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I'd get a decent solid-state head, especially for the kind of sounds you want. They're quite rare admittedly - most solid-state amps seem to be combos. H&K do some though, if you want to keep a 'family sound'.
Old-school - Marshall Mosfet Lead 100 - bombproof reliability, loud as hell and very punky.
More recent - Marshall MG100HFX - the current model with loads of push buttons, NOT the MG100DFX, which are shite and very unreliable.
Really new - Blackstar ID? Haven't tried one but it looks interesting, even if the demos so far don't sound that good (to me).
"Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand" - Homer Simpson
Anybody have any experience of the Crate GLX 1200H? I've found one for £50 in good condition, unable to try though as it is online, so probably add £20 postage to that. As a back up amp only (and I have a gig looming with no amp) how does it sound to you guys? I have no experience of Crate, reviews seem fairly good though.
I don't half miss mine. Super useful global tone control, master volume, AMAZING cleans. Drive channel is nice, particularly on vintage mode, but really, it's all about those cleans. You'll love it.
Oh, and FX loop. And it's fairly small, too. And it has a bright switch. Hi and lo input. And... Did I mention how much I miss mine? As soon as I can justify it, if I don't build my own amp, I'm buying one of these. No one knows how good they really are.
Oh, and a half decent digital reverb, which is footswitchable. It won't do that spring reverb sound, but it does give ambience.
Last edited by paultheoneyoulove; 11th February 2013 at 03:59 PM.
Having played a tiny terror through a 2 x 12 I would be surprised if it could compete with a drummer without being mic'd up to a PA. The clean sound left the building quite early on.
If you want a clean sounding head as a back up I would say a Fender Bassman. I think they are between £300 - £500.
If you are anything like me you wont put up with the cheaper option for long especially when only a few extra hundred quid can get you something much better.
For the interim could someone not lend you something? Even someone like a local guitar shop?