#1
I want to buy a new amp preferably a combo tube amp anywhere from 40-75 watts. I'm willing to spend around $1,800 give or take a few hundred, but really the cheaper the better. I'm really into Slayer, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Nevermore, Devildriver, Behemoth, Bloodbath, and Nile.

Things to consider

  • High gain
  • Good chug when palm muting
  • Cleans don't matter
  • Needs to have crisp tight distorted sound
  • Don't care how many channels it has
  • Needs to work well with 7-String guitars
  • Don't care if it has reverb


I'm open to other suggestions. If you do suggest a head provide a good cab to match it and I'm not completely stuck on only 40-75 watt range but I do want to be able to be quiet when needed. I don't really have access to a load of amps to try out so what I buy is going to be based on your input and online reviews.
#2
I'm not an expert on high-gain amps, but I think considering you budget and your needs a head + 2x12 will open up many more options for you, especially if you can find a nice closed-back cab.

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#3
id say the Carvin V3 2x12 ~$900 new

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#4
I'm open to heads+2x12s but i kind of want it to be somewhat portable but if the tone is that much more amazing then I'll be willing to toss out the combo idea and get a head and 2x12
#6
in that wattage range, a single rec, most amps that are good for 7 strings are circa 120watts
the best thing to do though is get a head and a good 2x10 bass cab(or 2x12 but 2x10 is more common for bass cab i believe)
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Quote by Limpchest
I'm open to heads+2x12s but i kind of want it to be somewhat portable but if the tone is that much more amazing then I'll be willing to toss out the combo idea and get a head and 2x12


A 2x12 combo and a head is MORE portable than a 2x12 combo. It takes up a bit more space, sure. But your back will be thanking you. 2x12 tube combo's can weigh anywhere between 50-100lbs. If you seperate the two main components you'll divide that up and make it easier for youself.
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Quote by Doodleface
A 2x12 combo and a head is MORE portable than a 2x12 combo. It takes up a bit more space, sure. But your back will be thanking you. 2x12 tube combo's can weigh anywhere between 50-100lbs. If you seperate the two main components you'll divide that up and make it easier for youself.


I workout 50-100 pounds isn't really anything I just live in a cramped house.
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Quote by Limpchest
I workout 50-100 pounds isn't really anything I just live in a cramped house.



I used to work out on the bench press with 130 pounds when I was 14 years old, but lugging a 50-100 pound amp a couple hundred yards does suck, so a head and cab would be the better choice, plus it will sound a ton better than a combo.

But as for an amp for a 7 string, any high gain amp designed for a 6 string will work fine, like the Peavey 6505, or a Mesa Mark IV would work fine.
#10
you could spend like 400 and get a vh140c. completely epic for 7 string
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Quote by Limpchest
I workout 50-100 pounds isn't really anything I just live in a cramped house.


Dude. I'll throw 225 up at the gym, and still refuse to get a 2X12 combo. Its like carrying an anchor on your leg. You ever try to carry a Fender Super Reverb up a flight of stiars?

Anyway, it it sits in the house and you dont need to move it, it could be anything you want it to be, a Pig-Nose, or a Marshall Full Stack. Cramped Apartment space and all, I'd look into a head and a 1X12 cab for the mini stack look. Like the Egnator, and the Blackheart HT-5.

Size is not always relative to Portability. My Stack has wheels, and the heads a two handed carry. Its two trips, but its not rested on my leg as I waddle across the parking lot.
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