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Unread 08-13-2009, 12:36 PM   #1
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Gonna buy a new amp head, need help!

Gonna buy a new amp head. im coming to terms with the fact that i cant do anything for my blue voodoo anymore. everything i do for it is pretty much only satisfying for a week. i do realize now that i need a new head altogether. whatever i get will be run through an orange cab. im low on cash so here's what im looking at.

carvin V3: mark heylmun used to use these and i love his tone. i would probably buy this brand new.

peavy 6505: everyone uses these on the road and the other guitarist in my band said that it's because it's one of the most reliable amps of all time. i would only be able to afford a used one, which is a turn off because i dont know much about the inner workings of peavy amps, and i dont feel like replacing and/or fixing shit.

mesa dual rectifier solo: i love these damn things and occasionally they go for pretty cheap on ebay. yet again id only be able to afford it used. i know they're very high maintenance though.

any input would be great and feel free to drop personal opinions of the V3 because i dont know much about them.

by the way are orange heads any good?
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Unread 08-13-2009, 12:42 PM   #2
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I wouldn't worry too much about buying either of those amps used. As far as actual tone comparisons go, you can go to GC and try Mesa and Peavey at least. I've never played a V3 before.
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Unread 08-13-2009, 12:50 PM   #3
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If you like the gain sounds of the carvin, you can't go wrong there. Every Carvin I've ever heard had a great clean channel, so no worries there. It also has the edge on bells and whistles compared to the other amps you are looking at.

Instead of a 6505, why not an original 5150? It's the same amp, except the used 5150 will cost less compared to a used 6505.
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Unread 08-13-2009, 04:50 PM   #4
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Instead of a 6505, why not an original 5150? It's the same amp, except the used 5150 will cost less compared to a used 6505.
Not entirely true. Idiots still think the 5150 is better than the 6505..so you get a lot of people trying to sell "the original" for much more.
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step 1. make amp list - check
step 2. take your guitar and test them.

I do believe you're at step 2

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yes.
This.

I tried the Thunderverb 200 not too long ago, and it was quite simply monstrous. If i'd had the $4,000AUD, i'd have bought it then and there. Massive roar to it, but a very open sounding 'grind' to the tone as well, kind of like the hotrodded Marshall tone, but infiinitely better, and infinitely more powerful.

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the only bad thing about the blue voodoo is the preamp section...
yeah, about 50% of the amp, I know.
but the blue voodoo has an amaizing power section. not only volume wise, but the tone.
If you use a tube preamp and only use the voodoo as a power amp(fx loop return input) youll get better results. even a pod or a boss gt will sound better that the BV preamp section.
thats why I still have mine, because of the power section.
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Peavey are built like tanks. I used to own a 6505+. It had a cap issue really early on that was covered by warranty, after that it got dropped, banged around and fairly abused (without being scuffed some how.) I had a Triple X combo that had similar road type abuse also. Neither had issues.

My Rectifier (though I haven't gigged with it) survived shipping through the USPS with no issues, and a few gigs with some friends.

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the only bad thing about the blue voodoo is the preamp section...
yeah, about 50% of the amp, I know.
but the blue voodoo has an amaizing power section. not only volume wise, but the tone.
If you use a tube preamp and only use the voodoo as a power amp(fx loop return input) youll get better results. even a pod or a boss gt will sound better that the BV preamp section.
thats why I still have mine, because of the power section.
This is quite true actually. Crate knows how to make proper power sections surprisingly. It's a shame the pre-amps sound like overdriven mixers with extra fizz.

Couple you amp with a decent yet inexpensive pre-amp and you won't have to worry. I've heard good things about all the Rocktron stuff, Engl has the E530 which is supposed to slay, Peavey Rockmasters are inexpensive and amazing, Radial Tonebones are really nice, and there are tons of options besides.

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5150/6505's are bulletproof and have an awesome high-gain sound that is one of the staples of modern metal (as you would be well aware).
I wouldn't think twice about this if that's you're list, Im not a huge fan of the solo, it doesn't seem to have the same girth to it as the dual recto. At the end of the day it really comes down to what sound you prefer.
so go try them out!
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^ Good advice

From what i've been told about the V3, it's quite similar to the Dual Recto in many respects, but with a darker sound to it. I've not tried one myself, but i have heard that from several people if it helps
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