting my time researching them
     
  11. Coderunner

    Coderunner Junior Member

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    The first question i'm going to ask next time is:
    when my amp breaks, who can fix it and how long
    will it take?
     
  12. hayden

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    How much would you like to spend?
    250$

    What's the absolutely most you will spend?
    300$

    How many years have you played guitar?
    5

    Do you seek tone quality or versatility?
    Both

    What is your primary guitar (include pup type and configuration)?
    Les Paul HH, Strat SSS

    What style(s) of music do you primarily play?
    Blues, rock, blues rock, progressive rock

    What guitarists do you wish to emulate?
    David Gilmour, Steve Hackett, Eric Johnson, Alex Lifeson

    Do you prefer to plug straight in, or will you be using effects?
    Use effects

    * If you plug straight in, you will likely require 2 or more channels
    * If you use effects, you may prefer an effects loop

    What will be the primary use of the amp?
    Studio, recording, jamming, gigging in small venues

    Do you prefer a combo or head/cabinet (and why)?
    Either one, I already have two cabinets, so both would be good

    What amplifier(s) do you have/had and why do you want a change?
    I don't want to change, I would just like to add another amp to my aresenal

    Please list five amps (minimum) that you have researched (if you can't do this, you're not serious)

    1. Fender Blues Junior lll
    2. Fender Junior Pro lll
    3. Vox Lil Night Train/Night Train
    4. Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18
    5. Fender Super Champ 15H

    What did you like about them?
    1. Great clean tones, fantastic reverb
    2. Good clean tones
    3. Classic Vox saturated, trebly crunch tones
    4. Great dirt and overdrive tones, shoddy cleans
    5. Classic Fender clean

    What did you not like about them?
    1. Nothing
    2. No reverb, limited controls, no EQ
    3. Not enough amp for the money
    4. shoddy cleans
    5. fake sounding crunch tones
     
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  13. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Start a new thread with this post. :thumb:
     
  14. scooter500

    scooter500 Senior Member

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    I couldn't resist posting to this permanent thread... might get suggestions!

    How much would you like to spend? Less than $1k

    What's the absolutely most you will spend? $2k

    How many years have you played guitar? Something like 35

    Do you seek tone quality or versatility? Yes, I’m greedy

    What is your primary guitar (include pup type and configuration)? LP Supreme with stock 490R/498T humbuckers

    What style(s) of music do you primarily play? Full open chords, clear light strumming, some funky wah rhythms, clean noodling and occasionally lightly distorted bursts

    What one guitarist do you wish to emulate? Bwahahaha! Me and just one inspiration?? But that’s impossible! Okay, Eric Johnson mostly but that ain’t ever happening so have to tip my hat to Phil Keaggy, Jeff Beck, Dickey Betts, Tracy Chapman, Don Rich, Brad Paisley, The Edge, Neil Young, Carlos Santana, Jeff Baxter, and Christopher Parkening. Probably missed a hundred others. If I ever sound in least like any of them I’d be amazed and so pleased. Now back to reality..

    Do you prefer to plug straight in, or will you be using effects? Both straight in and with effects
    * If you plug straight in, you will likely require 2 or more channels Yes
    * If you use effects, you may prefer an effects loop Yes, a loop would be handy

    What will be the primary use of the amp? Playing tonally addictive music so I keep playing tonally addictive (okay compelling) music
    bedroom/living room For practice 70%
    jam with friends (guitars only) No unfortunately
    jam with friends (guitars, bass, drums, etc.) No unfortunately
    gigs (small venues) Occasionally 5%
    gigs (large venues, is mic'ing available?) Yes 25%

    Do you prefer a combo or head/cabinet (and why)? Combos under 45 pounds or so b/c anything more too impractical to truck around.

    What amplifier(s) do you have/had and why do you want a change? Today, I have a Crate CA112D solid state that I bought in 2005? It’s deep clean tones have really worked well for electric violin and general guitar, but since the amp was dropped (really dislike the tilt back design for this reason) and I have increasingly been in search of an amp with addictive guitar tone. I also have an Acoustic bass amp that is versatile and works well enough for guitar if the bass and most of the low mids are rolled off. A long time ago I had a smaller but gorgeous sounding Sunn combo guitar amp and had a huge Peavy tube combo with 4 10s or 12s... it was giant!

    Please list five amps (minimum) that you have researched (if you can't do this, you're not serious)

    I'm pretty well settled on a '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue unless something even more miraculous crosses my path.

    Others = Fender 68 Deluxe Reverb, Hot Rod Deluxe & a Blues Deluxe; Vox 4-15-30 combos; Hughes & Kettner 18W; Peavy Classic 30 112; & Blackstar HT 40 combo

    What did you like about them? Each time I've tried a reissue ‘65 Fender Deluxe Reverb with its tube vibrato, the amp served up layers of clean, warm sparkle tones, even when playing with demo LP guitars hardly set up. IMO the on-board tube vibrato is luxurious when mixed with the amp’s reverb. The amp is noted for having lots of head room to accommodate pedals, that’s a plus too. When naturally distorting it’s the type I need, not too much just right. I believe this amp would amplify electric violin well too though haven’t tried this combo. Without overstating the on-board reverb vibrato combo in this amp make it an instrument.

    What did you not like about them? Actually, I’d be proud to own and play any of other the other amps but in the end they just didn’t hypnotize me with warm sparkle tones like the ’65 Fender DR showers. When I do buy an amp, I’m going to wait and buy either a Fender ‘65 DR Reissue or maybe something a little custom designed along the lines of a '65 DRr. Suggestions tone fans?
     
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    LeftyF2003 Premium Member

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    My experience of reading these "What amp should I buy?" threads is this - everyone will recommend something different and for the most part just further confuse the befuddled buyer. It's extremely hard to say what will work for someone without being in a room full of amps with them and seeing how they get along with various rigs. Bottom line, IMHO to choose an amp that will suit you, go to a store that has a wall of amps and try the ones in your price range. It is helpful to know how others have fared in the long haul with a particular amp (DRRIs are bullet proof for instance), but in the end it's completely subjective.

    My two pennies
     
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  17. AlanH

    AlanH Senior Member

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    Hi,

    I'm thinking of buying a new amp.

    Which one should I get?:hmm:








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    On a serious note, I'm well aware of an imbalance I have in guitar and amp quality but I don't currently gig or jam with others so I tend to use pedals to get my tones at low volume.

    When I'm in the market for a new amp I'll be sure to post as much info as I can and on an OP to boot. :thumb:
     

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