Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Re: 4-channel amp head recommendations?
You should try to track down a Crate GT200H from the mid 90s. I know, I know, it's a Crate so you probably wanna replace the name plate with a Ferrari badge or something so people don't know what it is, but I've used one for 12 years now and it has all the sounds you specified, is very reliable (only problem I've ever had with it is a blown preamp tube, which happened this week), stereo effects loop, tube-driven solid state power amp (like those Vox Valvetronix amps, which use a 12AX7 in the solid state power section to mimic the effects of power tube distortion), built-in reverb...
The channels are:
Clean solid state (absolutely pristine, think Vai on "Sisters")
Distorted solid state (high gain, sounds a lot like Vernon Reid on the Stain album)
Clean tube (from SRV to AC/DC)
Distorted tube (Megadeth, Vai Alien Love Secrets, Satch Extremist sounds)