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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby Andy92 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:32 pm

AHart96 wrote:
Andy92 wrote:I have a feeling you'll have a harder time finding used Archons given they are newer amps. You can find used Dual Rectifiers pretty often in the $1,200 range.

I highly recommend looking at the EVH 5150 III as well. The list price for a new one is $999. From the financial standpoint, it's a tough metal amp to beat out.

I have a used Archon lined up on Reverb with a hard case for $1200. There's actually about 5-6 used of the 100-watt model which is what I'm looking for.

Was definitely considering a 5150 or 6505, but the other guitar player in my band is getting that so I want something a little bit different

Is he getting one of the older Peavey models? The newer ones made by EVH have a pretty different sound to them. I don't think you'd have to worry about having equal tones by any means.

That sounds like a pretty good deal on the Archon. I honestly don't know too much about them personally. Sounded like they have a nice clean channel. The overdrive is fine but I'm not sure if it's quite my taste. Sometimes it's hard to tell from recordings though compared to playing one in person.
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby AHart96 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:13 am

Pre-ordered the Archon, should have it in the next few weeks! Can't wait :peace
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby One Drew Remains » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:28 pm

It's got more of a modern sound, correct? I have been watching demos of the new Sonzera head. Almost bought it instead of my Tubemeister 20 deluxe, but the H&K has tube safety control, so it won out.
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby AHart96 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:19 pm

One Drew Remains wrote:It's got more of a modern sound, correct? I have been watching demos of the new Sonzera head. Almost bought it instead of my Tubemeister 20 deluxe, but the H&K has tube safety control, so it won out.

Yeah man, it's a fantastic high-gain modern rock amp. Not much of a metal player, so this is right up my alley. H&K make fantastic amps, I've heard plenty of solid tones in my limited experiences with them. Good choice
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby Crumbso » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:57 pm

I've transitioned my live rig from an EVH 5150 III 50 Watt head to a Victory Kraken. It's harder to dial in but overall I think I prefer it. It's got a very sharp 'front-of-the-note' kind of sound. It's also muuuuch easier to get to gigs and rehearsal.



Any other Victory fans in? I used to own a V30 as well but couldn't get a decent balance on the EQ between the clean and gain channels.
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby DeadCell » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:07 am

I recently picked up a used (but like new) Mesa TC-50 and it kicks all sorts of ass. It may just be my new main amp. Fender like cleans (really warm, which a drive switch that puts it on the edge of breakup). Has a British crunch channel that is capable of those AC/DC tones. Also has an insane lead channel that can accomplish modern metal and even djent stuff if you want.

It can go from Fell On Black Days to I Believe In A Thing Called Love to Ties That Bind in two clicks.

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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby One Drew Remains » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:23 pm

Going to pick up my first pedal soon. I'm either going with the Andy Timmons overdrive by JHS or the Avalanche Run reverb/delay by earthquaker devices.

Thinking the Avalanche first since my Hughes and Kettner doesn't have built in reverb. And with the delay included, I'll save board room.

I really want that overdrive to kick dirt on the amps amazing cleans though. Thoughts?
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby AHart96 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:52 am

One Drew Remains wrote:Going to pick up my first pedal soon. I'm either going with the Andy Timmons overdrive by JHS or the Avalanche Run reverb/delay by earthquaker devices.

Thinking the Avalanche first since my Hughes and Kettner doesn't have built in reverb. And with the delay included, I'll save board room.

I really want that overdrive to kick dirt on the amps amazing cleans though. Thoughts?

I have the JHS Andy Timmons pedal, and it really is amazing. I used it strictly as my overdriven sound on top of the clean channel on my Marshall and got great results. If you want it as more of a boost for your amp's OD channel though, I would recommend something like a Tube Screamer or the Fulltone Full-Drive. I use the Full-Drive as a boost on my Archon and get amazing results
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby One Drew Remains » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:55 am

What would you compare the OD sound of the Timmons on top of an amps OD channel? Does it get too muddy? My amp kind tops out at Judas Priest type overdrive by itself. Unless I down tune.
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby AHart96 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:00 am

One Drew Remains wrote:What would you compare the OD sound of the Timmons on top of an amps OD channel? Does it get too muddy? My amp kind tops out at Judas Priest type overdrive by itself. Unless I down tune.

It definitely muddies things up and you begin to lose clarity in your notes. And unless you have a noise gate somewhere in your chain, the amp more often than not will begin to feedback from all of the gain
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby One Drew Remains » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:08 am

Thanks. I think I'm still getting it, and using it over my amps clean tone. I play a lot of Def Leppard and Priest, so it sounds like what I'm looking for. The H&K has a beautiful clean.
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby Andy92 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:44 am

Man you guys go all out. I'm happy enough using the Chinese knockoff tubescreamer peddles lol.
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby AHart96 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:19 pm

Andy92 wrote:Man you guys go all out. I'm happy enough using the Chinese knockoff tubescreamer peddles lol.

lol I have a total of 4 pedals on my board (tuner, volume, OD, and wah), I'd like to think I keep it pretty simple :lol a lot of guys I know have boards that look like a NASA control room
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby One Drew Remains » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:47 pm

I'm getting the Tremonti wah eventually. I feel like I'm not advanced enough of a lead player to need it yet.

I also love the sound of the Mimiq Doubler by EHX I believe.
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Re: Amps & Other Guitar Gear

Postby One Drew Remains » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:08 am

The Timmons is awesome. Love it. I went through Sweetwater, so they had a limited edition black one.

I think I may have sold my epiphone. Trying to decide if I should go after that Avalanche Run, or start saving for another guitar.
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