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Unread 11-02-2011, 11:25 PM   #1
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Question Need some opinions about the Ibanez TBX150H

Hi, well is coming my birthday and i want a good amp for playing some thrash, mainly using it for gigs and band rehearsals.
Well i saw this Ibanez TBX150 and i saw that it have good price and about the sounds it was good.
So i would like to know if this amp is good for making some thrash-y sounds like Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Testament...
Also i want to hear some thoughts about the amp.
Other thing, should i buy it with the Ibanez cab or combine with other else?

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Unread 11-03-2011, 04:29 AM   #2
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Hi, well is coming my birthday and i want a good amp for playing some thrash, mainly using it for gigs and band rehearsals.
Well i saw this Ibanez TBX150 and i saw that it have good price and about the sounds it was good.
So i would like to know if this amp is good for making some thrash-y sounds like Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Testament...
Also i want to hear some thoughts about the amp.
Other thing, should i buy it with the Ibanez cab or combine with other else?

Thanks In Advance.
I've owned one and its a very UNFORGIVING AMP, if you're ok with that then get it man otherwise look for a Peavey XXL, Crate GX130C, or a Crate GX900 or GX2200

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IMO, with an EQ in the loop, its an awesome budget amp. Perfect for thrash since it can be uber tight with the X-mode on.

As for the cab, if you plan on gigging with it and are on a budget, get the ibby cab. It'll let you use the full 150 watts the amp offers since it has a 4 ohm input. The only problem I've really heard about the Ibby cab is that it has very fragile tolex, but that shouldn't be a problem.

If you do plan on getting the amp, try getting one used. I got mine pretty damn cheap, for $100 used.

And as for an EQ, try the Danelectro Fish & Chips. Its super quiet and shapes the tone perfectly for me.
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I had one for a bit and I liked it, very easy to dial in, but definitely get a Eq pedal (I recommend the MXR 10 band Eq pedal) and a noise gate for it.

It's a good amp to start off with or use as a backup.

Video of me using that amp somewhere in Arizona :P (mostly "lead" = rhythm parts)
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definitively i'm gonna get this amp with the ibby cab so i hope i can buy it for my birthday and i also i would get some pedals like the EQ
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definitively i'm gonna get this amp with the ibby cab so i hope i can buy it for my birthday and i also i would get some pedals like the EQ
the ibanez cab will do for now but try and find a better one. even if its a 2x12 cab for now. because the ibanez cab doesnt sound very good. at least, not to my ears anyway.
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Yeah I'd go for a decent 2x12 cab if you're strapped for cash otherwise.

The TBX150 to me comes off as an oversized practice amp but I've never owned one so I don't know how reliable it is. If it stands up to abuse on the road and you can get years of use out of it then it's a great amp, I'll say.

I tried one and it was a ....ing gain monster, I actually really liked it. Instant brutal death metal tone with just a bit of tweaking and yes, it is super tight. I just wouldn't buy one because it just seems to be in the same league as the Line 6 Spider head. It has a low price because it's "cheap," not because it's "inexpensive," if you know what I mean.

If you're really strapped for cash then the best option is probably to save up a bit more regardless so you can get a nicer amp and cab but if you really like the Ibanez head then to hell with everything else.

I've heard great things about the Peavey XXL, and the Supreme heads sound pretty good too if you're into solid state amps. I happen to be.

EDIT: Yeah the TBX150 might even be too much. When I think "thrash" I don't picture a super saturated tone, I think more of a classic Marshall grind. Trust me, the TBX150 has stupid amounts of gain. It's goregrind in a box.
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well this would be my first real amp and i really like it the Ibanez amp, about the amp i think i t would be great to take some Exodus, Testament... tones (in my opinion), well i cant find any Peavey XXL, i would go for both Ibanez head and cab.
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i owned it, it's very trashy sounding and really tight, takes pedals really good and with the Mid Sweep you can shape your tone to whatever you want. With a decent cab it gets even better, i tried mine with an oversized mesa, and it gave me really good tone. you can't go wrong for 250. Although, if you want tube, get a Bugera V55h, some say they're like Mesa Lonestar sounding on a budget, with a boost on front you can go wherever you want for only 100 more.

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My old band's other guitarist have the combo version with 2x12. I think its a good sounding amp, but you should put an eq in the loop. Little fizzy,but usuable.

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one question, why i need an EQ pedal for the amp?
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one question, why i need an EQ pedal for the amp?
On its own, the amp could sound a little fizzy. With the EQ, you could dial out some of that high-end fizz.

Its also good for shaping the overall tone. Without the EQ pedal, it was a pretty good amp. With the EQ, it became a metal monster.
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cool and what EQ pedal would you recommend to me??
the MXR 10 band or the Danelectro Fish and Chips?
I need one that help me for my need because i really like to play metal (thrash) and well which one would be better?
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cool and what EQ pedal would you recommend to me??
the MXR 10 band or the Danelectro Fish and Chips?
I need one that help me for my need because i really like to play metal (thrash) and well which one would be better?
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looks good but for the moment i would prefer the ibby at this moment, i dont have enough money at this time...
but the Dean Dime looks very good
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hey i'm going to buy the Ibanez head, but i'm in doubt if to buy a 4x12 or a 2x12 cab, if i buy a 2x12 cab like this one:
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it would sound good and it would be great for rehearsals and gigs?
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hey i'm going to buy the Ibanez head, but i'm in doubt if to buy a 4x12 or a 2x12 cab, if i buy a 2x12 cab like this one:
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it would sound good and it would be great for rehearsals and gigs?
Maybe rehearsal, but it won't really cut well for gigs unless the gig has a PA. This amp was meant for a 4ohm cab for gigging to get the full 150W. I've cranked my amp with a 16ohm cab, and its only good enough for rehearsal.

EDIT: If you can, try to get the Bugera 2x12. It can be used in 4 ohms. Its rated less then the Ibby, but you shouldn't be diming the amp, though. And when you get money in the future, you could put more powerful speakers in it.

Or if you want the Blackstar 2x12, see what the speakers are rated. If they're rated at 8 ohms, look up a diagram to see how to rewire it to parallel.
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mmmhh well, i could afford the 4x12 cab (the ibanez one) but the problem its the noise and i thought that buying a 2x12 cab would take the rehearsals and gigs. Also the bugeras cabinets are good too? because i saw this one
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and it looks good.

EDIT: Well i dont know which cabinet i coul mix with the Ibanez head so, give me some recommedations please, i only can spend 250-300 dlls.
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Maybe rehearsal, but it won't really cut well for gigs unless the gig has a PA. This amp was meant for a 4ohm cab for gigging to get the full 150W. I've cranked my amp with a 16ohm cab, and its only good enough for rehearsal.

EDIT: If you can, try to get the Bugera 2x12. It can be used in 4 ohms. Its rated less then the Ibby, but you shouldn't be diming the amp, though. And when you get money in the future, you could put more powerful speakers in it.

Or if you want the Blackstar 2x12, see what the speakers are rated. If they're rated at 8 ohms, look up a diagram to see how to rewire it to parallel.
I found the Bugera 2x12 in a very good price, so i think i would get it, so the question is, that would take a good sound for rehearsals and maybe for gigs?
Also i'm a bit worried about the ohms, so that means i only need to buy to the head a cabinet which can handle 4 ohms?? Correct me if i'm wrong
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I found the Bugera 2x12 in a very good price, so i think i would get it, so the question is, that would take a good sound for rehearsals and maybe for gigs?
Also i'm a bit worried about the ohms, so that means i only need to buy to the head a cabinet which can handle 4 ohms?? Correct me if i'm wrong
If you want to be heard, get something thats 8 ohms or less. 16 ohms = 50 watts. 8 ohms = 100w. 4 ohms = 150w.
The Bugera would be a good start. If you're not happy with it, just return it and see if you can get the Ibanez 4x12 or see if you can find an old Peavey 412M (or 412MS) with Celestion G12K-85 and rewire it to 4 ohms. The Peavey you want looks like a Marshall cabinet, grillcloth and piping. The metal grill one can be found cheaper but doesn't sound as good, but can have new speakers installed.
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thanks dude, but in some forums that i posted too, some people told me that te Ibanez head it doest good at all, i dont care about its my decision after all. But i searched for other heads and i found a Randall RX120rh and sounds very good. Other thing a 50W tube head would be louder enough?
I would choose the Bugera cab all the way, only i would like to combine it with a good head for metal, and my price range max is $500
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with 500$ you're well into the Bugera range. I'd suggest you check out the Bugera 6262, it's a 6505+ clone, sounds great.
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