Dear fellow guitarists, I come to you asking for help with one of life's difficult decisions.
Due to a deal of which the specifics i will not go into, I've been granted my choice of either an Stiletto Trident atop a Mesa 4x12 slant cab, or a Triple Rec.
The Triple Rectifier is on another Mesa 4x12 cab, which is a normal straight cab. But i've already made my mind up and ill be taking the slant cab for sure..
Now here's the pickle. I'm a metal guitarist, obviously, and i wont go into what bands i like and all that jazz, just know i like drop tunings and heavy stuff lol. Every now and then i get the urge to play in E flat or something but primarily enjoy drop tunings with light top, heavy bottom strings.
I'm not a noob when it comes to general playing or theory, but am a bit of one when it comes to such high-end equipment. Lets just say im used to playing through much cheaper rigs.
And before anyone gets bent out of shape, i must say both of these rigs are pure win. And even more so when they are being played side by side. I don't think Mesa was lying when they said they designed the Stiletto to compliment the Rectos.
Since a family member owns these rigs i've had the opportunity to switch heads between cabs and try a myriad of setups.
But no matter the exact setup i still kept coming back to the unworldly sound the Stiletto produced with the slant. It seemed to overshadow the TR even when used on the straight cab. Even simple palm muting/chugging the stiletto has a certain sear and quality of punch i couldn't match with the TR, no matter the volume or lack thereof.
I just can't believe after so many years of lusting for a TR that i'm about to bypass it for something else. Am i crazy? Anyone else out there ever played em side by side? Could the Stiletto actually be a better amp for metal?
Anyone out there use/heard a stiletto trident for heavy metal? Maybe i'm about to start a new trend
Maybe my ears just like the el-34 tone? Thoughts or suggestions?
If you like the Stiletto better, then get the Stiletto. It's that simple.
That said, if a family member owns them, I'd try them in a band mix if at all possible. Rectos make a lot more sense when they're loud and in a band context.