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Can anyone get Metallica, AC/DC, heavy metal tones out of a combo amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by gearo999, May 23, 2011.

  1. gearo999

    gearo999 Member

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    Just like the title says. I'm looking for a combo amp that can get awesome heavy rock high gain tones. I want a grab and go combo for small clubs that I can mike up. I need a decent clean too. Help!
     
  2. teemuk

    teemuk Member

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    Yes. Buy a Marshall JCM800 series combo, either tube or solid-state will do. That covers at least AC/DC. Something like a 8080 or a 8100 might be better for that Metallica stuff. ...or a Mesa.
     
  3. louis

    louis Supporting Member

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    ENGL combo maybe ?
     
  4. brianr0131

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    Fryette is awesome. Plenty of Marshalls that can do it. Engl Thunder 50 would do really nice for you.
     
  5. Proco

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    Is your ENGL Screamer a head? Too bad, the combo would be perfect. If it's a compro I would just suggest to get an EQ pedal to shape it's sound a little, but it's a really versatile amp so you should be able to get that kind of sound right away.
     
  6. QRSS

    QRSS brutalist

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    Marshall 4010
     
  7. 908SSP

    908SSP Supporting Member

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    Mesa Boogie MKIIC+ with EQ option or an EQ in the loop.
     
  8. ronmail65

    ronmail65 Supporting Member

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    Splawn Street Rod. The 3 gain stages, called gears (plus the cranked clean channel and boost feature), will cover all of the Marshall territory you just mentioned.
     
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    Mesa/Boogie Electradyne. Give it a try.
     
  10. somedude

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    My tone is Metallica-esque. I tried the combo thing... This turned out to be a better solution.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Bikedude

    Bikedude Gold Supporting Member

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    Mark V for sure! I have the combo, and for grab and go, this is the most versatile amp I've ever owned. Cleans are great, and every kind of crunch incl. metallica are available. This being said, the head ver. gives you the option for bigger cabs, equalling bigger sound as somedude said, but the combo is close enuff for me with a mic on the front. And if i need to add a cab, the ported cabs with the EV's sound like a nice option for some low end thump with a small footprint.
     
  12. dr_martijn

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    Not much of a combo-fan for high gain applications, but the Mesa DC-10 really hit a nerve years ago. Don't come up used often, but they usually aren't expensive. Engl Sovereign is cool as well. Really tricked out amp.
     
  13. grizdeluxe

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    I was playing hard rock cover tunes through a 4210 800 for awhile. It sounded killer for any heavy rock I could throw at it. The channel switchers get a bad rap, but mine was solid with zero issues. The gain channel is superb if you have the volume fairly high and you're getting a lot of power tube chunk.

    It had a G12K-100 in it and that was a dynamite combo.
     
  14. MBreinin

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    Boogie. MkIII, or the new MkV.

    Mike
     
  15. pokey

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    Mesa Boogie MK series. While I can get the "Breadfan" tone from my loaded MKIII blue stripe, I think the cleans with a tele plugged straight in are freakishly good. Pretty awesome little combos.
     
  16. Blanket Jackson

    Blanket Jackson ¿Qué Hiciste? Silver Supporting Member

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    All my combo's can get close enough for gigs. We play a few AD/DC and Judas Preist songs and Ive yet to hear anyone complain about the "tone". What amps? heck Peavey Ultra112, Mesa DC-3,Crate V32. A higher wattage heavy mag speaker is key IMO. To that end Ive loaded my combo's with G12K-100's. We run the gamut from Clapton to Preist. Bob
     
  18. 8len8

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    Marshall JVM215C combo. High gain, ~closed back cab. You'll have no problem getting a heavy sound.
     
  19. HoboMan

    HoboMan Silver Supporting Member

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    I don't have one of these but this video sure makes me want one:

     

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