#1
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Just about a year ago I bougth a Peavey Valveking 112.
It sounded great but I often found myself frustrated with it's tone.
I always convinced myself that it does sound good because it's a tube amp but really hated it deep inside.
So now I'm pretty tired of it and definatly hate it's tone. The distorted tone is quite decent but the clean tone is just blank and horrible. Don't get me started on the reverb. It's also much too loud for home pracitce. I have cranked it and I didn't enjoy the tone much then either.
After playing on alot of solid state amps at school and using them live aswell, I realised that I am no tube purist and I do find alot of the SS tones nice.


So now I gonna get rid of the valveking and try to look for a different amp for the same amount of cash.
Clean tone is very important and I really want a good bluegrass/country tone.
The distortion has to be pretty high gain and I want a Van Halen+Paul Gilbert+Yngwie+Vai kinda tone if you know what I mean.

The silly thing is that I own a PGM. Yes yes I know that it's amp first guitar later but it was a gift and the people that bought it wouldn't buy me another amp. (old folks )
So everythings perfect in the pickup area.

It's only important that I'm not getting something of lower quality than the VK.
This is gonna be mainly for home playing and recording and it would be very nice if it was good enough for a live gig (mic'ed up).
Additional effects like delay reverb and flanger would be very very good.

Yes yes I know, the guitarists I listed use tube amps all the time. But don't b hatin and help me out.

A list of amps for me to go and try out would be good but a good personal review of the amp would be great too.
Last edited by Evil_Magician at Jan 25, 2009,
#3
Budget?
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#4
Don't really don't know how much I'll get from the VK but lets say $300
I would save up to $500 or something if it's really good.

Remember, don't recomend tube or used.
Just try doing your best for what I asked.
Last edited by Evil_Magician at Jan 25, 2009,
#5
That's a pretty crappy budget and isn't really worth selling the VK for...
Is this USD?
I think you'd be better off changing the speaker and tubes in your VK.

Honestly, man, under 500 bucks in the SS or tube world just isn't great.
The only thing really worth it (SS) is the Line 6 Flextone III. It sounds good, but it's $600.
I'm putting my GAS on hold
for a couple months in order to pimp my ride.


Don't judge me.
Last edited by theoreticmusic at Jan 25, 2009,
#6
It seems to me that what you're describing is a modeling amp so I'd look at a Peavey Vypyr 75w as that should do everything you're after. I don't own one but I have tried it and I was very impressed. I've also tried a Valve King so I know exactly what you mean as I found it to be very disappointing. I can certainly say I'd have a Vypyr ahead of a Valve King any day.
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#7
Damn, tough one.
I'd say the Peavey Vypyr, maybe?
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#8
Sorry. I failed at converting from SEK to USD.

The more accurate budget is $400-600 american.

I have played on the flextone alot but I didn't like it used on a loud setting.
The Kustom Dual something sounded quite nice actually, but I haven't played on it that much and it's quality is questionable.
#9
If you can find one, perhaps a Sunn Beta Lead.
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#10
Thank you so far guys.
I'm definatly liking the demos for the Vypyr.
Imma run to the store tomorow and try it out for myself.
Price is good and sounds good in virtual worldz.

Plz recommend something else (that isn't hard to find ^) so that I can try it out too.
#11
Roland Cube - Vox Valvetronix
Both are similar to the Vypyr
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#12
Egnater Rebel 20. Great amp.
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#13
You could try the new Vypyr 60w as well as the 75w if the price isn't too high.
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#14
Tech 21 Trademark 60, runs a little under $600 but it is one of the best solid state amps I've ever played.
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#15
Does it have any reverb ? ^^

I've never seen any Tech 21 amps around here.
So no possibility of trying out.