bstephan253
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Join date: Aug 2010
10 IQ
#1
I play in a very eclectic rock band and need an amp to match our sound. I currently have a JCM 800 2204 over a Mesa 2x12 and though I love the Marshall, it is a one-trick pony. Though our first album was mostly hard rock stuff, the newer tunes we are writing go through the tone gauntlet from classic rock, to bluesy, to indie, to psychedelic, to clean.

Our newer stuff that isn't hard rock sounds like crap through the Marshall. I'd like recommendations on a versatile amp (probably a head because the Mesa cab with Vintage 30s is pretty damn good) that can go from overdriven hard rock to clean and most places in between. I'm looking for something that's under $1000 as well.

Thanks
Kato10
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Join date: Dec 2012
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#4
Have you tried the Mini Rectifier head? Just picked one up recently and love this thing. On channel 1 the clean settings is very good, moving it to pushed will give you anything from blackface breakup to some some almost Marshall dirt. Moving to channel 2, the vintage setting has a very Marshall like tone to me and the modern setting will go to all out insanity. What I really dig about this amp is that a slight change in the gain really changes the overall sound of the amp. In comparison my Blackstar HT-20, which is still a cool amp, just kind of gives me more of the same as I turn up the gain. The Mini actually sounds like a totally different amp as you adjust gain. I cannot say enough good things about this amp. I have been gigging with a Mesa LSS and really bought the Mini for playing at home. Now I think I'll sell the LSS and just buy another cabinet, one for home one for gigging and just carry the head back and forth to rehearsals and gigs.
Last edited by Kato10 at Dec 12, 2012,
ihartfood
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Join date: Mar 2012
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#5
I don't think the Mini Rec is worth $1000 by far, and while I'm glad you like it my experience with it was not great and far less than I'd expect from a amp in that price range.
mmjohn
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#6
Evh 5153 mini...
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#7
Peavey JSX
Peavey Ultra
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Marshall Vintage Modern
Laney VH100r
Orange TH30
Mesa Blue Angel
Mesa DC-5/10
Mesa Mark IV
Mesa Lone Star
Fender Supersonic 60/100
Egnater Renagade
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
cdr_salamander
or simply Nick
Join date: Mar 2009
90 IQ
#8
I thought 'eclectic' was only to be used on dating sites...

Anyways, yeah I wouldn't pay a grand for a silly lunchbox amp. If your going to be playing live gigs, get something that shows off a little more

I would say take a look at some Egnater amps, like ihartfood said. The Renegade is awesome.
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Barricade_28
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#11
Quote by cdr_salamander
I would say take a look at some Egnater amps, like ihartfood said. The Renegade is awesome.


Can the Egnater Renegade 112 or 212 combo play good metal? Without need for any extra overdrive/distortion pedals etc.?
cdr_salamander
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#12
Quote by Barricade_28
Can the Egnater Renegade 112 or 212 combo play good metal? Without need for any extra overdrive/distortion pedals etc.?

Yeah, but it's not going to handle them as well as let's say the Vengeance or the Armageddon, which are designed to be modern high-gain machines. Throw the right OD in front though, and you can easily get some good high gain tones.
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Barricade_28
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#13
Quote by cdr_salamander
Yeah, but it's not going to handle them as well as let's say the Vengeance or the Armageddon, which are designed to be modern high-gain machines. Throw the right OD in front though, and you can easily get some good high gain tones.


Thanks. What would be better for metal, a JSX/XXX II or the Renegade. Where would the JSX/XXX II compare along the Engater line?
ConeShred
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#14
Find yourself a Sunn Sceptre. One channel, Two normal inputs, two bright inputs, native tremolo, does literally any clean you could ever want, and takes any pedals like a damn champ.

Most versatile amp I've ever had the pleasure of playing.


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jbarnes.US
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#15
Quote by Barricade_28
Thanks. What would be better for metal, a JSX/XXX II or the Renegade. Where would the JSX/XXX II compare along the Engater line?


I can't compare it to the egnaters, but my JSX has more gain than you will ever use and a good clean channel.
Blktiger0
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#16
Egnater Renegade
Egnater Vengeance
Egnater Tweaker 88
Peavey JSX
5150 III Mini (the 50w version, as somplaces don't tag it as "Mini")

All of those would be great options. I have the Vengeance, if you have any specific questions about it.
iheartgun
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Join date: Dec 2007
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#18
egnater tourmaster: amazing amp super versitile.
egnater tweaker 88 +1
carvin legacy 2 or 3
mesa tremoverb +1
+1 to evh 5153 mini
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