Originally posted by statneck
HI! i am new to the board
Has anyone compare the Ninja boost the comes whith the Rivera Quiana to a tube screamer or a pedal alike?I would appreciate your imputs
Originally posted by riverastoasters
It's a very clean boost, not that much like a tube screamer. It basically gives the clean channel more volume.
Now it's not actually as simple as that. If you are new to Riveras, then you want to try dialing the clean channel with the Ninja Boost engaged as well as without. You will see there is a difference in the breakup as well as volume.
Another thing you will probably decide that the volume boost amount of the Ninja Boost is too much. And for the volumes that most people play at, it is. But if you crank the amp, then because of compression, the Ninja Boost is pretty much right on the money. The most common mod people get for Riveras is to install a pot that controls the Boost level.
Now the Quiana takes pedals well. There was a guy on the old Rivera users forum that said he played nu-metal with a Quiana and some nasty pedal that I forget at the moment. I don't know I would go that far, but Quiana does do pedals.
In some sense, if you want distortion from a Rivera, you go to the other channel - Channel 1 is the "British" (un-American?) channel. The gain boost there is more like distortion.
There is another trick with Riveras that can affect distortion. Jump the effects loop with a patch cord and dial the send and return knobs to taste. Riveras are typically quiet enough that you don't raise noise issues this way.
Originally posted by statneck
Riverastoster thank you for your imput about the Ninja pedal and ts808...
I think what i am looking for ,is that power tubes distortion.
Also,the volume pot mod and the patch cable on the effects loops sounds very interesting. Could i get more details on this?..
Originally posted by ccoker
I have owned numerous riveras, r30s, chubsters, rake head, fandango 2x12, etc..
right now I have an R30 that just last night I mounted it in an oversized 2x12 cab with a slot like a THD on the rear, head mounted ala Marshall Bluesbraker style..
sounds amazing, old cranked plexi tones at reasonable volumes
getting 30 w out of the El34 power tubes enables me to get them working a bit more, and it sounds better, more solid in the lowend than the 50w set at 1/2 power
I have had Soldanos, mesas, VHTs, racks, etc.. and this is hands down the best tone I have ever had, very alive, warm, punchy, dynamic....
one thing on Riveras I have found, I always run the boost engaged at all times on Ch 1, max the gain and dial eq to taste for fat singing solos and roll back the guitar vol for chunky rhtyhms
they sound sort of flat with out the boost on and and then with it on it adds too much topend sizzle.. so, I never run without it, always on..
Originally posted by dinrodef
don't know if this helps but...
I used to own a quiana 4x10 combo and it absolute screamed with the fulltone fulldrive. Its like the two were a match made in heaven.. Singing sustain bluesy overdrive for days... a great match for a strat and 4x10 speakers
However, the Fulldrive was freakin' awesome
Originally posted by Terry Hayes
That "re-boxed" R30 sounds very interesting. My brother in law has an R30 and I think it is a very overlooked amp. It sounds wonderful.