Amp for stoner rock band...

Peteyforto

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$1100 Canadian is about $836 US. If it absolutely has to be brand new, I'd look at Laney or the Orange DT30. Laney's are nice.
 

BenB123

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Here is a good look at an Orange Cr120 used for stoner tones. Keep in mind the drop tuning.
 

oildrops

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Traynor would be great, or an Orange. The Oranges can be hit and miss with some fuzzes though.
So can Traynors tbh and they are insanely loud and bright without mods. I had mine modded to a bass spec Marshall with master volume. I find the bass low input to be the best for fuzz, while the high side sounds best with humbuckers straight in.

I'd get a RI bassman or super reverb if I was starting over but for those bands in the OP an orange or Mesa
is perfect.
 

dotlikeimpact

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Get the V4. THE amp for this stuff. QOTSA has been using them for years. Throw either a Black Arts Pharoah or a Volt Thrower in front.

Vancouver Craigslist. Buy this. Thank me later.

https://vancouver.craigslist.org/van/msg/d/vancouver-1972-ampeg-v4-tube-guitar/6921781000.html

Or, if you can get to Victoria:

https://victoria.craigslist.org/msg/d/victoria-ampeg-v4/6924615567.html

After that: Head down to Exile and pick up a Union T&T Tsar Bomba.
Then, order a Basic Audio Superfuzz.
Then, riff your band-mates to dust.
 

mvsr990

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Pretty much anything low to medium gain and loud will work. Understandably, you say used is out but old relatively cheap vintage stuff will do this job well - Traynor, Ampeg, non-model T vintage Sunns, the Sunn Beta Lead or Beta Bass (latter is cheaper and all you're missing out on is crappy reverb).
 

Axe-Man

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This is JMPO but anytime I play something doomy, a modded JCM800 makes a pretty good sound.

A big part is the cab. Something big and warm and huge sounding. Nothing small will work.

I personally feel the Katana Artist is a rather under appreciated amp. Many doom guys play SS rigs. The KA has fuzz and Orange sims all inbuilt but the Brown sound with some EQ and the right boost probably does a pretty great effort already. I can’t imagine it sounding worse than some clean SS amp with a SS pedal in front of it like many doom guys use. Add a 4x12 and the thing probably rips.

Now as for the Crush Pro...in Aus they are about a grand for a SS head. I thought it sounded quite decent but it’s expensive. I liked the KA much better as well as the Jim Root Terror.

The RV50 Mk I or II is SH in mint condition probably around $850. Turned up with a 4x12, that is a pretty impressive tone. Very unique and it is enjoyable to play. It’s not cutting or Uber tight but it’s got a great grizzly bear with a bear trap clamped on its nads roar happening. I want another just for that sound as it was awesome.
 

Doomrider78

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This is JMPO but anytime I play something doomy, a modded JCM800 makes a pretty good sound.

A big part is the cab. Something big and warm and huge sounding. Nothing small will work.

I personally feel the Katana Artist is a rather under appreciated amp. Many doom guys play SS rigs. The KA has fuzz and Orange sims all inbuilt but the Brown sound with some EQ and the right boost probably does a pretty great effort already. I can’t imagine it sounding worse than some clean SS amp with a SS pedal in front of it like many doom guys use. Add a 4x12 and the thing probably rips.

Now as for the Crush Pro...in Aus they are about a grand for a SS head. I thought it sounded quite decent but it’s expensive. I liked the KA much better as well as the Jim Root Terror.

The RV50 Mk I or II is SH in mint condition probably around $850. Turned up with a 4x12, that is a pretty impressive tone. Very unique and it is enjoyable to play. It’s not cutting or Uber tight but it’s got a great grizzly bear with a bear trap clamped on its nads roar happening. I want another just for that sound as it was awesome.
I'd like a Rockerverb, and may hold out for when a used one rears its head.

As I said, the KA actually did a pretty good job on it's own, without any external pedals, and just the onboard 1x12 waza speaker. I would be interested to see what it sounds like with a 4x12. As I'd need one with a head anyway, that may be my next purchase/rental.
 

chrisjw5

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For reference, Josh Homme is my favorite guitar player ever. There are a million directions you can go for an amp, but if you're after those early Queens tones, the Stonedeaf PDF-2 (not the 1) is a must. J-Ho has one on his board.

Check this out:

I'd seriously recommend grabbing one and bringing it to any amp demo you try. You really don't need a super saturated amp for Queens tones. Not that it's nice to have, but Josh uses old Ampegs, though he's back to a Peavey that he used, I believe, at the end of Kyuss and the beginning of Gamma Ray/Queens.

The other gear you might want to check out is Kevin Starrs from Uncle Acid; he's using some modified Bassmasters. His tone is amazing. I try to chase Kevin's tone because it's original enough to be his but generic enough that he can cover a lot of sonic ground. Essentially, if it can play something from Sabbath i-IV, then I'm in.
 

Bossanova

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I'm talking CoC, Clutch, Red Fang, Kyuss, Alice in Chains etc, plus occasional forays into metal a la Judas Priest.

Budget is around $1100 for a head. Used market here is non-existent so that's a new, Canadian dollars, budget.

I'm not looking to copy tones, just something that's fairly flexible.

So far, the options are a Marshall DSL100 or a Orange CR120, but I'm open to suggestions. If it helps, the other guitarist has a 100w Marshall TSL JCM2000, but I'm not wedded to Marshall.
If the other guy has a Marshall, I might go Fender-y plus fuzz for you. It's about balancing within the band, not really getting the "name" gear. Who plays more leads? What guitars/cabs/pickups are you both using?
 

ekajnitram

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I've been using an EQD Hoof, but recently swapped that for a Friedman BE OD and I run into a wet dry setup using a Fender Blues Deluxe and Marshall DSL40. I can get all manner of sounds with an EQD Palisades pushing the Friedman a bit. The EQ on the amps took me a bit to get right, and I honestly am not a fan of how either amps sounds on it's own currently, but running together it's killer and they compliment each other perfectly. Both amps are run pretty much entirely clean, although the Marshall breaks up much sooner than the Fender.
 


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