#1
So after everytime I post a song thread and got a "you need a better amp" post, I decided to return my Line 6 and get my money back because of a blown fuse.

I looked in the amp thread and found a few but I would like a wider range.

My price limit is $450 to maybe $500. I want an all tube combo with good clean and good distortion (I'm willing to pay up for a distortion pedal).

I play Vai-esque and Santana meets Metallica type music.

Any Suggestion?
My obligatory gear list

Guitars
Schecter C-1 Classic
Gibson SG Special
1987 Fender Strat
Epiphone PR-150

Amp and Effects
Peavey Valveking 112
Boss DD-6
Crybaby Wah-wah
Ibanez TS-9DX
Banshee 2 Talkbox


Crit plz! Wh ore of Gommorah
#3
Quote by forsaknazrael
Vai, Santana, and Metallica are all pretty different.

Which do you want to sound like more?

Good question. No tube combo in that range can really pull those off perfectly...
#4
Quote by forsaknazrael
Vai, Santana, and Metallica are all pretty different.

Which do you want to sound like more?



I want one that can get close to the power in the rythme of metallica but the "hear every note" tone of Vai's solos.
My obligatory gear list

Guitars
Schecter C-1 Classic
Gibson SG Special
1987 Fender Strat
Epiphone PR-150

Amp and Effects
Peavey Valveking 112
Boss DD-6
Crybaby Wah-wah
Ibanez TS-9DX
Banshee 2 Talkbox


Crit plz! Wh ore of Gommorah
#6
Quote by imgooley
Good question. No tube combo in that range can really pull those off perfectly...

Not perfectly, but there's certainly some that can do it well enough.

TS, look into a Mesa F-30, F-50, DC-3 or DC-5 combo. Used, you should be able to find one in your price range and it sounds like just what you're looking for.
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#7
Quote by forsaknazrael
I would suggest a Randall RG50TC for your heavier stuff.

It'll have decent leads, but it'd hard to emulate Vai. His tone is rooted in his Carvin Legacy, and of course, his hands. He's got great technique, and that's why his solos are so articulate.



I didnt mean exactly like his tone, just get that same area of tone. Y'know how some amps lead is pretty muddy right? Thats what I've been dealing with and I hate it.
My obligatory gear list

Guitars
Schecter C-1 Classic
Gibson SG Special
1987 Fender Strat
Epiphone PR-150

Amp and Effects
Peavey Valveking 112
Boss DD-6
Crybaby Wah-wah
Ibanez TS-9DX
Banshee 2 Talkbox


Crit plz! Wh ore of Gommorah
#8
Quote by MatrixClaw
Not perfectly, but there's certainly some that can do it well enough.

TS, look into a Mesa F-30, F-50, DC-3 or DC-5 combo. Used, you should be able to find one in your price range and it sounds like just what you're looking for.
Touche.

I always forget that Santana uses high gain amps.
#9
$400 - $500 range?
Peavey Valveking
B-52
Randall mentioned
Mesa mentioned

latter or those would be used but there are some good deals out there

can they do Vai or Kirk's lead tone exactly? Maybe not but you get what you get within budget.
#10
What guitar are you using? Pickups? Dimarzio Evolution and Breed pickups will help emmulate his tone. Stay away from peavey. heck out Randall, Carvin, Laney, etc. Trust me, you regret the Peavey VK down the line.
#11
Quote by mwalluk
What guitar are you using? Pickups? Dimarzio Evolution and Breed pickups will help emmulate his tone. Stay away from peavey. heck out Randall, Carvin, Laney, etc. Trust me, you regret the Peavey VK down the line.

How much would those pickups cost? I use a Gibson SG Special Stock pickups, and a Fender Mexican Fatty HH stock.

So I really should just cross out peavey and look for Randall or Marshall?
My obligatory gear list

Guitars
Schecter C-1 Classic
Gibson SG Special
1987 Fender Strat
Epiphone PR-150

Amp and Effects
Peavey Valveking 112
Boss DD-6
Crybaby Wah-wah
Ibanez TS-9DX
Banshee 2 Talkbox


Crit plz! Wh ore of Gommorah
#13
Quote by mwalluk
What guitar are you using? Pickups? Dimarzio Evolution and Breed pickups will help emmulate his tone.

They might help a bit, but since he's on a budget, I wouldn't suggest buying them. They'll only sound good through a nice amp, which he should be spending as much of his budget as possible on. With new pickups his budget would drop $150-200.
Quote by Dave_Mc
I've had tube amps for a while now, but never actually had any go down on me
Quote by jj1565
maybe you're not saying the right things? an amp likes to know you care.





www.SanctityStudios.com