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Best amp for punk and alternative

So currently I am using a Vetta II for my punk and alternative stuff, but I want to leave that in my studio, were I give lessons, so I don't have to put hours on my tubes.

So I was wondering what would be a good amp to fit this
I know Steve Jones used a Fender Twin Reverb, and Dave Grohl uses a Mesa

I know Marshall is common, but I ****ing hate Marshall, so what do you guys think would be a good fit?
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why do you hate marshall?

this is hard to answer because I've seen almost every brand used on stage within the punk/hardcore scene. Adding the alternative part to it tells me you may want a mesa boogie.

I briefly played in a 3 guitar band, and the other two had a tri rectifier and double rectifier. They dialed in pretty descent punk tones (especially the one that was played through a marshall cab) and they could quickly put it into metal territory and then "alternative" land.

I'm not sure though, I dont know what kind of sound you want.

I personally really like mesa boogie .50 calibers because they sound awesome and can dial in alot of rad tones, the fact that you can pick em up for less than $600 is a big plus as well.
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When I think of punk and alternative bands of the 80's and 90's a lot of them used solid state/digital stuff like Randall and Roland. Mesa became popular with the alternative players in the mid-90's. If you can get and have a use for something like a Fender Twin then it's always a good route as long as you don't mind shaping your tone with effects and since you're on this site I'd imagine you don't.
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Hmm. You can pretty much use anything. Think of it this way: In the early days of punk the members of the band were usually unemployed or students so they were largely broke and used whatever they could. Many guys used PA heads with a distortion pedal. Solid state amps were pretty common. Other than that, it was mostly pawn shop stuff. A dual rec does pretty good punk sounds though. plus it can switch to different styles easier than a Marshall or Fender can.
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Well, which amp models are you using from the Vetta? That might be a good place to start.
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Well, which amp models are you using from the Vetta? That might be a good place to start.
I use a lot of amp modes with the Vetta II, but like I said I want to leave it in the Studio for lessons, so im not putting hours on tubes.

Thinking it over, a Dual Rectifier should get job done...

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why do you hate marshall?

this is hard to answer because I've seen almost every brand used on stage within the punk/hardcore scene. Adding the alternative part to it tells me you may want a mesa boogie.

I briefly played in a 3 guitar band, and the other two had a tri rectifier and double rectifier. They dialed in pretty descent punk tones (especially the one that was played through a marshall cab) and they could quickly put it into metal territory and then "alternative" land.

I'm not sure though, I dont know what kind of sound you want.

I personally really like mesa boogie .50 calibers because they sound awesome and can dial in alot of rad tones, the fact that you can pick em up for less than $600 is a big plus as well.
I hate Marshall because they are
Overpriced
Overused
And I hate there generic sounds
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I hate Marshall because they are
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And I hate there generic sounds
thats cool I was just curious.

I think the dual rec will get you alot of good tones.

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Lots of things to be considered, but I don't find Marshall (the good ones, that is) to sound generic. They were overused, of course, and kinda became a standard, hence giving the impression they sound generic. I love me some JTM45s and 2203s.

To me, the Dual Rec is way more generic, but I guess to each their own, right?
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Hmm. You can pretty much use anything. Think of it this way: In the early days of punk the members of the band were usually unemployed or students so they were largely broke and used whatever they could. Many guys used PA heads with a distortion pedal. Solid state amps were pretty common. Other than that, it was mostly pawn shop stuff. A dual rec does pretty good punk sounds though. plus it can switch to different styles easier than a Marshall or Fender can.
This is beyond correct. A "true" punk wouldn't care and use anything.

Hell, get a second of what you got so you have two sets of tubes splitting/sharing the load.
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Ha, yeah, the true punk would just reply for all of us to "fu*k off" on each thread. There is no answer to this question but good luck if you go with the Mesa
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Depends on what you actually want out of the amp on the whole, if you want one sound from your amp or a multitude of different sounds, tbh more details are better than people just shouting brand names at you.
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What bands are you talking about? So much stuff is called punk. There's a big difference between the Dead Boys and Simple Plan.
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What bands are you talking about? So much stuff is called punk. There's a big difference between the Dead Boys and Simple Plan.
Well old punk ie Sex Pistols, Ramones, Joan Jett ect.
Not much new punk is actually... Uh....Whats it called..... GOOD!
Rise against is about the only new punk band I like
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Well old punk ie Sex Pistols, Ramones, Joan Jett ect.
Not much new punk is actually... Uh....Whats it called..... GOOD!
Rise against is about the only new punk band I like
I'm pretty sure that Steve Jones used whatever was available. I've heard stories of him using the gear from the opening band and then stealing some of it after the show. I know that he has also used Marshalls over the years. The Ramones were also a Marshall band - in large part because they liked the look of the big cabinets.
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