As well as 7DT I'm looking to trade my Rectifier for something, or I'm at least getting the feeling that perhaps I should, anyway.
Let me just start by saying this is easily the best sounding head I've personally owned, but the feeling from it live is leaving me a little dry lately.
Not to toot my own horn, but I think it's only due to my firm right hand technique that I manage to get on with this head at all. What I mean by that is, anybody who's tried a rectifier knows how raw they are. Unless you want to use insanely hot pickups and perhaps an EQ, you absolutely need to boost them to get any kind of consistency out of them, and even then you really need to have your rhythm chops down. They eat bitch-pickers for breakfast.
They have that really loose grind to them that a lot of people dislike, but when you're having one of those nights where you're firing on all cylinders it's the most incredible sound in the world.
But lately I'm getting the feeling that it's constantly on the edge of being slightly undergained. I know there is a lot of gain there on tap, but it's not all usable gain. It flubs out so quickly, and even gets into pretty nasty feedback if I roll the gain beyond a certain point, and I do use hot pickups and an OD808. Nothing crazy, but Distortions, Jb's, that sort of output.
It's not very conducive to harmonics or that sort of thing either. I love a really responsive and "lively" sound, one where you can be at one with the amp and get harmonics and other little nuances out without having to overthink it. It feels really difficult to do that with rectos, or should I say rather that it takes more thought than perhaps I'd like. It's not 'difficult', it just doesn't happen as freely as it does with more processed and saturated sounds.
Let me be clear though; I don't use a lot of gain. It's not the AMOUNT of gain that I find lacking as I said, it's just the type. Sounds incredible, so long as I'm having a good night. If I'm not, or if I'm just not feeling it for whatever reason, the amp feels no shame in letting me know about it Really unforgiving, especially for leads.
Honestly though, if I were to trade it, I've got no idea what for The budget can only be as much as I'd get for the Recto, which gives me a fair amount of options on the second hand market. I just don't know what to try next. I like all 5150 varients but I've done them to death... perhaps 5153? Essentially all I need is something that has a half decent clean, great rhythm sound with smooth distortion, and a really nice liquid lead tone with vol boost, all packaged in something that's not going to break the bank Not too much of a tall order?
EVH 5150 III
Engl Savage 120
Engl Invader 2
Laney Ironheart 120
Those are some initial ideas. Can anybody recommend anything else?
Sorry for the rant, but this has been a long time coming. I love the sound of this head so much, I just can't get past the rawness.