Amp and Pedal Talk/Advise

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  1. Brian16sg

    Brian16sg Member

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    Hi i started playing guitar in March and have been practicing about 90% unplugged . So far from learning cords to songs thanks to U-Tube (mainly Marty Shwartz ) . Im getting to the point were im playing through the amp and learning about Amps amps and pedals . So right now i have a hand me down Crate G-60 and Black Star Fly mini amp. The Crate amp sounds pretty good and loud right now but eventually i will upgrade . On that note Pedals from what i have seen $100.00 plus a piece. So if you buy say 3 pedals you are in new amp money territory all ready . So what are your thoughts on plain amps with pedals vs Modeling amps with built in pedals. Im thinking of getting some kind of looper pedal and then upgrading to something like the Boss Katana and one i was checking out yesterday the Vox VT40X .
     
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  2. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Well-Known Member

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    How much do you plan to spend? Doe you want to annoy just your next door neighbors or the ones down the street?:)

    Boss and Vox have excellent reputations. The 40W Fender Champion is also a good deal.. I have the 20W version, but the larger speaker in the 40W makes a big difference.

    You can get some nice pedals from Donner or Mooer, which won't break the bank.
     
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    I say get a modeler to start with (you might just stay with it for a long time). Because you can go soooo many different ways on a one trick pony amp and a plethora of pedals, you end up getting lost, spending tons of cash and going nowhere.

    If the price is right on that VT40X, it's a good one to get you where you want to go. But if I were you, I'd get an used VT40+ for half the price if not less. You'll have money left for a looper. The Katana is a good option.
     
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    Im going to have to wait for the smoke to clear before buying sense i bought a guitar in November and December . My wife does say she can now tell what songs im playing now ! Yeah i was first thinking of getting a small Fender tube amp but the more i learn the more the Modelers do make more sense . Its cool they have settings to mimic different amps and then have pedals built in . On the pedals im still trying to figure out what effects they do . So far the Chorus i recognize on some Rush songs and Nirvana .
     
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  5. Raiyn

    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    I've got a Boss Katana 50 which has a ton of software pedal options to swap in and out.

    I also built myself a pedalboard for even more fun. There isn't a pedal on there I spent more than probably $40 on.
     
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    I have a katana as well, I plan to get a looper, and much later, monitor speakers and a soundcard.
    I think the katana will serve you well. it's a good bundle!
     
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    wildeman Well-Known Member

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    A modeler like a Katana or Fender Mustang2 and a looper will keep you occupied for days.
     
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    DaveInSoCal Well-Known Member

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    I say just go for a modeling amp now. If you are planning to gig then I suggest going for a tube amp with pedals.
    If you're just in the bedroom then a modeling amp is all you need. YMMV.
     
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  9. Brian16sg

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    Thanks for the replies . I will not be giging for awile till i get better but would be cool to jam with some others . Its nice to see and hear what others like and use .
     
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    Ahem...

    I think you'd be fine as long as it doesn't become a ******* measuring contest. Then you just back the power down for home use. :cheers:
     
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    Cool nice demo! Yeah that 50 seems to be plenty.
     
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