New amp help

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  1. JGamble76

    JGamble76 New Member

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    Hi all
    So I’m brand new to the guitar cult. I’m in the process of buying my first amp. Strictly home use. I’m stuck between a Marshall 40v 8040 used,which I can get for $75 or the Boss Mini. Any wisdom out there about why I should get one or the other? I realize it’s apples and oranges.
     
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  2. Raiyn

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    If you've only got ≈$100, you're probably going to be happier with the Marshall provided it's not completely gooched. That said I really like the Katana series.
     
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    I had a Marshall 80 watt combo & it was way too much amp for home use...

    Even my Electar 30 watt runs the risk of disturbing the peace if you wanna get some real tone...

    So, if you can find something with an attenuator, like a Vox AC4 combo, you can drop down to 1/4 watt & get some fantastic tone without excessive volume :dude:
     
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    If he saved up a bit longer, I'd suggest the Boss Katana 50. It has 0.5W / 25W / 50W settings.
     
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    Davis Sharp Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to Epi-Talk and the wonderful world of guitars. $75 sounds like a steal for that Marshall, if it's in good condition. But yeah, 40W will be overpowering for home use, unless you live in a castle. Maybe you could flip it locally. Check the prices on eBay and Reverb.
     
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    I didn’t even think about that. Good thinking.
     
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    Actually, I’ve seen the 50 used on GC for about $80. Might do that then.
     
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    Good choice. Be sure to get the (free) software for it as that will open up a lot of sounds for you.
     
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    I was recently given a sick Blackstar ID Core 10, i just got it up and running ( bad switch, needed a power supply) and it's a killer little amp. I jammed on it last night for hours and everyone loved its tone. These can be had for a bill. Also the little Roland Micro Cube is a great amp for home use, it also takes batteries so you can take it anywhere.
     
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    1 to 5 watts is all you need for strictly home use.
     
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    At home, if SWMBO is around, I use the 1/2 watt setting. If she's not....
     
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    When I picked up my bugera 5t I was AMAZED at how freaking loud 5 tube watts was. Even at the 1W setting and the gain dimed the volume sits at about 2 or 3. (its a low gain amp so to get any dirt it needs to be dimed). One nice thing about modelers is they still sound decent at low volumes. I still use my modeler for late at night when I want to be quieter.
     
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    Howdy and welcome! Don't forget your local Craigslist. Many of us overspend in the beginning and saying that I wish that I still had my $75 Crate gx 30.
     
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    I got a new Peavey vypyr VIP 1 @ SW for $129. It's a modeling amp, so you can spend your life figuring out all the effects. Comes with DAW software. It's 20w, good for home. I know a lot of people with VIP 1's and VIP 2's and they all swear these are better than Line 6 or Fender whatever model it is that's comparable.
     
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    Did they all come back at the same time?
     
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    There’s really lots of great options in the new and used market around $100. Between those two you named, I would go with the Katana (I’m even a Marshall guy). The variable amp types offer more versatility and let you explore what you like and don’t like.

    That said, of all the options, I’d be looking for a used Fender Mustang 2. They have great modeling features and tons of built in amp presets that you can edit both on the amp and on a free computer app.
     
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    Yes! Mustang 2 is killer, you can even gig with it.
     

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