Good Electric guitar amp for a learner?

mat1980uk

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Hi,I'm looking for a good electric guitar amp for a learner,nothing to big or loud about 15w should be enough,just for use at home, price wise im willing to go up to £150 max. Electric guitar wise i have a Epiphone Les Paul Standard any suggestions please drop me a post.thx
 

bilbosmeggins

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If you're on a budget you might want to check out GuitarGuitar. They were clearing out Roland Cubes at great prices about a week back. Not sure what's left, but they are cracking amps for the money.
 

Goooner

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The Fender Mustang's are well thought of, i had a v1.0 Mustang 1 that I liked, plenty of effects and stuff on it and access to thousands of user made tones using the bundled Fuse software.
 

hyperfish

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Hi, I researched this a lot a few months ago and really fancied the Vox VT20+ but ended up with it's bigger and older brother (I sold it on as 50w was too big for my needs). Small footprint, valve power and 99 pre-set tones.

Gets great reviews and comes in under your budget. Used ones from eBay sell for around £80.

That would be my choice but there are loads within your budget.

The VOX Showroom - The Vox VT20+ (VT20 Plus) Guitar Amplifier
 

RBZ5416

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Roland Micro Cube GX is a dinky little thing that will also run on batteries. Only a couple of watts but plenty for practice in the early days & has a few effects. Around £100 new or £50-ish used for the original (non-GX).

Vox VT20+ is more powerful with more effects, including some "famous song" presets. Has a valve pre-amp. Maybe too many knobs & settings for a complete beginner but then you don't have to use them all! Around £135 new, £75 used.

Both have headphone sockets so you can play without disturbing others. YouTube will have demos of what they can do.
 

mat1980uk

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Thx for the replys I will give them much thought but must say likening the vox also I want something which would allow growing room as I learn true it's not all about power as I would be using it in my spare room and true wouldn't to disturb my only neighbour ( semi detached) to much but then i do like to crank my music up every now and then. Christ help her when i really play lol! :D
 
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unique

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fender mustang for £100 at guitarguitar is pretty good. it's got loads of built in effects so you don't need pedals necessarily for practising. plus you can connect to your pc via usb and download free software and download various settings other people have put online for various songs and sounds and see a mock amp on screen. you can also plug in headphones, and the software lets you record and play backing tracks. and you can plug in a footswitch to change the in built sounds
 

Christian 71

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You are much better buying used at this price point, my money would be on a Mustang, Cube or MG for playing with a Les Paul.

Modelling amps sound best with headphones, but a MG30 sounds much better for that Marshall thump (crazy rrp tho!). The Cube is just a great sounding modelling amp with the Mustang having the edge for the Fender tone and features.

Valve amps never sound as good through headphones, but if you can live with that a HT1 or the Orange Micro are well worth a look. It's hard to beat playing through a valve amp through a real speaker. Also maybe give some amps out of your price range a demo/try such as the Line 6 Amplifi, Marshall DSL5c.
 

bilbosmeggins

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I tried an ID30 TVP a couple of months ago and was blown away how good it sounded. Without the TVP it's like buying a Kebab without the Chilli sauce... :)

Fantastic amps. I've got the ID:260 TVP and it's my favourite amp thus far.

I was in GuitarGuitar yesterday and they still have some clearance cubes left at ridiculous prices. The 40XL was going for £119 I think. It's even got a built in looper. Had to have a strong word with myself as I almost bought one :blush:
 

mat1980uk

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Thx for the reply's guys,had 3 lessons thus far but only using my guitar teachers equipment. as the guitar i purchased via ebay last week the epiphone les paul standard was delivered by parcelforce and upon opening,i discovered it was broken and am currently embroiled in an argument with seller to get my money back.because of this i am noting your suggestions down but obviously need to sort this out first and try and find another epiphone Lp
 

Christian 71

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If it's any reassurance Ebay are pretty good at siding with the buyer in any disputes. Don't muck about and insist on keeping all your responses through ebay mail and stick to the facts asking for the buyer to collect as it's damaged goods.

If he messes you about put a claim in. I've heard of cases where the seller lost both the ebay appeal and the item as he didn't collect in sufficient time. Ebay don't care they will just refund the money through paypal, it's not the sellers until ebay says it is.

My guess it is Parcelforce's fault but if the seller has any sense he will realise this and want your help putting in a claim against them.

EDIT - What's wrong with it out of interest, is the neck damaged or is it cosmetic?
Fixed "Buyer/seller", sorry drugged up today due to chest infection :(
 
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mat1980uk

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I took it to a local guitar shop and they said it was unrepairable as its completely snapped where the neck meets the head.as for the seller well I had him insure it to the full value of the Lp but he packed it a trapezoid guitar cardboard box wrapped in bubble wrap and and as parcelforce only allow guitars to be posted in a hard case wrapped in bubble wrap and then boxed the seller voided the insurance, I have stated this all on ebay with photos and a copy of parcelforces terms and conditions for posting guitars, sellers trying to argue that I should of unpacked the item with the parcelforce delivery guy there before signing which as im sure you know these guys dont wait as they got like 50 drops to do.also this point hes trying to argue is not required to be done by parcelforce, I did check the outside of the parcel but there was no damage to the outside.
 

Goooner

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As far as I can see, you've got nothing to worry about, 99% of the time eBay side with the buyer in my experience.

It's entirely the sellers problem to ensure the item arrives with the buyer in the conditioned described in the listing, if it doesn't, it's up to him to take it up with the courier, in this case Parcel Force.

I'm sure eBay will refund you pretty quickly, whether the seller likes it or not.
 

mat1980uk

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Also just to add on its 4th day of dispute on the resolution centre to which ebay customer services guy said just escalate it on the 9th
 

mat1980uk

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Hi goooner and christian 71, thats nice to know, as i never had a problem b4 on ebay this is the first time I have ever had to sort something like this out
 

hyperfish

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An Amplifi 75 went unsold on eBay today. A month old asking £150 for a £300 amp, absolute bargain.

Maybe record an unboxing video for delicate postal items to back up the buyers side of any claim.
 

mat1980uk

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It would be a good idea hyperfish for future high value ebay purchases not that i have many, but as said above he voided the parcelforce insurance when he packed incorrectly to there terms and posted it to me.
 

mat1980uk

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Anyway as for another epiphone Lp im going to go down to guitar guitar birmingham and buy a new one in ebony as its the only colour i like in this newer range of them other colours being a red, light blue, and gold
 

hyperfish

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It would be a good idea hyperfish for future high value ebay purchases not that i have many, but as said above he voided the parcelforce insurance when he packed incorrectly to there terms and posted it to me.
I never think to do it myself. I got the idea from a guy on YouTube who received a Chinese (fake) Les Paul Collectors Choice #1 with a split neck. It went a long way towards getting him a replacement.
 

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