What's the word on the JSX amp?
....I'm not a Peavey fan (well, other than the 5150), and am by no means an amp expert...but I'm in the market for one.
I'd like a great metal tone, not nu-metal (that's the first I ever heard of the word, and usage), but like an 80's to 90's type chunky tone...I tried the TSL combo, it didn't really fit me although I saw another guy use it live and it sounded great..perhaps opening it up!...he didn't use it for metal either..some Van Halen tones. The DSL was nice, but I really would like a nice clean channel to be more versatile.
I spent hours in there, then the dude in the store was like, got a minute? And we went to try the JSX 100 W head.
I was impressed, the EQ's were very versatile, and I LOVED the clean tone!...the crunch was good, he dialed in the 'Marshall' tone and it did it pretty well...the Ultra seemed like more than enough gain for me!...the noise gate seemed somewhat useful, but I guess a loud amp is gonna hum, no matter what.
The thing is for my needs 100 W is really too much, and I don't to fall in the trap of under running my head. So the combo version seems a good alternative...it also includes a reverb, which is nice...plus is has a step down switch to drop it to half power. Unfortuanately there isn't one in town to test!...but I like the 100W head, but I know there's a big diff in tone with the cab to the 2 X 12 combo. And I figure if I ever do need more volume, I could go through a half stack in the future using the combo outs.
I'd like to get some opinions. I really like the versatility of the amp..I'd rather get a 'jack of all trades' amp at this point, and this seems to fit the bill.