#1
I realize that a lot of folks lust for tube amps. I'm in that category too ... I currently own a Mesa Boogie Mark V head. I was wondering who makes some really good solid state heads. The obvious advantage being that you can play it really low and still have the full tone instead of cranking it like a tube amp. Just curious.
#3
I just saw this amp the other day.(It's still a tube but lower volume) I haven't tried it yet but it is getting some decent reviews. It has 6v6's in it so you can keep the volume low and get great sounds, clean and crunch. Premier Guitar reviews it this month and gives some sound clips but would like to hear it live. If anyone has one let me know what you think about them.
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I realize that a lot of folks lust for tube amps. I'm in that category too ... I currently own a Mesa Boogie Mark V head. I was wondering who makes some really good solid state heads. The obvious advantage being that you can play it really low and still have the full tone instead of cranking it like a tube amp. Just curious.

If you're looking at high gain heads, the distortion will be coming from the preamp, so you won't need to crank a tube amp to get the full tone either.

You should be able to get good tones at low volume with your Mark V. You may have to dial it in differently though. Might wanna ask some other Mark V owners for tips.

If you still really want an SS amp, others have made plenty of good suggestions.
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If you're looking at high gain heads, the distortion will be coming from the preamp, so you won't need to crank a tube amp to get the full tone either.

You should be able to get good tones at low volume with your Mark V. You may have to dial it in differently though. Might wanna ask some other Mark V owners for tips.

+1 on this.
If you're using it at low volumes, you'll want to dial in a little more bass and treble, we hear those frequencies less at lower volumes.
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I have one of those and I really love it. I recently bought a Bugera 333xl but that doesn't mean I'm going to stop using my Ampeg by any means.
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#10
I can still get great tones out of the Mark V at low volumes. I've never owned such a versatile amp. I ain't getting rid of it. You can actually set it a 10W which is great. It's one of the best low volume tube amps I've ever played. I was just wondering what solid states are out there. Those little Vypyrs looks pretty fun/neat. Thanks for the input guys.
#11
If you're using heavy preamp distortion, I don't see why you'd need to crank a tube amp to get good tone.
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I've listened to the Ibanez TBX150H and I think it sounds rather..sexy. Doesn't take my attention off of that beautiful ENGL Fireball 100W, but personally it seems like a good alternative.
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I've listened to the Ibanez TBX150H and I think it sounds rather..sexy. Doesn't take my attention off of that beautiful ENGL Fireball 100W, but personally it seems like a good alternative.


The TBX is one of the Trifecta of Unbelievably Shit Amps, though: It goes Line 6 Spider, Marshall MG, Ibanez TBX, in no particular order.
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From what I know, the Randall Warhead is one of the best solid state heads for metal.
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From what I know, the Randall Warhead is one of the best solid state heads for metal.

I've herd the same, though I've never herd one and just about never see them anywhere except occasionally on ebay.
As the owner of a Randall I can confirm that they make some great ss amps.
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I just saw this amp the other day.(It's still a tube but lower volume) I haven't tried it yet but it is getting some decent reviews. It has 6v6's in it so you can keep the volume low and get great sounds, clean and crunch. Premier Guitar reviews it this month and gives some sound clips but would like to hear it live. If anyone has one let me know what you think about them.
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