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Alright guys, I'm jumping on the "I'm going to learn to play guitar and rock out!" bandwagon. I think I'll have the money to pick up a nice entry guitar in the next 1-2 weeks (probably a Dean VX or MLX) and am trying to get an amp lined up before I bring the guitar home so I've got something to plug into and annoy the hell out of my wife with.
I'm probably going to buy used unless there's an amazing deal on something new. Shooting for $50-$80 max, preferably in the $50 or less range as I'm not looking for anything special. Long term I intend to be playing hard rock/metal (mostly thrash oriented stuff) so would like an amp that will work for starting to get into that either alone or with a distortion pedal. I don't mind needing to pick up a distortion pedal immediately or close to it, especially if we're talking under $50 for the amp.
I've been watching craigslist for local stuff and am going to pick up a Trading Post on lunch break today or after work. I've got a local metal guitarist friend who's also going to do some looking for me and I'm running deals I find by him. I don't want to bother him every time I find an amp in my price range that doesn't clearly say "this is for playing country music and definitely not for hard rock and metal" on the ad and reviews, though.
So, any particular models I should look for? Any I should avoid? I'm not looking for the best of the best, I don't really even mind too much if in 6 months I'll want to pick up a different amp and sell the current one. I just don't want to feel the need to get rid of the current amp after a month or whatever.