AMPLIFYING a 7-string
UV777BK or 2027XVV>POD PRO>Mesa 20/20>Mesa Recto 2x12 with V30's wired in stereo. I have a furman power conditioner in there too.
I used to have a Rivera M100 head with a 4x12 cab. *Rivera stuff totally rules...arguably the most tonally flexible heads made right now, a tweaker's dream. *Upside was articulate sound, an amazing clean channel...think fender deluxe played by God...Enough distortion to satisfy nearly everyone. *Downside...weighs about the same as my car, enough volume to crack plaster and wind up in jail (don't ask), expensive.
I needed a very flexible rig, small enough to fit in my car, yet sufficient to play smallish venues and sound great, and also supremely flexible for recording purposes and late night inspiration ,i.e., getting up and playing in my house without waking the kids, the cats, the neighbors, and being able to go straight to pc remaining all 24 bit with no D/A/D conversions. *In a nut shell, what I am using now is it. *I would like to add a TC Electronics G-Major very soon and possibly a BBE 482. *
A lot of people here will bash Line 6 stuff, and that's fine. *But for what I need, it is a life saver. *Simply no other piece of gear can give you all the tones and the output/recording flexibility that the POD Pro offers at that price point. *I have this stuffed into a 4 space skb rack. *The mesa is only a single rack space. *I find that this little amp is just amazing. *It sweetens everything up as only tubes can do and mesa cabinets are the best in the industry. *I *highly recommend recto cabs. *So with this 4 rack space, 2x12 combination...it fits in my mustang, I can carry it without needing a visit to the chiropractor, and I can nail any tone from Vince Gill to SlipKnot. *No, it may not sound just like your buddy's vintage JTM 45 head into a basketweave 4x12...but it's as close as you're gonna get. *The rectifier models and the fender models are just fantastic. *I have recently found that the tube pre-amp model is just great for the piezo on my 2027.
POD Pro's downside is the effects patches. *Some are actually very good, but you are limited. *Hence my desire for a G-Major and a really nice midi controller to work everything together. *Here are some approximate prices: *POD Pro $599, Mesa 20/20 $499, Recto 2x12 $499 *(less if you find any used).