#1
So I'm in Champaign-Urbana visiting University of Illinois since I'm considering going there; I had some free time so I went to CV Lloyd's guitar shop to check it out

Had lots of more high end stuff (Prestige ibanez, gibsons, prs, Mesa, orange, high end Marshall) and was pretty sweet

I tried out the following

Ibanez XPT 707FX
Ibanez MBM1BK Matt Bachand signature
Marshall JVM 210 into a new 1960 lead cab
Mesa mark v into a mesa 2X12
Line 6 Pod HD 400


So after trying all this, I found the following:

I like ibanez style guitars a lot, and probably will never go for different neck dimensions regardless of company
The mark v was quite versatile, but very much a tweaker's amp
The JVM sounding really good, but only 3 of the 4 channels were useable IMO
The pod was pretty good, certainly a step up in quality from the X3 and XT series, not as good as an axe fx or real amp, but good none the less

Now where does this leave me?

I've realized that I personally like both british and American voicings and would be happy with either so long as the eq affects the tone sufficiently (a la mark v graphic eq) but, at the same time, I find the mark v to be a tad bit limited in it's high gain sounds

So, know of any amps that have a wide eq range like the mark v, and can do cleans to high gain excellently? Only 2 channels NEEDED

Proposed budget is 2000-2400 preferably less, in teh US, used is an option, and I play mainly metal, rock, classic rock and metal, some blues and punk, and a bit of jazz and ska infrequently

Stuff I'm considering right now:
Axe fx ultra
Baron DHG with a clean head (could use suggestions for a cheap latter)
Blackstar series One 200
Splawn quickrod
Fryette/VHT sig x

Thanks


PS: on that Matt bachard sig it had emg 81 and 60, but the pups seemed much lower output than the d activators in the 7 string, what's the deal?
Ibanez RG5EX1
Ibanez RG7321
Peavey XXX-->Avatar 4X12(2 V30's 2 G12H30's)

BARE KNUCKLE PUPS RULE!
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thanks for making an old dude feel like his advice is actually taken into consideration
#2
slo.
Jumping on dat gear sig train.
PRS Hollowbody II / BKP Warpigs
Strandberg OS6T / BKP Aftermath
Strandberg OS7 / Lace Poopsticks
Skervesen Raptor 7FF / BKP Warpigs
Skervesen Raptor 6 NTB / BKP Juggernauts
Hapas Sludge 7 FF / Hapas Leviathan
Anderson Baritom / Motorcity Nuke BKP Sinner Anderson H2+
Warmoth Baritone / BKP Piledriver
Ibanez Rg2120x / BKP Nailbomb

Blackstar ID:Core Beam
#3
So, Just to be clear, you're looking for an amp, right?

BTW, my brother's going to U of I next year, engineering program and everything.
Actually, I go by Dave, but there are already too many Daves on this forum.


Fender MIM Stratocaster
Fender Jaguar Bass
Epiphone EJ200 Super Jumbo
Fender Excelsior 13w
Acoustic B300HD (with matching 1x12 cab)
BOSS BD-2W
NYC Big Muff Pi
#4
diezel einstein is super nice.
"I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and i'm all out of bubblegum"
#5
Quote by kangaxxter
So, Just to be clear, you're looking for an amp, right?

BTW, my brother's going to U of I next year, engineering program and everything.


Ya amp is in my vision, I know what I like guitar wise and my research into guitars has pretty much been exhausted

As far as "amps", preamps are fine too but I'd like to avoid them (axe fx is tempting since it's all in one package)

And a little off topic, how's your brother like U of I? From what I've seen so far there are holy loving craploads of people everywhere and limited parking
Ibanez RG5EX1
Ibanez RG7321
Peavey XXX-->Avatar 4X12(2 V30's 2 G12H30's)

BARE KNUCKLE PUPS RULE!
Quote by gumbilicious
thanks for making an old dude feel like his advice is actually taken into consideration
#7
Alright, sorry much note that my MAX BUDGET IS AROUND 2500 US DOLLARS

Sorry just getting a ton suggestions that cost quite a bit more
Ibanez RG5EX1
Ibanez RG7321
Peavey XXX-->Avatar 4X12(2 V30's 2 G12H30's)

BARE KNUCKLE PUPS RULE!
Quote by gumbilicious
thanks for making an old dude feel like his advice is actually taken into consideration
#8
I am a splawn fan through and through, but it might not have as dynamic as an eq as you are looking for. Its really good though. I can get a ton of sounds out of mine.

But if thats your thing, you really can't go wrong with the axe and a power amp. Fryette makes and good one.
What?! There's a clean channel on my amp?!

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omfg i totally forgot about that, you sir are jesus christ.
#9
Quote by Metalmaker
Alright, sorry much note that my MAX BUDGET IS AROUND 2500 US DOLLARS

Sorry just getting a ton suggestions that cost quite a bit more


An Axe Standard- $1500
Behriger FCB1101- $200
Carvin TS100- 500
Harley Benton G212V-150
Total- ~2500.

You probably wont ever need another upgrade.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76S3E-wEgYY

Check that out, might help.
#10
Quote by GS LEAD 5
An Axe Standard- $1500
Behriger FCB1101- $200
Carvin TS100- 500
Harley Benton G212V-150
Total- ~2500.

You probably wont ever need another upgrade.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76S3E-wEgYY

Check that out, might help.


Yup ola is pretty beast, but I dont really like carvin guitars, and i would rather keep my avatar 4X12

That being said, anyone have anything to say on other amps?
Ibanez RG5EX1
Ibanez RG7321
Peavey XXX-->Avatar 4X12(2 V30's 2 G12H30's)

BARE KNUCKLE PUPS RULE!
Quote by gumbilicious
thanks for making an old dude feel like his advice is actually taken into consideration
#11
If you want an amp with a graphic eq, have you considered just getting a separate pedal for that?