#1
Hey everyone,

What would be a good amp for high gain tones (think Killswitch Engage) but still decent cleans, for about $1500 or under? Now, although I prefer the tone of a tube amp, if there's a Solid State that does these things well, I'll go for it. Used is also an option, but I'm a try before buying type of person, and my local craigslist is disappointingly dry.

And please, before anyone suggests stretching my budget, I already know about the higher end amps that would be a damned pleasure to play, but I'm really tight on cash at the moment, and I have other things i need to put my money towards besides an amp. Any help is appreciated.

Oh, one final note: I play with a band, and this amp would be used for practice, band practice, recording, and eventually playing gigs.
#2
Look into some Mesas, JCM 800s, JCM 900s. For modern high gain, a Mesa would probably work REALLY nicely! Check 'em out.
#4
You can surely find a Triple Recto in that budget, although Adam D uses a variety of amps on tour. According to Wikipedia he's used a Hughes and Kettner Triamp, Peavey 5150, Bogner Uberschall, Framus Cobras, Mesa Triple Recto and the Roadster.
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I wiki'ed Killswitch Engaged and there were very expesive amps. i also notice they used Peavey 5150's... which is now the Peavey 6505's. And if you get a Peavey 6505 head that is $999.99, or the Peavey 6505+ head that is $1159.99, then get a cheaper cab in your price range ... Like maybe a Peavey Windsor Cab that runs at $279.99. The 6505+ with windsor cab is like 1439.98, and the 6505 with the windsor cab is $1279.98. The difference if you dont know is that the 6505+ has seperate eq knobs for both channels, 6 Preamp tubes, and only 1 input. The 6505 has the same EQ knobs for both channels, 5 pre amp tubes, and 2 inputs 1 low gain, 1 higain. But if you dont want a halfstack they do have a Peavey 6505 Combo amp and it runs at $1199.99, but if played all three and own the 6505+ and the combo doesnt sound like the stacks to me, and they just dont do the stacks justice.
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thanks for the quick responses! To the people reccomending mesa boogie amps, I don't really think they are in my price range, even used. The peavey 6505+ sounds like a good choice, but would it sound good with a windsor cab?

Also, I've heard of Line 6 Spider Valve amps, and from what I hear they're a pretty good choice, is this true? Obviously I've heard about the poor quality of Spider III's, but from what I hear the Spider valve is better.

Again, thanks for the help
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The Spider Valve is decent, but a 6505 or used 5150 will be better for you than that.

If I were you, I would pick up the 6505 head and a 2x12 or 4x12 cab from Avatar.
That is in your price range, and it would sound good.

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Quote by locosenor13
Hey everyone,

What would be a good amp for high gain tones (think Killswitch Engage) but still decent cleans, for about $1500 or under? Now, although I prefer the tone of a tube amp, if there's a Solid State that does these things well, I'll go for it. Used is also an option, but I'm a try before buying type of person, and my local craigslist is disappointingly dry.

And please, before anyone suggests stretching my budget, I already know about the higher end amps that would be a damned pleasure to play, but I'm really tight on cash at the moment, and I have other things i need to put my money towards besides an amp. Any help is appreciated.

Oh, one final note: I play with a band, and this amp would be used for practice, band practice, recording, and eventually playing gigs.

Randall RM50 with a Blackface and Ultra XL or Grail module? Or are you factoring cab in with that $1500?
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Randall RM50 with a Blackface and Ultra XL or Grail module? Or are you factoring cab in with that $1500?


sadly I'm factoring the cab into my budget, I had originally aimed to get a Mesa Dual rectifier half stack, but money's tight, so i had to knock back my budget considerably.
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EVH 5150 III

They're out there new for under $1500 US.

Edit: Just saw that you need a cab too. That's a bit more difficult. I'd still go for the EVH, even used if you can, & get a 2X12 Avatar cab.
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Peavey 6505+
Avatar 2x12" contemporary cab.

The 6505+ HAS good cleans but people just don't understand how to use the channel.

Simply put, go try out a 6505+ and see if you like it. Because if you do I think its pretty much perfect for you.
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sadly I'm factoring the cab into my budget, I had originally aimed to get a Mesa Dual rectifier half stack, but money's tight, so i had to knock back my budget considerably.

You could always try the Randall in the store, see if you like it. Then find one used to buy, knocking at least a couple of hundred off of your cost. Also, you could get the modules used for about $150 (blackface and XL) and $200 (Grail, maybe less though). That would probably leave you with about $300-500 for a cab depending on the price of the head. For that you could get a used Mesa 2x12 or one from Avatar (trust me, a 2x12 is beastly if you haven't used one). Like I said, find a way to try them out, then buy what you need used.

On the Spider Valve, it's actually a pretty nice amp, but it's still got some digital feel to it that you won't get with the Randall. And once again, I suggest a 2x12 (your back will thank me), at least until you can afford a decent 4x12 later (maybe on your next birthday )
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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