Originally Posted by Drew
Are you 100% sold on four channels? If not, Give a Marshall MG100 head a go. It's not hugely worse than an AVT, tonally, and it's a hell of a lot cheaper. I've always had issues with the whole hybrid amp thing- since you're looking at a solid state power section and a significant transistor assist to the preamp anyway, why not go all solid state?
Actually, I had an MG100 about 3-4 years ago & it sounded great! It's a 2-channel amp though. If the Clean/Crunch & OD1/OD2 buttons were footswitchable, I'd be all over it. It's a shame that you essentially have 4 channels to play with, but only 2 are footswitchable. Does it have an effects loop? I've always been a fan of the Valvestate sound. Add a BBE & you have a crushing tone for metal.
Most of you will hate me for this, but I am a solid state guy. The only tube amps I really like are all in the $3000+ range. So, since I don't crap gold nuggets, I guess I'll have to wait.
Originally Posted by Two Hands31
You seem to be looking for the same kind of thing I am.
If you can find a Flextone II HD used for a decent price, it'll probably do what you're looking for.
I haven't tried the Spider II yet, but I've heard good things on the metal end of the spectrum. It seems to cover clean and metal distortion/solo distortion, but I'm not sure about the bluesy kinda sound you're looking for.
Too be honest with you, I've never been fond of Line 6. If the past, I've tried the Flextone, POD Pro, & the Vetta. All of them seem to be lacking in tight, focused low end. Plus, I couldn't get enough high end. To me, they all sounded like midrange monsters. Has this changed? Judging from the sounds/videos on Line6's website, the Spider II seems like it has a very lush clean tone, plus a crushing metal tone. Those are my 2 primary sounds. I want 2 additional channels for a moderate overdrive & a solo channel.
Overall, it looks appealing, especially with the addition of the FBV Shortboard. However, I hear the Spider II has no effects loop, & that sucks.
SO, ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS for a solid state (or modeling), 4-channel head with an effects loop? I'd even consider a 3-channel head with a solo boost.