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#1
The title says it all. I have a Standard HSS strat and a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal. I want a sound similar to thrash metal(e.c.Metallica) and NWOBHM(e.c.Iron Maiden). I'm not much of a fan of Death Metal, but it would be nice to have that sound. I have around $300 dollars to spend.
#3
Best you can go for with that price range is solid state, so I guess roland cube 60. Those can do metal pretty well.

Unless you go used.
#4
Gotta go with Randall

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#7
Hands down the Vox AD30VT-XL is the best amp for metal for that price
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#9
For $300 you wish
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#10
An MG! the OD is CRUSHING!
/sarcasm

I'd say a Vk112
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#12
Valveking 112

Do yourself a favor and don't get a solid state.

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#13
I had $500 and bought myself the Valveking 100 watt head... for $300, the tone is awesome, but you will need a compressor pedal or rack effect. definately. I can get alot of gain out of it, just by adjusting the EQ settings... it really is a Nice amp. go for that if you can. I am going to mod the amp, change the rectifier to a triple tube rec, sort of like my favorite mesa. and then I will add a couple of poweramp tubes...

if there was no price range that I would say Mesa Boogie Triple rec... which is my dream amp.
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#14
this is a kind of stupid question but can you play with just a head? no cab
#16
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Gotta go with Randall


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#17
A new guitar or pickup change would probably be good too... strats don't really handle metal that well
#19
Quote by kckyle
300....i'll have to go with the line 6 on that one. since they use celestion even though is a solidstate.




get a Cube.
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#20
Quote by kckyle
300....i'll have to go with the line 6 on that one. since they use celestion even though is a solidstate.


Because the speaker is really all that matters

I'd say go with the Blackheart BH5-112, although the DS-1 isn't anything special. But it will do for now.
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#21
I use a valve junior and boss metal core for practice. A setup like that is pretty good and sounds pretty metal. I also use an mxr smart gate, line 6 dl4 and an OD for some tonal variety but you don't NEED anything else.
#23
Quote by psychedelic14
A new guitar or pickup change would probably be good too... strats don't really handle metal that well


um...ever heard of a little band called....oh gee whats their name again??....Oh wait I remember...IRON MAIDEN.

and with 300bucks he is sooo going to get all you suggested And a new amp??

I'd say Valveking...then save up again for a tube sreamer
#24
Quote by gurg06
um...ever heard of a little band called....oh gee whats their name again??....Oh wait I remember...IRON MAIDEN.

and with 300bucks he is sooo going to get all you suggested And a new amp??

I'd say Valveking...then save up again for a tube sreamer


1. Iron Maiden changed the pickups in their strats... Fenders with stock pickups can't handle much distortion.

2. I was just suggesting that a new guitar or new pickups would be good if he was to play metal. No need to get b*tchy.
#25
Quote by psychedelic14
1. Iron Maiden changed the pickups in their strats... Fenders with stock pickups can't handle much distortion.

2. I was just suggesting that a new guitar or new pickups would be good if he was to play metal. No need to get b*tchy.


That's absolute bull****, put an HSS Strat in front of a JSX on the Ultra channel and then talk to me about that.
#26
find an old used Randall, or if u can find one cheap enough, a Krank. But Peavey valvekings are great, and they are cheap new.
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#27
I say look for a Randall.
I tried a Valveking, but the distortion wasn't as sharp as I liked it, and Randall was exactly what I was looking for.
By the way, if you have a musician's friend clearance center nearby (there is one in Kansas City, where I live), look around in there. They get all of the returns, most of which have very few problems if any at all.
I got a Randall RG50TC new for $300 with only a blown pre amp tube, easy $15 fix
#28
a lot of people are saying not get the MG amps, but i see in other places saying its really good, even in the UG reviews the MG100DFX (something i am considering to get or the valveking 112, but cant decide), was rated all 10s. so like why is it so bad? sorry i am not good with amps.

and ye i think you should get a VK 112, but its a somewhat over $300.
#29
people get excited about the gear they buy.. you can find glowing reviews for every piece of gear. though not too many people go back and write another review when "the honeymoon's over" so pay attention to the depth of the reviews you read.
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#30
Quote by lowaxnjackson
Gotta go with Randall

thats all that needs to be said
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#31
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a lot of people are saying not get the MG amps, but i see in other places saying its really good, even in the UG reviews the MG100DFX (something i am considering to get or the valveking 112, but cant decide), was rated all 10s. so like why is it so bad? sorry i am not good with amps.

and ye i think you should get a VK 112, but its a somewhat over $300.


you dont need 100 watts, a valveking combo might suit you. Although it going to get loud. As for a marshall mg just dont... I don't mean to flame or anything but they are beginners amp. Low quality parts and construction. Marshall knows the power of their name so they use it to help sell these low end amps. And its honestly a great strategy.

But the reason you always see a bunch of reviews is that its usually kids who get these amps as there first amps, have no ear for tone and think its the coolest thing even. It happend. I have a 15g frontman when i first started playing and I thought it was the ****, but after a year of playing I couldn't take it anymore.

I definately recommend getting something. 60 watts is plenty of power. and even enough to gig with. And if you needed it louder you could always get it miced. And tube amps are even louder...But you don't need a half stack. You just don't unless your going to be playing at venues with hundreds of people...

Like everyone is saying, randall's are nice as hell, and a valveking is a solid tube amp. I didn't particularly like the sound of it when I tried it, and i got my b-52 instead. But i guess its just all preference
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#32
Im getting a new amp this year! im getting a zakk style marshall micro stack. it has 2x100watt speakers and a 15 watt head!!
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#33
I had the Marshall MG100HDFX halfstack and it served me well in the time I had it, but one day I just needed more colour in my sound than what the MG could provide.

I then (rather impulsively) bought my Randall RH150G3 halfstack and I simply love it! I would recommend you to buy a Randall. They're not that expensive and they deliever serious tone! I think the RG100G3 combo would suit you well, but I don't know if it's within your budget or not!

Good luck with the amp hunt


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#34
Valveking 112 is $400, so with a $300 limit, that's pretty much out. Plus, my opinion when I tried it was that the gain sounded pretty generic, and when you dimed the gain, the sound got flabby and very distorted in a bad way. I found that the gain on the Crate V15 that I ultimately bought was much nicer sounding, especially dimed.

However, I've found that in general, cascading your gain over a couple of preamp stages results in a much better sounding, more articulate gain. In other words, I get some of my gain from a pedal and some from the preamp. Having that pedal also gives you more versatility to get different types of sounds.
#35
Quote by Pantera-Addict
Im getting a new amp this year! im getting a zakk style marshall micro stack. it has 2x100watt speakers and a 15 watt head!!
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Guitars:
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-Schecter Hellraiser C1 (18v)
-Ibanez XPT707FX (Blackouts)
-Ibanez BTB 400 Bass

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#36
Quote by Pizza The Hut
Is this a joke question?

Any tube amp built by Marshall.

is that a joek answer?
marshall are the most overpriced amps now
and for metal?
thats hilarious

DIezel, engl, framus, boogie, VHT?

and huever said line 6, thats jsut as bad...

buy amps used, defo.
#38
Quote by gurg06
um...ever heard of a little band called....oh gee whats their name again??....Oh wait I remember...IRON MAIDEN.

and with 300bucks he is sooo going to get all you suggested And a new amp??

I'd say Valveking...then save up again for a tube sreamer


tbh now they use jackson's and smith has a sig model,

and maiden aren't metal imo

they were at the time, but not now,

now metal = drop C, peavery6505's/powerball's/fireball's/recto's/
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