#1
Well I thought I'd summarize my visits to a couple of guitar stores in order to give you guys an idea of some amps.

My first visit was to a local store, East Coast Music Mall. Here I only got to try out one amp (they kicked me out like 10 minutes after I got there). I used an ESP LTD here.

Mesa Boogie Stiletto: This amp was killer. Good cleans, absolutely great distortion. It was especially phenominal for lead tones, for rhythm I didn't like it quite as much. But the distortion is VERY articulated, not even a hint of mud or fizz. I saw a couple of Marshalls (JVM, JMP) as well as a Mesa DC, but I was kicked out before I got the chance to try them out.

Then I went to the Guitar Center in Manhattan, NY. There were a lot more amps to choose from this time. I started with a Jackson Randy Rhoads, then switched to an Epiphone SG because I found the RR very uncomfortable.

Peavey 6505 + (half stack): I'm not sure if this was an amp you had to tweak, because when I tried it the distortion was pretty muddy, not to my liking. I thought I would love it, but I didn't get the same tone I had heard from bands who used them. I forgot to try the cleans. Maybe if I had spent more time on it, I could've gotten a better tone.

Peavey JSX combo: This amp was a lot better, much less muddy. I tried out all three channels (Clean, Crunch, Ultra). Cleans were great, not much more to say. Crunch was also great, I got a nice blues lead tone out of it as well as some classic rock crunch. Ultra was what I spent the most time on, it was really great for rhythm and lead alike. You've probably heard the Ultra tone before, it wasn't hard to reproduce that tone. I liked the JSX a lot.

VHT Pitbull: I didn't spend too much time on this, I know I'll never be able to afford it. It got a really fantastic distortion for rock and lighter metal. It didn't have enough gain on tap for what I wanted, though. I noticed a VHT Deliverance as well, I wish I had tried it out.

B-52 AT212: This amp was darn good, I could tell it would beat most other amps in its price range. Cleans of course were good (I have to admit I don't care much about cleans, so I can't say much >.>, the distortion was really great as well. Nice tone, enough gain on tap for most stuff. I don't know about it being a "poor man's recto", mainly seeing as how I've never tried a recto. But from what I've heard about them, it's pretty different, but the B-52 still gets a great tone.

Also, as for an extra bonus (as if you wanted it ) ...my pedals are finally in!

ISP Noise Decimator: While not being as flawless as it's cut out to be on here (Jesus...it's like you guys think it's the holy grail), this is a really great noise gate that takes no thought. One knob for the threshold. I keep it quite low because I'm superstitious about tone sucking, but there's really very little of that unless you start setting it higher. But yeah...good stuff indeed.

Ibanez AD-9 delay: WOW! This thing is exactly what I wanted. I remember trying out a Boss DD-3 or DD-6 or something, hearing it's unnatural delay, and concluding that I hated delay altogether. I thought I'd give it another shot with an analogue delay, and I'm glad I did. I immediately got a great delay tone out of it, and with a bit of tweaking got just what I was looking for (delay to add a bit of depth during leads). It sounds completely lush and natural. If you're looking for a very natural delay and care about tone more than crazy features like on Boss delays, I highly recommend this.

Ok...so that's all I've got. Discuss.
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#2
Wow, I didn't think this thread would be that unpopular. >.>
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#3
yeah i didn't think so either. i'm sure the isp is a bit overhyped, but ah damn, i could sure use one

glad to hear you got a good tone out of the b-52, the one i tried i couldn't work it out to my taste. some other guy there tried it and i liked whatever his settings were though ha.

oh dear, got gas for trying out new stuff. thanks
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#4
I have to ask, why'd they kick you out of East Coast Music Mall? I sense a good story coming...
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#5
Interesting read. Thx for posting.

... So you didn't get to try any ENGL's then?
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I have to ask, why'd they kick you out of East Coast Music Mall? I sense a good story coming...


Not really. Maybe they realized I was just a kid trying out high end amps with no intention of buying. They said they were closing, but it wasn't even 5.

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Interesting read. Thx for posting.

... So you didn't get to try any ENGL's then?


Nah, I'm pretty sure they're rare around here.
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#7
haha yeah I just had to ask.
Have you tried the Boss noise reducer. If so how is it compared to the isp?
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haha yeah I just had to ask.
Have you tried the Boss noise reducer. If so how is it compared to the isp?


I haven't tried it, but from what I've seen it's not nearly as bad as people on here make it out to be. I once played a school show with a very good guitarist, who used a NS-2, and his tone still sounded fine. It sounded like it did its job.
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#9
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Then I went to the Guitar Center in Manhattan, NY.


You get into Manhattan and you go to Guitar Center?!?

Oy!
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#10
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You get into Manhattan and you go to Guitar Center?!?

Oy!


I passed a Sam Ash and a Rudy's but didn't have the time. I can't be bothered to do everything, you know.
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#11
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I passed a Sam Ash and a Rudy's but didn't have the time. I can't be bothered to do everything, you know.


You should've skipped GC and hit Rudy's and Manny's. And then maybe made a pilgimage to 30th Street Guitars if you have any interest in vintage stuff.
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#13
Pretty interesting, but after looking up some stuff I realized I can't afford any of it I'm a guy in the >$200 range .
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#14
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Probably no interest in vintage stuff if he was playing a 6505 half stack. (Sorry to stereotype)


Nothing wrong with vintage, as long as it gets a good tone it's fine by me.
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Fender Blues Jr.
Roland Cube 30X