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View Poll Results: What type of metal tone do you prefer?
Solid State (Ampeg VH140C, ValveState, Warhead, Crate GX130C etc.) 4 30.77%
Tube (such as Mesa's Rectifier series, Peavey 6505, Marshall JVM410H, Bogner Ubershall etc.) 9 69.23%
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:58 PM   #1
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How do you like your Extreme Metal guitar tone?

I was just wondering if people had a preference for extreme metal tones. This is because the sound given by solid state amps such as the Ampeg VH140C, Marshall ValveState 8100, Randall Warhead and others is different from that heard from high-gain tube amps such as Mesa Boogie's Rectifier series, the Peavey 6505, the Engl Powerball and so on
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:23 PM   #2
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Uhm, aren't valve amps better for almost everything? I heard jazz players like SS amps because they stay clean even at high volumes or something, but I don't think that's going to bother most extreme metal guitarists. Well you probably won't need valves if you want to create some old school low-fi black metal sound, but other than that...

As for me, I play extreme metal and I hate SS amps, but my tone will differ much from what another player may prefer, and by genre standards it's pretty conservative.

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Old 04-13-2015, 03:33 PM   #3
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Uhm, aren't valve amps better for almost everything?


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Old 04-13-2015, 06:05 PM   #4
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I like my extreme metal tone through a $15 pawn shop 8'' with the gain knob rusted stuck in the maximum gain position and a half-torn off mudflap girl sticker on the side and that has been barfed on at least once and smells like cigarettes.
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Typically played through liquid as it reminds me of when I was in the womb and my mother was a groupie for Sadistik Exekution.
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Typically played through liquid as it reminds me of when I was in the womb and my mother was a groupie for Sadistik Exekution.

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Old 04-13-2015, 10:46 PM   #7
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I like my extreme metal tone through a $15 pawn shop 8'' with the gain knob rusted stuck in the maximum gain position and a half-torn off mudflap girl sticker on the side and that has been barfed on at least once and smells like cigarettes.

My 90's JCM900 came out of an Eagles Lodge and made my room smell like smoke for a month. Likely led to my nicotine addiction lol.
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Old 04-14-2015, 05:12 PM   #8
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For leads I like the valves. Helps me cut through a bit more, a bit livelier sound.

For rhythm I think SS has a bit more chunkiness, definition and precision. I'd say if you're self-producing home metalhead trying to achieve that boot-to-the-face tone SS is probably more forgiving, but there is something to be said for a properly-tweaked tube.

If I had limited time and money I'd go solid state because the results would probably be better than with a meh valve amp.

If you've got the money for tubes and you want to try out different ones, then by all means go. Don't think a $50 "tube" amp is gonna buy that for ya.

I have gotten a pretty brutal tone out of a little $50 solid state practice amp, though..

Best tone ever? No, but..
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:10 PM   #9
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Gotta be solid state for METAL.
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Old 04-15-2015, 05:33 PM   #10
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I need my amp to punch, and have attack that directly responds to my picking in a natural way. And I want overdrive, not distortion. SS are just clinical, plasticky to me. But again, I fear I'm very conservative there.
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Old 04-15-2015, 05:38 PM   #11
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Its pretty nass
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