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Discussion in 'Guitars' started by covenant66, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. covenant66

    covenant66 Guest

    I personally would never feel right about recording a guitarist on a solid state amp on any recording. I don't care if Dimebag did it, I like his riffs but I never did like his tone really. The sound of a miced up tube amp is unmatched.

    My absolute favorite combo to record is the Bogner 1x12.

    I also like a few of the mesa boogie combos, although some of their models are much better than others.

    Lets get a list of some of the best combo all tube amps out there.
  2. Jonesey

    Jonesey Active Member

    Bad Cat mini cat always sounds good using a royer 121.
  3. MilesAway

    MilesAway Guest

    Fender Twin Reverb
    Roland Jazz-Chorus JC-120 (KILLER solid-state amp)
    VOX AC-30
    Mesa Boogie MKIV
  4. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    Great topic.
    Roland JC120 kicks ars. Great amp...tube or not tube.
    Along with trying to contribute to the thread. I am sure that the Marshall (whatever model) will make this list.
    I have been looking at some Marshall JCM800 (with 12" speakers) all tube combo amps.
    But I'm not sure which model of Marshall is THE best.

    How about mods on guitar amps. That is where alot of my $$$$ has been going lately.
  5. rudedogg

    rudedogg Guest

    it very much depends on the music and the band, but i really like the 60s -70s fender champ/vibro champ. i actually really like recording mesa boogie dual rectifiers / marshall jcm 800/900 for the really heavy stuff. i like almost all of the fender amps, i have had really good luck recording the fender deville for a newer amp.

    like i said, depends on the band, the music, the song.
  6. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    If the money is no object – Bogner. All the way.

    I have found one very interesting amp. Hughes & Kettner Tube 20 Anniversary. Heaven for only 500 €. Even if you are not on the budget, you should give it a try. Clean like Vox/Fender, drive like Soldano/Marshall.

    Really unbelievable.
  7. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    My pick is my amp, for obvious reasons. Mesa Boogie DC-3. Great littlel 30 watt screamer. Its a short head so it's very easy to move around the studio and is loud as can be from 3 on up. I'm actually going to do an entire song with my new Epi valve jr. head. I had a band over the other day and they were ohhing and ahhhing over that hundred dollar amp. Can't wait to hear it when I change the tubes and finish converting my old Marshall solid state 1x12 combo in a Celestion greenback cabinet for it. BTW is the JCM800 worth a crap? I played the 2000's and 900's and didn't really like either and I know there has to be a decent Marshall out there somewhere.
  8. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    That's what I want to know as well. It seems that the Marshall JCM900's are NOT like the JCM800's, and both are way different than the 2000's.
    And many owners of JCM800's on ebay, have various amp mods, by different amp mod'ers.
    I want a Marshall combo amp, but I like really over driven distortion and tons of gain. Will a stock Marshall amp do it? Or is the best way to get killer tone, is get your Marshall mod'ed?
  9. rudedogg

    rudedogg Guest

    the jcm 800 is a great amp for certain music. the jcm 900/2000 are good amps too, but i wouldn't recommend them except for hardcore/nu-metal type sounds. i really like the jcm 800 for hard rock and emo/screamo type sounds. it usually sounds best when you compliment it with a mesa boogie or other high gain amp. (soldano, bogner, etc)
  10. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    I went to Bogners web-site. And read some other web-pages on Bogner amps. WOW! I had no idea that just as many "major label" artist(s) use Bogner amps as they use a Marshall amps. Bogner MUST be the real deal.
    Learn something new everyday. :oops:
    Guess I'll put the Bogner near the top of the list.

    Much like the topic of this post... I want to use "all tube" and combo amps. I would prefer most of them to be rated at or around 50Watts or so. That way I can crank them up. Without being ungodly LOUD. And get a nice overdrive going on. I also like feedback from time to time. On the really HOT stuff.

    Have I assumed wrong to think that 50Watt combo amps are great for recording?
    Or is the BEST way to get the BEST tone and recorded tracks to use the 100W heads (whatever brand) that sooo many "major label" artist use, to record with themselves? With a 4X12 cabinet. At darn near 11. And so loud that God's on the phone, leaving a message saying "Turn it Down" (in deep voice)
  11. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    I wouldn't say a 50watt amp is the "best" I actually wouldn't say that for any amp on the planet. You can record through anything in a studio, 100watts is by no means a necessity. I record all the time with amps from 5 watts to 35 watts. A 35watt tube amp will scream its ass off if you crank it up to 10. But really it all depends on tone and what you're going for. There's probably a laundry list of players that have recorded with amps under 50 watts.
  12. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    Two more for visiting:


  13. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    Wow! I want them all. Well, at least one of each :roll:
    Great links man!
    I had NO idea. I really like the sound clips as well.
  14. Groff

    Groff Active Member


    Tell me about it ... :cry: :evil:

    I owe you this one:


    Play the demo/sounds (clean, drive)

    It's all tube, 1x AX7 and 2x EL 84. 20W but loud as hell. I was impressed with it more than some boutique’s.

    I could only imagine how it will sound with the NOS tubes and Royer 121 in the front .....
  15. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    I use a Mesa 20-20 power amp:

    ..with a valve pre, driving a home made 2*12 cabinet loaded with Celestions.

    Sounds great! :D
  16. Sidhu

    Sidhu Active Member

    Ive been trying to get amp amp for a 90's thrash metal type sound. Metallica/Megadeth... Tried the Marshall Mode4 / Messa Dual... none really were liked much... The small Randall RG50 Tube combo sounds quite appropriate though... Maybe driving the guitar into the amp via something like a tube screamer with mild gain might help.. but seriously dunno...

    any suggestions ??? Thanks

  17. AltheGatman

    AltheGatman Active Member

    I have had a fair few amps over time, haven't found an "all in one" but here's my biased opinion on the ones I have had......

    SOVTEK Mig100 head, with a marshall JCM800 Quad LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!, 100w one channel all valve Russian volume - was cool for a time, great for stadiums - not any of them in my vicinity though, not so good in the studio or club. Sold it to buy the marshall combo (not a wise move) still have the quad though, Cut the back in half so it's semi open & it gave it a pretty good overall tone, and a bit less bass (good) - Most of the time it's just a good looking amp stand though.

    Marshall JCM800 50w 2x12 valve combo : had this about 9 or 10 years ago, I hated it, no mids, lots of gain, not really my thing - It got stolen from an outdoor gig, best day of my life :)

    Fender Champ25se 1x12 hybrid combo - Bought this for peanuts when my marshall was stolen, it has a valve poweramp, and a solidstate pre. I don't like the Dirty, but being 25w you could drive it hard without your ears bleeding, and it has this cool valve saturated thing going on. I like it's sound, quite gritty and attitudey. still have it today.

    soldano Reverb'0'sonic 50w 2x12 valve combo - This had a great dirty channel,and pretty red snakeskin put some GT KT66 valves in it & it went very loud... pretty good all rounder (didn't do metal though) sounded good when I played it, didn't when my very good guitarist friend did, then again I couldn't stand his mesa DC3 which he made sing....
    Sold it to buy a Soundcraft 1600, Rode K2 & pair of NT5's - still not sure if I regret it or not!?!

    Vox AC30TBX read good and bad about this, bought it anyway about a month ago, I have recorded and played various AC30's over time, never heard one I didn't like - they are quite smoothly nauseating ( in a good way) - cut through without killing a mix somehow - I like it I do....

    In General I find amp A which suits Guitarist A is crap with Guitarist B and vice versa for amp B, If there is an amp C that suits everyone I am yet to see it....... I find I do have better luck with combo's (solid state or no) though
  18. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    Anybody else hate their JCM800? I was hoping this amp was good for heavy metal.
  19. mobilelab

    mobilelab Active Member

    howdy! this is mostly for steven colbert, the best model of 800 is going to be the 2204,which in combo form is the 4010 i believe (ebay research is actually pretty handy)
  20. mobilelab

    mobilelab Active Member

    forgot to add this- the reason the 900's and 2000's suck is because of their crummy transformers. i have an old valvestate vs100 that sounds way better than the 900 or the 2000 and has a great emulated line out. this amp is generally my studio channel strip, although i am in the market for an 800 or maybe the new deville

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