Hey guys I'm lookin for some opinions here to figure out which amp I should go with.
I've been playing for a couple years now and am mostly a bedroom player with the occasional jam session with another guitarist. At this point I don't plan on gigging and am really just playing covers and working on my technique.
I've had a small Line6 Spider for awhile which I liked for many reasons but now the tone is starting to sound horrible to me. I am hoping that my ear is getting better and not because of my age!
So I'm looking for an upgrade with similar capabilities and better tone. I really only have two requirements..Needs to sound good at low volumes..I spend most of my playing time in a small den room. Also, I would like to have quick easy presets to work with either as my tone to play, or as a starting base. The thing I liked most about the Spider series being a beginner is that I could go online and find a tone for what I wanted to play and insert it into my amp. I could then tweak it from there to my liking but it was a very fast process to get close to the sound of the song I was playing. I'm not really interested in the heavy editing and tone generation that's becoming a thing with all the modeling software out there.
That said, I was looking at a Blackstar 260TVP, and also at the Line6 PodHD500x & DT25 combo. Also have considered an old Line6 Flextone III. I know the PODHD series gets pretty heavy into the editing so I don't know if the tone is worth the money just to download patches.
Simple and fast cover tones is really my priority..What do you guys think?
Drop a little more info. Budget? You want something with effects? Covers like, classic rock? Combo, or a head and a cab setup?
Honestly, presets in an amp won't really do you much good. You can easily go from clean -> crunch -> high gain on a channel switching amp with a little help from the volume knob on the same settings.
Those Blackstars are cool though, I have a buddy who runs one in a ridiculous three amp setup with a Mark V:25 and one of those hipster musicman vintage things the shoegazers love. It's a bit hefty at $600 though, for that you could start chipping away at a rig that would give you a lot of use over the years.
If I were you though, I would be on the lookout for a Mesa combo. The DCs and the Mark IIIs aren't that much more than the Blackstar, and those can hang with another guitarist (1x12 isn't going to hang with a metal drummer though).