Recommend me a second amp to compliment my Mark IV

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  1. Random Hero

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    I've been looking into a second amp for a while, something to compliment my Mark IV. Today I was offered a really good deal on a Stiletto which I'm strongly considering, but I'm looking for opinions on other amps as a second head.

    I'd be running them through my Mesa standard 4x12, and I'm looking for a thick, fat lead tone (I know my IV does exactly that, and extremely well, but perhaps a different flavour?) and a big rhythm tone. Cleans would be real nice, but I do quite like the Mark IV cleans so...

    I've considered the Shiva and the XTC 101B too, so hit me with any suggestions.
     
  2. Jimmydeez

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    Budda Superdrive. ANy of them would be a perfect compliment to the MKIV. They have a more organic vintage style tone that can get modern if you want it to.
     
  3. blackba

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    I went with a marshall silver jubilee. I would look for a marshall style amp. have you thought about a Splawn or Cameron?
     
  4. Random Hero

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    Definitely thought about Cameron. Every time I hear one of them it blows me away. Add that to the list up there.
     
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    Oh man an XTC and a IV would sound great together.
     
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    +1000. I have an older Mark-IIB and a 101B w/Germino 4-12 - they're a great complement to each other.
     
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    splawn pro mod. i have a mark iv and out of all the amps ive played, i reckon that would compliment the mark IV in every way. you got your mesa flavour, and your marshall flavour then :) sorted.
     
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    I play a CAA OD-100 and the other guitarist in my band plays a Mark IV... They're two great tastes that taste great together! There's not much in common between the two, but they compliment each other really well. Well, they're both using 6L6s (5881s in the OD), so I guess that puts them in the same ballpark... Basically they both stand out and shine without stepping on each others' toes.
     
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    Definitely the cameron bro. Ive played every modded marshall you can think of and Marks amps are just killer.:RoCkIn
     
  12. The Captain

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    A nice complement would be a Class A, EL#$ amp, to contrast to the A/B 6L6 Mesa.

    Bad Cat Hot CAt 30 would fit the bill, as would the Stiletto.
     
  13. guitardr

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    Depends on your budget...
    But if you want a different flavor, stay with Boogie but try a Stiletto Ace (EL34's) or Lone Star Special (EL84's). While the IV has the oversaturated capability: the SA has the Brit tones, while the LSS is in the Vox AC30 area. Both have fixed bias, fans, 2-channels, FX loops and tons of flexibility. And they're not so rare that you can't get them serviced out of town.
     
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    Splawn Quickrod, definitely...I'd take one any day over Shivas, Ecstasies, Camerons, etc...
     

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