Hey guys. Thanks in advance for your time...You've been helpful as hell in the past, the time has come for me to shop for either an amp head or a rack based pre and separate power amp. Problem is I have no immediate way of testing any serious stuff out locally (residing in the armpit of the middle of nowhere, Australia), PLUS I'm a complete noob when it comes to amp heads containing tubes so do go easy on me. No idea what to look for...I'm just looking for some loose recommendations. I'm after versatility here, I haven't been getting along with my solid state Randall RH300G3 + Randall cab (non celestion, but easy fix) and as a guitar5 teacher, I find myself currently very limited with the tones I can produce
I have the modstory TS5ovchaos...
I also have some rack stuff ready:
Lexicon MX200 Dual Reverb effects processor (pretty awesome )
Phonic PPC 9000E Power conditioner
31 band stereo EQ + Compressor
- As far as cleans go I'm chasing some big, warm, liquid clean tones with plenty of ambient thickness for everything from Jazz and Pop through to Tool/APC, Devin Townsend stuff, Porcupine Tree and original material involving ambient soundscapes, some trippy experimental stuff.
- And as far as distortions go, I'd be after something which can cover classics like Van Halen/Motley Crue right through to prog/death metal like Opeth, Cynic right through to Scar Symmetry, Nevermore, The Faceless etc.
If it's any help, most of my guitars are mainly mahogany bodies, maple necks, and are either equipped with Duncan Blackouts or Duncan passives like JB+59 sets.
I understand that it might be a bit too much to ask to locate one single amp/rack unit which will cover those areas perfectly. Currently I'm looking at everything from a Mesa Roadster to an Axe-Fx, and I have NO fucking idea which amp would handle the aforementioned musical areas better.
You guys have the experience, and the gear whore skills to match. Lay your recommendations on me!
Have a look into the Traynor YCS100H. 3 channels, very versatile, very affordable, and should be able to get most of the sounds you're after with ease, in conjunction with your current gear.