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Favourite amps for lead tones...

Discussion in 'Backline' started by no.mop, May 11, 2010.

  1. no.mop

    no.mop Member

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    Well? What amps do you guys like to use for your lead tones in your recordings? Hoping for some Mark, VHT, XTC, etc. :loco:
     
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    Depends on the music style, I guess.

    I just use the Orange channel on my 2 Ch. Dual Rectifer, set to Vintage mode. (Has a nice, thick, gooey feel, too.)

    The Bogner Ecstasy sounds pretty decent on the red channel for lead, but in general, I feel like the amp is "too refined" sounding, and like it's lacking highs. I think this could depend on the cabinet you use it with. Great for rock stuff, though.

    Mark IV on Channel 3 is pretty decent, too. I"m not real crazy about the other channels on the MkIV. (I've been itchin' to try an old MkIII again. I used to like those quite well.)

    Haven't had much experience with VHT, though.
     
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    lolzgreg Cereal Shipping Sneapster

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    5150 Rhythm channel can be amazing for leads (surprisingly). It's a bit thicker than the lead channel. I love EL34 based amps for leads as well.
     
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    Wolfeman I Prefer EL-34s. So What?

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    I too like the orange channel set to vintage on my recto. Still has cut but rounds eveything up nicely where as the red can be a bit harsh for leads ESP on the bridge pickup. Lately I've been favouring the mark IIc+ and mark IV for leads. Has a lot of warmth and the gain is crisp and full without the fizz. The mark I is great for bluesy/jazz soloing where a fat low-med gain tone is required. I've also had success recording leads with a Mesa and jcm2000 at the same time. The Marshall helped to
    round out the sound quite a bit as I was going for a more fluid sound then I was able to pull out f the recto alone. Would never use one live or anywhere else lol
     
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    Soldano Hot Rod sounds great on leads IMO, same with ENGL POWERBALL and the 6505 cuts through well too.
     
  7. Harry Hughes

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    Joe Satriani sounded fucking tits when I saw him live using the JSX head. Absolutely stomped on Vai's tone that night (it was a G3 concert)
     
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    AudioPhile777 Mathew Cohen

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    ah damnit... I would see this the night before I trade my jsx for a 5150II...
     
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    The JSX is def a soloers amp. I love chunky rythm, but can't get the balance of rythm/solo right on the 5150's for me. Whereas the JSX sings wherever its put! imo of course...
     
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    Yeah, +1 for the JSX leads.
     
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    While I'm here, the Bugera 333XL is pretty sick.
    Basically a JSX copy, but it has it's own flavor to it. Sounds good for anything really
     
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    marshall jcm800, especially the 2210.
     
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    I own a 5150 and Mark IV, and the IV wins easily. Mic'd both, same mic/position......the Mesa just breaths better.
     
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    Krank Nineteen80
     
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    Glenn Fricker Very Metal &Very Bad News

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    Mesa Dual Rectifier- Vintage Mode, Tube Rectifiers, Spongy.
     
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    I'm surprised by the number of 5150s and Rectos! 5150 is a bit rough-sounding for leads and I've never really seen Rectos as much of lead amps.
     
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    Ever heard of John petrucci?
     
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    Well he's always been more of a Mark-series fan for leads, but yeah, a Recto in Vintage mode gives hearty lead eargasms
     
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    ADA MP-1 through a marshall 9100 power amp
     

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