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    Default Looking for an electric amp for my four-string Kentucky

    I'm looking for a small amp with some effects, but decent sound. Don't have a lot to spend but don't need 100 watts or vintage tubes. I've heard some folks recommend a smaller eight-inch speaker for the higher-ranged emando. I had a Valvetronic, which I got rid of because I didn't like the way it sounded (noisy). I also used one of those tiny Cube amps,but I think I need something more than that. What does everyone use, and what do you recommend. I don't have a ton of money for this.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Looking for an electric amp for my four-string Kentucky

    Katana 50 Watt. They are really a special little amp. Great effects & great amp emulations.


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    Default Re: Looking for an electric amp for my four-string Kentucky

    I got a Roland AC-60, years ago, only complaint its power supply transformer adds Lots
    of heft..

    channel 1) piezo / magnetic input switch,.. channel 2) duplex 1/4" TRS/XLR input,
    Mic pre and phantom power switch.
    Solid state.

    Had a Fender Vibro champ, but it did not travel well, expect the tube socket age was a fault,
    some times it worked, sometimes DNF.


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    Default Re: Looking for an electric amp for my four-string Kentucky

    I am a newby in this arena, but I really like what I have acquired:

    Fender Mustang 1 - 20 watt modeling amp
    VOX AC4TV mini - 4 watt tube amp
    Orange Crush 12 - 12 watt solid state amp

    They are entirely appropriate for indoors. Outside busking or playing an outdoor contra dance, you will need 120V AC. I play them mostly indoors so I don't need the kind of portability a battery powered amp would give you.

    I would like to say I bought each for specific advantages they provide, but that would be not entirely true. The first one was bought after a lot of shopping and advice from folks, including my electric guitar brother. The second and later the third, are extremely useful, but were purchased at ridiculously low sale prices I had trouble resisting.

    It is outrageous how quickly I got amplifier acquisition syndrome.

    For learning and flexibility, the Fender is great. I use the VOX or the Orange with the pedals I figured out I like.

    They are all good at living room volumes, and intimate venues. They are all pretty light and easy to carry. I used the VOX outside at a party, and it worked well because we were under a pavilion roof.

    For a concert on a stage, I would bow to the more experienced electric players.
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    Default Re: Looking for an electric amp for my four-string Kentucky

    I also have a Roland AC-60 which is one of the best amps Iíve ever used, and a Fender Blues Junior which is worth checking out for solid body electrics. Both of these will show up used in the $200-300 range.

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    Default Re: Looking for an electric amp for my four-string Kentucky

    I have a Roland 30W Cube that's durable, functional, and has a bunch of modeling/effects options. It doesn't have the tone of a vintage tube amp, but it's pretty good and easy to use. I'll also occasionally play though a 50 watt Ampeg Bass amp depending on the setting and what I'm playing. Getting the EQ right on both is key.

    Vox's 5 or 10 watt tube amps sound good and are inexpensive, but offer no effects, so you have to pedal up.

    I also own a Fender Mini-Mustang that's a great little practice amp. Also has a line out for phones and to plug in for home recording. Got it for < 100 bucks, and totally worth it. It would be OK to use at church in the fellowship hall if I mic'd it, but that's about as big as it would go (and that's pushing it, but it's cheap, reliable, and gives you modeling/effects options).

    Good luck, electronics are a Pandora's Box as bad or worse that the instruments themselves
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    If you can find a Vox DA5, it is a great amp. It's a modeling amp that does many different amp models, and has a range of effects built in as well. I play all my instruments through it and really enjoy it.
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    Default Re: Looking for an electric amp for my four-string Kentucky

    Roland cube 30 here - lovely sounding amp, fine for small venue gigs, and cost me £30 used.

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