coolbeverage
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I was recently away from home for a job and with the money I saved I thought it would be cool to buy my dream amp, the Mark V. After hours of trying it something just didn't feel right to me, so I began a tireless search for the perfect amp. I was very close to taking home a new Savage, 5150 III, or 5150 III 50w. In the end I found these two used for good prices.

The original idea was to have 1 tweaker amp and 1 plug and play amp (I'd pick one of the two new heads and sell the other...where I live both of these amps are very rare), but I think I've convinced myself to keep both of them and sell my 6505+. I'll give myself some time to get over the honeymoon period and tinker with the amps (it'd take a month to get truly comfortable with either of these) and make the decision, but for now I don't see myself using it all that often. I'm very happy with both amps, and they compliment each other well. When I took the VHT for its first test drive I was pleased to find out that, even though it's a tweaker amp, it pretty much sounds good however I set it up. The Rivera is a bit touchier to set up and requires approximately un-mic'ed drum volume to start sounding good, but is definitely a monster. A monster that can do beautiful cleans by the way!

So without further ado here are my two new babies (3 if you include the cab I guess), the VHT Sig:X and Rivera KR7!

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Great amps!!! HNdoubleAD!

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The VHT is the sexiest. Have never played either, but definitely want to.

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Nice score man. I'm really jelly!


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You win Mapz. HNAD for sure, cool stuff!
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Thanks for the replies!
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Very nice! HDNAD! I'd like to hear some clips of that KR7 if you ever get around to it. That thing is sex.

I plan to record many clips of both of these amps, both through V30s and K100s (and possibly 2 V30s with 2 K100s in an X). There aren't many clips of them around the internets, but a few good ones I can recommend are from Death Monkey at HCAF (Sig X) http://www.mp3lizard.com/download.cfm?id=25801, this one of Mick jamming it out on one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hoJ8H-Vzwc ,and this one of some Rivera dude going through the EQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2XgMfR7Bq0 . I'm still waiting for my microphone to come back, but I'll see if I can find something better than my digital camera in the meantime lol.


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Good job. I really really want a SigX. That Rivera is damn sexy too. Is that some kind of gun metal color for the tolex? Reminds me of a CEC amp. Anyway. Happy scores.

2 NADs are better than 1





clips? please?

Rivera calls the tolex ash. To be honest when I first saw it I thought "aw man, I wanted black", but upon seeing it in person my thoughts changed to "hey this is pretty cool!" haha.
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Damn.... just damn... HNAD. ****ing Jealous.

Can the KR7 do more than slipknot?

Oh man can it ever. I'm actually not really a Slipknot fan at all, I was thinking of even removing the 'seven' plate but I figure it's ambiguous enough to leave on, it's just a number right? But anyway, it seems Mick Thompson knows his stuff about sound, and Rivera is a company that I really trust. That being said I owned a K-Tre in the past and couldn't love the gain channel no matter how much I wanted to (without a boost atleast), and this amp fixed everything I didn't like about the Tre. It's tighter, clearer, and more articulate while still maintaining the ability to do sweet Rivera cleans. The KR7 excels at downtuned stuff, more than the Sig X IMO, but it doesn't have to be in drop C or lower to sound good. I sometimes fart around with dropped C stuff, but usually don't go lower than D standard or dropped D and it sounds sweet.

The quickest way for me to describe the sounds of the two is that the Sig X has the VHT/Fryette dry and tight thing going on and the KR7 is more pissed off and meaty.
Last edited by coolbeverage at Sep 25, 2012,
311ZOSOVHJH
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Ha ha

watching Mick in the video was like watching a normal person in fast motion.

i'm not a Slipknot fan either but I respect the guy.

The CEC amps are done in a similar tolex. I really dig it. So do you know what the physical or technical differences (upgrade) there are to make it a Seven sig amp?
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#17
oooh badass
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Very nice! Love the ash color of the KR7.
Was that just an aquisition story or your review? I only see pictures otherwise...
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Damn, that's awesome.

Have you bust out an ABY yet?

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Quote by coolbeverage
... That being said I owned a K-Tre in the past and couldn't love the gain channel no matter how much I wanted to (without a boost atleast), and this amp fixed everything I didn't like about the Tre. It's tighter, clearer, and more articulate while still maintaining the ability to do sweet Rivera cleans. The KR7 excels at downtuned stuff, more than the Sig X IMO, but it doesn't have to be in drop C or lower to sound good. I sometimes fart around with dropped C stuff, but usually don't go lower than D standard or dropped D and it sounds sweet. ...

Agreed! Isn't the Seven/KR7 just the signature model and the same as the KR100T?

Also, the Sig:X sounds even better with FatBottoms!

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#22
Run your 6505, Sig X and Rivera all in tandem.

Report back.

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Completely badass!!

I thought I had a good double high gain score with my MKV and a krankenstein plus... You blew that out of the water.

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Quote by coolbeverage


Oh man can it ever. I'm actually not really a Slipknot fan at all, I was thinking of even removing the 'seven' plate but I figure it's ambiguous enough to leave on, it's just a number right? But anyway, it seems Mick Thompson knows his stuff about sound, and Rivera is a company that I really trust. That being said I owned a K-Tre in the past and couldn't love the gain channel no matter how much I wanted to (without a boost atleast), and this amp fixed everything I didn't like about the Tre. It's tighter, clearer, and more articulate while still maintaining the ability to do sweet Rivera cleans. The KR7 excels at downtuned stuff, more than the Sig X IMO, but it doesn't have to be in drop C or lower to sound good. I sometimes fart around with dropped C stuff, but usually don't go lower than D standard or dropped D and it sounds sweet.

The quickest way for me to describe the sounds of the two is that the Sig X has the VHT/Fryette dry and tight thing going on and the KR7 is more pissed off and meaty.


Very sweet. When I was younger I was really into Slipknot. I grew out of them. But I was very interested in this amp when It came out. Great detailed review bud. This makes me want to go play one.
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Quote by Ippon
Agreed! Isn't the Seven/KR7 just the signature model and the same as the KR100T?

Also, the Sig:X sounds even better with FatBottoms!



Yup, it's a modified KR100 Reverb from what I've read. I've also heard from many people that VHTs love VHT cabs! Unfortunately it's almost impossible for me to obtain one where I live. I'll watch the used market but I think it'll be a while before I find one. To my ears the Sig X sounds better through the K100s than V30s for what it's worth.

Quote by Eppicurt
Run your 6505, Sig X and Rivera all in tandem.

Report back.


I think this might kill me!

Quote by nickdohle
Very sweet. When I was younger I was really into Slipknot. I grew out of them. But I was very interested in this amp when It came out. Great detailed review bud. This makes me want to go play one.

Oh this isn't my review, it was just me trying to share the excitement of 2 new amps. When I get my mic back I'm going to record a bunch of clips and upload them somewhere (probably tonefinder). I tried recording with my camera and a computer microphone (like for skype and stuff) and it just didn't do the amps justice (I didn't really expect them to though). Also after I gig them and have more time to play with them I'll be posting actual reviews in the reviews section . I'd say give me a few weeks to a month to do this.
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Interesting NAD! Congrats! Tried the SigX for a few hours, but didn't do it for me. Glad you like it though, they go for a great price these days. That Rivera slays
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Quote by coolbeverage
Yup, it's a modified KR100 Reverb from what I've read. I've also heard from many people that VHTs love VHT cabs! Unfortunately it's almost impossible for me to obtain one where I live. I'll watch the used market but I think it'll be a while before I find one. To my ears the Sig X sounds better through the K100s than V30s for what it's worth.

...

That's what I remember from playing both.

Yea, the Sig:X doesn't like the V30s. If you like the K100s, you might like the Emi Swamp Thangs.

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Run your 6505, Sig X and Rivera all in tandem.

Report back.



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wow!
i own a KR7 now also.
sold my 5150 and Dual rec when i got.
AMAZING amp. matched with the cab its unstoppable!
more head room than optimus prime!
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Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?