im-the-apple-smeller asked: I also had a question about what amp would be right for me. The guitars I use are an SG, a strat with a rosewood neck and a bridge humbucker and a tele with a maple neck. Pedals I use are a big muff, ds-1, crybaby and a small clone (don't really need on-board effects, maybe reverb) The sound I'm going for is a British sound, but an American sounding amp would be good too. Either way I prefer tube amps. My price range is up to about $500-$600 or anything below. Any help would be great!
See, this is how you ask this! Thank you, im-the-apple-smeller, for giving me a good amount of info upon which to base my response. You are the QUESTIONMASTER
Good tube amps don’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and you’d be surprised what you can afford. If you’re a diligent researcher, keeping an eye on the used market will pay off. For instance, my ‘65 Fender Bassman head had been previously modified, and we bought it for less than $300. When we plugged it in, it barely worked but there was something about it that bode well for restoration. With a full recap and nixing the mod (I think it cost less than $70 total) it is now my #1 amp. When I plug into the bass channel, all is right in the world.
You can regularly find old Bassman amps for good prices, especially silverface examples. Shops will charge $700 or so for them, but your local Craigslist can yield prices less than half of that. Same goes for silverface Princetons.
If you’re looking for British tones, check out old Laney combos or Mashall JCM 800 1x12s.
You could also look for a Jet City or the Egnater tweaker amps are really great.