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    High Gain amps. Darker tone.

    What high gains amps have a tone darker for you, without have the need of change your EQ to get it? Namely, what amps, can give you naturally a dark tone and not a brigther tone?

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    I've found the Splawn Quick Rod and Framus Cobra to be dark.

    I don't like dark amps, so I'm not going to much help there...

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    Got an example of the kind of tone you're looking for?

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    Boogie Marks aren't super dark, but they aren't exactly bright either. Same goes for the roadsters.

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    Petrucci gets the Brown sound out of Mesa Mark's, if that's any help.
    ^ probably sarcasm.

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    Anything Orange is typically very dark. Especially in black.
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    It's way easier to make a bright amp dark than the other way around. Almost ANY amp can sound "dark" if you turn down the treble and presence.

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    I've found Mesa Boogie Mark IV's have the ability to go quite dark.

    Hiwatt, orange, matamp...staples for dark tube tone, hence their use (and sometimes overuse) in Doom and sludge bands.

    One of my favorites though is the Ampeg VL-1002. A buddy had one he used and played it through a stack of Mesa 4x12's and it was brutal sounding.

    As far as non-tube...Randall can kick some serious balls.
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