This may be long and ranty, so be warned...
The whole 5150 thing (and variants) was always 'my sound' since about 2006/7, both in the studio and in a band context. So let me preface this by saying that I'm not in any way talking shit about that sound. I think every rock/metal guitarist owes it to themselves to stand in front of a roaring 5150 and feel the unbridled raw savagery. And they mic up so damn well. You can drop a mic anywhere on a cab so long as a 5150 is going through it, it will fit a mix.
That being said, as my musical tastes (and my own playing style) have shifted over the years, that kind of tone doesn't really feel like it's complimenting my playing or my music any more.
A couple of years ago I owned a Triple Rectifier. I got some funding for my music production and massively overspent on amps I got a little excited when I saw it for sale and just bought it without thinking about it. I loved it, but couldn't really get to grips with it in a recording context, and as a result it fell out of favour for reamping. Not many people requested it, and it collected dust. I sold it in an attempt to claw some of my overspending back, and totally didn't miss it. My Peavey 6534+ was my main amp at the time, it was getting much more use, and much better results.
So studio stuff aside, these days I'm in two bands; A groovy hard rock originals band, and a covers band. With the originals band, think King's X, Alice In Chains, early Incubus, Extreme, Lynyrd Skynyrd... a mash-up of that kind of stuff. Head-boppin grungy riffs with some funk and blues elements. As for the covers band, it's mostly 80's/90's metal. Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Machine Head, you get the picture...
For both bands I just feel that the Peavey doesn't cut it any more. Again, I'm absolutely not ragging on the tone of this thing in the slightest, and in the originals band there's definitely a certain element of that spongy Van Halen vibe that I'd like in my tone. But... it's just always always always got *that* sound... You can't dial it out.
Bearing in mind, when I got into the whole 5150 thing, it was when I was playing really heavy downtuned metal, which I feel that I'm a million miles away from these days. That's not to say that's all a 5150 can do, it's just become so synonymous with it over the years, especially given the whole metalcore/gothenburg vibe. I feel that it lacks definition when compared to other amps, and is a full-blown wall of sound all the time.
So these days, given the music I play and the versatility I need, I feel that I'm after something that can be (note: can be) refined when need be. And can, of course, rip faces when need be.
I borrowed Ryan's (Mr.S) Triple Rec this weekend, to see if my suspicions were correct and that the Rectifier tone is the sound that's in my head these days. And by jove... it is.
I did some test reamps just this morning, and dicked about for a while on my Charvel with it. I don't know, maybe I was just less experienced a couple of years ago, but this is essentially perfect for the sound I have in my head right now, and would suit both bands down to the ground. It has the balls and aggression for the really heavy covers, it gets that throaty thrash sound right down to a tee, and it can be refined and crystal clear for the hard rock/funk stuff. I guess I just didn't spend enough time with it to dial it in properly before
Thoughts? Comments? Potential buyers for my 6534+ ?
Try and sell the 6534+ to Mark
Totally get what you mean though, I'd rather have a Triple Recto over a 6505+/6534+ any day.