#1
I want to treat myself to a new amp this Christmas for around £400, and i have been looking at the Marshall DSL401 and the Peavey Classic 30. I play mostly rock, blues and some metal usually with a Ibanez JS1200 or Gibson Sg Special. I would use the amp for mostly home practice and band practice. Ive heard that the dsl401 has some issues with overheating, could anyone tell me about that? And is the footswitch on the Classic 30 the same as the one on the Peavey 6505? Which is a terrible peice of useless plastic crap. What amp do you think i should go for? Or anyone have any suggestions of anything else (bear in mind that i live in the u.k and it would also need a effects loop to run my Isp Decimator and Boss DD-3 through)

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#2
the footswitch for 5150's are all metal? i dont think ive seen a plastic footswitch for a 5150/6505....mines a damn tank
#4
i would say the DSL.

and you have a JS1200!

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#5
I'm not sure I can recommend the DSL. I have a used one, but I am not as big a fan of it as I want to be. The clean channel is amazing. It is quite warm and rich, esp. from a Marshall. OD1 seems fairly weak, whereas OD2 is way over the top most of the time. OD1 is more vintage oriented, and OD2 is modern. Unfortunately, the amp suffers from a lot of fizz. The higher the gain gets, the more the fizz increases. You can use the EQ to minimize it, but it seems impossible to remove it completely. The clipping and breakup on it seems very harsh...almost like a solid state. My other big complaint is the way the effects loop is setup, you can only get up to 50% mix of effects at most because the signal is mixed back into the original guitar signal.

It does have the Marshall growl to it though, and that is fun, especially if you've never owned one. But I'm looking for something with more balls and more definition. IMO you might be okay with using an OD and an EQ pedal to get it close to some metal, but try it out in the store before you put down the cash for it.

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#6
I'd say ENGL Thunder but i'm perhaps biased. I do think it's far superior to the Marshall but I've never played the peavey, I imagine the ENGL would handle metal better though. Gotsta try them out really but the thunder is £495 and doesn't include a footswitch (the metal one costs £50, but you can get a cheap plastic one in the mean time for £5)

The marshall isn't really all that marshally in my opinion if your going for that classic marshall sound. It has ok cleans, good crunch, fairly good lead overdrive but nothing to shout about. The thunder has awesome cleans ok crunch and awesome metal leads.

Maybe check ebay for a used jcm800 but I doubt you'll get one for £400, maybe a good deal will come along though
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#7
The peavey is one fine amp. And cheap to boot.
It'd sound really nice with an SG.
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#8
Between the two I would recommend the 401. I've never had (or heard of, for that matter) and issues with overheating on it. Its versatile, it sounds great and it is ****ing LOUD.

The peavey will probably be cheaper, but it won't handle the heavier stuff by itself very well. It sounds great for some rock and blues and isn't quite as loud but the 401 has it over on the classic by just a nipple's hair.
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#9
it really depends how much "some metal" is, if it's rarely then you can get away with an acceptable metal tone with the peavey classic and an overdrive I'm sure
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#10
I've never actually tried the Peavey, but I can confirm that I've never had any overheating issues with my DSL.

I'm looking to replace it however, but becuase it just doesnt sound good to my ears anymore
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#11
used jcm 800 off of ebay or somewhere
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#13
Thanks for all of your help guys, i think I'm leaning more towards the Peavey Classic 30 now.
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