The Cab vs. Combo Dilema
I am a 17 year old who is trying to make a smart decision for once :D, and I don't want to screw this one up. I would like to know if you guys think I should get a Peavey MAX 115ii Combo amp nearby for $299.00 (300w). Note I have access to actually try the Peavey Combo. .
get a cabinet/head setup.
I have an idea of what I would like for that set up, #1 being a GK neo-112ii cab (300w/8ohms for $399) and a head that is a bit more wattage than the amp and is still 8ohms, I do not have access to a GK neo-112ii cab The local guitar center gets some in stock in early October though....
If this seems impossible let me know, and to give you an idea of what I need in terms of the band sound, I played this show with a 180w Pritchard Guitar Amplifier 1x12 "Sword of Satori" given to me by my uncle.
I prefer a cab amp setup myself..
Well can you get more specific ?
It doesn't seem like you really asked a solid question in the OP except for:
"I would like to know if you guys think I should get a Peavey MAX 115ii Combo amp nearby"
"If this seems impossible let me know"
If the question you are really asking is "which of these will be better?" then nearly everyone will direct you to the search function and inform you that whatever amp is "better" is like asking us which girl you should date based solely on looks, all we can offer is OUR taste in the situation. With Guitar Center, you can typically return a product within 30 days if you don't like it. If you are looking for good gear on a budget, I'd actually suggest checking out the Used Gear section on Guitarcenter.com. There are some great deals on there (do a nationwide search, not just your local one) and you actually have somebody to go back to if the thing goes kaput on ya. Buying cabs is a little safer to hit up Craigslist or w/e for since they are less complicated to repair or at least patch up than a full-on amplifier head. I'd strongly recommend NOT going with a combo, since they are generally less expandable than a head/cab combo.
The best piece of advice if you can't get a hold of the gear to try it out in person is the following points:
1) Watch/listen to every piece of media that you can to get an idea of how it might sound for you
2) Look up gear reviews and see if there is something you commonly hear from people using similar setups (too much bass, not very loud, sounds pre-mixed with a scoop, etc)
3) CHECK THE RETURN POLICY DETAILS...you don't want to be stuck paying for half the amp just to send it back. This can be a nightmare if you don't take the time to read the fine print.
4) Strap on a pair and realize that it probably won't be perfect and you might want to eventually sell it. It's not like you are marrying your gear, but it's filling a need at the time. Some people keep their first car, others sell theirs to get a newer one....YMMV
any combo that won't run an extension speaker is just a practice amp.
i vote head and cab, way more flexible and expandable (with a second, identical cab being the obvious next step); sure you can buy stuff just to sell later, but be prepared to lose money every time.
Well you made a great choice with the cab, much better than your average "starter" cab and easy carry so no trouble adding a second later. You just need to explore amp heads if you don't want to carry your existing 180 watt combo as your "amp head".
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