#1
There has been discussion on solid state modeling amps vs tube amps for sound. The argument has been made that a high quality solid state amp can match what a tube amp sounds like. So, what would be considered a high quality solid state modeling amp that compares with tubes?
#2
Axe FX.

But I think you're misinterpreting. Usually the claim isn't that a good SS amp can sound just like a tube amp, it's that they can sound great in their own way. In that case there are lots of very usable SS amps like Pritchard, Polytone, Roland JC, several from Randall and Peavey, etc.
#3
Kemper still sounds more dynamic to me than Axe 2.

BUt they're almost different things. Depends on what you want to use it for. Kemper is more of a studio piece, Axe is a better all-in-one.
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#4
The kemper is said to sound more natural and stuff, while the axe has a shit ton of funny fx to **** around with.

Having tried a kemper for 10 or 15 minutes with a tele and a 1x12 cab with a v30, I wouldn't get one for the sound, but if I was touring and stuff I'd likely get one for the convenience.
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#6
Your questions are overbroad, in effect you're asking "how high is up?"

What, exactly, are you trying to determine?
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There has been discussion on solid state modeling amps vs tube amps for sound. The argument has been made that a high quality solid state amp can match what a tube amp sounds like. So, what would be considered a high quality solid state modeling amp that compares with tubes?


The Peavey Vypr will impress you.

Look at the Yamaha THR series as well.
#9
Jazz Chorus for cleans, Randalls for gain. Probably what you're looking for. They're kind of the 'staples' of SS tone.
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Ampeg VH140c & SS140c
Crate GX130c & GT3500H
Marshall Lead 100 Mosfet
Roland Jazz Chorus
Peavey Classic Chorus
Yamaha G-100
Lab Series L5


All of these are great solid-state amps.
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#12
Nobody's mentioned Pritchard?
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Oops, missed that. I still haven't had the opportunity to try one tbh.
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#16
Quote by Arby911
Your questions are overbroad, in effect you're asking "how high is up?"

What, exactly, are you trying to determine?


I read a lot of discussion on how a lot of the amps these days, both modeling and tube, are cheap crap. It's relatively easy to determine the high end tube amps. Solid states are a little different because they tend to be marketed to the more budget minded anyway.
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I read a lot of discussion on how a lot of the amps these days, both modeling and tube, are cheap crap. It's relatively easy to determine the high end tube amps. Solid states are a little different because they tend to be marketed to the more budget minded anyway.


Ok great, now let me ask again, what are you trying to determine? Is there a purpose here?

Because the best SS amps have already been mentioned above...
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