Yeah, erm, the FA180's gone already (I'm getting as bad as Shannon). Worked great in the full band mix, but I hated it on it's own. And with our lead guitarist having to depart, I got to hear it on it's on a lot more than I'd have liked.
So, this weekend whilst up at Stu's we took a trip to Rich Tone music, where we found this:
Yep, a 5150-iii 50w. I've tried the 100w a few times and love it, but the 50w appealed to me as it's midi out the box and half the price. I just wanted to try one first. Well, trying it was my big mistake. The ads are true, this really is like the big amp in a smaller box! We all had a good play through it, and decided I had to get it. So, cue one mad dash back to Stu's rehearsal space to grab the Ashdown and my Marshall 4x12, and they were swiftly traded in against it.
This amp is phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal. I was worried the shared eq between clean and crunch would render one unusable, but I simply couldn't have been more wrong. Cleans are sparkly and pristine, crunch covers all your classic rock, hair metal and 80's thrash tones, and the lead channel takes care of all the classic 5150 sounds and modern metal. Whilst peeling the paint off your walls. I've got the lead gain set to 3 and it's way beyond the gain the Ashdown got at 10 with the boost engaged. If you need more gain than this amp can provide, you've got problems.
The rest of the weekend was spent generally making Stu really, really, really badly want one himself (there was talk of selling his Ultra Plus and ADA MP-1), and we did do a couple of quick clips that I'm assuming Stu's already posted.
Acid test was rehearsal last night, and it passed with flying colours. Master volume hasn't gone beyond 3 in the band, which is slightly worrying as we had it up to 4 in a very small test booth in the store I can finally properly hear myself cutting through the mix, and I finally have the tone I've been after for years. Should have just grabbed one to start with.
The only complaint I can make about this is they didn't have a black one in stock. But I'll live with the white, I just need to get an amp cover to stop it getting covered in marks very quickly.
Right now, unless you want 3 separate eq's and 100w (though headroom is not an issue on the 50w), I can't see a single reason to buy the 100W over this. The same sounds are there, plus you get midi control out of the box and a headphone out. And you can buy two of these for the price of the 100W.
Nice! I love those.
You're the English version of Shannon with all the amps you go through.