Hi Gain channel switcher:

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  1. fuzzyguitars

    fuzzyguitars Supporting Member

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    Help everyone. I am looking for recommendations on high gain channel switchers.

    the criteria for the amp are:
    1) Must have at least two separate channels that can be switched without having to adjust knobs to make the channel sound good.

    2) Must be hi gain, not vintage plexi turned up to 10, but more!

    3) Must have good clean sound that takes pedals well.

    I will go ahead and let you all know about some of the amps I have gone through that do not make my grade.

    Bogner XTC and Shiva- sterile cleans on the XTC, Shiva not gainy enough.

    Hughes and kettner- too bright.

    genz benz-- not my cup of tea.

    framus- again not to my taste.

    vht- owned the clx in past , pretty good, somewhat stiff feeling

    jsx- pretty good, lots of mids, good cleans

    mesa- i like the rectos, but the cleans suck and the channel switching delay drives me nuts.

    diezel- these amp rock but are so freaking expensinve!

    cornford- they have a new channel switcher that sounds interesting.


    krank- yuchhhh!

    bad cat- the controls for the lead and clean are too interactive.

    two rock/ fuchs dumble clones- not for me.




    range of tones looking for:

    from van halen to pantera of course!:dude:RoCkIn:dude

    please help:confused:
     
  2. fuzzyguitars

    fuzzyguitars Supporting Member

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    od100- also a little too stiff feeling for me!:horse
     
  3. hw2nw

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    well I think you knocked out most of my recommendations other than the Orange Rockerverb. I don't know what you mean by "too interactive" on the Bad Cat controls, I found the Hot Cat kills at high gain. As far as Orange goes, Check into the AD140 and Rockerverb 100.
     
  4. procos

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    Man you are almost SOL because you pretty much named almost all the high gain channel switchers. You might want to try a Guytron FV I think that might be just what you are looking for.

    Chuck
     
  5. wsaraceni

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    maybe the deliverance. the hot cat is great at high gains and one of my favorite cleans on ANY amp.
     
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    soldano lucky13
    mesa stiletto
     
  7. cameron

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    You mention the Shiva and the XTC but not the Uberschall. No interest in the Uber?

    You should definitely check out the Orange Rockerverb, both the 50 and 100 watt versions.
     
  8. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    I agree with Cameron, and IMO, the Uberschall clean kicks the ass of the Ecstacy clean. If there were a way for Bogner to build an amp with the Uber clean and the Ecstacy blue channel in plexi mode w/ the boost engaged as the lead channel, I'd be playing Bogner.

    You should look into Soldano, but based on the amps that don't make the grade with you, I think you're SOL there too. You either need to work with a builder to spec out your own amp, change your expectations, or run a multi-amp setup.

    Good luck :). Searching for your dream tone can be quite a draining process...in more ways than one.
     
  9. JamesPeters

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    Sorry if this seems like outright spam, but I make amps which might be of interest. In particular a "Modern High Gain" / "Clean" amp. Although my amps might seem expensive to you. In any case I'd recommend giving the JSX a good trial, possibly with different tubes if it doesn't quite hit the mark by default. It's an amp I'd own for similar things, if I didn't make my own amps (not saying they're outright "better", but that they do suit my tastes a lot more of course since I made them).
     
  10. aleclee

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    Try one of the Peters Dual Channels in the emporium.

    [edit]Look who posted right before me. Nice to see you around, James. :)[/edit]
     
  11. tedjac

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    Check out the Peters Custom Dual Channel. It seems he can pretty much create any two preamp channels sounds you want. He will "tune" the channels to your taste (within reason, I suppose, but it all sounds pretty flexible). Each channel has it's own controls and the amp comes in 20, 50, and 100W versions.

    check out: www.petersamplification.com

    Don't own one (yet) and don't work for 'em... they just seem like very flexible and well made amps.
     
  12. tedjac

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    Wow... synchronicity... all three Peters posts within a couple of minutes... how weird is that???
     
  13. fuzzyguitars

    fuzzyguitars Supporting Member

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    i have a lot of interest in the orange rockerverb

    especially the 100 watter as it can run different power tubes.

    have not had the chance to go down to wild west to give it a spin.

    thanks:angel
     
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    fuzzyguitars Supporting Member

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    i tried the guytron, and believe it or not i found it a little too smooth!

    i have not had the chance to try the fv version though:horse
     
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    You seem pretty particular, so you may have some problems finding your 'perfect' amp. I love alot of those amps that you went through.

    Why don't you try the Randall MTS with different modules?

    That, or instead of trying to find ONE amp, get an amp switcher, and find your perfect clean, and perfect gain in separate containers.

    EP
     
  16. fuzzyguitars

    fuzzyguitars Supporting Member

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    if they could make the drive side the same as an slo with the lucky cleans that would be tempting.

    stilletto not enough gain for me:dude:dude
     
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    How about a rectifier with an Alembic F2 preamp for cleans plugged into the effects return:AOK

    There's no channel switching delay on my racktifier, by the way...
     
  18. fuzzyguitars

    fuzzyguitars Supporting Member

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    duh, forgot about the uber

    i do remember i tried it out and it had some great ripping distortion with really good cleans, and this was the kt88 version, i have not tried the el34 one yet

    ok so i need to try

    orange rockerverb 100
    guytron fv
    bogner uber

    so far!:jo
     
  19. Ed DeGenaro

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    How's about something like a Soldano Avenger or VHT Deliverance for dirt and a BF Bassman for clean with a head switcher. Should be cheaper than say a Shiva.
     
  20. fuzzyguitars

    fuzzyguitars Supporting Member

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    how does that affect the distorted tones running it in the effects loop?

    you have no delay when swithcing from dirty to clean on your rectumfrier?:BluesBros
     

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