V2 review by Randall

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (33 votes)
Randall: V2

Sound — 9
I currently run one of four guitars through this amp. I have an ESP LTD F-401FM (active EMG 81's), an ESP LTD Eclipse EC-400 (active EMG 81 and 85), an '82 Fender Squier Strat with active EMG single-coils and a 2004 BC Rich Beast (cheap model). Both of my ESP guitars (my main guitars) SCREAM through this behemoth, and it most definitely suits the heavy metal style of music. I don't have the gain any higher than maybe a 3 or 4 and it still has more than enough grit. I must say, however, that without a noisegate this thing hisses like mad. Because of the graphic EQ, you can get most any tone you need from this amp with a little playing around and the possiblities are ENDLESS for someone who loves to toy with settings. I give this a nine, ONLY because you will most definitely need a noisegate.

Overall Impression — 10
I had searched for YEARS to find an amp head I wanted to buy. I've been playing in modern heavy metal bands since 2004, gigging and whatnot with combo amps (my rock has always been my Randall RX120D solidstate 2X12 combo, which for the record is a WICKED combo amp) until I finally got the nerve to upgrade to a half-stack. After being loyal to Randall for years, I decided to see what my options were and looked at EVERYTHING, Randall or not. I tried everything from Marshall JCM series (too whiny, too grainy) to Fender's MH half-stack (again, too grainy) to Peavey's XXX and 6505(not sure what, but something was missing) to Mesa Trident and Roadking and Rectos to Krank's Krankenstein (too dam expensive!). I loved the sound of the Framus Dragon, but with the price tag I would have had to sell my car to get one. When I finally came across the Randall V2head, the looks alone had me sold. Once I plugged into this bad boy... I was hooked. There was no other amp that could do what this amp can do for this price. Loud, obnoxious, in-your-face wall of pure heavy metal insanity that would have satan himself quivering in a corner in the fetal position. Don't be naive, this amp is NOT designed for it's clean channel (it's mediocre). It's meant to bleed ears with distortion, and believe me, it does the trick. My current band has 3 guitar players, a bassist, a drummer, and a vocalist, and I've never had my amp over 1.5-2.0 volume without being asked to turn down (keeping in mind that the other two guitarists use a Peavey 6505 with a mesa cab, and a Peavey XXX with a Line 6 cab). If you need power, you got it. If you need tone options and gain delivery, you've got it. If you need an awesome amp for modern heavy music, whether metal or rock, you need the Randall V2. Period.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I would most definitely gig without a backup if need be (which any gigging musician would tell you is foolhardy), but of course I have my old Randall RX120D combo amp to fall back on. Because of the lack of power tubes, you should never have to worry about the frailty and Randall already builds bullet-proof amps to begin with. Durability is not even a factor.

Features — 10
First things first. How many amps can you buy with a GOOD graphic EQ for under $2000? Not many, this is the first I've come across that works this well, and that alone should sell tons of these things. There's also a well integrated FX loop with rear controls to tone up or down your effects, as well as a midi footswitch with 5 stomp-buttons (Clean, Overdrive, Tube OD, FX Loop and Graphic EQ controls). It also has three output settings 8 ohms, 4 ohms, and 2 ohms. Regardless of which you choose, this thing sounds like a monster through all of them. It has more than enough power for almost ANY venue (including small Jam spaces) and the only thing I can put down as a disappointment is that the solid state channel seems extremely quiet in comparisson (which could very well be a problem with the amp itself, I haven't had anybody look at it because I only ever use the tube OD). The solid state channel does have a nice gain/sustain boost option which could be useful to someone looking for a soloing channel.

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    How does this compare to the T2? Do they sound really different or is it just features that separate them?
    I am seeking a V2 archetype!!! If anyone has one they are trying to disown for some reason, I'm your guy. $500 off the back for sure
    I am in need of a randall v2 archetype!!! If anyone wants to disown one, please let me know. $500 off the back for one in excellent condition!!! Thank you very much. -Gabriel