#1
Ok, so I'm in the market for a new amp. prefer it to be new, but used is ok. I don't want to spend any more than $2000 USD.

I need it to have 3 channels. 1 for cleans, light/mid gain, and a high gain.
need it to be all tube, and not rack mounted. no preamps, or digital modelers.
efx loop would be nice, but wont make or break it for me. i usually run my board in front of the amp any way.

I'd prefer the 3 channels to be completely independent of each other, both on the foot switch and eq. I'm using a 5150 II right now which has served me well, but i dont like that the "crunch" channel is simply a mode of channel 1. i need to be able to switch to cleans or mid gain without having to worry about what mode my first channel is in.

so far the only amps that have caught my eye are the EVH 5150 III, and the Mesa Dual Rectifier.

what other amps should I look into?!

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Fender American Deluxe Telecaster (little 59')
Peavey 5150 II
Orange PPC412
Boss NS-2
Boss DD-3
Monster Power Pro 900
Korg Pitchblack Pro
Sennheiser EW 172 Wireless
Carvin 6 space rack
#2
Egnator Armageddon. Channel 2 and 3 share an EQ, but you can assign the mid cut/boost feature to each channel individually.
#4
A Dual or Triple Rectifier will probably do exactly what you want without going over your budget.
#6
Do you want to change your base tone? The 5150III will be similar to your current amp, a dual rectifier won't be. If you want to go down the Mesa road, you could look at a used roadster or used mark iv/v.
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#7
I'm not sure if I want to change my base tone. I really like how my amp sounds now, but I wish it had more of a power tube type distortion, than all preamp. so more of a marshall OD, with the balls of modern heavy music tone.

I was really interested in a Splawn Nitro, but I really need 3 individual channels.

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Fender American Deluxe Telecaster (little 59')
Peavey 5150 II
Orange PPC412
Boss NS-2
Boss DD-3
Monster Power Pro 900
Korg Pitchblack Pro
Sennheiser EW 172 Wireless
Carvin 6 space rack
#8
Mesa Boogie Royal Atlantic. 1 clean channel, another drive channel with two modes (it actually works like a 3 channel amp), the best cleans Mesa has to offer, awesome brit gain (both low/mid and high), tube driven effects loop (you can remove it from the circuit if you want to, it can be hard bypassed), lushy tube reverb, power soak on each mode (from 3w to 100w), it can do metal for sure with super tone (ask mastodon and lamb of god). The clean channel alone worths the price! When you push the clean channel you get a beautiful three dimensional and heart bumping sound, it feels so alive (not saying overdrive channels is not as good but OMG, those cleans!)... CHECK IT OUT!

How would I describe this amp? It's bold with a great low end.

Mesa Royal Atlantic
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Marshall Class 5C
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Yamaha THR10
PRS Swamp Ash Limited Custom 24
LTD Viper 500 with Duncans
Last edited by Perverockstar69 at Apr 4, 2012,
#9
You never said what you're going to be playing. That's kinda important.
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#10
He's got a link to his band in his sig.
Fleet of MiJ Ibanez
Couple of Balls
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Eclipse
Fender HM Strat
Kemper KPA
5150 III 50w & cabs
#11
my band is a weird mix of hardcore/metal/rock/and experimental.

so misery signals meets shai hulud, with ambient sections a la explosions in the sky.

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Fender American Deluxe Telecaster (little 59')
Peavey 5150 II
Orange PPC412
Boss NS-2
Boss DD-3
Monster Power Pro 900
Korg Pitchblack Pro
Sennheiser EW 172 Wireless
Carvin 6 space rack
#12
As I was reading it I was thinking, "isn't he describing a XXX?" (or Ultra/JSX w/e.)
Then the Mesa boys jumped in and usurped that idea. If you can afford a Mesa, get one.
Those Royal Atlantics look like an awesome amp.
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#13
Marshall JVM 410
Check that out if you can
Even the 210 may suffice as each channel has 3 modes
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#14
I'd definitely check out a Peavey JSX.
Spin 'round carousel when your horse isn't screwed in.

My band:
Fractured Instinct
(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
#15
the issue with the Royal Atlantic and JSX is, it wouldn't be any different as i have now in regards to channel switching. i don't want to have to change the mode of a channel before actually changing the channel. i need 3 channels that i can switch between independently.

Check out my band! Endeavor


Fender American Deluxe Telecaster (little 59')
Peavey 5150 II
Orange PPC412
Boss NS-2
Boss DD-3
Monster Power Pro 900
Korg Pitchblack Pro
Sennheiser EW 172 Wireless
Carvin 6 space rack
#16
The JSX does have 3 independent channels.
Spin 'round carousel when your horse isn't screwed in.

My band:
Fractured Instinct
(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
#17
Quote by Offworld92
The JSX does have 3 independent channels.



yes. but two of them share the same button on the footswitch. which is exactly how it is on my 5150 with the clean and crunch.

i need it to be 3 separate buttons. as in Ch 1, Ch 2 and Ch3.

thats why I had mentioned the 5150 III and the Mesa Dual Rec as potential amps.

Check out my band! Endeavor


Fender American Deluxe Telecaster (little 59')
Peavey 5150 II
Orange PPC412
Boss NS-2
Boss DD-3
Monster Power Pro 900
Korg Pitchblack Pro
Sennheiser EW 172 Wireless
Carvin 6 space rack
#18
Ok so far the amps that fit my description are:

5150 III
Mesa Dual/Triple Rec
Mesa Mark IV/V
Mesa Roadster
Engl Powerball
Marshall JVM 410
Egnater Armageddon

any others that I havent thought of?

Check out my band! Endeavor


Fender American Deluxe Telecaster (little 59')
Peavey 5150 II
Orange PPC412
Boss NS-2
Boss DD-3
Monster Power Pro 900
Korg Pitchblack Pro
Sennheiser EW 172 Wireless
Carvin 6 space rack
Last edited by New_Crisis at Apr 4, 2012,
#20
Quote by 667
Egnater Armageddon.


oops. my bad! haha. forgot about that one !

Check out my band! Endeavor


Fender American Deluxe Telecaster (little 59')
Peavey 5150 II
Orange PPC412
Boss NS-2
Boss DD-3
Monster Power Pro 900
Korg Pitchblack Pro
Sennheiser EW 172 Wireless
Carvin 6 space rack
#21
Quote by New_Crisis
Ok so far the amps that fit my description are:

5150 III
Mesa Dual/Triple Rec
Mesa Mark IV/V
Mesa Roadster
Engl Powerball
Marshall JVM 410
Egnater Armageddon
Carvin V3
any others that I havent thought of?


EDIT: Forgot about the V3, Added it to the list

Check out my band! Endeavor


Fender American Deluxe Telecaster (little 59')
Peavey 5150 II
Orange PPC412
Boss NS-2
Boss DD-3
Monster Power Pro 900
Korg Pitchblack Pro
Sennheiser EW 172 Wireless
Carvin 6 space rack
#22
Quick look at craigslist for Richmond, I see: JSX, dual recto, roadster and mark v.
Fleet of MiJ Ibanez
Couple of Balls
Peavey & EVH Wolfgangs
Eclipse
Fender HM Strat
Kemper KPA
5150 III 50w & cabs
#23
+1

You're just going to have to make some appointments and go play some stuff. You've got a great list going and I get the fact that you are trying to create a list.

Just based on what you've said so far I'd go for the 5153.

If you can get past the 'need' to have 3 channels I'd give the Splawn Quick Rod a closer look. The Nitro is awesome too, and although I have not played one it does have a few pitfalls (if that is possible). One, it doesn't have the Gears - just clean and high gain. It has insane amounts of low end. That can be bad if paired with the wrong speakers, cab, pickups, or Drop tunings.

The Quick Rod has teh Gears, more mids than you can shake a stick at (great for cutting through live) and is more geared toward hot rodded Marshall tone. There is a rather simple mod you can do to the footswitch to change the Gears. The footswitch also has OD1/OD2 and Boost function. With all of that, you should be able to hit whatever you need. The Splawns are made in the USA and have a high build quality.

I would also look at the Egnater Vengeance and Renegade. The Egnater footswitches are pretty awesome.

An Orange Rockerverb would be pretty sweet too but probably not as versatile as the rest.
#24
unfortunately, the need for 3 footswitchable channels is necessary. I use 3 different tones live, and since we play to a click and have very quick, tight transitions...I dont really have the time to change the mode of a different channel before changing to that channel anymore. it's more in my band's newer material, but I can see it becoming a common thing with our songwriting now.

I'll keep trying out different amps and such. find what really works for me. Thanks for the suggestions! If there's any other amps I should look into, let me know

Check out my band! Endeavor


Fender American Deluxe Telecaster (little 59')
Peavey 5150 II
Orange PPC412
Boss NS-2
Boss DD-3
Monster Power Pro 900
Korg Pitchblack Pro
Sennheiser EW 172 Wireless
Carvin 6 space rack
#25
Lot's of good options for you. Just don't forget to try them before you buy. Buy the one that makes you really happy.

I was in the same situation as you about the budget and some needs, I just could find one amp that filled the spot (with some surprising awesome extras ).

Now I'm a happy man and I do like to brag about it!

Edit: I forgot I found the Cornford MK50 but out of my budget .

Mesa Royal Atlantic
Orange Rocker 15
Marshall Class 5C
Emperor 4x12 Silver Bells
Yamaha THR10
PRS Swamp Ash Limited Custom 24
LTD Viper 500 with Duncans
Last edited by Perverockstar69 at Apr 5, 2012,