I need your amp advice

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I need your amp advice

Unread post by Ppasa » Thu May 30, 2019 3:14 pm

Hi, guys! I need your advice that will be based on your personal experience.

Long story short, about a year ago, I sold my full-sized amps due to living circumstances and went with a Yamaha THR10. I've really enjoyed it, and it's been the perfect amp while moving around. Now, though, I'm ready to add another amp back into the mix.

Unfortunately, I have to rely on online reviews where I'm at -- no big-box stores in driving distance. I ordered a Katana 100 based on the overwhelming praise it gets. After many, many hours of tweaking and playing, I'm sure it's not the unit for me. There's something inherent in the voicing that gets on my nerves -- this nasal, bricky, non-organic feel -- that persists regardless of EQ or gain settings. I'm convinced that no amount of tweaking or speaker break-in is going to change the amp into something I find inspiring to play like I do the THR10 or certain amp sims like S-Gear or ReValver.

I explain all that because know that there's a lot of love for this amp, and despite all that, it clearly isn't going to work for me. So it's getting traded out. I'm interested in finding something more organic, and possibly simpler, for home studio practicing and recording. I don't see myself gigging, but a portable pick-up and go type (smaller than the Kat) might be nice.

Does anyone have recommendations based on personal experience for something a little less complicated and a more organic in the 8"-12" speaker range?

Parameters: Home use mainly. Guitars are HH Ibanezes and a Tele. Really looking for just 3 good sounds at non-deafening levels: chimney cleans, a nice blues crunch, and something that can do up through 80s hair gain (or takes pedals well on the front end). Budget tops out around $650 for the whole thing.

Stuff I'm Considering/Have Researched:
-- Vox (VT-X or AV series)
-- Fender Champ X2 (I had a 70s Champ I LOVED, even if it was a one trick pony)
-- Blackstar TVR series or HT5R
-- Peavey Valveking II mini head
-- Ibanez TSA15 (have played it, and loved the cleans)
-- Marshall DSL series (seems like too much amp for home play)
-- Peavey solid-state options (Envoy, Bandit, etc.) with pedals
-- Laney Cub 10 or 15

Thanks in advance!
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Re: I need your amp advice

Unread post by Buzzard » Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:58 am

Ppasa wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 3:14 pm
Hi, guys! I need your advice that will be based on your personal experience.

Long story short, about a year ago, I sold my full-sized amps due to living circumstances and went with a Yamaha THR10. I've really enjoyed it, and it's been the perfect amp while moving around. Now, though, I'm ready to add another amp back into the mix.

Unfortunately, I have to rely on online reviews where I'm at -- no big-box stores in driving distance. I ordered a Katana 100 based on the overwhelming praise it gets. After many, many hours of tweaking and playing, I'm sure it's not the unit for me. There's something inherent in the voicing that gets on my nerves -- this nasal, bricky, non-organic feel -- that persists regardless of EQ or gain settings. I'm convinced that no amount of tweaking or speaker break-in is going to change the amp into something I find inspiring to play like I do the THR10 or certain amp sims like S-Gear or ReValver.

I explain all that because know that there's a lot of love for this amp, and despite all that, it clearly isn't going to work for me. So it's getting traded out. I'm interested in finding something more organic, and possibly simpler, for home studio practicing and recording. I don't see myself gigging, but a portable pick-up and go type (smaller than the Kat) might be nice.

Does anyone have recommendations based on personal experience for something a little less complicated and a more organic in the 8"-12" speaker range?

Parameters: Home use mainly. Guitars are HH Ibanezes and a Tele. Really looking for just 3 good sounds at non-deafening levels: chimney cleans, a nice blues crunch, and something that can do up through 80s hair gain (or takes pedals well on the front end). Budget tops out around $650 for the whole thing.

Stuff I'm Considering/Have Researched:
-- Vox (VT-X or AV series)
-- Fender Champ X2 (I had a 70s Champ I LOVED, even if it was a one trick pony)
-- Blackstar TVR series or HT5R
-- Peavey Valveking II mini head
-- Ibanez TSA15 (have played it, and loved the cleans)
-- Marshall DSL series (seems like too much amp for home play)
-- Peavey solid-state options (Envoy, Bandit, etc.) with pedals
-- Laney Cub 10 or 15

Thanks in advance!
Hi Ppasa, a late welcome to the forum and string section. :D

I'm sure there are an awful lot of amps that will be worthy candidates,
in my case I use the Yamaha DG amps when I want volume.

You can use youtube to narrow down your choices,
then trust your ears and go for some testing before buying.

Best Regards
Peter
Yamaholic, Guitars, Amps and Bikes. :idea: My Guitars: http://www.yamahamusicians.com/forum/vi ... =24&t=7004 :idea:
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Re: I need your amp advice

Unread post by Asmikace » Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:28 pm

I am loving my Yamaha G50 II with the paraEQ. They are clean like Roland JC but less pricey and only thing I recommend is upgrading the speaker
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