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Apr 9, 2013 9:26 AM ET #1 (permalink)

For the last few years i endured unexpected errors in my equipment. an amp that has been through thick and thin can just no longer keep the sound I'm looking for. i lost the gain on my Crate amp. Any ideas as to a better amp? Also been experimenting with a couple mixtures of reverb and distortion with different pedals. Any ideas for those? want to heaar something newer than what has been played.

Apr 14, 2013 2:56 PM ET #2 (permalink)

Hey there. While you didn't specify exactly what you're looking for (an amp head, preamp, programmable or not etc), me personally, I love Engl's stuff, especially their Pres.

Since you're experimenting with fx as well, you might wanna try the Digitech GSP1101. That thing sounds pretty damn good even DI to the desk. Sounds stupid, i know i know, as if a processor could compete with an amp, but give it a try. You might be suprised.

If you're into tubes, I'd suggest the Engl preamps like the simple but powerful E530 or the mighty E570. Children of Bodom's Alexi and Roope have both switched their Lee Jackson GP1000s for the Engl E530, so there you go.

If you're into amp heads, Engls again but you just cannot go wrong with the Peavey 6505 which is based on the Eddie Van Halen designed legendary 5150.

Those are the first ones I'd go for. Sure, The Marshalls and Mesa Rectifiers are awesome, but everybodys using them and to me it's a bit tiring. The same sound over and over again.

As for pedals, well there are plenty of great ones. For distortion, I tried the MXR Fullbore Metal pedal and it's awesome. Great sound, horrible name.
For Reverb pedals, man... pick your pick. A regular Boss Rev will most certainly do the trick, I'm just wondering how you're using Rev with distorted stuff, cos Rev usually muddies distorted tone up.
If you wanna go hi-tech with Reverb, the king of Rev pedals is obviously the Eventide Space. Haven't tried it, but the sound clips online sound amazing and lets face it, its an Eventide.

Then, the latest and greatest new amp is something known as Kemper Profiling amp. It's essentially an Amp sampler you can play, meaning you can record a sound, ANY sound and then play that sound. Nah, didn't make any sense to either, so here's a clip with Andy Sneap: http://youtu.be/Nb1zI6pEu0A

If the Kemper REALLY does what it claims, and according to Sneap it does.. man, whatelse do you need?

So there's my contribution to the world of Guitar Gear Porn ;)

Apr 17, 2013 10:20 AM ET #3 (permalink)

Great! The insight is appreciated!

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