Whole day amp-shootout has been successful And I can promise some unexpected suprises:
1. The Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo will be part of my order. But what's the suprise? Well, this puppy can even sound good on the clean channel - and even on the crunch! (It's just important to leave the gain low and rise the channel master.) That's been a real stunner for all three of us that have been doing the shootout.
2. The Marshall JVM has been knocked out! Many knobs, various nice LEDs, clicking relais inside - all very nice - but the sound is not!
All the time it's been "almost there", "not really", "mediocre" - I didn't like it (and the other testes never have been marshall-fans anyways). I did test the amp in another store, with another guitar and another cab - but my impressions have been the same.
3. The Marshall 2266 (Vintage Modern) does have a very "fizzy" sound when you're using high gain in the "high dynamic" modus - well, I know that's just Marshall, but I don't like it though. So that's a suprise? Not really - but when you found out how to use the two Gain-knobs, the Marshall just delivers real outstanding sound - as long as you're not using too much (High-)gain. I did really dig the Low-Dynamic Modus. It can sound sooo good - from very nice clean to plexi-like sounds - he does it really... well, he did really... well - he just died
Whatever happened - the power-amps tubes were still glowing, but that's been it... So this has been an additional surprise for free.
This amp will do anything - but no really hard rock or metal - but then there are nice pedals, you could just take a Metal Zone in front and...
4. The Engl Gigmaster has been a real loser. A midboost that pushes mids in an area you'd rather cut, a gain-range that can't do more than a good crunch even if you take a guitar with EMG active pickups... and a boooring sound.
5. The Fender Super Sonic can do real clean sounds (ouch!) but the Overdrive is like a little mut that's yapping loudly, but doesn't bite. Well - maybe one day when he's grown up...
6. Vox AC15/AC30 - switching on, playing - GREAT! Three musicians with a totaly different background - but praising the sound literally in one accord. When you're really pushing it, this beast will roar - but still retain the typical Vox sound.
7. Fender Deluxe Reverb: Carrying the amp into the sound-locker, connecting the power cord, switching on the mains, pluggin in the guitar, switching on the standby and playing two chords - STOP playing at once, switch it OFF and put it away NOW!! Why...? Because anyone that has to play more than two chords on this amp does not have any idea how extraordinary this thing sounds! Since I played those two chords, I now know why clean means Fender!
8. Just one more: I did test the Fender Super Champ X2 too - right after the Super Sonic. Ouch . testing this box right after a real tube amp is just revealing. The amp DOES deliver the frequency-spectrum of the original amp quite good. But it's lifeless and boring sounding to say the least. The Deluxe Reverb is sounding really inspiring instead - yes, it does cost a lot more - but it is worth every penny! So what's the result?
- Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo
- doing everything from clean to hardcore
- Fender Deluxe Reverb
(1x12 combo) - that's how cleas should sound in heaven
- Marshall 2266c
(Vintage Modern 2x12 combo) - Vintage Marshall at its best! If anything harder will be needed, we will use a pedal in front
- Vox AC15/AC30
- if it will be handwired (much better) or not - the budget will be the judge... but we'll get one of those!
Well - if that's not sufficient for all kind of styles, I don't know... That's it!