Helix owners - what is your favorite Marshall flavored model and why?

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  1. FPFL

    FPFL Member

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    Good evening friends!

    Owning up, I'm a Marshall flavored / EL34 brit guy at heart and I don't know all the models differences that well.

    Like the more recent Brit Trem, why would I want that one over the older Plexi if I don't care about Trem?

    I've been living on the Placater Dirty since it came into the list and realized I never got around to trying other things at gig volume. Need to go back and try stuff that didn't grab me initially. Like compare the 800 and the 2204 Mod again...

    Any thoughts, experiences welcome!

    FWIW - I'm playing my Helix thru real guitar cabs live and I don't care about IRs or factory speakers at all. Usually its a Mesa Recto cab with v30 but I got an Avatar coming tomorrow with a Fane/Avatar M65 custom that is reportedly creambacky but with more Fane high crunch. I'm going to do two 1x12s with a decent spread for nice stereo FX. Excited! Not a heavy load out but might sound fun and more full in the small places I play.

    Be well,

    Paul
     
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  2. John Mark Painter

    John Mark Painter Silver Supporting Member

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    The "Trem" versions don't have tremolo. They are just voiced differently.
    All the Marshalls are just different. You have to experiment with different guitars, playing styles, gain structure...
    I like them all but have been concentrating on the Plexi
     
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  3. Lele

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    Or you can try the less orthodox way... Imho the German Mahadeva and the Archetype Lead can give excellent modern Marshall-ish tones, too.
    I specially like the Helix Shiva model.
     
  4. Dave Merrill

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    I've been digging the Mahadeva lately myself. I've got basically zero Marshall experience (weird for someone who's been playing for over 50 years), so I can't say how close to any of those it is, but it's got a very cool and unique overdrive behavior. Fun stuff!
     
  5. Phosphenetre

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    Good thread, I'd been meaning to create a similar one myself.

    A sound I use a LOT is a warm, but clear mildly overdriven sound with the neck humbuckers or neck single coils. The kind of tone that can stay almost clean if you arpeggiate a chord lightly, but growl with a sweet, warm yet clear grit if you pick any of those notes harder.

    I've been loving the Brit Trem Bright model for that. Most of the others are a bit too aggressive or kerrangy.
     
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  6. John Mark Painter

    John Mark Painter Silver Supporting Member

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    The JTM is my go to.
    One of my main presets has that through a 1x12.
    All those amps are very versatile for me when you start swapping cabs.
     
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  7. Atrain_dlp

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    I created a dual amp patch with the J45 Norm for clean and the Brit Plexi Brt for mild dirt. It eats up the DSP on my Stomp but it sounds great.
     
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  8. dmock66

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    I was goofing around this past weekend and dialed in a preset with the Brit Plexi Brt that I really like.

    I'm also a Marshall guy. I've really enjoyed the 2204 and Placater Dirty. As mentioned, they're all a bit different - so try em until you find the one that resonates with you. The Badonk is pretty Marshally as well.
     
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    I find the Cali Texas CH2 gets pretty marshally, and takes exreme EQ very well. I play in a Journey Tribute, and I had been using the placater almost exclusively, but I found that every time I switched over to the lone star, I had a thicker, more round feel. With my guitar (LTD with EMG pickups), it took some extra EQing in the front end to work, but in the end, I found I favored the MESA. weird.
     
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  10. dmock66

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    I forgot about the Derailed Ingrid. I go back to that one often as well.
     
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  11. mbenigni

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    As much as they overlap, they're all good for different things. The Placater Dirty covers a lot of ground, but when I want something cleaner or middle of the road, I keep circling back to the Park 75 (both channels, depending.)
     
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  12. Alex Kenivel

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    Huh..its modeled after a Triple Rectifier with a Rivera Subwoofer.
     
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  13. JiveTurkey

    JiveTurkey Trumpets and Tants Silver Supporting Member

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    IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW :drink
     
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  14. dmock66

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    Huh... in that case - nevermind! :)
     
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    My latest patch has been the Placater dirty pre-amp through the FX return of a Marshall DSL40CR. It sounds pretty close to the Ultra gain red channel on the DSL itself, but cleared/more defined and less piercing than the DSL on it's own.
     
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    Brit Plexi Brt was my go-to for Plexi style crunch. JTM45 for cleaner stuff and Placater Dirty for higher gain.
     
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    LOVE the Shiva, and it pairs really well with the SD9 in front of it. That's the core of the second most popular Helix preset I ever made.
     
  18. mbenigni

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    Everybody calm down. They're all Fenders, really. :D
     
  19. MIJLOVER

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    I'm having a lot of fun with the SLO lead channel, cranking the master to 8 and lowering the gain to 2-3. Awesome :)
     
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  20. Tramp

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    Brit Plexi Jump, with Placater Dirty for higher gain.
     

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