#1
I need some serious help trying to find something good to play metal through.
and before I get a bunch of people in here saying stuff like "you'll never be able to use a 1x12 over a heavy handed drummer." or something like that. I'm not going to be using it.for super high gain death metal stuff... this is more like progressive/neoclassical/power metal ish stuff. Heavy but refined? Thus the reason why I'm having such a hard time trying to find something worth using. Half the reviews I find online are all death metal stuff and not close to the sound I want out of my amp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7-YIZhwvKI&feature=youtube_gdata_player I'm looking at stuff kinda similar to this.

I'm looking for something lightweight too.. 30lbs or so but.I'm open to all suggestions!

thanks!
#2
You can get great 1x12 amps for metal, your 30lbs. weight limit will give you no results.

What is your budget?
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
#4
Are you in the USA?
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
#6
Look at www.guitarcenter.com/usedgear they have several Mesa DC-3 combos for <$550. These are a poor-mans Mark series amp
Peavey Ultra
Peavey JSX (its a 2x12 though)
Mesa Stiletto Ace
Mesa Rectoverb
Krank 1980 Jr (I have only seen one 1x12 combo for sale ever)
krank rev (its a 2x12)
Krank Chadwick (2x12)

you can find these all for your budget on the site I linked, some may be a little more if you factor shipping/tax in to it
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
#7
Peavy 6505 1x12 combo.

Nothing will come close it at that price range imo. Not the most versatile amp, the cleans are pretty harsh, but it does have a really tight heavy distorted tone. Only downside is the speaker is kinda meh, its an easy and reasonably cheap upgrade however.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMx8p5u99jg
#8
Bogner alchemist

~$400
Highly versitile
Not the best metal amp, but can hold its own, and, the $200 left over can get you some good pedals
The Best Floyd Rose Is A Setup Floyd Rose!

Gear:
STARcaster Strat
Dean Tradition Acoustic
03 B.C. Rich NJ Warlock Speedloader
Xaviere XV-599
Epi 1984 Explorer
Crate GTD65
Epi Valve Jr
Bogner Alchemist Head
Marshall 1960B
#9
Quote by Robbgnarly
Look at www.guitarcenter.com/usedgear they have several Mesa DC-3 combos for <$550. These are a poor-mans Mark series amp
Peavey Ultra
Peavey JSX (its a 2x12 though)
Mesa Stiletto Ace
Mesa Rectoverb
Krank 1980 Jr (I have only seen one 1x12 combo for sale ever)
krank rev (its a 2x12)
Krank Chadwick (2x12)

you can find these all for your budget on the site I linked, some may be a little more if you factor shipping/tax in to it


definitely saving this list! thanks so much. I'll post later when I make a decision
#10
Mesa Mk4 maybe?

The Randall RM50 combo is 1x12. Maybe a used one loaded with a couple of Recto modules?


Both of those are way heavier than you specified though. Still, buy a decent trolley and weight shouldn't be much of an issue really (unless you intend to take it on the bus. )
Gilchrist custom
Yamaha SBG500
Telecasters
Randall RM100 & RM20
Marshall JTM45 clone
Marshall JCM900 4102 (modded)
Marshall 18W clone
Fender 5F1 Champ clone
Atomic Amplifire
Marshall 1960A
Boss GT-100


Cathbard Amplification
My band
Last edited by Cathbard at Nov 1, 2013,
#11
I have an ENGL Thunder 50 1x12 and I would also highly recommend it for you to consider. I've gigged small venues with it with absolutely no trouble (even unmic'd), extremely versatile gain characteristics (can do light gain and brutal gain and everything in between very clearly) and great cleans. Comes with a Vintage 30 and takes effects extremely well. Have to find a good deal for one used tho, but they're out there to be had! Should definitely consider it if you haven't!
#12
I think. a Blackstar HT-whatever would be nice too!

I've contemplated the RG- series... but they're so heavy (weight-wise) and I do intend on taking it on the bus! Bahahaha

I looked into ENGL amps already :c so sosososososlskskslsosoosgrodndow expensive !
#13
QUOTE=Cathbard]Mesa Mk4 maybe?

The Randall RM50 combo itime 1x12. Maybe a used one loaded with a couple of Recto modules?


Both of those are way heavier than you specified though. Still, buy a decent trolley and weight shouldn't be much of an issue really (unless you intend to take it on the bus. )

MkIVs are great amps (i have the long head 10 feet away). All i am speaking on the head on a mesa 4x12 w/V30's. They can do some solid tone once you get it dialed. It doesn't need a boost but i do most of the time. I use a timmy on channel two pushed all the way for rhythm and a zendrive on the lead to sweeten up leads. They aren't necessarily for good tone, but it does go the extra mile.

They would likely cover anything op wants.

But last time i saw on they are closer to $800ish. And i am betting they are really 70lbs+
WTLT 2014 GG&A

Quote by andersondb7
alright "king of the guitar forum"


Quote by trashedlostfdup
nope i am "GOD of the guitar forum" i think that fits me better.


Quote by andersondb7
youre just being a jerk man.



****** NEW NEW NEW!
2017-07-07 2017-07-07 Update and a Chat On Noise Constraints *** NEW FRIDAY 7/7
2017-04-13 RUN AWAY from COMPUTERS!!! TCE? RANT ALERT!!!
2017-03-02 - Guitar Philosophy 1001- Be Prepared For the Situation (Thursday 2017-03-02)
2017-02-21 How to Hot-Rod the Hell of your Stratocaster for $50! (Tuesday 2017-2-21)
Resentments and Rambling from a Guitar Junkie
---> http://trashedengineering.blogspot.com/
#14
ooh, seems a bit out of my game mrange but I enjoy them nonetheless. looks like it's time to save for a Tubemeister and a cab to go with it ._.
#15
The Krank Rev Jr. Pro 50w 1x12 combo is being sold off as the last of their stock right now at $550, new. Definitely worth considering. I'd probably rather have that than any Peavey or Mesa combo in your price range.
Quote by Dave_Mc
I've had tube amps for a while now, but never actually had any go down on me
Quote by jj1565
maybe you're not saying the right things? an amp likes to know you care.





www.SanctityStudios.com
#16
Quote by MatrixClaw
The Krank Rev Jr. Pro 50w 1x12 combo is being sold off as the last of their stock right now at $550, new. Definitely worth considering. I'd probably rather have that than any Peavey or Mesa combo in your price range.

+1
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
#17
Lots of good suggestions out there, but for shits and giggles I'll try to get something that weighs ~30lbs.

Tech 21 Power Engine 60
http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-TECH-21-TRADEMARK-30-COMBO-109419186-i3358563.gc

POD HD500
http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-LINE-6-990601615-POD-HD500-AMP-MODELER-PEDAL-109465789-i3413273.gc


The tech 21 only weighs 33lbs and has more than enough power to push above my drummer. Plus, I don't even need to mic it since I can also go straight to the mixer using either the xlr outs on the back of my gsp1101, or via the xlr out on the tech 21.

The POD HD I put in there just because it's a floorboard unit and therefore wouldn't have to worry about having to haul a rack and it's controller for gigs/jams. That way you could put the POD and your cables in a backpack, your guitar in a gig-bag over your shoulder, and the tech 21 in your hand and be ready to play in one trip.

Anyway, I'm sure you'll pick one of the other options above, but I figured I'd just throw out a rig that comes nearest to your weight limit and still sounds great.
AMP:
5150 combo
GSP1101 + Tech 21 PE60

GUITARS:
ESP LTD M-255 w/ SD Full Shred
Kramer Vanguard w/ JE-1000 active preamp
Douglas WF-150sn w/ GFS "Hot Lead" set

EFFECTS:
Bos SD-1 (boost)
AMT DT-2

My Youtube Vids http://youtube.com/user/mogar
#18
Two that come to mind are:

Carvin V3 Micro combo, the V3MC. 50 watts, 3 channels, 112 combo only 36#. I had the V3M head it was pretty neat. Brand new/factory direct they sell for 650 plus shipping.

Peavey 6505+. Bigger and heavier, but a standard option at a good price. Definitely available in your price range.


For me, I found a Mesa Rectover (single rectifier) on CL for only $500. Great price, amazing amp...louder than I'll ever need.

You might also consider?:

Get a Roland JC120 used for under $500. One of the best clean sounds you'll ever hear. Then add a metal pedal or two to get your sound. Of course it's a 212 combo so that might be out already, but there is a JC60 version with a 112 combo.
#19
V3M is not a good amp, very fizzy gain and a tube swap will not even fix it.

Roland JC120/60 for metal, no way in hell. Even with a dirt box, NO.

6505+ is worth a look
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
#20
I recommend the Peavey 6505+ 112. I have it and it's great for the money but it's even better I hear with a tube and speaker swap. It's also looks pretty sick.
Just another Sheep in the design of the Almighty Machine.


-GEAR-
Gibson 60s Les Paul Tribute (Sunburst)
1999 Ibanez RG470 (TitaniumIce-MIJ)
Jackson RR3 (Trans-Red)
Peavey 6505+
Podx3