Poll: Best Fat, Lead, Distorted Amp? (AKA, great for solos) PS: NOT METAL
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View poll results: Best Fat, Lead, Distorted Amp? (AKA, great for solos) PS: NOT METAL
Peavey JSX
11 24%
Carvin Legacy
9 20%
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
6 13%
Soldano SLO-100
15 33%
Mesa Boogie Mark IV
17 37%
Peavey 5150 III
6 13%
Hughes & Kettner Switchblade
6 13%
Genz Benz El Diablo
3 7%
Voters: 46.
#1
I was wondering what you guys think could give the best lead, fat tone.

Carvin Legacy
Peavey JSX
Hughes & Kettner Switchblade
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
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Last edited by OhMyGosh123 at Mar 16, 2008,
#2
Stay away from the Carvin. What kind of lead tone?
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#4
Sorry
The rest of the choices are

Soldano SLO-100
Mesa Boogie Mark IV
Peavey 5150 III
Genz Benz El Diablo

PS: if theres an even BETTER one, then please state so in comments below.
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#5
Quote by gwitersnamps
Stay away from the Carvin. What kind of lead tone?


Please give a reason.

The Legacy has ripping lead tone.
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#6
I tried the Dual Rectifier and it has great lead tone with versatility. The Mesa/Boogie Lonestar has even fatter tone but not as versatile and isn't great with high gain... but FAT!

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#7
I'm talking about a tone like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, anything (one) that can make the best tone for solos.
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#8
Please give a reason.

The Legacy has ripping lead tone.


I tried it out at the carvin outlet, so you'd think they'd have a good one. The speakers were fizzy, the tone was thin. . . The only player who really uses it is Steve Vai, and, well, have you ever SEEN his effects chain? How much of his sound is REALLY his amp?
Although, carvin just reissued one of their old amps, and I've heard great things about that one. Give that a shot.

BTW, the Boogie Mk IV is killer, but pricey.
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#9
Quote by Doodleface
Please give a reason.

The Legacy has ripping lead tone.


+10000
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#10
SLO... if you actually have the money.
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#11
Quote by gwitersnamps
I tried it out at the carvin outlet, so you'd think they'd have a good one. The speakers were fizzy, the tone was thin. . . The only player who really uses it is Steve Vai, and, well, have you ever SEEN his effects chain? How much of his sound is REALLY his amp?
Although, carvin just reissued one of their old amps, and I've heard great things about that one. Give that a shot.


By the sounds of that, you clearly were playing it at bedroom levels. The Legacy is equipped with V30's and happens to be one of the tightest cab (2x12 and 4x12) and combo I've ever played. Not only that, but the combo has the option of having an open or closed back. I took the back off my Legacy today and wish I did it sooner. There's quite a difference with the open back compared to closed back. It has more umph and really comes alive. Not only is the Legacy one loud ass amp, with the open back it fills the room a lot better than having the back closed. The EQ's are sensitive, so slight changes are audible.

The Legacy has the best cleans of any amp I've played to date, and I'm not just saying that because I own the combo. It's tone is far from thin. It's a very warm amp and gets smoother the more you crank it. It is THE lead players amp. You should have more experience with a piece of gear before making BS comments.

Vai is the only player who uses the Legacy? Are you lost? What about his effects? Believe it or not, his rig is wired and bypassed very well to maintain the amps natural characteristics. You want to know how much of his sound is really the Legacy? Listen to The Ultra Zone and Real Illusions:Reflections. They're both nothing but his Legacy's and sound very raw/unprocessed, so you're truly hearing the Legacy in action. Better yet, see him live if you want to really hear the Legacy.
#13
5150 is a poor SLO clone, but a clone none the less. Best lead tone is clearly a Marshall JMP cranked.
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#14
Quote by RHCPfan01
5150 is a poor SLO clone, but a clone none the less. Best lead tone is clearly a Marshall JMP cranked.

Actually, I think the 5153 is a brand new amp Eddie made with Fender.
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#15
Out of all of those, it's hard to choose the best for a lead tone, but the Dual Recto is by far the worst for lead imo.
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#17
Quote by Guitarmiester
By the sounds of that, you clearly were playing it at bedroom levels. The Legacy is equipped with V30's and happens to be one of the tightest cab (2x12 and 4x12) and combo I've ever played. Not only that, but the combo has the option of having an open or closed back. I took the back off my Legacy today and wish I did it sooner. There's quite a difference with the open back compared to closed back. It has more umph and really comes alive. Not only is the Legacy one loud ass amp, with the open back it fills the room a lot better than having the back closed. The EQ's are sensitive, so slight changes are audible.

The Legacy has the best cleans of any amp I've played to date, and I'm not just saying that because I own the combo. It's tone is far from thin. It's a very warm amp and gets smoother the more you crank it. It is THE lead players amp. You should have more experience with a piece of gear before making BS comments.

Vai is the only player who uses the Legacy? Are you lost? What about his effects? Believe it or not, his rig is wired and bypassed very well to maintain the amps natural characteristics. You want to know how much of his sound is really the Legacy? Listen to The Ultra Zone and Real Illusions:Reflections. They're both nothing but his Legacy's and sound very raw/unprocessed, so you're truly hearing the Legacy in action. Better yet, see him live if you want to really hear the Legacy.


+999999
BUT
a lot of his tone has a lot to do with his fingers, but otherwise, I 99% agree.
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#18
If you want a liquid lead tone, i'd say the Mark IV. the Rectifier's are great but theres better for shredding.
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#19
I'm surprised the JSX and the Legacy were beaten by the Mark IV!!
but I have to admit, the mark IV is great.
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#20
Quote by OhMyGosh123
I'm surprised the JSX and the Legacy were beaten by the Mark IV!!
but I have to admit, the mark IV is great.

That it is.

I'd take a look at the Carvin V3.
#21
I'd go for a JCM 800 or a Plexi, although I may be slightly biased lol

Out of your list, i'd probably go for the JSX.
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#22
SLO100 is a lead players dream IMO, if I could afford to grab an amp just for leads, SLO would be near the top. The Mark IV is also a great lead amp IMO, very liquidy gain, almost seems to compliment your playing rather than fight it like some amps. I like both their rhythm tones too. I like the JSX and Legacy lead tones, not as fussed about their rhythm tones however, at least for the stuff I like to play. YMMV
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#23
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I'd take a look at the Carvin V3.


People say that the V3 is better.. but from what I have seen/played/heard, the Legacy is much better (plus cheaper)....
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#24
If you have the money for an SLO, I'd check out the Boogie Roadking. The lead tone on it smokes the mark IV's lead tone, not to mention the amount of versatility built in that amp.

The mark is great, but IMO, kind of limited, you have a clean, cruchy, lead channel, then control of the EQ, which is usually used for the lead channel 100% of the time anyway. The Roadking gives you 4 true channels, each of which you have a ton of control over. The cleans are just as amazing as the mark, and you have the ability to assign specific tubes per channel to expand the versatility some more. Amazing amp, defintly consider one.
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#25
Quote by OhMyGosh123
People say that the V3 is better.. but from what I have seen/played/heard, the Legacy is much better (plus cheaper)....


That depends what exactly you're looking for. The Legacy is a lead players amp, but lacks in the rhythm department, which is where the V3 one ups the Legacy.
#26
Quote by Guitarmiester
That depends what exactly you're looking for. The Legacy is a lead players amp, but lacks in the rhythm department, which is where the V3 one ups the Legacy.


Yeah that would make sense.
Thanks for the info
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#27
SLO 100 +1 seriously buddy that amp is soo versitile if you ever do get into metal you will be able to use it but it can still do fat clean and stuff like that.
#28
Quote by convictionless
SLO 100 +1 seriously buddy that amp is soo versitile if you ever do get into metal you will be able to use it but it can still do fat clean and stuff like that.


lol i like metal https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/newreply.php?do=newreply&p=13323358#
i was just asking everyone about NON metak amps tho,
cuz i ahve to admit,
people on this site tend to only recomend metal amps.
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