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Posted 11 November 2016 - 05:03 PM

Hi all,

It's our eldest's 12th birthday in December and he wants a new amp. It would be for home and rehearsal use and maybe gigs in the future. I'm quite happy browsing the net, but it all gets a bit overwhelming with the amount of choice out there!

I'm sure a modelling amp would be great for him to play around with different sounds, but maybe a simple amp would be best?

Anyway, what are your suggestions?

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 05:53 PM

What sort of sounds is he after, what sort of music does he play?

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 05:58 PM

He plays rock mainly, but for his Rock School Grades it is a mix of stuff.

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 06:39 PM

Hey Dario, do you have a budget in mind? Might help narrow down the selection!

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 07:03 PM

Hmm, I wouldn't want to spend more than £2-300, which personally I think is a huge amount to spend on a child's birthday, but it is his passion and he does work hard!

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 07:11 PM

I'd have a look at some of the cheaper Blackstar combos, they get consistantly good write ups.
Personally I'd go for a Fender Mustang iii v2, excellent, versatile amps that will seem him right for a good few years. Loads of amp models & built in effects that can be edited via computer if you should want to.
I've been seriously impressed with this amp ever since I saw The Handsome Family live a year or so ago. I expected to see the guitarist using an old Fender amp for the bluesy, swampy sounds he was getting, I was stunned to see it was a £235 solid state amp.

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 08:51 PM

The Blackstar ID range are pretty nice. However, if you can go a bit extra, the Fender Super Champ X2 is a very tidy amp.
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Posted 12 November 2016 - 07:52 AM

Thanks for the advice chaps. I'd forgotten I'd read a review of the ID 100/150w amps in last month's Guitarist mag. Looks like I'll be going for the 100w one I think, if I can get it past the management. The Fender suggestions look a great option but maybe too much gadgetry - he likes playing rather than fiddling really.

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 12:30 PM

100 w will annoy the hell out of your neighbours! wow!
i have loved all the Blackstar stuff i've played, and you'll never go wrong with a Roland Cube.

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 02:04 PM

You're probably right, just been looking at the 40w versions and I'll save a few quid as well.

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 10:10 PM

40W is still pretty loud for home use.

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 08:11 AM

I was hoping to get one that he could use at home and also take to his rock school nights, is that going to be a compromise too far?
Perhaps I should go for a nice home use one then, there's a nice 1 watt valve amp by Blackstar:
https://www.anderton...amp-with-reverb

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 11:21 AM

View Postniagra, on 13 November 2016 - 08:11 AM, said:

I was hoping to get one that he could use at home and also take to his rock school nights, is that going to be a compromise too far?
Perhaps I should go for a nice home use one then, there's a nice 1 watt valve amp by Blackstar:
https://www.anderton...amp-with-reverb

I'd go for an amp he can do both things with. I've had guitar combos ranging from 5 watts to 100 watts over the years & I've used them quietly at home with no problems. They do have volume controls you know. :)

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 12:34 PM

Roland cube is hard to beat. Built in effects. Good quality sound too!

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 11:42 PM

If you don't mind buying a used amp, a Peavey classic 30 wouldn't stretch your budget too far. Those little monsters keep up with the best of 'em.

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 04:56 PM

Take your son(and his guitar) amp shopping - it's important that he likes the sound of the amp at the volume level he is going to be using it at.

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Posted 15 November 2016 - 09:06 AM

There is a Blackstar ID TVP260 on the For Sale forum, bit of a drive from Warwick to Norwich but might be worth a look.
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Posted 15 November 2016 - 09:53 AM

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Take your son(and his guitar) amp shopping - it's important that he likes the sound of the amp at the volume level he is going to be using it at.
Good point, provided you can try them in a small demo room as that will be more acoustically like a bedroom. A visit to Guitar Guitar in Birmingham would seem ideal given your location.
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Posted 15 November 2016 - 09:56 AM

In my experience young'uns love the Line 6 Spider amps. Vast (and I mean VAST) range of sounds and effects and enough gadgetry to keep an 11 occupied for ages.
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Posted 15 November 2016 - 01:09 PM

View PostSubsonicSimpleton, on 14 November 2016 - 04:56 PM, said:

Take your son(and his guitar) amp shopping - it's important that he likes the sound of the amp at the volume level he is going to be using it at.

Just to emphasise the important bit.

It took me years to understand why guitars and amps I bought from guitar shops never sounded as good when I got them home.

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Posted 15 November 2016 - 02:55 PM

Good idea to take him along for a tryout. As for used amps, I'm all for used equipment (I'm in the market for a bass amp) but a child's present has to be new imho.

View PostJaphet, on 15 November 2016 - 09:56 AM, said:

In my experience young'uns love the Line 6 Spider amps. Vast (and I mean VAST) range of sounds and effects and enough gadgetry to keep an 11 occupied for ages.
I've looked at these before but they don't seem to be well liked from what I've read? And he's not really into gadgets - he doesn't even want a phone ( a good thing!)

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Posted 15 November 2016 - 04:48 PM

Having used both, the line 6 can do a lot of sounds, but the Roland sounds better to me.

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 03:59 AM

View PostDanuman, on 13 November 2016 - 11:42 PM, said:

If you don't mind buying a used amp, a Peavey classic 30 wouldn't stretch your budget too far. Those little monsters keep up with the best of 'em.
This would be my suggestion - get one of the older models (the newer models have a curve in the top side of the front surround). Stevie Ray Vaughn played through them and so did Nile Rodgers for a while. Great Fender tones.
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Posted 18 November 2016 - 05:46 PM

View Postniagra, on 15 November 2016 - 02:55 PM, said:

I've looked at these before but they don't seem to be well liked from what I've read?

Line 6 Spiders are pretty terrible amps IMO.
I tried one with my Gretsch earlier this year and was astonished at just how bad it was.

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 06:33 PM

View PostJaphet, on 15 November 2016 - 09:56 AM, said:

In my experience young'uns love the Line 6 Spider amps. Vast (and I mean VAST) range of sounds and effects and enough gadgetry to keep an 11 occupied for ages.

View PostRhysP, on 18 November 2016 - 05:46 PM, said:

Line 6 Spiders are pretty terrible amps IMO.
I tried one with my Gretsch earlier this year and was astonished at just how bad it was.

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 05:13 PM

For 12yr kid I can recommend theese two
https://musicsquare....Guitar-Amp.html
https://www.sweetwat...tail/Kata100212





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