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Is there an amp that can do Fender cleans and modern distortion?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by blkhrs7, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. chromaken

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    Circle gets a square.... ? the recording statement was to make a point. Yea, somehow a tube and ss at the same volume have different cutting abilities.
     
  2. Nick Fanis

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    Just get one of the many 6L6 Mesa Boogie or RIVERA models or a KT88 VHT one.
     
  3. Carzee

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    Supersonic head. The combo suffers from cheap cabinet work IMHO, the head doesn't have that hassle. I love it. Your choice of tubes. Google up some reviews.
    The earlier effort, the Prosonic, is more desirable, more better, more money too. My money says the Supersonic will become highly desirable and pricey as well (it'll just take a few years).
     
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    It's worth checking out the Hughes & Kettner Statesman. The dual 6L6 has lovely Fender-like cleans and the drive channel with a boost function has great thick gain.
     
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    The Fender Prosonic is just what you are looking for. Pure country fender cleans on channel one, cascading high gain stages on channel two with everything inbetween. It has switchable output from 30 watts pure class A with tube rec. to 50 watts A/B with tube rec. and 60 watts A/B with SS rec. I picked it up just for the situation that you decribed. I love to play country, but there's a lot more rock bands around where I'm at and I needed something that would cover the bases and do it well. If you can find one, give it a whirl.
     
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    That's the first thing I thought of. A buddy of mine has one. The "modern" high gain tone is crazy good.
     
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    CARR 6v6

    Expensive (Very) but sometimes you can get them used fairly affordable. sounds FANTASTIC!!! and has the two channels you want...
     
  8. morroben

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    I would probably try something like a Mesa...the Lonestar is a cool sounding amp. They seem to be some of the more versatile amps I've heard. I'd like to have one myself someday...although I'd probably still play my 5E3 most of the time.
    Is EVH considered modern distortion?
     
  9. muchxs

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    It's possible to mod a Deluxe Reverb and end up with a really aggressive tone on one channel and the other channel untouched. If you're talking 30-50 watts you want power amp / power supply mods as well.

    It's not rocket science. It would involve some intrusive mods, for instance an extra tube would be useful. If you could do without trem that frees up a couple tube sections that can be used for other things.
     
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    Matchless Amps makes a few amps that can do that.
     
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    mesa 5:25 express. done.
     
  12. blkhrs7

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    I had just got on the Mesa site and was looking at the Lonestar. Looks worth checking into. EVH modern? Good point. EVH in 1998 rather than 1978 maybe.

    All of these suggestion sound like good places to look into and are appreciated. Can't wait to try some of these out in the near future.
     
  13. e-merlin

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    My two cents on the Prosonic and Super Sonic: both are fantastic amps, but neither will really do "Modern High Gain" very well in my experience. At least not as well as a 5150 or Triple X.
     
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    Is "modern distortion" in amps like mesas and such... well, how is it accomplished? Do they drive the power tubes or the preamp tubes? Or do they just have a OD box inside?
     
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    +1 on the triple X. My friend had one of those and it had a very nice clean tone and a good uber-distortion channel. The crunch channel was kindof so-so.
     
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    Try a Dr. Z Galaxie amp/ I have one. It has divine Tweed clean and semi-dirty tones along with Channel 2 which is the holy grail of modern overdrive from the entire amp.

    It's worth checking out here alone:
    Galaxie on Youtube
     
  17. nosuch

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    maybe you should try a tube-preamp in front of your DR?
    As you stated that the majority of your playing is country, you can't do any better than the Deluxe.
    I think there are several good makes which give you the desired grease.
     
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    Another vote for Super-Sonic.
     
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    Mesa V-Twin in front of your SFDR?
     
  20. e-merlin

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    How could I have been so stupid! The answer is a preamp. Specifically the Peavey Rockmaster preamp. Run that thing into your SFDR loop and you can use it to bypass the SFDR preamp section when you want to pummel the power section.

    Here're the gory details: three channel preamp with three separate effects loops, more 1/4" jacks than you can shake a stick at. You can throw two or three EQs in two or three effects loops for different tones and never mess with the sound of the SFDR. It's an unbelieveable piece of equipment and you can probably pick one up on eBay for a couple of hundred bucks.
     
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