#1
Ok so I bought a ValveKing last time I made a thread like this and while I enjoy the amps cleans the distortion sucks. When it's turned up loud enough for tube breakup or whatever it loses the sound I had on lower levels and sounds "flubby" (only way I can explain ) and when using my pedal it's only good on lower volumes. I found out the hard way it's not what I need distortion-wise.

I may still be able to return this to the same place I bought it for credits towards a new amp so I need a recommendations. Either a tube combo with enough headroom for cleans at high volume or a good solid state (lol). Pretty much a high-gain but versatile amp I won't need pedals to make sound good. Also I won't be practicing with a band on a regular basis but I would like for it to be able to at least keep up with drums so nothing too small.

I play a lot of high gain stuff (my own songs and others) with a lot of de-tuning and some 7 string. I'll be playing a lot of cleans too, as well as some SRV but not really. The kind of sound I want is something like Deftones and Tool for distortion and for leads something Steve Vai-like (tone wise). What should I look into? My budget should be around $600-700 CAD depending but if need be I can go higher.
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Squier Bullet (heavily modified)
Mesa Roadster Head & 2x12 cab
#2
If you haven't had it very long the speaker needs broken in, but I suspect the amp may not be the best for the 7 string and I don't think it is the first choice for metal. The distortion has a lot of variation and the amp needs extensive tweaking to get it right. If you don't exchange it a speaker upgrade and an EQ pedal in the effects loop works wonders. I prefer the Vk, but the only option anywhere near it in price would be the B52 60 watt 112 combo which many metal players seem to like. I play blues/classic rock so wait for more metal players to post.
#3
Stop using that piece of crap pedal for a start, I'm not surprised it sounds wank....you need an EQ pedal and an overdrive pedal and you'll be set. Even the Digitech Bad Monkey and a Danelectro Fish and Chips will do a decent job, all for about $60
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An EQ should be what's needed to tweak the voicing and clean up any wooly frequencies, whilst the OD will add a little gain and tighten up the sound a little, particularly for lead parts.
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Stop using that piece of crap pedal for a start, I'm not surprised it sounds wank....you need an EQ pedal and an overdrive pedal and you'll be set. Even the Digitech Bad Monkey and a Danelectro Fish and Chips will do a decent job, all for about $60

That made me laugh. I've been looking into some other pedals but right now it's all I got. I also had the Fish n' Chips for about 2 days (got it the day i got the amp) but i didn't like it. I must not have spent enough time with it but it was a little noisy and it made the amp sound shrill. I was probably just doing it wrong though.

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If you haven't had it very long the speaker needs broken in, but I suspect the amp may not be the best for the 7 string and I don't think it is the first choice for metal.


That's what I was thinking. Also as far as the speaker thing goes I don't think I broke it in fully so maybe I'll put in some more time in it before I actually go out and get the new amp. Just to see if it really is just the speaker.
Quote by Jearl

...dont play Fender just because its Fender.

Gear:
Ibanez SZ520QM
Peavey Rotor EXP
Squier Bullet (heavily modified)
Mesa Roadster Head & 2x12 cab
Last edited by CM_X5 at Oct 13, 2007,
#7
So can anyone point me in the right direction amp wise? I can worry about pedals another day.
Quote by Jearl

...dont play Fender just because its Fender.

Gear:
Ibanez SZ520QM
Peavey Rotor EXP
Squier Bullet (heavily modified)
Mesa Roadster Head & 2x12 cab
#9
I forgot to mention a B-52 amp is out of the question. I asked the guy at the store if they stock B-52 amps and he just looked at me and said he never heard of them. As much as I'd like to get one I don't think they'll have any. They do specialize in peavey amps though. They have some Marshalls and Fenders too as well as the possibility of ordering one.
Quote by Jearl

...dont play Fender just because its Fender.

Gear:
Ibanez SZ520QM
Peavey Rotor EXP
Squier Bullet (heavily modified)
Mesa Roadster Head & 2x12 cab