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FortheloveofguitarFortheloveofguitar Frets: 2806
edited January 10 in Amps
Hey guys 

After the complete PRS MT15 debacle and continuous issues with QC I’m not going to bother at all and I’m no looking elsewhere for my metal tone 

So the EVH 5150 iii 50 watt is another option for me, the new 2.0 version 

I’ve owned the LBX and sold it on as it was a harsh box of fizz but looking at the big brother 50 watt it sounds really nice in reviews in YouTube etc 

So what are your thoughts. I like a lot of low end punch and would also be nice for it to be good for lead tones as well. The PRS fell short for me on lead tones as was too harsh but clean and OD rhythm was great when it actually worked that is 

Also is the 100 watt any better? Only thing is that it doesn’t have a resonance knob and I really like that 

Many thanks 
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  • rawk100rawk100 Frets: 1167
    I've played the 50 watter in a shop and was very impressed, even at the low volumes it was sounding fat, chunky and bro0otal without any boost. The lower gain sounds were good as well. If I was after a new amp then this would be on my list for sure.
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  • timmysofttimmysoft Frets: 1881
    Hey guys 

    After the complete PRS MT15 debacle and continuous issues with QC I’m not going to bother at all and I’m no looking elsewhere for my metal tone 

    So the EVH 5150 iii 50 watt is another option for me, the new 2.0 version 

    I’ve owned the LBX and sold it on as it was a harsh box of fizz but looking at the big brother 50 watt it sounds really nice in reviews in YouTube etc 

    So what are your thoughts. I like a lot of low end punch and would also be nice for it to be good for lead tones as well. The PRS fell short for me on lead tones as was too harsh but clean and OD rhythm was great when it actually worked that is 

    Also is the 100 watt any better? Only thing is that it doesn’t have a resonance knob and I really like that 

    Many thanks 
    If you want chunk and plenty of power for the chugz, you need a Diezel or a 2 channel rectifier.

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  • John_PJohn_P Frets: 2265
    I really liked the evh amps.   I’m thinking about a higher gain amp now and the only reason I haven’t just bought one is because I fancy something I haven’t tried before.    If get to mid Feb without an amp I now I just grab an evh and it’ll do what I want.  thry seem to be selling pretty cheap used these days as well.  

    However if you didn’t like the lbx then it’s probably safer to try one before you buy as I wouldn’t expect them to be miles apart for the basic tone. 
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  • If you want a lower wattage amp, I really liked the Jim root terror. Absolutely awesome tone.

    The evh amps are great though, listen to most modern thrash albums from the last decade or two and it's basically that. 
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  • FortheloveofguitarFortheloveofguitar Frets: 2806
    edited January 6
    Thanks guys

    I'm only playing at home and have some great amps here especially my cornford MK50 which has enough gain on tap but just doesn't have the tight bottom end for playing stuff in drop C etc hence why i'm still looking for another amp that can do that but still use it for basic rock as well.

    I also have a two amp setup so will be mixing it with either a cornford or carvin legacy

     
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  • MayneheadMaynehead Frets: 1352
    Thanks guys

    I'm only playing at home and have some great amps here especially my cornford MK50 which has enough gain on tap but just doesn't have the tight bottom end for playing stuff in drop C etc hence why i'm still looking for another amp that can do that but still use it for basic rock as well.

    I also have a two amp setup so will be mixing it with either a cornford or carvin legacy

     
    Ever considered a Mesa Rectifier series of amps? Sounds like it would fit your requirements.

    The EVH is great but their forte is tight and liquid gain. The rectifiers just sound bigger and looser.
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  • It’s the tight tone I’m after as the Cornford Sounds huge but is loose 
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  • @rockmonster ;

    Was it you that was a big fan of these amps? 
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  • rawk100rawk100 Frets: 1167
    It’s the tight tone I’m after as the Cornford Sounds huge but is loose 
    An eq in the loop may help with that....
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  • rawk100 said:
    It’s the tight tone I’m after as the Cornford Sounds huge but is loose 
    An eq in the loop may help with that....
    You think so? 

    I have an MXR 10 band EQ here somewhere but wouldn’t know where to start with what frequencies I’d need to adjust 
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  • johnljohnl Frets: 371
    I've also just given up on an MT15 and an LBX2 (which at low volume sounded like a thousand bees trapped inside a metal zone). Have a look at the Laney IRT studio - 3 channels, great metal tone at low volumes and ton of interesting input / output options for recording etc. I just picked one up and so far am very pleased. There's also the SLS which is a newer version of the same.
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  • I have a 6505+ which is basically the pre EVHii I think, and the red channel is all I need for massive chug territory!
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  • rawk100rawk100 Frets: 1167
    rawk100 said:
    It’s the tight tone I’m after as the Cornford Sounds huge but is loose 
    An eq in the loop may help with that....
    You think so? 

    I have an MXR 10 band EQ here somewhere but wouldn’t know where to start with what frequencies I’d need to adjust 
    From experience I think it should definitely help. Try cutting the frequencies at 125hz and below first, it may also benefit from a boost in the 500hz and 1khz area. 
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  • jaysmithjaysmith Frets: 18
    I have a EVH 50 watt head. Superb amp. Plenty of power, nice tight overdrive/distortion and a great clean channel too.
                      
                 
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  • rawk100 said:
    rawk100 said:
    It’s the tight tone I’m after as the Cornford Sounds huge but is loose 
    An eq in the loop may help with that....
    You think so? 

    I have an MXR 10 band EQ here somewhere but wouldn’t know where to start with what frequencies I’d need to adjust 
    From experience I think it should definitely help. Try cutting the frequencies at 125hz and below first, it may also benefit from a boost in the 500hz and 1khz area. 
    Thanks buddy I’ll give that a try :)
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  • I have a 6505+ which is basically the pre EVHii I think, and the red channel is all I need for massive chug territory!
    I did look at one of those and similar in price too 
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  • johnl said:
    I've also just given up on an MT15 and an LBX2 (which at low volume sounded like a thousand bees trapped inside a metal zone). Have a look at the Laney IRT studio - 3 channels, great metal tone at low volumes and ton of interesting input / output options for recording etc. I just picked one up and so far am very pleased. There's also the SLS which is a newer version of the same.
    I’ll check out those two Laney models

    Did you buy a MT15 or just give up before getting one due to all the problems 
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  • Was about to pull the trigger on an EVH and not one shop has them in stock in Black tolex 
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  • rawk100rawk100 Frets: 1167
    rawk100 said:
    rawk100 said:
    It’s the tight tone I’m after as the Cornford Sounds huge but is loose 
    An eq in the loop may help with that....
    You think so? 

    I have an MXR 10 band EQ here somewhere byut wouldn’t know where to start with what frequencies I’d need to adjust 
    From experience I think it should definitely help. Try cutting the frequencies at 125hz and below first, it may also benefit from a boost in the 500hz and 1khz area. 
    Thanks buddy I’ll give that a try :)



    If you do give it a go then let us know how you got on....cheers.
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  • dariusdarius Frets: 42
    I have the 50W (6L6 version)
    It is great. Built like a tank, 3 channels and all the gain you'll need. The LBXs are not the same, they are much less good. 
    But you say it's for the bedroom so unless you're attenuating you will struggle. They are bloody loud and you need to be up past '1' on the volume dial to get things sounding nice. 
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  • darius said:
    I have the 50W (6L6 version)
    It is great. Built like a tank, 3 channels and all the gain you'll need. The LBXs are not the same, they are much less good. 
    But you say it's for the bedroom so unless you're attenuating you will struggle. They are bloody loud and you need to be up past '1' on the volume dial to get things sounding nice. 
    Thanks for the info buddy 

    I should be ok for volume as I’m detached so I can crank it a little more :)
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  • I have a 6505+ which is basically the pre EVHii I think, and the red channel is all I need for massive chug territory!
    I did look at one of those and similar in price too 
    I got mine 2nd hand off eBay, the guy who was selling it was desperate to get rid having acquired an Axe FX. In the end I got it for half the RRP.
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  • professorbenprofessorben Frets: 4206
    Hey, I’m a 5153 50w user. 
    Best amp I’ve ever had, and I’ve been through a few. 
    In fact it used to belong to ;

    theres a volume jump between clean and channel 2 that can bother a few people, but seems to go away at gig volume, never noticed it myself except at bedroom settings. 
    The newer 50w’s have dual gain and volumes to help with this. 

    Its a pretty tight amp, I’ve never needed a boost to get into djent territory, but mostly I use channel 2 (blue) gain at halfway (very high gain) and adjust the resonance control to get a nice thump. 
    " Why does it smell of bum?" Mrs Professorben.
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  • Have found a 100w version at £550. Seems a great price 
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  • Bought it  :)

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  • FortheloveofguitarFortheloveofguitar Frets: 2806
    edited January 10
    Arrived this morning and what a cracking amp. Slays the MT15 but then it should at it’s an £1800 amp

    MXR 10 band EQ in the loop to tame some of the mids as it’s obviously very mid heavy and boom, unbelievable chugfest

    Think I got a real bargain here 
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  • LuttiSLuttiS Frets: 1374
    I believe the term is "Pics or it didn't happen" ;)
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  • LuttiS said:
    I believe the term is "Pics or it didn't happen" ;)
    Haha of course 

    Will fire one up once I’m home later :)
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  • That’s the second bargain I’ve picked up in just over a week. The first being my Gibson Les Paul custom shop axcess at 1K

    They good luck comes in threes so I’m wondering if a third bargain awaits 
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  • professorbenprofessorben Frets: 4206
    That’s the second bargain I’ve picked up in just over a week. The first being my Gibson Les Paul custom shop axcess at 1K

    They good luck comes in threes so I’m wondering if a third bargain awaits 
    If you now get offered a Helix for a fiver I’ll be really annoyed. 
    " Why does it smell of bum?" Mrs Professorben.
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