#1
ok, ive been playing for about 3 years now, and have yet to upgrade my crappy little practice amp. i have been looking around, but i want your guys opinion.

Would you rather have an amp for its smooth cleans or an amp for its killer distortion?

i play anything from lamb of god to red hot chili peppers, and was curious to see what you think is more important. the amp i was looking at personally was an Ampeg Vt-22 (same amp josh homme from qotsa uses).
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#4
Nice OD that can be rolled down for cleans.
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#5
cleans first,then overdrive.you can always put a pedal on a clean channel to get a nice overdrive.you cannot really get good cleans from an overdrive channel
#6
Well, just about any setup can get an OK clean sound, But a good meaty overdrive alot harder,that's just my oppinion
#7
I'd have an amp for both. Cleans aren't my priority so I'd go for distortion. It all depends on how much money you're willing to put in it too.
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#8
Cleans really, I add my overdrive and effects to that most of the time. Otherwise I'll dirty up the cleans on the amp for some mean blues playing
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Cleans and a good crunch.

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#10
It really depends which you like playing more. I think getting a clean amp is important because you can always just get a pedal for that hard distortion sound, but it is much harder to play clean on a hard channel.
#11
definitely a cleaner amp. You can make a clean amp dirty with pedals, and also if your musical taste changes, you'll be better off with a clean amp.
#12
Both are good, but don't start off with too much distortion at first. That can cover up some very bad playing, and this can stop your playing from progressing.

Most of the time, I'm right in between very clean and high gain, sort of a Peal Jam kind of tone. But, having a beautiful clean and that Boogie hi-gain is great to have when you need them.
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#13
if it has bad clean tone that cant be fixed with a pedal but if it has bad distortion tones you can play it on clean with a killer pedal
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definitely a cleaner amp. You can make a clean amp dirty with pedals, and also if your musical taste changes, you'll be better off with a clean amp.

True, but I don't like my cleans to be perfect 'jazz' clean. I like some gain, so it starts to break up when I beat the crap out of it.
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#15
I'd take a dirty amp. You can always AB a clean amp and dirty amp.

That being said, I like the mean and clean channels on both the Mark IV and Roadking.
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#16
i dunno why people say that you can always get good od using a pedal through a clean channel.

i honestly would take an amp with good preamp/poweramp crunch and hope the amp doesn't have crap cleans.
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i dunno why people say that you can always get good od using a pedal through a clean channel.

i honestly would take an amp with good preamp/poweramp crunch and hope the amp doesn't have crap cleans.


I guess it depends on how much faith you have in your OD pedal.
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#19
Honestly, I only look for amps with both.
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I guess it depends on how much faith you have in your OD pedal.

tis true. me, not so much

i dunno, i just really like the sound of a cranked preamp. poweramp is a plus too
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#21
Cleans, for a few reasons.

1) I can rely on a kick-ass OD pedal such as an OCD or Box of Rock, to drive my amp and also get good cleans.

2) For some reason those Fender-y cleans always get me.
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#22
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ok, ive been playing
Would you rather have an amp for its smooth cleans or an amp for its killer distortion?


Im a Marshall man.
If u want smooth cleans u go with Fenders tube stuff.
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#23
I dunno. Faith in a pedal is not faith, it's a preference. With me, nothing sounds and FEELS better to me than the tone of a good tube amp overdrive. The harmonics and texture is just light years better sounding to me that any pedal could ever do through any clean amp.
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#24
Cleans. I dig the Fender sound, so I'm thinking I'm going to get a good Fender Twin and run an OD or two.
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