#1
Exactly a year ago got back into playing again after an 8 year hiatus.
I bought 2 new Les Pauls and a Jackson Dinky Pro.
I wanted a valve amp that had the Marshall tone that my old jcm 900 slx had
Everyone said get a Blackstar so I bought the ht5th 2x10 in creme.
It is dark and the top end sucks! I have swapped tubes and it killed the buzzy noisy gain problem .
I think that they are way overrated and I wasted $550. I am currently running a Zoom G2NU thru my clean channel with some patches I made to even be playable. I am not impressed with Blackstar.
I'm thinking about an EVH 50 watt combo or a Laney IronHeart 60 or an Orange Jim Root setup.
I play classic rock, blues rock and old Metallica and 80s metal type stuff.
What are your thoughts and suggestions? The Blackstar is goin up for sale.
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Blackstar HT5TH
#2
Maybe they thought you had a JCM900 Dual Reverb. That would make sense. The SL-X is actually a good amp.

Why don't you just get an SL-X again?

EDIT: Check out a used Mesa Mark IV combo, Mark V if you can stretch your budget that far.
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Last edited by Offworld92 at Sep 28, 2014,
#3
Quote by shooter.556

Everyone said get a Blackstar


So you're back for more advice? You could probably swap it for something else, really, you have to go and play them for a while to see if you like them, with a perfect amp, it should almost be love at first note.
#4
Quote by Offworld92
Maybe they thought you had a JCM900 Dual Reverb. That would make sense. The SL-X is actually a good amp.

Why don't you just get an SL-X again?

EDIT: Check out a used Mesa Mark IV combo, Mark V if you can stretch your budget that far.

I don't play in a band anymore and while my slx was a monster it's too much for my needs.
I just jam at home.
I order everything off of the internet. Goin to GC and Sam Ash just messes with my ptsd too much.
The noise makes me angry and I don't really like being around people.
My budget is about $1500. Maybe more if I unloaded a couple of guns..
I found a nice Recto for 1k but its just too much amp for my house.
2013 Les Paul Signature T Alpine White Burst
2013 Les Paul 60s Tribute Vintage Sunburst with 50s wiring Orange Drops and a JB and a 59 Duncan
Jackson Dinky Pro DK2M Satin Black
Blackstar HT5TH
#5
Quote by Tempoe
So you're back for more advice? You could probably swap it for something else, really, you have to go and play them for a while to see if you like them, with a perfect amp, it should almost be love at first note.

It's too late to swap it. I have had it a year now. It's mint but I'll keep it before I take a beating on it.
I usually use youtube and forums to make my decisions. I don't do well around crowds of people and my local GC is too noisy and too many people. My ptsd makes me itch and I get mad so I avoid crowds and loud noises.
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2013 Les Paul 60s Tribute Vintage Sunburst with 50s wiring Orange Drops and a JB and a 59 Duncan
Jackson Dinky Pro DK2M Satin Black
Blackstar HT5TH
#6
The Jet City JCA 5212RC is based on the Soldano Lucky 13. It would suit you nicely I'd think.
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#8
Quote by Cathbard
The Jet City JCA 5212RC is based on the Soldano Lucky 13. It would suit you nicely I'd think.

I have been wanting to try one of those. I saw a youtube video of one thru a Les Paul and thought it sounded thick and ballsy.
2013 Les Paul Signature T Alpine White Burst
2013 Les Paul 60s Tribute Vintage Sunburst with 50s wiring Orange Drops and a JB and a 59 Duncan
Jackson Dinky Pro DK2M Satin Black
Blackstar HT5TH
#9
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
Where are you located?


Also, was it someone in GGnA that suggested the Blackstar to you?

I am in Louisville, Kentucky but I spend a lot of time in Nashville, Tennessee as well. My wife is from there. Honestly, the Blackstar was recommended to me my two former band mates and guys that I have played guitar with my entire life sans my time in the military. They both gig with HT 100s.
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2013 Les Paul 60s Tribute Vintage Sunburst with 50s wiring Orange Drops and a JB and a 59 Duncan
Jackson Dinky Pro DK2M Satin Black
Blackstar HT5TH
#10
The HT series is very unimpressive.
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#11
Quote by Cathbard
The HT series is very unimpressive.

I agree 100%... I spent more on guitars than the amp and I probably should have only bought two guitars and a better amp. Oh well live and learn lol!
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2013 Les Paul 60s Tribute Vintage Sunburst with 50s wiring Orange Drops and a JB and a 59 Duncan
Jackson Dinky Pro DK2M Satin Black
Blackstar HT5TH
#12
an mKIV is a good option. i like mine a lot totally reliable, huge margin of different tone, but it definitely isn't british voiced.

the JCM900 dual reverbs blow IMO. the only JCM900 that i would only get is the SL-X

JCM DSL's are nice, idon't the the TSL (three channel)and i would go with a 100 or a 50.

if i were anywhere near getting a marshall i would look into a used Splawn (i own to nitrokt88 and a Promod KT88, $1000 if you really look hard.

$1200 you could get a really nice quickrod. quality amps made by a great small shop in the US. if you have a question, you can literally call Scott (Scott Splawn) and he will help you if you need it. nice guy.
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#13
Unfortunately a lot (honestly, a ****ton, probably a majority) of great players have a shit ear for tone.

Unfortunately for you, you do seem to have a good ear for tone. Unfortunately for your GAS and your wallet I mean.

The Mesa Mark amps are pretty fantastic at low volumes, as far as guitar amps go. They are completely different from Rectifiers (which are hard to tame at low volumes).

The Orange terrors are very nice amps, great sounds. They're also just a bit overpriced for what they are as well. Great value used though. I'm thinking about trading up my VHT Special 6 Ultra for a Tiny Terror or a Jim Root terror myself. Check out the Dark Terror. It has a ton of gain like the Jim Root does, but it's voiced more classically - not as Nu-Metally. I got a chance to play one the other week, and I thought it was fantastic for real balls out alternative / modern rock tones. That's a hard tone to get a great sound for, IMO. The range on the gain knob for cleans is very small though. Easier to dial in cleans than the OR15 though, haha.


Seriously take a look at the Peavey XXX and 3120. They're the same exact amp with different aesthetics, just get whichever is cheaper. They are amazing for 80s metal and those 80s sterile cleans, and the middle channel can be dialed down for good blues and classic rock tones. You can probably throw a 12AT7 or a 5751 or something like that in V1 to tame it more and make it more controllable.

Another Peavey alternative to check out is the Ultra Plus. They're a bit harder to find though. They're older, and kind of precursors to what would be the JSX later. But they're voiced less fluid and modern than the JSX, closer in line with the XXX and better for your wants I think.

I'm not familiar with these amps at all, but check out the Egnater Rebels. From what I understand, they're supposed to be in the vein of a JCM800, just a bit cooler with modern appointments I think. I'm quite fond of Egnater as a company and the things they have going on in their amps, though unfortunately they don't make anything that really caters to my needs.

Lastly, check out the MXR M77. It's very similar to a Boss SD-1 tonally, but it has a way larger range of ways you can dial it in with more tone tweakability, and it's quieter. The SD-1 was basically the pedal to have to boost amps in the 80s and even 90s. It's great as a standalone too. I got one because I like the harsher nature of the SD-1 as opposed to a typical Tubescreamer which are a lot smoother, and I had an SD-1 before but I hated how noisy it was, and I wanted something with more tonal controls. The M77 was perfect for my needs. Now that my whole huge modern metal rig is gone and I just have a tiny VHT, I'm rediscovering what it is capable of, and it holds up.
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#14
No-one here suggested the HT5 (or at least none of the regulars), that's for sure.

Sorry to hear you don't like it.
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#15
Quote by shooter.556
I am in Louisville, Kentucky but I spend a lot of time in Nashville, Tennessee as well. My wife is from there. Honestly, the Blackstar was recommended to me my two former band mates and guys that I have played guitar with my entire life sans my time in the military. They both gig with HT 100s.

I'd consider some of this stuff:

http://louisville.craigslist.org/msg/4690107106.html Bogner Shiva
http://louisville.craigslist.org/msg/4650374414.html Orange AD30
http://louisville.craigslist.org/msg/4632772512.html Fender Supersonic
http://louisville.craigslist.org/msg/4670012097.html Peavey Classic 50
http://louisville.craigslist.org/msg/4649010009.html Bad Cat Lynx
http://louisville.craigslist.org/msg/4669770250.html Egnater Renegade
http://louisville.craigslist.org/msg/4656797778.html Engl Ironball
http://louisville.craigslist.org/msg/4658641685.html EVH 5153
http://louisville.craigslist.org/msg/4656560161.html Egnater Rebel
http://louisville.craigslist.org/msg/4647768752.html Orange Dual Terror
http://louisville.craigslist.org/msg/4617740089.html Ampeg V4
http://louisville.craigslist.org/msg/4644702952.html Egnagter Tweaker
http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/msg/4687470569.html Marshall JMP 50


BTW - Are you going to the Louder than Life festival by chance?
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Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH



Thanks for the suggestions and support everyone.
I would love to go to Louder than Life. It's a laundry list of my favorite bands.
It's best that I stay away from crowds and noise. I was a US Marine and I have horrible PTSD and social anxiety problems. I have to be really drunk to take crowds or I get really mean.
All of my friends are going but it's best if I stay home. I spend a lot of time hunting and in the woods.
Guitar is my stress relief and my solace.
2013 Les Paul Signature T Alpine White Burst
2013 Les Paul 60s Tribute Vintage Sunburst with 50s wiring Orange Drops and a JB and a 59 Duncan
Jackson Dinky Pro DK2M Satin Black
Blackstar HT5TH