Ultimate high gain head

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  1. MusicGearGuys

    MusicGearGuys Member

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    Help oh smart ones.
    I am looking for a new high gain head.
    I love single channel amps like the Soldano Avenger and new VHT, but multi channel is cool too.

    I'd love to get a great clean tone, to a massive nu-metal gain tone.

    Some brands I am looking at are: (no special order)
    Soldano
    Bogner
    Diezel
    Peavey
    VHT
    Krank
    Framus

    Whats your experiances guys?
     
  2. SQUAREHEAD

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    Try out as many as YOU can and see which YOU like!!
     
  3. tommyfobia

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    Check out Engl before you buy anything.

    IMO they make some of the best high gain amps ever made.
     
  4. MusicGearGuys

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    As you all know I am in the business. I have tried many amps over time.
    The only problem is I have not been able to compare many of the hi gain amps side by side.

    I purshased one of the first ENGL heads to reach the USA like 20 years ago. It had a ton of gain and ate tubes so fast that I had to sell it.
    I know that they are better now though.

    Hmm maybe a Fender Bassman gead and my Uber pedal.
    LOL

    Hey ya never know actually.

    Gregory
     
  5. cobrahead1030

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    i've been a happy framus cobra owner for a little over a year now :dude

    i'm also very interested in the VHT cl series

    are you looking for just some straight brutal rhythm tone with a nice clean? or are you looking for a bit more of an old school metal tone, with a more modern grind? (that's what i get from my framus)

    the peavey 5150, xxx, and jsx series are all great high gainers

    i wouldn't bother with a krank, honestly...they sound like a boss metal zone going into a fender bassman IMO
     
  6. ExtraStrength

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    I am happy with the Framus Dragon. IMHO and to my ears it works better for me than the following amp heads/combos I have owned.
    Soldano SLO
    Mesa Rectoverb Head
    Mesa Dual Rectifier
    Mesa Stiletto
    VHT CL 2x12
    Marshall TSL 122 2x12
    Rivera Fandango
    Vetta 2x12 (still own)

    Have not had the opportunity to play the others, yet.

    Try before you buy and use your ears, as suggested by SQUAREHEAD, is best if you can swing it.

    Good luck!
     
  7. ungarn

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    Hmmm...here are a few more...

    H&K Triamp
    Laney VH100R
    Orange Rockerverb 50

    High gain is VERY subjective...you need to hear them with YOUR guitar and YOUR cab if you have one.

    Good luck, lots of wonderful stuff to pick from!

    -Thad
     
  8. dzo

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    The Egnater line of amps with their modular approach to getting a range of tones is worth checking out.
     
  9. TaronKeim

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    If you're looking for straight up Nu-Metal (Slipknot, Korn..etc)... like that massive bass sound and stomach punch low-mids, there are only a couple of amps that nail that sound exactly. Any of the Mesa Boogie Rectifiers will get you there. The Bogner Uberchall was BUILT for that sound (but is definately capable of a lot more, super flexible gain channel) and the Rivera Knucklehead Reverb (especially with the 2x12 + 1x15 powered sub cab that they make). I bunch of cheaper solid state Crate amps and some Randalls are also capable of that sound as well, but if you're looking for straight up Nu-Metal and not shred, death, black or progressive those are definately the amps I think have that sound pinned down.

    -TJK

    EDIT: Sorry... didn't see the part where you mentioned a great clean tone... I thought you were looking ONLY for a great Nu-Metal tone. I've heard mixed things about the cleans on both the Boogies and the Bogner but the Rivera for a high gainer has a GREAT clean, the drive channel really has to be for you though. The thing about Nu-Metal is that the low-end isn't MASSIVELY tight and the low-mids ALMOST make the signal sound woofy... it can still have clarity, but its that key combination for the Nu-Metal sound, only a few amps have that though. If you aren't TOO specific on how close you want to nail that tone, there are DEFINATELY better amps to choose for all round tone than the ones I've mentioned here.
     
  10. GMo

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    The Diezel will get you a MAD amount of low end,and stay tighter than the rectifiers,or the Uberschall. Also,you might be suprised by the Marshall TSL 100,with the deep switch in and the bass all the way up,it sounds sick.(master must be at 6 or a little higher for this sound,played through a 4x12 with 75's and 30vintage combo)


    Oh,the engl powerball is also pretty cool.
     
  11. tonefreak

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    Diezel... I love the Einstein!! Channel 2 plummels with high gain authority, IMO.
     
  12. 6AM

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    I've tried (ie - owned) these high gainers :

    Bedrock 1000 Series
    Bogner Ecstasy 101b
    Bogner Ecstasy Classic
    Bogner Mojo 2x12 prototype combo
    Carr El Moto
    Custom Audio Amplifiers OD-100
    Diezel Herbert MKII
    Egnater TOL100
    Kitty Hawk M1
    Mako Custom 100
    Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier
    Rivera Bonehead
    Rivera Knucklehead
    Rivera Knucklehead Reverb
    Sovtek MIG100h
    Sunn Model T (reissue)
    VHT Ultralead

    For me, a Fatboy or Bad Cat Hot Cat works the best. As Squarehead said, you have to find the amp that works best for you. It's a tricky, and sometimes painfully annoying process. Good luck.
     
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    Voodoo Amps CP-100
    Voodoo Amps EM-100

    They will be out later this year I believe.

    There's more info on them over on the VoodooAmps.com forum:)

    :dude
     
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    Cornford RK-100 Ritchie Kotzen head - BEST amp on the planet! Super tight low end, and harmonically rich overdrive - one GREAT channel, and it's ALL you need!

    Chech it out at: www.solidbodyguitar.com
     
  15. Rock Fella

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    big thumbs up for peavey 5150 mk1 from me.

    crikey that amp has some grunt, its like that 5.0 Litre V8 under the bonnet of a car, effortless power and then some.

    jimmy
     
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    I'm holding out for my favorite amp builder's single channel high gain head. Matt Scannell (Vertical Horizon) knows what I'm talking about ;)
     
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    Cage amps?
     
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