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8/15/2010

The Ultimate Guitar Amp Shootout (100-250 euros)

I decided to investigate a little about amps. But instead of my traditional approach - forum reading - I took another look on the subject. I hit the online market itself.
Taking a look at the options between 100 and 250 euros on european shops, I leaned over the most common names out there and decided to give you a list with the most useful information about each model I found, in an organized and compact fashion. I also included the direct link to the official site of the model and a link to a quality video demo on youtube so you can check out the sound by yourselves, without getting annoyed by lousy amateur-recorded youtube videos. I hope it's useful ;).


Orange Crush PIX 35 LDX
Solid State
Watts: 35
Cabinet: 1x12''
FX: 16 Digital Effects
Other: Built in tuner



Laney LX35R
Laney LX35 30-Watt Guitar Amplifier, Black
Solid State
Watts: 30
Cabinet: 1x10''
Other: No effects



Laney Cub 8 Tube
Laney Vintage Style Class A 5 Watt Tube Combo - Cub8
Valve/Tube
Watts: 5
Cabinet: 1x8''
Other: Class A single ended
           No effects
           No footswitch
           No FX loop
           Two knobs: Tone and Volume



Laney Linebacker LR35
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Solid State
Watts: 35
Cabinet: 1x10''
Other: 4 modulation effects + delay/reverb; 22 amp models
          2 channels
          Master Presence knob; EQ recalled with each amp model
          Headphone socket, Record Out, 1 Jackup input + 1 AUX input
          Built in tuner



Laney Prism P35
Solid State
Watts: 30
Cabinet: 1x10''
Other: Multi FX (?)
          4 user channels
          EQ; Adjustable boost switch
          2 footswitches, Headphone socket and CD input
          Built in tuner


Peavey Vypyr 30
Peavey Vypyr 30 30-watt 1x12 Modeling Guitar Combo Amp
Solid State
Watts: 30
Cabinet: 1x10''
Other: Up to 5 effects simultaneously; 11 editable rack effects; 11 editable stompbox effects; 12 amp presets
           EQ, master volume + pre / post gain controls; Tap Tempo button
           Sanpera footswitch adds up to 400 presets
           MIDI In/Out; headphone output; FX looper
           Built in tuner
           Comes with demo of REAPER and Revalver HP



Peavey Transtube Rage 258
Peavey Rage 258 25-watt 8 inch Amplifier
Solid State
Watts: 25
Cabinet: 1x8''
Other: 3 position voicing switch
           2 channels; EQ
           Tape/CD input; headphone jack



Peavey Valveking Royal 8
Official Site
Valve/Tube
Watts: 5
Cabinet: 1x8''
Other: Class A single ended
           Gain, Tone and Level controls
           High and Low Gain inputs



Peavey Transtube Envoy 110
Solid State
Watts: 40
Cabinet: 1x10''
Other: 3-position voicing switches for each of the 2 channels; Boost; Speaker Simulated Direct Output
           EQ on each channel
           High and Low Gain inputs; Heaphone output



Marshall MG30FX
Marshall MG30FX Guitar Combo Amplifier - 10 Inch, 30 Watts
Solid State
Watts: 30
Cabinet: 1x10''



Fender G-DEC 3 FIFTEEN
Fender G-DEC 3 Fifteen 15W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp, Black
Solid State
Watts: 15
Cabinet: 1x8''
Other: 100 factory + user presets; Digital amp modeling + DSP effects
          Guitar Tone, Band Level and Volume knobs; screen + buttons for digital settings
          Heaphone output; USB connection
          Built in tuner; onboard phrase sampler



Fender Champion 600
Fender Champion 600 5 Watt 1x6 Combo Amp
Valve/Tube
Watts: 5
Cabinet: 1x6''
Other: No effects
           Volume control
           High and Low Gain inputs (Instrument and Microphone); External Speaker output



Fender Super Champ XD
Fender Super-Champ XD 120V Guitar Combo
Valve/Tube
Watts: 15
Cabinet: 1x10''
Other: Class AB
           16 Voicings + 16 DSP effects
           2 Channels (Normal; Amp Voice); EQ, channel Volume, Gain and FX level knobs; Footswitch
           External Speaker Output



Fender Vibro Champ XD
Fender Vibro-Champ XD 120V Guitar Combo
Valve/Tube
Watts: 5
Cabinet: 1x10''
Other: Class A
          16 Voicings + 16 DSP effects
          One Channel; EQ, Volume, Gain and FX level knobs; No footswitch
          External Speaker Output


Fender Mustang I
Fender Mustang I Electric Guitar Amplifier
Official Site
Demo
Solid State
Watts: 20
Cabinet; 1x8''
Other: 24 editable presets + 24 DSP effects;
          One Channel; EQ, Gain, Volume, Master + buttons for digital settings;
          Headphone output/Line out; USB connection; footswitch to switch between two presets;
          Built in tuner



Fender Mustang II
Fender Mustang II Electric Guitar Amplifier

Official Site
Demo
Solid State
Watts: 40
Cabinet: 1x12''
Other: 24 editable presets + 24 DSP effects;
          One Channel; EQ, Gain, Volume, Master + buttons for digital settings;
          Headphone output/Line out; USB connection; footswitch to switch between two presets;
          Built in tuner


VOX Pathfinder 15R
VOX Pathfinder 15R Guitar Combo Amplifier - 1x8 Inch, 15 Watts
Solid State
Watts: 15
Cabinet: 1x8''
Other: Tremolo and Reverb effects
          Gain, Volume, Tremolo Speed / Depth and Reverb knobs; Boost switch
          Line output; External Speaker output; Headphone output; Footswitch



VOX Valvetronix VT15
VT15 Valvetronix 15W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp
Valve/Tube
Watts: 15
Cabinet: 1x8''
Other: 12 effects; 22 amp models with 3 preset slots each; 8 additional user preset slots
           Power Level control (control wattage without affecting tone); Master volume control
           Headphone output; Phone jack



Randall KH15
Randall KH15 Kirk Hammett 15-Watt Combo Guitar Amp
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Solid State
Watts: 15
Cabinet: 1x6.5''
Other: No effects
           2 Channels; volume knob for each channel; Drive knob for overdrive channel; EQ; Master volume
           Headphones output; AUX In


Crate V5
Crate V5 All Tube Guitar Amp Combo, 5W EL84 single-ended Class A
Valve/Tube
Watts: 5
Cabinet: 1x10''
Other: Class A
          No effects
          Volume and Tone knobs


Crate FW65
Crate FlexWave FW65 Guitar Amp Combo with DSP, 65W Single 12 Speaker
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Solid State
Watts: 65
Cabinet: 1x12''
Other: DSP Effects
          3 Channels
           EQ for each channel;
          CD output; Effects loop; External speaker output; footswitch included!
          Built in tuner


Hughes £ Kettner Edition Blue 15-R
Solid State
Watts: 15
Cabinet: 1x8''
Other:  Reverb
            EQ
           CD input; Heaphone output; Line Out


Roland Cube 30
Roland Cube Guitar Amplifier 30X
Solid State
Watts: 30
Cabinet:
Other: 8 amp models; DSP effects
          2 Channels
          CD input; Recording/Headphone output


Epiphone Valve Junior
Epiphone Valve Junior Combo Amp (Standard)
Valve/Tube
Watts: 5
Cabinet: 1x8''
Other: Class A single ended
           No effects, footswitch, headphones output...
           Only volume knob, guitar input and power switch


Line 6 Spider IV 30
Line 6 Spider IV 30 30-watt 1x12 Modeling Guitar Amplifier
Solid State
Watts: 30
Cabinet: 1x10''
Other: 12 amp models; 7 DSP effects (up to 3 at once) + noise gate
           4 user-programmable channels
           CD input; Headphone/Direct out
           Built in tuner



Bugera V22
Bugera V22 22-Watt Vintage 2-Channel Valve Combo with Reverb
Official Site
Demo
Valve/Tube
Watts: 22
Cabinet: 1x12''
Other: Reverb
          2 Channels; EQ + Presence knobs; Footswitch; triode/pentode switch; Impedance switch (4/8/16 ohms)
          2 Inputs (Normal and Bright)       



PS: I didn't include an image on the amps that didn't show up on amazon.
      I also didn't give the link to the official site/demo when it was not found.

Happy string pulling!

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