#1
I apologize for creating yet another "which amp" threat. I looked through the stickys, but they just seemed too stretched out, in terms of price categories.

My price range is basically anything up to $900. Obviously, the less it costs, the more convenient it will be for me, but I am willing to spend up to $900.

I am basically looking for a good, crunchy distortion, similar to a Dream Theater-like tone. I am not concerned one bit with what the cleans sound like, that's why I own my Fender Deville and my Stratocaster. I have a Jackson Dinky for the heavier stuff. I don't care if the cleans on the amp sound like a cat getting run over by a donkey. I am only concerned with distortion. Also, I am not concerned with any effects, seeing that I have pedals to accomplish that, so obviously, I would also like the amp to respond to effect pedals well. However, built in reverb would be nice. It doesn't really matter too much if it's solid-state or tube, but I guess I would lean more towards getting a tube amp. It doesn't matter too much, though. I'll be playing at a fairly moderate volume. Pretty much just loud enough to be heard over my friends drum set. I would also prefer a combo amp, since they are easier to move around, but I'm open to anything. I'm not really too concerned with "looking" cool, but more like "sounding" cool. I want a nice, crunchy, fuzzy distortion.

I haven't done too much research yet. I heard the Peavey ValveKing is suppose to be awesome, but I don't know. I will obviously try out each amp, but I would like a idea on what I should focus on more so than others. Any suggestions?
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#2
Well british toned amps are known for being 'crunchy' ala-marshall, but Im not sure they will cover dreamtheatre as I havnt heard much of their stuff.
#3
how can you have a crunchy fuzzy distortion? they kinda contradict.

my tiny terror has a really nice crunch, but thats not really the kind of thing you're looking for
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#4
dream theater use mesa boogie so I think your out of luck on that one but b-52 amps work apsolutely brilliant!
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#5
Some kind of mesa. Mark IV I think how much do those go used for?
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#6
I think I heard Mark IV's being at LEAST $1400, so yeahhhh, I'm kinda out of luck with that >_>

I don't really know how to define crunch + fuzzy. I guess it's like, turning on one of those channels on TV with all the fuzz, but making it a bit more crunchy, but it still flows together, lol. That's the best way I can describe it.
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I think I heard Mark IV's being at LEAST $1400, so yeahhhh, I'm kinda out of luck with that >_>

I don't really know how to define crunch + fuzzy. I guess it's like, turning on one of those channels on TV with all the fuzz, but making it a bit more crunchy, but it still flows together, lol. That's the best way I can describe it.


maybe a roadking then?????? I don't know prices on mesas but I i know that dream theater uses em.
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#8
roadkings are even more expensive, Mesa Boogie is out of the question for the budget as far as I know

Things that would probably be worth I look I guess are Engl Screamer, Carvin V3, Laney GH/VH, Peavey 6505 maybe

Id reccomend trying them all out seeing which you like if possible
#9
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I think I heard Mark IV's being at LEAST $1400, so yeahhhh, I'm kinda out of luck with that >_>


Hmm... that's in my amp budget.
Maybe I should just get one of those!
lol

Anyways, I haven't listened to dream theater, but once you say crunchy distortion, I recommend something british voiced.
Not sure which one to recommend though.
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#10
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Things that would probably be worth I look I guess are Engl Screamer, Carvin V3, Laney GH/VH, Peavey 6505 maybe


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#11
Maybe you can get a Mark III in that price range? That'll get you close, or so I've read.
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I don't think that'll have enough gain for him though.....

How about a 5150?
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#15
Mesa DC 5/10 head, or if you don't want to hassle with a cab, get the combo versions. Fits your bill perfectly.
#16
I guess the album tone I'm after is something similar to Train Of Thought.
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#18
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I guess the album tone I'm after is something similar to Train Of Thought.


ToT was recorded with a Road King.
#19
5150's/6505's and their mkII/+ variants don't have the most articulate gain, but they're ****ing brutal sounding amps either way.

Laney GH50's, from what I've heard do a nice crunch.

Maybe look for a used Framus Cobra? Dunno how much they go for used in the US, but they're worth looking at.