#1
Good Day,

Im looking for a new head. I built a cab with 2 Celestion V30's and 2 G12T-75's that i'll be playing it through- it sounds great.
I will use this amp to play heavier stuff for the most part (Maiden, Metallica, Cannibal Corpse)
I really like the tones my Class 5 can do (without a boost), that old school crunchy stuff
I HAVE to have a semi-decent clean channel
My budget is no more than $800, I am of course willing to buy used.

I've been looking at Marshall DSL 50's a lot
Guitar Center has a boatload of used Mesa Boogies but i dont even know how to begin sorting through them.

I know you guys are the experts and will help me gather a few more ideas!
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#2
Jet City, with a boost pedal should do the trick.
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#3
If you like the tone of your Class 5, why look at Boogies?

The DSL would be pretty much do what you want:
Good cleans, organic Marshall crunch as well as high gain.
The shared EQ and lack of option to switch between clean/crunch can be pretty limiting if you are playing in a band or do gigs.
Maybe have a look at the Marshall JVM models as well.
Other than that you could try Jet City (JCA50/100), Blackstar (HT-100).

Actually you better just go to a store and try out whatever is in your price range.
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#4
Those bands all use pretty different gear, so getting a single head that will impersonate them all well in your budget will be tough.

A DSL100 or a Laney VH100R would be a good place to start, but neither would do CC very well. Arguably, any amp that can do CC well probably won't be good for Maiden or Metallica.
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#5
What do you guys think about a Mesa Boogie single rec? Im satisfied with teh metal tones but how are the cleans?
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#6
I don't like the Single Rec. IMO it's not really good for anything other than punk and it's subgenres.

EDIT: To throw out another suggestion, how about a Peavey JSX? I don't think you should get an amp with anything less than 3 channels. A high gain channel for Metallica/CC, but Maiden will need it's own dedicated channel that's crunchier and has more mids, and then one for cleans.
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Last edited by Offworld92 at Jan 20, 2012,
#7
Quote by BarbaricJethro
What do you guys think about a Mesa Boogie single rec? Im satisfied with teh metal tones but how are the cleans?

It won't sound like any of the bands you want.
Cleans are at least OK though.
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#8
I've realized the distorted Mesa tones will probably suit me a little better than a DSL 50, my band used to play pretty heavy metal (think Necrophagist, but not nearly as good) and I still play with them every now and then. What do you guys think of a Tremoverb 50?
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#9
Marshall JVM1? Lol. Just found out about this line, and I can't stop thinking about them. Apparently JVM's have the most gain of all Marshalls. That with a boost should be sufficient.
#10
Quote by StratR96
Marshall JVM1? Lol. Just found out about this line, and I can't stop thinking about them. Apparently JVM's have the most gain of all Marshalls. That with a boost should be sufficient.

No need for a boost at all actually.
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#14
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Not if he needs cleans.

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#15
What do you guys think of the Mesa Boogie F-30/F-50? Im thinking it would suit my clean channel needs AND the gain channel will be able to do classic metal as well as death metal (with a boost)..... Thoughts?
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#17
OK, I talked to a guy that used to own a Boogie F50 and F100, he said they were great amps but he couldnt stand the eq, something about how turning up the treble gives you more gain instead of more treble..... Anybody have some input on that topic?

Also, i played a Bogner Alchemist, i liked it but i couldnt use any pedals through it. If i boost it will I be able to get into the heavier stuff?
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#18
Look at a rectoverb its basically a single rec with better cleans and reverb.
And a single will do the tones your looking for lol its the same as a dual or triple rec gain wise, the differences are the single will be bassy as **** youll for sure need to boost it with a ts, itll also have a diff feel than a dual or triple, and the obvious itll have less headroom.

But Id highly recommend looking at a 2ch dual or triple rec, or a mark III or IV.
I owned a rectoverb its a very nice amp, its more amped towards cleans and crunch though, it will do high gain as it has a shit ton of gain but its better for cleans and crunch tones.
Thats why id look into 2 ch. rectos or a Mark III or IV

CC use triple rectos with a boss mt-2 in front of it live, at least the last time I seen them thats what they were using.
I recently seen a vid of them recording there new albulm using a deizel.
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