Graggk
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#1
Not just testing it in the music shop...

i want to hear how it sounds cranked in a practice room or live in a club.
bburritt1
Sauron Hates EMG's......
Join date: Feb 2013
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#2
In a nutshell its a great amp. Its really friggin loud! Has alot of tonal possibilities for the price asked. Its a love hate amp like many. But the louder it gets the better it sounds. The vengence its less angry brother is the same way. Very punchy and has a very unique attack on the highs (i like highs). Its deff not a blues or classic rock amp but it does 80's thrash to Death Metal very well (Slayer to SFU). Its not for everybody meaning the gain is very sensetive and the EQ is even more sensetive. Which is nice but can be a hassle at gigs if someone bumps or jacks with your settings.

Great value killer sound. You have to try it first. Crank it up and give it time. Everyone is spoiled by the simplicity of the 6505 and 6505+ and there expecting the ease of dialed in tone as that. Well its not that easy. Every dipswitch and turn of the knob reveals something new and unique.

But bottom line this thing punches puppies and slaps kittens. Especially when boosted!

My 2 cents.
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Last edited by bburritt1 at Feb 26, 2013,
Graggk
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#3
that actually sounds great to me. i've been wanting a TSL or Trec for the flexability and gains, but didn't want to mod it out to get where i wanted. i'd thought about getting a JCM900 or 2 to get where i wanted also, but that is a TON of modding.

i'm really liking the idea of the armageddon. especially with the ISP built in...
bburritt1
Sauron Hates EMG's......
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#4
Yeah man alot of my friends love it. Even my old singer who hates anything that isnt a Mesa loves it and wants to sell his Mesa for one of them. I was very impressed.

Now dont hate me if you dont like it! But if you like the Modded mesa or 900 flavor, you will love this amplifier IMO.
The Rig of Joy:
Stiff Amplification Dirthead 20w
Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
667
The Neighbor of the Beast
Join date: Jun 2008
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#5
I have one. Bests my 5150 combo and my other guitar players 5150 head. Best bang for the buck when you factor in the cost of an ISP G-String and the other bevy of options. I got mine for $1350 out the door during a holiday sale.

I have the matching cab too - it's thunderous and the amp sounds better through it compared to my full size Mesa Recto 4x12.
bburritt1
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#6
Quote by 667
I have one. Bests my 5150 combo and my other guitar players 5150 head. Best bang for the buck when you factor in the cost of an ISP G-String and the other bevy of options. I got mine for $1350 out the door during a holiday sale.

I have the matching cab too - it's thunderous and the amp sounds better through it compared to my full size Mesa Recto 4x12.

DUH! THe recto cab makes everything sound awesome! Hell it make the Micro terror sound like.....ok maybe not that one but it might be cool!
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Stiff Amplification Dirthead 20w
Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
Arby911
Finding the Pattern
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#7
Quote by bburritt1
DUH! THe recto cab makes everything sound awesome! Hell it make the Micro terror sound like.....ok maybe not that one but it might be cool!


I think you misread, he's saying the Armageddon cab sounds BETTER than the Recto cab...

I don't know about all that, I but I do know I like the Armageddon cabs.
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BoneAndDream
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#8
a friend of mine had one for a year or two and i got to play it pretty often

fairly versatile

but i do like the 5150/6505s more though. armageddon just didn't have the same balls..
1997 Ibanez RG550 w/ EMG 81 bridge - C standard
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Last edited by BoneAndDream at Feb 27, 2013,
bburritt1
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#10
Quote by Arby911
I think you misread, he's saying the Armageddon cab sounds BETTER than the Recto cab...

I don't know about all that, I but I do know I like the Armageddon cabs.

Damn my ADHD strikes again. Didnt read it slow enough. I jammed the armageddon through a recto cab not through the Stock cab. So i cant say for sure which is better or worse. but if he is happy then thats all thats matters.
The Rig of Joy:
Stiff Amplification Dirthead 20w
Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
Arby911
Finding the Pattern
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#11
Quote by bburritt1
Damn my ADHD strikes again. Didnt read it slow enough. I jammed the armageddon through a recto cab not through the Stock cab. So i cant say for sure which is better or worse. but if he is happy then thats all thats matters.


I consistently read your screen name as "Bieber It!" which is a little disturbing...
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667
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#12
Quote by bburritt1
So i cant say for sure which is better or worse. but if he is happy then thats all thats matters.



+1
bburritt1
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#13
Quote by Arby911
I consistently read your screen name as "Bieber It!" which is a little disturbing...

Thats horrible.....well i look at yours and think roast beef so HA! Jk.
The Rig of Joy:
Stiff Amplification Dirthead 20w
Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
Graggk
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#14
well damn... $2500 for a half stack is more than i wanted to spend, but gots ta do wha cha gots ta do...

bieber beef?
AxSilentxLine
Artist In The Ambulance
Join date: Jul 2009
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#16
I have A/B'd mine extensively with my 6505+ and come to a few conclusions:

The Armageddon is a dark amp, it doesn't cut through like the 6505+ out of the box, but it's a bit of a tweaker's amp. It's similar to a 2 channel dual recto in that respect. It sounds like it doesn't have as much gain, but after many gigs I chalk that up to being far more articulate than a 6505. The gain is there, it's just very transparent and not as compressed.

The ISP noise gate is fantastic. I can stand in front of it with the master and channel volume almost dimed and it's whisper quiet. The versatility is great too and the built in reverb is quite nice, not too wet and easy to get a nice sweet spot. I find it doesn't need a boost to get that nice thick tone, and the master volume/channel volumes are very accurate, there's no sudden volume swell like a 6505. Build wise, they are pretty solid, everything is put together well, but it is a little plasticy.

The Master midrange control is by far my favourite feature on this amp. It has 2 level dials, one that adjusts frequency within the mid range and one that adjusts volume. I haven't seen the schematic so I could be wrong, but to my ears it literally allows you to find a specific frequency in the midrange and either boost or cut it. Combined with the channel EQ it allows for very fine tuning of your sound. I find I like to slightly boost my lower mids with the master midrange and scoop the channel midrange which effectively cuts harsh upper mids while retaining the body and thump from the lower mids.

In a nutshell, it's a great amp.
Last edited by AxSilentxLine at Feb 28, 2013,
667
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#18
Quote by AxSilentxLine
I find I like to slightly boost my lower mids with the master midrange and scoop the channel midrange which effectively cuts harsh upper mids while retaining the body and thump from the lower mids.
In a nutshell, it's a great amp.


Do u run it with the master midrange all the time as part of your base tone, or is your base tone scooped and you use the master mdrange as a boost?
AxSilentxLine
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#19
Quote by 667
Do u run it with the master midrange all the time as part of your base tone, or is your base tone scooped and you use the master mdrange as a boost?

I run both and the master midrange is usually always engaged
667
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#20
Quote by AxSilentxLine
I run both and the master midrange is usually always engaged


I'll have to try that.
Cheers.