#2
I haven't played it, but that's tough to beat. They're giving you the stack for the price of the head. I'd turn around and sell the cab, and replace it with a nice 2x12, but that's me.
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#3
i keep wanting to play it, but ive never seen it in stock at any of the guitar stores i frequent. which sucks cause it seems like it would be nice, especially for the price it is at now. i have heard it has a darker voicing, which i am a fan of, so keep in mind you wont get that really bright tone. that is a great deal so i would recomend that you try to play one at a store in the next couple days to see if you like it.

now i just need to find $500...
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i keep wanting to play it, but ive never seen it in stock at any of the guitar stores i frequent.
Me too!

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i have heard it has a darker voicing, which i am a fan of, so keep in mind you wont get that really bright tone.
Where have you heard that it has a "darker" voicing?

That's a smokin' deal. I wasn't aware that the Epi SoCal had a 25-Watt mode. I've never been able to demo this head at any store either. I heard its distortion was more of a "blues-ey" kinda overdrive, and didn't really have the gain to do metal, so I never seriously considered it. But the 25-Watt mode is very interesting. If the Epi had enough gain to do metal (which, according to HC reviewers, it doesn't), then I would be sorry I just bought a 6505 for almost twice the price.
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#5
Great Amp, I have it.

Pros:
Great Tonal Range
Price
It's Actually pretty light (If you have too move it a lot
Gets loud
25 watt mode.

Cons:
Only 1 set of eq for clean and dist.
uh..


It's a great amp.
#6
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Me too!

Where have you heard that it has a "darker" voicing?

i dont remember where i heard that it was a while ago when i was looking for a new amp and that one was newish on the market. i ended up with a different amp, but if they had that deal going on and the peavey classic 30 was priced the way it was now, i probably would have gotten the socal (or at least made a larger effort to try it). i remember reading about it a bunch, just dont remember much of what i read.
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Great Amp, I have it.

Pros:
Great Tonal Range
Price
It's Actually pretty light (If you have too move it a lot
Gets loud
25 watt mode.

Cons:
Only 1 set of eq for clean and dist.
uh..


It's a great amp.
Sounds great, but could you talk about the high-gain capability of this head a bit? Is there enough gain to do "numetal" without using a pedal in front of it? Also, could you describe the voicing a bit? (e.g., "bright," "dark," "Recto-ish," "Fenderish," etc.) Thanks.
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#8
Is it considered a tube amp?? Would it better than a VK 112?
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#9
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Is it considered a tube amp?? Would it better than a VK 112?
The Epi SoCal is DEFINITELY a tube amp. It would more directly compare with the VK100 head (which I think sounds quite nice—although, the VK100 is just a tad shy in the gain department for metal).
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#10
Ive been using pedals rather than the VK distortion. I'm now considering returning my VK for this deal? What do you guys think?
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Boss OS-2 OD/DS
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Washburn D10s
#12
They aren't bad for the price. Especially if your willing to do a little soldering. I've been treating mine like a bigger VJ
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#13
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Heres a youtube review, to me it sounds really good. Would be perfect for what I like to play.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=SHUjNcimakI
Thanks. Yes, it sounds great, but the guy never turned the gain knob past 4:00. So, even at 4:00 (whatever that really is), it's a bit shy of metal. Nice amp for blues, but not for me. IMHO, I would keep the VK—at least the VK100 I've played seems to have a tad more gain than the Epi SoCal. All depends on what you play, and what you like.
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#14
Yeah seems to be more of a Bluesy hard rock amp, maybe with a decent overdrive you could get a metal tone.
#15
From what Ive heard its a decent amp, just the matching 4x12 cab is pretty crap. Flat and lifeless i think is how it was described to me when i asked about it.
Obviously if you stuck some decent speakers in the cab or bought a new cab you would probably be pretty well off..... but meh... I want the head...
#16
It's pretty lame. My modded So-Cal 50 sounds pretty killer through decent cabs, especially for the price I paid ($300 AUD +$50 in assorted parts)
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#17
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Sounds great, but could you talk about the high-gain capability of this head a bit? Is there enough gain to do "numetal" without using a pedal in front of it? Also, could you describe the voicing a bit? (e.g., "bright," "dark," "Recto-ish," "Fenderish," etc.) Thanks.



It's pretty dark sounding, and it's got some gain to it, but not enough for the chugga chugga you want. It's more of a looser, slightly fuzzy sound. Sounds very good though, especially for so cheap a head.
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#18
i've tried the grainger version. assuming it's the same, or at least very similar to the epi:

my thoughts were it was decent value as a back-up head, if you play mainly hard rock/classic rock/classic metal. if you already have a cab, £250 (as it is here) isn't bad for a decent, all-valve, reasonably versatile head.

it was a little noisier than I'd have liked, but the tone was decent.

So yeah, if what slats says about you getting the half-stack for the usual price of the head is true (and i don't see why it's not), that's probably a decent deal.

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Sounds great, but could you talk about the high-gain capability of this head a bit? Is there enough gain to do "numetal" without using a pedal in front of it? Also, could you describe the voicing a bit? (e.g., "bright," "dark," "Recto-ish," "Fenderish," etc.) Thanks.


cleans were a bit sparklier than the blues twin (that's the blues custom for the epi version), but still pretty british.

Overdrive is, i guess, marshally/voxy. definitely british sounding. I wouldn't really want one for anything heavier than 80's hair metal/early 80's thrash/NWOBHM... and if you mainly play those, it still might not be tight enough.

As said, it's a nice amp, but not really a high gainer. though i admit I didn't crank it.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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