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Unread 01-22-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Low watt guitar head for xtreme metal

Hey all,
I ve been searching the net a lot for my first guitar head so iam gonna ask here too
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My budget 500-600 euros(around 650-700 dollars)

My guitar DBz bird of prey with 81/85 pickups

Tone in mind : well i am into all kinds of xtreme metal from old school death metal to grind core to deathcore(djent i guess:P) to more groovie stuff like pantera and hardcore so u get the idea

Previous Gear: some rocktron stuff like piranha,pro gap,chameleon and so on

Important Fact: i cant test any of those low watt heads where i live so iam gonna base my order only from online opinions

i reviewd a lot of opitons but since iam gonna use this for bedroom practise and some recording i was thinking to buy a low watt head .
I have narrowed down to two choices(with bugera 6262 being the last solution if none works,yes high walttage:P) engl gigmaster and black star HT-5RH.

Which of the 2 u think will achieve the tone iam after(if any)?
iam reading that low watt heads suffer from lack of gain ? i need them to produce some rly heavy high gained stuff
suggestions are welcome

thx in advance
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Unread 01-22-2012, 09:24 PM   #2
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Neither head has a ton of gain. Replacing the preamp tubes helped quite a bit, but still might not be exactly what you're looking for. Maybe save up a tad more and get the new mini Recto.

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Blackstar HT-5 with Digitech Bad Monkey

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How about the tiny terror head by orange,

this sounds pretty mean

Orange Tiny Terror Metal - YouTube

or if you want more gain you can have the dark terror


I believe they are both under 600 euros
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Unread 01-23-2012, 11:41 AM   #7
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Used Peavey 5150, 6505+, XXX, JSX, or 3120. All are great amps and you can mod them down the line for an additional $500-1000 and they will rival many boutique amps if you are looking for a metal amp. Only downside is the older Peavey 5150 has a shitty clean channel... it actually has a nice loose dirt feel to it (goof for EVH style of "clean") but not if you want bell-like chime clean such as on a Diezel.

I know these aren't strictly low wattage, but I rocked my 5150 combo on 2 in an apartment for years... and you can always buy an attenuator later on too.
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^ other than my previous recommendations... and reason you wouldnt consider a combo with built in effects like a Roland Cube 80XL, Fender, Line6?


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One more recommendation... Carvin V3M? On sale for $699 USD. 3 channels, 50/22/7 W, boost, reverb... 4xEL84 and 5x12AX7 tubes.
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Orange Dark Terror, more gain than you should want on tap
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