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TheShred201
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There's a Mesa thread, a Laney thread, now there's an ENGL thread, well....THIS ONE IS FOR RIVERAS!!!!

Discussion, questions, pics etc. Welcome, though stay focused on Rivera's in here generally please.

I personally got a KR7 on Friday, and finally got to play it yesterday and today, and I'm loving it. I'll have pics up sometime today, and clips coming over the next few weeks.


So....who has, wants, or is curious about the wonderful amps known as Riveras!

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i was planning to get a rivera clubster 45 combo for $600 but it got sold before i could get it (ended up with a marshall DSL100 for $675 instead) but the clubster sounds really great and its so light!
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i love it!
it sounds great and i can get pretty much anything from the marshall soundscape of yore
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also it sure is cool to be able to say, "yeah i have a 100W tube amp at home, i get by with it"
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I had the chance to test some Rivera's once. If I ever get another amp, I'll definately consider them. Nice cleans, good OD channel. I think they're solid amps.
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Hi,
I`m adrian and I`m durrently new in this forum. So Hello. I`m since one year the happy owner of the Rivera KR100. It is the best AMO I owned thaat far and I love it.
But I have actualy one problem I need to have more bottom ends and gain. So there are seberal possibilitys:
- i don`t get a sub cabinet in germany :-(
- I bought a K Tre Reverb to check. It is a great AMP but I miss something that the KR 100 has

OR BUY an KR7??

I have no possibility in germany to test this AMP. Please can you share some expirience with this AMP . Is that a solution for my problem??

Thanks for your support?

Greets from a big rivera fan
TheShred201
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The KR7 DOES have more gain and low end than a KR100. However, even in the united states, it is quite difficult to find one you can purchase, and I'd assume that in Germany it may be nearly impossible. The reason you may not like the K-tre as much is that the KR100 has a bit more presence and a bit more of a sharp, biting sound to it. My recommendation would be to look into
a signal boosting pedal to run between the guitar and the amp, or an onboard booster that you can put on your guitar. Either way that should help both gain and bottom end. Also, what EQ settings are you using on your amp?
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Thanks for the fast answer, I think you are the only one in the world till now :-)
I use a PRS Tremonti and SC 250 to go into the amp. Caused by the fact that the guitars has a lot of bass, I put the bass down to 3,5 (on the button), mids around 4, treble around 8.
Presence around 8 and focus on 9.

What do you think??

I have an dealer who can order the KR7 for me, but it needs 12 weeks and I want to be shure that it is what I want. The KR100 or the KR7 are also a lot more flexible than the TRE.

Thanks a lot for your help and sorry for my bad english.

Cheers
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TheShred201
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No problem about the english :-)

Now, in my opinion, the KR7 is like a cross between the tre and the KR100 in my opinion.
About your settings, What do you have the Gain and volume set at, and what push/pull functions do you have on? My first reccomendation would be to try adding mids to it, and also, Pull the mid nob to activate the scoop function--it doesn't actually scoop your names though, it shifts the frequency of the mid notch from I believe 550 hz to 25 hz, or something like that. I'll check later. Play around with that a little bit. I'll get you the settings I used for my KR7 in a little bit so you can try them with the KR100.
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If it`s a cross of the TRE and the KR7 it would fit to my needs.

Sorry in deed I`ve forgotten the gain, it is on 9. No boost activated and like you said, the midds are not scooped yet.

f I reflect about that , it could be that a KR7 would be the right amp. I send my concernes also to Rivera bt I didn`t get a response.

If I´m honest, I`m not realy a fan of stomp boxes and pedals. I ue my wah (dunlop 95q) and the headmaster a g-major. And that`s it. I like it easy to have enough space to performe :-)
I play music in the direction of stone soure, bloodsimple.....

The german headliner (musik-schmidt infomed me that the KR7 actualy get a new name KR 100 MT?? Do you something of that??)
Greets
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I have the Tre. Have had it for about two months now. Over the years I have gone thru every amp out there it seems like. I traded a 65 twin reverb and a classic 50 for this one. I am running it to a Mesa 212 with vintage 30's. The cleans are very fenderish but better the hot side is set up at about three for gain which gives me the perfect ooomph for heavier blues. This is the best amp period I have played dumble,Bogner,Chicago blues,Mesa and nothing comes close.
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Cool man.
AdrianMos, it used to be the KR100 MT but then got changed to the KR7. Like I said, play with the EQ a bit. You probably want to use the amps channel 3 with the amps boost, then probably use the mid "scoop" function, which to describe it briefly makes it sound more mesa ish and less marshally. Then, I reccomend you use more overall mids in your sound. Try pushing the nob up into the 6-8 range. And All i was thinking of for a pedal was something like this:

http://www.activemusician.com/item--TR.BOOSTAGRANDE?ref=fg&ovchn=SCU&ovtac=CMP&ovcpn=&ovcrn=BBE+Boosta+Grande+Clean+Boost+Effect+Pedal

I'll have EQ for you in a bit. Play around with it in the mean time to see if you can get it any better.
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Thanks man.
I will try it with the eq changes today, cause he rivea stands in the Bandroom 15km away. I will let you know asap how it works. Also the option with the boost I will check.
Can you say me something other: the boosts on the KH, is the boost 3 only for the channel 3? Cause I can put in e.g. channel 3 all the boost from ch1,2,3. has it an impact?

Thanks
Adrian
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Quote by modernp
I have the Tre. Have had it for about two months now. Over the years I have gone thru every amp out there it seems like. I traded a 65 twin reverb and a classic 50 for this one. I am running it to a Mesa 212 with vintage 30's. The cleans are very fenderish but better the hot side is set up at about three for gain which gives me the perfect ooomph for heavier blues. This is the best amp period I have played dumble,Bogner,Chicago blues,Mesa and nothing comes close.

Have you tried it in hi-gain applications? If you did, how do you like it's character at higher gain?
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Hi guys,
i have a Rivera Knucklehead II i'd like to sell, but i don't have any informations about it (price, manufactured year, etc) . Could you guys help me with this?
thanks by advance
TheShred201
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Of course you have the Knucklehead 2 which is the one I know the least about lol.

I'd email and ask rivera if they can date it based on the serial number. You also may want to dust it a bit, but it seems to be in good condition.

From what I can find in reviews, The head new was $1495, and used they go for about 900-1000 dollars. However, that's only based on 2 where the price purchased used was mentioned. If I find anything else out I'll let you know.
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^^ A local shop in my town has a kr7. Moderate crunch i didnt get a chance to try, but its got very nice cleans, at least in my opinion. I played the lead channel, i really really enjoyed it, sounded a bit ss to me, but was very good. THe amp had some horrible backwash noise, and it was brand new. odd. I'm not much of a reverb guy so i didnt try that.

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^Mine really doesn't have much background noise, so there was probably something wrong with the one you played (or the guitar)....As mentioned, the cleans are nice. The lead channel imo takes a bit of work to EQ, but after a while you can get some nice sounds out of it. I haven't really tried to dial in a moderate crunch sound, but I'm relatively certain that it could do it well.
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Thanks you for these informations theshred! very helpful !
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Well i moved from my parent's house and i live in a flat now, and i'm not playing in a band anymore, so i don't really an amp that big!
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^Mine really doesn't have much background noise, so there was probably something wrong with the one you played (or the guitar)....As mentioned, the cleans are nice. The lead channel imo takes a bit of work to EQ, but after a while you can get some nice sounds out of it. I haven't really tried to dial in a moderate crunch sound, but I'm relatively certain that it could do it well.

I know for sure it wasn't the guitar, it was a brand new esp ec1000, they just got it that day Has to be a tube problem, seeing that when i cut the volume on the guitar the noise was still there. I was the first person to actually play the amp, thats exciting Maybe it was a bad speaker cable, who knows. Still nice amp, but to me for the price tag i wouldn't buy it, though it is a mom n pop shop, they were asking $2200, which seems steep, whats the current rate on those things?
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Technically there isn't a current rate on the KR7. It hasn't really been put into full production like the straight knucklehead reverb or the tre. It's list price unless changed though is 2699 I believe. $2200 is actually a relatively good price in comparison to the Knucklehead Reverbs, which Seem to typically run around $2300. Sucks that there was a problem with the amp (as mentioned could have been a cable issue too). By the way, do you know how it was set up (eg. low/high power and vintage/modern mode?) the vintage/modern settings affect the tone a lot (modern is better for teh br00talz). I was the first person to play the Mesa Road King series 2 at at the shop I tried it at. They had to cut zip ties and stuff off it so I could use it.
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^^ all i remember about the set up is at first it was plugged into the low gain input, but then i switched it to the high gain input. thought the lead channel was good, just didn't get to turn it up too loud, that thing is ****ing loud. It also took me a few minutes to figure out how the controls worked, that prolly confused the hell outta me the most
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+1 to it being loud. The most I've ever cranked it to on channel 3 is to 3, when I was jamming with a drummer (had it on about 2.5, but in the end we just said....if that's 2.5, I wonder what it's like on 3). hahaha....haven't really gotten a chance to get it louder that, as I haven't gigged since I got it. I turned it back down when a bugle fell of my shelf. Another thing though, is that with it, it sounds MUCH better at 2.5 than at 2/1.5

I've always been pretty good with amp controls (playing on JVM's/Road King's helped a lot, though the Rivera's have a lot of stuff. The VHT sig X i tried was still pretty confusing the other day, but it sounded amazing).
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I love the sound of Rivera amps, I would love to buy a KR100 to go with my Orange.
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I got a Rivera R100 - 212 like 2 weeks ago and I'm necro bumping this thread! Cool stuff and check out this video for a demo of what it can do (not me).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhK3r1mr2Vg
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I've got a K-TRE 120. Best amp I've ever had. Some how loop acts as an attenuator. I set the levels on the send and return to about 4.5 and my master volume at 2.5 and get crushing tone.

I picked it up about 5 months ago and still feel that new amp excitment. I run a ts-9 up front even though its not really needed. I've just always used a od for a clean boost.

What speakers have people liked with the TRE? Anyone? Right now I just have a B-52 AT412. It actually sounds great but wonder what other speakers might sound like with it. I'm thinking of getting a 2x12 for it. Maybee a Vader or Avatar?
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i have a chance to pick up a knucklehead 100, im pretty sure its the first series they made, for $425. How does this amp do for heavier gainy tones? I've heard it can sound like a hot-rodded jcm800 and have fender cleans. i don't want that "metal" tone but it needs to be able to have enough gain to play hardcore punk, and stuff like converge. Will i need an OD for this?
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Why exactly don't the K-tre combos have a global master volume? I always thought that the point of one was to regulate the volume of everything. Instead it seems they have two channel volumes and two channel masters. Anyone have an idea why?
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I've had many amps over the years but my Rivera M60 4x10 is my number one for gigging. Its versitile enough to have all the tone/gain I need depending on the gig plus it's built like a tank. I've been gigging it for 12 years and it has never failed. I use my Mesa's, Marshalls and Fenders at home and in the studio but I only need my Rivera on the road.

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i just bought a knucklehead reverb and was wondering (other than rivera) what would be a good cab to compliment it.... price really isnt an issue.. and if it helps i play mainly metal...with some classic rock and alternative but mainly metal
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I orderd a Rivera KR7 direct from Rivera with a matching cabinet. Very good customer service. They are shipping it today to South Africa...Nice..probably going to get it next week..can't wait...
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