The ability to try them out is retarded limited where I live, so I haven't had a chance to try them all yet. I will obviously try before I buy, I would just like to catch the general consensus on them first.
Now, basically, my band is in the process of writing/recording pre-production tracks, which I am using all VST instruments for. Once we have an album's worth we are doing it all for real, and at that point me and my guitarist are going to get new amps.
But which one(s)?
If you would be so kind as to take a listen to our pre-production tracks thus far, just to get an idea of our style/feel/sound, and then perhaps you could say more accurately which you think would suit us the most.
Things I'm after in a tone
Presence, aggression, hugeness, tightness, grit, balls, and that "holy FUCK that's heavy!" feeling. We play 7 strings in Bb standard and drop Ab, as well as 6 strings in drop C, so whatever I get needs to be able to translate well with all that low end.
The choices I have narrowed it down to so far are these, in order of favouritism;
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
The obvious choice. It's cheap, sounds huge, it's got aggression, gain on tap, and most importantly - definition. I really dig note definition in mixes, and this has it in spades. It's easy to engineer, I've never heard one sound band, even at amateur level. Crap clean though, but I can get around that with other gear.
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
This one has me stumped. I've always been baffled by the consensus of the Rectifiers. They're supposed to be some of the best amps in the world, but so many people complain about their tone... yet still desire them? Totally confusing. I have no experience with them at all, but I am familiar with their tone when they’re done right, and they sound astounding. Absolute power houses, and that is ultimately what I’m after, just sheer hugeness and heaviness. Are they really that difficult to get an excellent tone out of? Or is that all just bullshit from people who don’t know what they’re doing?
Relatively new to me, only heard one for the first time last year, and totally fuckin loved it. It's super tight, really crystal clear and present, all the things everyone loves about 5150's, but slightly different voicing. In a good way. Would be an awesome option, but I need more play-time on one before I really make my mind up about it.
Never played one, never heard one for real, only going on complete hearsay. Supposed to be a sick metal amp, perfect balance between 5150 and Dual Rec, which... sounds right up my street, to be honest!
Thanks for any input you can give, it will be massively appreciated.
I'm a bit biased towards the 5150, since I play one, but dual recto's are nice. I personally prefer a single recto (more than one rectifier tube is too much for my tastes), but the dual is a great amp if you match it with a high quality cab. They certainly can bring the chunk if you want, but can also be rolled back into some sweet crunchy tones.
As much as I love my 5150 II, i'd kill for a 5150 III, simply to have that Fender clean channel.