Okay, me and my friends band are going to start gigging in the local scene.
-We play stuff like Black Dahlia Murder, Lamb of God, ECT.
--I was thinking about getting a Mesa halfstack from 500$-1200$
---Does anyone have any advice on good Mesa amps, or any other good metal amps

Thanks you very much,
Koch or Rivera....best metal amps I have ever heard.
I've bought, sold, and traded more gear than I care to admit.
You're not gonna get a mesa stack for that much. Maybe a b-52, it's sorta known as the poor man's rectifier.
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For that price, you're not going to get a Mesa stack, but you don't really need one in the first place. Pretty much any gig you're going to be playing is gonna be mic'ed, and a lower- wattage combo will allow you to turn your amp up a bit more, which will give you a little more power tube saturation. If you're willing to go used, you could get something like a Rect- O Verb combo well within that price range, though:

i just bought a mark iii head off ebay for 650 and it is great. go to purevolume.com/westlentz and find my demo of it. i play a little bit of laid to rest at one point. i think it has a very similar tone to the actual song. if you have a guitar with relatively hot pickups, the amp can do really heavy stuff easily
Originally posted by primusfan
When you crank up the gain to 10 and switch to the lead channel, it actually sounds like you are unjustifiably bombing an innocent foreign land.

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For your style of music and price range, the Peavey Triple X is a clear winner.
Then pickup a used 4x12 and you're set.
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