There’s never a cheaper than the amp you already have. (Unless someone offers you another amp+ cash for your amp... in which case that one’s cheaper... maybe)
Unless you care to share what venue or practice space or recording ends you’re trying to meet specifically, I recommend keeping your amp and fiddling with the knobs and playing your ass off until you can play a dozen Garcia songs well enough so they sound good on whatever you pick up: acoustic, archtop, les Paul, tele, backpacker guitar etc.
IMO Jerry’s sound is not complicated, and that’s what’s great about it.
He wanted transparency and he was from an Audio era that was struggling to achieve that. Today most folks are trying to reclaim the magic from a time before limitless clean headroom and sterile, efficient speakers were the norm.
Essentially the Jerry amp sound is a Fender sound. Nearly every amp sold in stores today has a fine clean sound... if not supposed to be a Fender specifically.
The guys going to the Nth degree here or anywhere else are persuing very specific responses and nuances achieved in live performance settings on loud stages. Loud stages aren’t the norm anymore.
Line6 is one of my least favorite brands of amps/FX (some peopleI know like it), but unless you’re regularly playing shows for more than 100 enthusiastic dead heads who are hanging on every note you play, and who are so impressed with the sound you’re getting out of that crappy line6 amp that after every show they want to come up and talk to you about it... and offer to have you play through their boutique preamp and vintage restored Mac and custom JBL speaker enclosure just so they can hear you play it... upgrade is not worth it... based on the info provided.
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