#1
Hello,

I'm looking for a 3-channel (like a clean, crunch, and lead) guitar combo amp. I'm not a metal player so ultra high gain won't be necessary. I've heard of Mesa Boogie's and the Carvin V3M already, so this thread is more to see what other brands people on this board are using that fit the description, just to see what all the options are. Budget is $900 new/used.
#2
Carvin and Mesa are the 3 chnl kings. I have one (Mesa) but only ever use 2 channels. Lots of other ways to skin that cat.
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#3
you could also get something like the two channel Carvin Belair (2x12) or Nomad (1x12) which has a great beautiful clean channel 1 , channel 2 is a mild crunch , then just use a nice OD pedal on the clean channel for your lead , much lower than your budget ...... I have a V3m head and Mesa MK V head , love them both but if you don't need the high gain there almost no point in the 3 channels
Last edited by Fumble fingers at Apr 25, 2015,
#4
Egnater Tourmaster
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#6
Quote by Fumble fingers
you could also get something like the two channel Carvin Belair (2x12) or Nomad (1x12) which has a great beautiful clean channel 1 , channel 2 is a mild crunch , then just use a nice OD pedal on the clean channel for your lead , much lower than your budget ...... I have a V3m head and Mesa MK V head , love them both but if you don't need the high gain there almost no point in the 3 channels


^^ This gives me the tone I prefer over the 3 chnls
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#8
A Brunetti Maranello? Not sure how much they go for in the US and wether they're even available.
H&K Tubemeister 36? No personal experience with it, but some people I know like it a lot and it sounds good in demo's.
The Egnater Tourmaster is available in a way too heavy combo as well, for what it's worth.
#9
laney ironheart is another option.
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#10
Yeah, the Peavey JSX, XXX and Ultra are all available used and cost <$600 used
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#11
my personal favorite would be the Carvin V3MC, but those are pretty expensive. There is a 1x12 V3MC on ebay for $600 which is about as low as you may find them.

other options are the peavey JSX and XXX 2x12 combos which are easily found used at less than $500. fantastic sounding amps.

the bugera 333 and 333xl combos are cheap amps that are based on the XXX and JSX but are often known to be somewhat unreliable. but they still manage to sound as fantastic as the JSX and XXX. These are found at $500 new. they come with a nice little feature that biases tubes automatically which saves time and headaches. unfortunately this is the feature that fails for many people.
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#12
Do the JVM 210s come with the footswitchable solo boost? if you want that sound that and an od would do wonders.
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#13
Quote by gregs1020
laney ironheart is another option.



Took a look at the specs...wow! Ability to dial down the wattage/having a DI out will be useful as heck, especially for the times I play Sunday services.
#14
Quote by Always-Ben
Took a look at the specs...wow! Ability to dial down the wattage/having a DI out will be useful as heck, especially for the times I play Sunday services.

But you still need a speaker cab/load connected or you will fry the OT
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Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#15
Quote by Robbgnarly
But you still need a speaker cab/load connected or you will fry the OT


But if I get the combo, that won't be a problem. Right?
#16
Quote by Always-Ben
But if I get the combo, that won't be a problem. Right?

No you should be fine if it is a combo, just leave the speaker connected
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2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
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Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
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Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#17
Maybe Laney VC50 ? It's cheap amp, but absolutely amazing. It has 2 channels but in practical use it has 4.