What is a good amp to get under $500?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by slaphappywoman, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. Hey,

    I'm just getting back to playing after some years off.
    Some things have changed since I was playing
    but anyhoo,

    I need an amp that I can practice with at home
    and also be able to audition with other muscians
    and not get blown out of the water.

    I play rock but I like to play a lot of slap.

    Eventually, I will get something bigger if it comes to that.
    But just something nice for a year or so.
    I was looking at the new Ampeg115 Combo but I was reading
    the thread about Combos and now I am not so sure.
    Any Suggestions,
    I am sorry if this info has prevously been posted. I read A LOT of threads/posts and did not find any thing that matched my needs.
  2. First off, go used.

    For $500 you can get a good combo or head or head\cab either in the classifieds here or Craigslist, etc...

    For the style you mention, a GK700rbii would fit the bill and your budget. I've seen them on here used for around $350. That'd leave you some cash to get a cab with.

    I highly endorse the TB Classifieds. I bought my first head (Ashdown MAG300) and cab (Avatar B210NEO) here for about $400. Also have gotten great deals on other cabs I've bought from fellow members (GK, Ampeg, Ashdown).
  3. srxplayer


    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA
    +1 on going with used gear.

    The BA115 Ampeg is only 100 watts and wont give you enough volume if you play with a drummer. Besides the new Ampeg stuff is not getting a lot of love these days. I won't open that can of worms though.

    A used head and 2 X 10 cabinet is your best bet. You can get some good used stuff for about the price of that new Ampeg combo amp.

    Used Heads $200.00 to $300.00 range:


    Used Cabinets $200.00 or less range:

    Avatar B210 Delta or Neos 2 X 10
    Peavey TVX 2 X 10
    SWR WM 2 X 10
  4. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    I'm pretty sure there are two 1001RB-II's in the amp classifieds right now for $500 or less.
  5. If your interested, I've got an Ashdown ABM500 that might work out great for you.
  6. I guess I am really out of the loop but I have never heard
    of Ashdown amps?
    Can you tell me something about it?

    Thanks to everyone for their advice.
  7. srxplayer


    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA
    British designed amps.

    I have played some of the Mag Series amps, they are fairly inexpensive and they sound decent. Don't know how good they are but they seem ok.

    The ABM's are the higher end units.

    Here is a link.