This is a tricky one, since you're going to have to do with the circuit (or maybe pedals) what Angus Young and EVH did with volume... a lot of the harmonics in their tones back then came from standing in front of massive amps that really didn't have as much gain as most people think.Hey guys, I'm back on a tone quest. I'm interested in a 20 watt amp to get those sweet classic rock tones that have been in my head for years. My budget is around $1000 give or take. I currently have a DSL40 and an EVH 5150 III. Although these are amazing amps, they have a more compressed, modern tone to them. I'm looking for more AC/DC to early VHII types of tones. I'd be using it in my band to play small bar gigs. An effects loop would be necessary as well.
So far, I've been researching the Marshall SV20, Dirty Shirley Mini (a bit over my budget), and the Victory rd1. What else would you guys recommend?
i played all three before buying the PT20. I can’t honestly say I remember too much about the other amps, but I was looking for a really solid sounding lunchbox or smaller amp that provided me with a great rock tone. the only thing I do remember was I thought the PT20 clearly did the high gain best between it and the Runt 20. The Runt does have a clean channel, but I really didn’t care about that.How does the Runt 20 compare to the DS20 and the PT20?
Aren't Orange amps a bit dark for getting that high mids Marshall tone? I thought they were more hairy than barky with their distortion character? I don't have much experience with Orange, so I'm just asking.If you don't need much cleans then an Orange Dark Terror, if you need crunch and clean channels then the Rocker 15 Terror. You mention 20W, these are both 15W lunchbox models, not so far off, but don't let that sway you in any way, these are ferociously loud with thunderous Classic Rock tones ala 70s & 80s. Yet, they can do modern metal too, just about anything if you learn how to dial it in right.
Both have tube driven buffered FX Loop and take almost all pedals nicely in front and thru the loop. Well built, portable, from quiet practicing at home, to jamming with the band in the studio, to gigging small pubs and clubs, an Orange Terror is all you'll ever need.
There is a warmer darker tone in my Orange Terrors yes, and in fact, I prefer that instead of a bright tone. I think to describe it as "hairy" or "barky" or any adjective you choose to use is subjective to the user and how its dialed in, everyone here's things in their own way. You'd have to give them a try in person to know if its right for you, there is no other way, even listening to video demos don't do it for me. I took the chances on mine and liked them right off the bat.Aren't Orange amps a bit dark for getting that high mids Marshall tone? I thought they were more hairy than barky with their distortion character? I don't have much experience with Orange, so I'm just asking.
He does great work in his vids but EVERYTHING is loaded down and going into IR cabs of his choosing.I just love this tone,