thought i'd pick your brains again so i've got a couple of questions for yaz...
What sort or small practice amp still gives you half decent tone and distortion?
The reason i ask is because i work away from home for half the time and i am sick of just twanging on my electric without an amp, it sucks because i can't hear all the little sounds in my sloppy technique to try and improve if you know what im mean.
I wanted to get a practice amp up to my room at work so i can practice there. The only problem is im restricted in weight because i fly to and from site.
The max weight im allowed is 19kg total, does anyone have any recommendations for decent amps that would fit this criteria?
I have been looking at the Ibanez TBX range, in particular the 30W and 15W models, i had a play of the 15W one in the shop and is didn't sound too bad, i didn't have time to try it right out and test all of its features out but it seemed resonable for a little 15W amp.
Anyone have any experience with these or even just Ibanez amps in general?
Also if is did get something like the TBX15R and the tone / drive was lacking, would it be feasable to push it harder with something like a Boss-MT2?
Which brings me to my next question, what would be the best 'metal' distortion pedals out there? Im not worried so much about the best value, i just want that tone... you know the one im talking about, the one that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, puts a smile on your face and gives you a hard-on all at the same time...
What are your volume restrictions?
If you can go 'loud' (as in, not earsplitting but above bedroom) I recommend the Blackstar HT-5. The drive channel is fantastic for metal-ish stuff and it responds well to being boosted with a tubescreamer on both the clean and drive channels.
If you're volume-limited, Roland's Cube series have solid amp modeling and headphone outs.
I'm not a huge fan of getting most of my distortion from a pedal (with the exception of possibly driving a lower-gain amp like a Fender or a Marshall JCM800/Plexi with a Tubescreamer or RAT) but I've played the Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Mayhem, and it's surprisingly good for "metal in a pedal" sounds, if pricey. The Blackstar HT series of pedals have gotten good reviews too, but I've never played one.