Hey, this isn't actualy for me, but as I'm a member here I thought I'd get peoples thoughts.

The basics are a guy I know has £500 and he needs to either get a triple rectifier or get something that sounds close to it. First, is this possible? second, how?

Thanks for the help
500 pounds will get you a used marshall. If you're lucky. A triple recto will be VERY hard. A Peavey triple XXX has high gain, but it's not as good, and also expensive.

Tell him to get a good distortion pedal.
500 squid will get him nowhere. Tell him to save up more, or look at other options.
alright thanks guys. I'll tell him and see if theres anything to be done to solve the problem. He doesnt have enough time to save up to be honest.