I was wondering what make of amplifiers people out there in CBG land are playing and why they bought them.Did you buy a solid state amp or a tube amp? Did you make an amp? Are you happy with it?

If money was no object,what amp do you think would be suitable for a hand made guitar which may have cost just a few shekels to make?

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I get some very nice results through a Vox Mini 5, which also has the advantage of an additional drum track. For truly lo fi delta blues chugging, I really like the little Honeytone belt amp I picked up for fifty bucks in Canada. Tone as fuzzy as it will get, just a smidgeon of drive, and oh boy...

Money no object? See above.

I have a Vox DA5 battery operated amp for out and about or while on bed rest and a Kustom “The Contender” tube amp for when I want to get serious or annoy the neighbours. Money no object? Probably a little tube head with matching cabinet from Hughes and Kettner. Probably more appropriate though would be an awesome amp right out of the 1940s.

I have 2 Vox DA5's,one black and one bright pink (i'm in touch with my feminine side) and they're great amps...

I swear by ‘em Micky. I’ve had a Fender passport in the past and a hacked radio cassette player but I love the options I have with the Vox DA5. MP3, mic and instrument input, loads of amp recreation settings and a one dial tone to sweeten the sound, to mention just a few of the features. Can’t beat them for the money they cost. Also, the batteries last so long on the 1.5watt setting I leave it on (changeable upto 5 watts) that I don’t even own a power adapter for it. Love ‘em!

They're hard to come by now in England and they command a pretty good price,too...

Well I tried and purchased a little Pignose amp some years back, it has a certain 'distortion' sound to it when its cranked up a tad. It certainly can fill a pub bar with noise anyway. It has the capacity to just use batteries, although they don't last that long if hard used. I prefer to use an adaptor instead, or transformer if you prefer. I turn up to play with it all in a plastic bag, guitar lead plugged in already to the amp, stick a weirdly home made gadget on the other end, and then annoy the bejesus out of the residents..... excellent behaviour, or so I am told...!!  I open the simulated suitcase box up to let the sound travel a bit, plug the transformer into a socket, and away I go........

Got to love the Pignose.Maybe it will be on my Christmas wish list..

When I saw Seasick Steve for the first time on the Jools Holland show (his original appearance) I was so blown away that I booked tickets for his gig in Birmingham the next day. Drove there (from Cornwall), loved it, came home and immediately ordered a Roland Cube 30 'cos that's what he was playing :-)

Still playing it to this day. I rarely move it off the Vox modelling mode though. Would love to have a proper tube Vox amp, but with family, too many hobbies and the fact my guitar playing/making is purely for my sole enjoyment (I don't gig or anything) I can't really justify the outlay.

Like most of us on here,i'm a big Seasick Steve fan,too.I have a Fender tube amp amongst my other amps but a lot of solid state amps are perfectly good for a CBG,they're cheaper,lighter and you don't have to bother with blown tubes,etc….

I use a Fender Passport Mini. Solid state, I think about 5w. One of the deciding factors for me was it has the option for battery power - so great for camping, festivals, camper van travels. Makes a great little home practice amp, and I've even had it mic'ed up when playing at small venues.

If you are thinking of buying, I would recommend the other contenders in this range - Roland Micro Cube, Orange Crush etc, as they all have similar by slightly different specs - for example I do appreciate the double input and aux input on the fender, I like most of the settings, but tweaking the effects on the fly is somewhat limited (you need to use the laptop interface to really get the most from FX).

I also wish I had been aware of the Vox DA5 before I had bought, as it does look very cool.

As for perfect amp, not really after any commercial stuff, would love to make a valve amp myself - currently dabbling with a low voltage hybrid valve amp design - the preamp stage is really pleasing, just need to get on with the power stage..


I can vouch for the Vox DA-5.If you can get one,you won't be disappointed with it...

I have a nifty Vox Vigilante I bought new back in the eighties. It goes about 100w as a combo. it has two channels, a decent reverb, and all the usual knobs. I find it rather pleasant on a low setting, but the weight of the thing is ridiculous. To think I used to drag that thing about when I was in a band. Today, the digits hardly lets me pick it up.......!!!  A very good amp from a while back, so technology is so well advanced these days, that it almost becomes redundant. It sits here gathering dust, ready for a burst of neighbour annoying racket when the mood takes me......!±!!


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