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Gear Discussion => Amplifiers => Topic started by: Mick on April 12, 2014, 06:33:13 AM

Title: Home Practice Amps?
Post by: Mick on April 12, 2014, 06:33:13 AM
What amp do you use for practicing at home?  I'd especially ask this to you metal heads out there, who like to get a really (cranked up) driven sound at low (living room) volume.  I see on a lot of forums, the Yamaha THR is recommended quite a lot, but what do you use at home?
Title: Re: Home Practice Amps?
Post by: Scarebear on April 12, 2014, 01:22:12 PM
I only have solid state at the moment. I have a Fender FM65R (mighty loud) and a Marshall 15 watt micro stack. I'd say the tone is best on the Fender even at low volumes. But I rely on my pedalboard a lot for true distortion (full metal variety). I hope to change that at the end of the year once I've finalised my search for the best low wattage valve head (for my needs).
Title: Re: Home Practice Amps?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 13, 2014, 12:05:34 PM
What amp do you use for practicing at home?  I'd especially ask this to you metal heads out there, who like to get a really (cranked up) driven sound at low (living room) volume.  I see on a lot of forums, the Yamaha THR is recommended quite a lot, but what do you use at home?

Bite the bullet Mick, just buy the Yamaha - you've been banging on about them for long enough!

I've got two guitar amps, both realistically only for practice as I never play to an audience these days. I also have a bass combo for the same duties.

The guitar amps are the Fender Mustang 3 ( I was going to get a 2, but they were out of stock) and a second hand Roland Cube 60. The latter has a stunning clean sound, the former is really really loud for what it is. I get the driven sounds at lower volume using my Zoom pedals.

The bass amp is a Hartke A100. I did have a smaller wattage combo with as  12 inch driver, but, especially at lower volumes, a larger driver seems to be necessary for a decent lower end response.
Title: Re: Home Practice Amps?
Post by: Mick on April 13, 2014, 12:33:38 PM
H, I know m8, but the Yamaha is pretty expensive for what it is to be honest, but if I had money to burn, then I'd probably get one.  I'd rather by something a bit more universal volume wise, as I would like to crank things up when there's no one else about.

Still toying with the Mustang idea at the moment tbh, though I wouldn't need the 100w version.  or maybe a small tube modelling amp of some kind.  That all said, it won't be for a few months when I'll start my buying spree.  I expect all the gear will have changed by then.  ;)

Will be looking for a half decent guitar, a LP copy of some kind, a Amp for home use only, and perhaps a decent multi effects pedal.
Title: Re: Home Practice Amps?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 13, 2014, 02:43:21 PM
Don't know what your budget is Mick, but how about one of THESE (http://www.thomann.de/gb/bugera_v22.htm)?

I've been toying with the idea, but then I'd have to get rid of the Roland, and it's a very nice little amplifier. And I'd be spending more money. The Cube 60 has been replaced by THIS (http://www.thomann.de/gb/roland_cube80xl.htm).

But there is a lot of choice, with modelling amps from Peavey, Vox, Fender, Line 6, Roland and Laney to name but a few. That sounds like it could be hours in the music shop trying them all out.  :tup:

As for the guitar, then I would have no hesitation in recommending the HB L450 Plus (http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hbl_450_plus_hb.htm). It looks and more importantly, sounds, far better than it has any right to at that price. It comes in different colours too . . .

That said, I am very happy that I pushed the boat out and got the Epiphone Prophesy GX last year. It's the guitar I play the most - just love that 2 octave neck amongst everything else about it.*

Pedals - they all seem to do so much so well it has got to be down to personal preference. I reckon any of them would do, as long as the case is metal for durability.

* Crikey - just looked at the current price  ::) I think mine must have been on special or something - I couldn't afford one now! (http://www.andertons.co.uk/solid-body-electric-guitars/pid23179/cid671/epiphone-prophecy-les-paul-custom-plus-gx-outfit-in-black-cherry.asp)
Title: Re: Home Practice Amps?
Post by: Scarebear on April 14, 2014, 12:40:43 PM
If I was looking for another multi-effects unit I'd probably get the BOSS ME-80 (http://www.rolandcorp.com.au/products/productdetails.aspx?p=1309). Have you seen the video of Josh Munday playing a series of different tones on one guitar with no amplifier using the ME-80? Check it out (http://youtu.be/rMqBev9tLSg).

In regards to home/practice amps, one article I wrote recently on the THD Univalve (http://www.scarebear.org/2014/04/52-amplifier-heads-week-14%E2%80%94thd-univalve) may interest you. One small amplifier head that you can (apparently) swap tubes in easily without the need to re-bias your amp. You could amass quite the tube collection ;)
Title: Re: Home Practice Amps?
Post by: Hinfrance on April 14, 2014, 03:37:00 PM
That Boss is very impressive - and not that cheap. :(

I quite like the Zoom I bought a while back - demo vid HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPuK1YmFTfw).

Strangely it doesn't sound quite as good when I'm playing . . . I wonder why that can be he says looking at his fat hands . . .  but the MS Crunch preset with the new hot Wilkinson pickups in the Strat sounds pretty impressive. Well, I like it anyway  :tup: