#1
Alright. I'm finally ready both financially and in my music career to where I'm going to want to truly achieve some killer tones through my amp. For 3 years now my dear Peavey Classic 30 has held up strong and I absolutely love the tones I get out of it (especially for blues and anything that just needs a little grit not to mention it was only $480!) however it truly does not suit my band's style of music which is a blend of Dream Theater, Meshuggah, Tool, any kind of thrash, and some Jazz influences. Very BTBAM-ish you could say. I've got about $3000 to spend on both a head and a 4x12 cab and I kind of have a little bit of an idea what I want to do head wise however I'm not very familiar with cabs and how they shape your overall tone.

For a head I THINK (I've actually heard very few of these amps) I would be well off with something like an ENGL, though I do want the head to come with reverb (pretty much a must) so that puts the fireball out of the mix and maybe the Powerball? (One of you Engl enthusiasts can correct me on that) Which is somewhat disappointing because they seem like absolutely stellar amps. From what I've heard Screamers are nice but with $3000 to spend I could probably do better. Other various heads I've been looking into include the Peavey 6505, Line 6 Vetta, various Marshall's (I mix up their models a lot, I think the one I've really been looking into is the JCM2000 DSL50?) and a Hughs and Kettner Switchblade 100, which is looking pretty good right now features wise and I'm a big fan of Aex Lifeson's tone but I haven't heard too much about them and don't know if it can seriously rage. Whatever the case for the money I want the head to have all the gain I would ever want from just a head but also able to pull off good clean and slightly dirty tones as well. Cab wise I really don't know where to go but just want something that compliments whatever head I get and doesn't go over my limit (I don't know if straight or slanted cabs make a difference either?). I can't really try out any of these amps and I have dial up so kind of hard to hear sound clips but if any of you amp gurus out there could lend some suggestions that would be great. By the way I will also proably be buying from musiciansfriend.com because I can get 20% off there. Thanks in advance!
#2
Check out the Randall MTS series. You can get a RM100 head that has three channels in which you can swap out the preamps to get any tone you want. You could have a super heavy hi-gain rhythm tone in one "module" and a vintage classic rock tone in another. I just got one and they're great, extremely versatile and can get you a variety of all-tube sounds. They also have a rack unit with four slots. The loaded head is around $1700-$1900 new and any decent cab would work. I highly recommend it and ask Moe. he has one too.
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#3
I played an Orange once and i thought the distortion was reallllly weak. EVH 5150 III definatly dude. Its about 3000 for head and cab. How do you get 20% off musicians friend anyways? just out of curiosity.... i want in.

Edit: Heres a review i found on the EVH 5150 III

"THis is an amazing amp. You can sound like Eddie or use the simple controls to get yours. Performance like no other. Plus the footswitch is simple but absolutely no click, delay or noise when you switch channels. From one channel to another smooth as butter. Plus the fricken thing shook my clothing, literally my legs where shaking. No muddy sound just pure quality. Expensive is the only flaw but if you are a working musician then it makes sense to buy this amp."


another...


""THE BEST AMP IN THE WORLD. PERIOD."

Feature:
Very simple. Volume, Gain and EQ on every channel with the 3 presence knobs at the end. All the knobs are very responsive but you can still dial any tone you want. The lack of effects, tone scoop switches, etc.. makes sure that no note is muddy or harsh at all. PERFECT.

Quality:
The is a truly roadworth, tough, indestructible piece of equipment. Ed himself designed it, didn't he?

Value:
Ya this is a lot of dough, but for what your getting, it's a MAJOR bargain!

Desirability:
A huge, ruuged, full sized tube amp head with Eddies signature stipes on the grill-You tell me!

Sound:
I'd rate the sound 12/10 if I could! It's unbelievable! I adore Marshalls but compared to the EVH, there isn't a marshall with half the tone quality of this amp. It's also a very loud amp but sounds just as good at low volumes. I set the volume at about 1/16 and the whole music store could easily hear me and this unbelievable amp. I love how the clean channel can be dirtied up for a plexi-like sound but has an excellence clean sound with the gain down. The second channel is insanely versitile and can nail any EVH sound or eveh a Marshall JCM 800 or JCM 2000 sound. The 3rd channel goes above and beyond any other high gain channel that I have ever heard. It has a ridiculous amount of gain but every note stays very clean and dinamic. It also has plenty of sustain. This is without a doubt the best sounding amp of the past, present and almost certainly the futur!

Ease of Use:
It couldn't be much simpler while still being so versitile. All you have to do is basically plug in and play!

Support:
Won't need it.

Overall:
This is an absolutely incredibly amp. I'm definately saving up for it and you should to."


another......


"The seach for that awesome sound from a head is over!!!!"

Feature:
Its simple and easy to use. When switching between channels you hear no click or seperation just flows to the other channel. All channels sound great!!

Quality:
It seems to be well manufactured but time will tell. I have not had the EVH 5150 III to long. I have 4 Marshalls as backups if needed and I hope I never have to go back to the Marshall. The EVH 5150 III Has spoiled me. Im in love!!!

Value:
I wish it were a little cheaper, but If you have to money its better than the "MESA Roadster" for me, so I would buy it again if need be.

Desirability:
It looks great BUT!!!! White gets dirty so take care of your investment and have cleaner around.

Sound:
Super great sound!! Its actually more than perfect for me playing rock-metal. When I started playing I was caught by suprize I could not believe the quality The clean is better then my Marshall Jcm 800 and the 2nd channel is better then my Jcm800 Jcm 900 and mt TSL 100. Then you go to 3rd channel and WOW!!!!!!!!!!

Ease of Use:
Simple a 5 year old could set it up and use.

Support:
I can answer that becuase I have not had a problem with it .

Overall:
Im sold Ive always played Marshall and I was always trying to find a better sound and now Ive got what I needed with the EVH 5150 III.


ok im done posting reviews.... just saying if it was me, this would be my choice. i have a cutout of this amp from a musiciansfriend mag with a giant circles around it on my refrigerator. Then next to it is a "Jimmys 5150 3 fund" ...... which sadly enough is still at 0.... Happy choosing buddy
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#4
^ haha the drummer in my band ordered a snare drum and some other stuff from there not too long ago and it took like a month to come in so they gave him 20% off on his next purchase and he's going to let me use it to buy my rig.
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#5
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^ haha the drummer in my band ordered a snare drum and some other stuff from there not too long ago and it took like a month to come in so they gave him 20% off on his next purchase and he's going to let me use it to buy my rig.



Dude thats awesome.... I wish i could do that. Actually that did happen to me once. MY friend let me use his 10% off at Guitar Center.... but i bought a 12 dollar slide with it.... i couldve done better.... . So if you used you 20% thing on the 5150, it would take 620 dollars off of the price.... then it will be like 2450 or something like that. Then you could buy some awesome effects with the extra 600 dollars..... i envy you right now for having 3000 and a 20% off discount.... now you need to get a platinum card thing and then get an EXTRA 10% off on top of hte 20%..... wow... your lucky.
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#6
3000 buckaroos???

get a bogner!
a vht is also very suitable as well. pitbull or deliverance. it'll give you that btbam tone and power you want and some very suitable cleans for jazzing around as well, or you can crank the cleans for blues.

but if you have to get a cab as well, maybe a mesa roadster, matched with a mesa cab, or possible something better for a head if you can settle for an avatar cab, which is pretty ****ing awesome as well, it just doesnt look as cool as most other cabs, but you arent up for looks, get the avatar, with vintage 30s, and just about any brutal head within 2500.

powerball is a good amp btw, but from experience, it can get KIND OF muddy.
#7
I'd say got for a Cornford HellCat 2x12. Nobody really knows about Cornford amps that much but in my opinion, they are the best sounding amps out there. They have a voice like vocal quality, they are very tight and defined with amazing dynamics response, very smooth.

A Hellcat head and 4x12 cab would be out of your budget though I think,

Alternatively there's the cheaper Cornford RoadHouse 30 which sounds very similar and you'd be able to afford both a 4x12 and the head.

here's a vid if your interested..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HNP_idkSJo
#8
Quote by MorgMetal_666
Check out the Randall MTS series. You can get a RM100 head that has three channels in which you can swap out the preamps to get any tone you want. You could have a super heavy hi-gain rhythm tone in one "module" and a vintage classic rock tone in another. I just got one and they're great, extremely versatile and can get you a variety of all-tube sounds. They also have a rack unit with four slots. The loaded head is around $1700-$1900 new and any decent cab would work. I highly recommend it and ask Moe. he has one too.


I think this seems like a good decision as you need some versatility, I'm pretty sure Randall has plenty of different modules you can choose from.
But at this price range you just gotta try everything you can get your hands on.
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#9
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#10
I'd agree with a Bogner head (used), I'd also go with a Recto cab (used).
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#11
Didn't Marshall just recently come out with a Randy Rhoads signature amp?
It looks pretty cool, but I don't know much about it.
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#12
i would suggest a mesa triple rec or a Hughes and Kettner switchblade 100watt head or a duotone. right now sadly my switchblade is in the shop due to foot control problem but the build in effects and everything is really a big bonus on top of the 4 channels and versatility. the duotone just do one step better then the switchblade in tone but lacks versatility. but if you really want go to pro get a triamp. these things are sickkk to a total different level.
#13
oh and not to mention hughes and kettner amps has the sickest looks.

edit: i fail to see you also need a cab. well i would get a avatar 4x12 with a mix of vintage 30 and greenbacks for best tone/versatility. they are around 500ish if you order straight from factory. avatarspeakers.com
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#14
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+1.

Absolutely astonishing amp. Do NOT get anything else.
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#15
what about a diezel stack? thats if musicans friend have them they might be worth a look
#16
After years of owning boutique and non boutique amps. The rivera knucklehead tre was my choice. Covers just about everything as far as tone goes.
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#17
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I wish i could do that. Actually that did happen to me once. MY friend let me use his 10% off at Guitar Center.... but i bought a 12 dollar slide with it....





Umm, +1 on the EVH halfstack. That thing is ridiculously diverse.