strumminsix wrote:Man, all you amp buyers step back and really listen.
Most of these modern under $1500 amps are crappy.
Sorry, but those are the facts.
A good vintage Fender is 10 times better the HR series.
Take time and maybe save up a little if you have to.
There are mfg'ers today that hand build amps that equal vintage Fenders.
But you all have got to be ready to pay but it is worth it.
I'm not being an amp snob but speaking from experience.
A good amp:
- sounds good at any volume
- minimal ear fatigue after hours
- easy to dial in
- easy to mic
- easy to repair
- easy to mod
- road worthy! You back-seat is more wear than an amp in a case on a semi
The list goes on but really A/B and use your ears.
Good amps are expensive.
Save up. Buy something used for the next 6 months maybe.
It will be worth it!
You know, you are absolutely right. A really good amp makes all the difference. A good guitar too, but that seems more obvious, somehow. When I got my Boogie 20-some years ago, I couldn't believe the difference it made, and the Musicman RD112(?) I had before didn't exactly suck. Having a great amp is like having that elusive "good knob". Suddenly things you have been playing sound far better. I know that not everyone can just run out and lay down four figures for an amp, but saving for one is a worthy goal for people who intend to keep playing their whole lives. Just my $0.02...