I need a new amp. my current set up is a pod v2 and a solid state carvin 2x12 with open back and British speakers. I can't get any tone i want out of it at all. It's just too wimpy and would be better suited for blues/lighter rock.
I went to guitar center today and played just about every amp and was completely disappointed with everything i played.
6505+, duals/triples/roadsters that were out of my budget, line6 combos and heads, and even a bunch of solid state stuff like ibanez, randall, raven, berringer, etc and nothing did it for me at all. Not even close. I was ready to drop 1000 on a head and cheap out on the cab for the time being (they had a 1960a that was beat up for 200 bucks) and I couldn't bring myself to buy anything.
After hearing all the demos on youtube, I think my plan now is to ditch the amp and go for the axe-fx. But, i am no where near being able to afford $2300 for the unit + power amp + cab (as i only have a combo) at this time. It's basically 3x my budget (around 1200 bucks)
Is there something 'ALMOST' as good on the market for a more competitive price?
I really don't care about cleans or crunch or even crazy effects. I don't need 10000 presets or to sound just like the album. I just need/want serious gain that doesn't suck. I'm more interested in compressors and gates than anything relating to a chorus or reverb. Tight chug is the ultimate goal.
It's hard to demo this stuff. No one around here seems to even carry much rack gear, let alone have it out of the box and ready to plug in.
I would love to find something in the 400 ish range, score a mesa cab on CL (there's one up there now for 525) and pick up a rack case/cabling with the renaming couple hundred.
Then i still need to score a power amp and a foot switch of some kind as well..... so i'm still over budget, but way more ball park. So, a $200 unit would be even better. lol Probably non-existent.
Anyway, appreciate any leads on things to look at.
You should be able to run the AFX 4CM through the Carvin (edit: if it has a loop), and essentially use that power amp section and nothing else.
If the AFX is your end goal, you might want to try the Pod HD - a lot of the initial reviews put it pretty close with the AFX in terms of value. The AFX is a lot nicer, but the HD is $500, and (from what I hear) sounds a lot better than any of the recent Pods.
Speaking for the Roadster, you really need to get into it and spend a good amount of time with amps like that to find your sound with them. That's hard to do in a music store.