Re: 5150 vs Sig X
the tubes in it are about a year and a half-2 years old and it's in great condition. it doesn't look brand new, just by looking at it you would be able to tell that it's aged; but other than some small cosmetic flaws here and there it's great. i also am sure to handle it carefully when moving it and taking it to my buddies house to jam. i should have rephrased that i don't think it necessarily sounds bad, just not what i am looking for exactly out of the amp. i did recently do some recording with it running through said friends orange 2x12 and i thought it sounded good, not anything mind-blowing when compared to the crappy 2x12 i have now, but it was still an improvement.
getting the cab is definitely the first thing i am going to do, then i will see how i like it from there. i really want to love the 5150 and i can sometimes get a really nice tone out of it, but that really depends on what type of music i am playing. to my ears it just seems a little muddy (i use that word lightly though because it doesn't really sound that muddy, just not as tight as i'd like it to be).
on a side note, i should say that i am looking for which setup will be able to cover a good amount of music, something akin to between the buried and me, though not necessarily their tone. this is why i am really considering the Sig X, the tweak-ability and versatility of it have me just about drooling over it.
based off of some videos and samples i've heard of a boosted 5150 with the maxon od808, it sounds a lot closer to the tone i am chasing. maybe after i get the cab and decide to try out the pedal, i will fudge around with the eq and see if i can get it to a spot that i like.
for reference these are my settings, any suggestions as to what might help me get my tone to more of what i am looking for would be appreciated. i should say that i have been messing with the eq for a good while and have what i think is the best, ballsiest tone i could get out of it (to my ears) while still remaining some tightness; but i would still love to hear from you guys how to improve it.
lead pre gain: 6ish (changes depending on what post gain is), low: 5-6, mid: 9, high: 7ish, post gain: 2ish (though always changing due to what volume i am able to play at), resonance: 5, presence: 8.
also, i have heard from some people that the Sig X doesn't have enough distortion for metal, and most of the videos i have seen of it are guys playing bluesy hard-rock. do you think that really heavy tones are achievable on it (the heaviest i'd probably be playing is something like lamb of god)?
i apologize for writing so much, i am just trying to get out as much information so that i can get as much feedback as i can from you guys