View Poll Results: Which of the amps in the video sounded best in this comparison?

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  • Marshall

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  • Blackstar

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Thread: Amp shootout: Which one would you pick?

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    Amp shootout: Which one would you pick?

    It would be interesting to add a 2 Channel H to that lineup to see how it would compare. Surprisingly, I would say the Orange might have been the best.

    The Marshall was reasonable throughout, but there were portions that just sounded, well, a little flat. The Blackstar sounded okay at the start, but ended up being very hollow toward the end. The Orange kind of had a raw, unfocused vibe to it and it didn't sound "huge," nevertheless, I thought it worked. The mesa was tight, but seemed to lack the aggression of the Orange and Marshall for some reason.

    This is all subjective, of course, but it can still be interesting to see how people hear different things from the same sounds.

    Last edited by DM426; 03-19-2013 at 04:46 PM.

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    Marshall all the way (regret selling my VM410h)
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    Surprisingly, I think I prefer the Mesa, but the Marshall is a close second, for sure. I'm surprised at the Mesa Rectifier being that crunchy. I imagined it being a lot more "metal high-gain" kind of amp.
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    I think the EQ of the Mesa sounded best, but the breakup character could have been a bit better. Would like to hear the Blackstar with different EQ settings.
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    I preferred the Mesa's solo tone, and the Orange's crunch tone. But if I had to choose among these four, on balance, I'd go with the one that sounded right to me on the solos, and that would be the Mesa.

    The Marshall had a nice rhythm tone, too, but I couldn't tell about the solo tone because it was set up kind of shrill.

    Didn't dig the Blackstar, but again, that could also be a setup thing.

    Based on what I've heard in similar videos, I think the 2 Channel H would be a lot nicer amp than any of the ones in the video. But it's awfully, awfully hard to make decisions based on video recordings like these, especially when played at compressed rates on the web.
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    I liked the Mesa best overall, with the Orange a close second. The Orange sounded a bit better on the first part of the song, but I think Mesa has the most interesting driven sound for single notes.
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    I own a 100 watt vintage modern head and run it through a Rectifier cab with 2 v30's....it's a monstrous sound...fat and thick when overdriven and gets the nicest hendrix type clean tones at lower gain settings by rolling off the volume....I gig Solo rectifiers both series 1 and II....they are extremely versatile and reliable amps...I use a 305 primarily these days...people have been shocked at the sounds I get out of them....especially when they see I'm in the red modern channel with the gain turned way down and the master cranked up.......I get killer blues and crunch tones with them...even really glassy clean tones....they just need some TLC and patience....I have a decent amount of amps as many of you know...including a PRS Recording Amp that I love dearly.....I love all my amps for different reasons....you can get amazing tones out of any high quality tube amp if you take the time to work with them....sometimes all you need is a clean boost,,,,sometimes just a guitar cord and amp....many amps are awesome at doing tones other than what they are known for...look at some of the guys who have used Soldano SLO's for lower gain tones....now cabs and speakers are another matter entirely...I have found they have impacted my personal tone more than just about anything else...I swear by Mesa Recto 2x12's ...also on a side note ....I find videos because of all of the compression never do justice typically to the sound one gets in a room...so forgive me for not commenting directly on the clip...cool stuff though!
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    I liked the Mesa best on all parts. Probably Orange and Marshall tied for second and the Blackstar last. Never really heard a Dual Rec sound that good but then again most of the metal guys don't make it sound like that.
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    Gentlemen,

    The Amplifiers section is for PRS amps.

    If you want to post an amp shootout with your Les Paul and four different PRS amps, the Amps section is the place to do it.

    If you want to post your PRS guitar and these non-PRS amps (as shown in the video) that's cool too - post it in the Electric Instruments section. But no PRS guitars and no PRS amps is a little uncomfortable. We've managed to loosen things up since the early days where people couldn't even discuss non-PRS products but it can only continue this way if we are respectful of the board owner. Your help, in that regard, is appreciated.

    Rather than delete this thread (which is what I think should be done) I am going to move it to the General section as a token of my respect for you and the good will I hope to foster amongst our members.
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    Okay, thanks for moving it. At the time, it wasn't entirely clear what threads go where. The sub-forum descriptions could be a bit clearer in that regard.

    And for the record, the first thing I said was that it would be interesting to see how a PRS 2 Channel H would compare to the amps in the video. So it ought to have been obvious that this IS a discussion of PRS products, even though no PRS amps were in this particular video.

    BTW, the moderators "loosening up" the policies regarding product discussion here was just a matter of common sense and necessity, because it's pretty much impossible to have any meaningful discussion without mentioning, comparing, and constrasting PRS to other brands.

    If all discussion regarding non-PRS products needs to be in the general discussion forum, that's fine. Just ad that to the sub-forum description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DM426 View Post
    Okay, thanks for moving it. At the time, it wasn't entirely clear what threads go where. The sub-forum descriptions could be a bit clearer in that regard.
    The section is labeled "Discuss PRS Guitars and Amplifiers".

    Quote Originally Posted by DM426 View Post
    And for the record, the first thing I said was that it would be interesting to see how a PRS 2 Channel H would compare to the amps in the video.
    Your video had no PRS guitars or amps in it. Simply typing the letters "PRS" in the opening comments doesn't make your video about PRS anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by DM426 View Post
    So it ought to have been obvious that this IS a discussion of PRS products, even though no PRS amps were in this particular video.
    No, it wasn't.

    Quote Originally Posted by DM426 View Post
    BTW, the moderators "loosening up" the policies regarding product discussion here was just a matter of common sense and necessity, because it's pretty much impossible to have any meaningful discussion without mentioning, comparing, and constrasting PRS to other brands.
    I agree - but your video didn't "compare and contrast" a single PRS product.

    Quote Originally Posted by DM426 View Post
    If all discussion regarding non-PRS products needs to be in the general discussion forum, that's fine.
    Technically, non-PRS discussion is off topic altogether. Whether "that's fine" with you or not is irrelevant.

    Quote Originally Posted by DM426 View Post
    Just ad that to the sub-forum description.
    Feel free to contact the Admin with your recommendation.
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