Oh I would LOVE to have a Mesa Road King or a Diezel Herbert, but alas, I don't have $3000+ to spare.Two hands31 said:Under $1000? The only ones that came to mind at first were Diezels and the Mesa Road King (both of which sound amazing, but are way over your price range I believe).
That Randall sounds interesting. I'll look into that. 4-channels would be ideal, but 3 is sufficient (I could just use a distortion box as a solo boost). Here's what I'm looking for...What kind of channels are you looking for? A friend of mine has a Randall RH-200 which is solid state, with a decent clean sound, and two decent high-gain sounds (one channel, but you can switch between a more brit sound and a more modern Randall sound). Comes with a footswitch for channel switching as well as gain-mode switching (two buttons I believe) and has an effects loop.
My thoughts on these.Other options:
Line6 of some kind (Duoverb or a used Flextone/Vetta/something)
Tech21 Trademark 300
Peavey XXX (not sure if this is over your budget)
I use EXACTLY, and I mean exactly, the same types of sounds as my main staple, with the addition of an intermediate between 1 and 2, a light kind of dirty (SRV). And I get them using a Digitech GNX3 (MY channel 4, your channel 3, heavy rhythm, is tight... kind of a Zakk meets Dime meets Korn). Not an amp, and probably not what you're looking for, but works great for me. When I saw what you were after, and how similar it is to what I use, I had to post. The GNX3 allows you to use essentially 5 channels per bank. Pretty versatile. I pretty much always just run direct.revsharp777 said:That Randall sounds interesting. I'll look into that. 4-channels would be ideal, but 3 is sufficient (I could just use a distortion box as a solo boost). Here's what I'm looking for...
1. SUPER clean channel (Roland JC120)
2. Mild Overdrive (Marshall JCM800 Angus Young / Tom Morello)
3. Over-the-top rhythm distortion with a tight & focused low end (Mesa meets Diezel)
4. Lead Channel (think Petrucci, Zakk Wylde, & EVH)
I was going to suggest this one, I've tried one and it was pretty sweet (didn't get to try it loud though). Isn't it a bit out of his price range though?caprile said:Try the Marshall ModeFour...the 4 sounds you need, and LOUD AS HELL!
I tried a combo version of that (1x12 or 2x12 or something, it was tall and thin rather than short and fat though) and the tone was terrible. They had the VOX AC-30 and Rectifier modules in there, and the VOX module got more gain than the Rectifier one, and even then it didn't sound very good at all.ATDVSBL said:I don't know how you feel about rack gear, but the Randall RM4 (designed by Bruce Egnater) is an all tube 4 channel rack preamp. They currently have 12 modules for it, but rumor has it there are more coming in sept, including a bogner XTC module...pretty cool. They also make a 3 channel head and some 2 channel combos. Might be worth a look
As far as price is concerned...the chasis is about $500, and the modules are about $180 each...these are the best prices I have come across so far.