Hey tt...can you tell me how your tone is and whose it sounds most like if that's possible...I mean I know your guitar and pickups and everything matter, but it would be nice to have some idea. I'm looking to finally get a nice tube amp soon and one that won't break the bank would be nice...
Sound clips would be awesome...
Dude, I tell you what, ...I've got a tube mic too that's been sitting around in it's case doing nothing, ...so I will make you some sound clips dude! I'll try to do that tonight. I won't be able to let the volume completely run free because this sucker is hot and loud, ...and I have some respect for my neighbors, lol. But I'll try to open it up a little for ya. Dunno where to post it though.
My custom swirl JEM has DiMarzio Norton (bridge), ISCV-2 Single Coil, and Air Norton (neck). It also has a push/pull pot for splitting the norton's into single coil mode.
The RGT320QRBB has the stock Dimarzio/IBZ pups.
I have a Strat with YJM (neck), HS-3 (bridge), and crappy mexican stock middle pup. This guitar is only playable up to about the seventh fret right now because the guy who customized it for me didn't press the frets all the way in. Gotta get that fixed soon.
And, ...the Gibson SG STD all stock. Let me know what you wanna hear and I'll try to accommodate.
Tone description, ..well, I'll try. The tone to me is like a blanket of warm tone wrapped around you. I think the tone is: big, round, tubular, crunchy or smooth depending on the settings. I don't know what other adjectives to use here. Get's a good brown sound to me. The clean channel is equally impressive, but I didn't spend nearly as much time with that last night. It has some shimmering in the highs that is hypnotic to me.
I can most certainly get Iron Maiden on this amp. I played some Hot for Teacher and it sounded pretty darn close to me. I can get SRV Riviera Paradise/Lenny type tones out of it, ...I played For The Love of God on it last night and was kinda in shock at how close it brought me! Much closer than the Flextone, period. Definitely Stone Temple Pilots can be owned through this thing. Can certainly get Satriani tones outta this puppy! He has been quoted as saying he uses the Classic 30 for recording, I think he also uses the Classic 50. I gotta say after playing One Big Rush several times on it last night, and Crystal Planet, ...I was really asking myself "whoa! did he record those songs on this amp?" Can most certainly get AC/DC outta here, which means Def Leppard and other classic rock as well, ...including very Hendrix-ee sounds. It really is an incredibly versatile amp. Oh yeah, ...if you are into Yngwie, I'd say you can probably get right close to his tone outta this thing too.
I HIGHLY recommend you play one in a store. I wouldn't order anything blind after my test driving session, that's for sure. I am really tempted to just say BUY IT and push you in that direction, ...but you need to go by your own ears and what you are looking for. That said, I couldn't find an amp in the store that was in the same universe as this amp.
The tone is just pouring out warmth. It has a most definite "roundness" about it, extra especially on the neck pup.