Hey there... Just a casual player here. I've played on and off (mostly off) for 20+ years, but just goof around and learn a song or part of a song every now and then. Lately I've started to get a bit more serious, especially after discovering the fun of these backing tracks to jam along with! I was getting pretty bored playing guitar alone... now my old little Peavey Backstage amp is getting flaky. It is just a cheap amp I bought in the early 90's and it had some home mods done to it, so I'm not really looking to put anything in to it. Any recommendations on a new amp that will sound good for jamming along with a variety of songs? I mostly play old 80's metal, but do like some blues, and some odd stuff like Cake and Steely Dan, and/or whatever catches my ear at the time.
I use an old Les Paul that a guy gave me when I was a teenager, I think it is a '76 Standard... but I was looking for something hot that had a tremolo, so I bought a like new Ibanez RG5ex1 and love it! I also have a Takamine acoustic with pickup/EQ... plus a couple of bass guitars (Peavey T40 and a cheap Telluride that sounds real good)
I have a couple old pedals, like a Rocktek compressor, DOD stereo digital delay, Boss FX65(?) distortion... but I usually only use an old Digitech RP7 tube preamp effects processor. That thing has some great sounds, but it is so versatile you have to have an aerospace engineering degree to understand programming it... Has enough factory presets that I can usually find a close sound for a song... like Alice in Chains "Would?" or ZZ Top "Tush".
Any recommendations on a versatile little amp that I can get a variety of sounds out of? Or should I be looking at a more friendly effects processor that can help me dial in some Dokken lead guitar and easily switch up to Stevie Ray Vaughn or Satriani or Santana?
Any advice welcome!! Thanks again for this site... for getting me fired up to play again!!