Triple Rec for me and not my tone
My favorite high gain amp is a 70s Traynor that I've slowly modded over the years. It's really more of a 2204 level of gain that I'll boost if I ever really want to get into the super saturation territory. I'm inspired every time I play the amp. However, it didn't start out that way... I had to push it and mold it into that shape. I feel that negates the spirit of the question.
The first time I played and owned a true high gain amp that made me go "woah"... it was a Mesa DC-5 head. Oddly, I used it a more moody rock band and never got too saturated. When I'd jam with friends to do more metal and hardcore stuff, it was always a blast.
I've gotten to play a lot of high gain amps at my day job, and the ones that really have stuck with me are the Rev Generator 120, and the Fryette stuff (Pitbull, Sig X, and especially Deliverance). The Fryette amps seem to be high gain with out it feeling like the amp is playing itself. Player personality can still come through and the amp still sounds super mean and aggressive.
My 1st really good high-gain amp was a Peavey Triumph 120 1x12" combo. The best one and the one that really inspired me most was a Marshall JCM 2000 50 watt head through a 4x12" cab. Sadly, I don't have either of those 2 amps anymore . Nowadays it's a Matchless Phoenix 35 watt 2x12" combo with EL34s.see title, for me it was probably my Engl Thunder reverb.
Love me some Matchless.My 1st really good high-gain amp was a Peavey Triumph 120 1x12" combo. The best one and the one that really inspired me most was a Marshall JCM 2000 50 watt head through a 4x12" cab. Sadly, I don't have either of those 2 amps anymore . Nowadays it's a Matchless Phoenix 35 watt 2x12" combo with EL34s.
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I love my Indy, but can't lie I have thought about selling it for a Plexi a few times. What sound would you personally compare it to?In one word YES.
In more than one word ALL OF THEM. Cannot limit to just one.
There is simply not just one........and before others perhaps start kvetching about the the Matchless.....ch 3 is high gain...definitely not plexi or any other...definitely its own sound.
The story of my guitar life! I've always been looking for the tone on Beautiful Girls. The punch and articulate gain is awesome. After trying many amps, I think Bray gets pretty close - without buying an old Plexi, Variac, Boss 10-band EQ, etc.I like the original VH tone & gain (with much more gain & w/out the noise). The Brown eye is somewhat close to this but it doesn't sound natural to my ears (and the clean tones are not to die for). There is NO amp (on Earth) that gives the natural warm sounding ultra high gain I'm looking for. The rest sound transistory (not natural sounding at high gain - or not enough gain). Guess I'm stuck with an BE-OD in front of my amp. It's far from perfect but it will do..