Recommend a new tube amp!

robboster

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Can someone recommend me a good tube amp (head or combo) for distortion?
I like the 1990s megadeth tones, especially Friedman's tone on songs like Symphony of Destruction. :D

Preferably something under 20W with 2 channels.
Thanks!
 
Marty used Bogner amps during that time-period. Have fun with this information :D
 
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Hmmm... Hmmm... The ENGL gigmaster 15 seems to interest me... And his tone off the tracks in "Tokyo Jukebox" are awesome as well so... HOW DO I GETS MAH HANDSES ON ONE OF THEMS??? :D
 
Davis brings them in. haha you don't like Blackstar?

No la, I just think that the woodworkz prices are like... DAMN FRICKING EX-FRICKING-PEN-FRICKING-SIVE (expensive)...

Edit: Eh I just called Davis and the guy said that they don't bring in ENGL amps leh...
 
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No la, I just think that the woodworkz prices are like... DAMN FRICKING EX-FRICKING-PEN-FRICKING-SIVE (expensive)...

Davis brings in ENGL amps? I don't really like them (personal reasons) but if they do... I shall make an exception to achieve the ENGLzzzz lol

Haha. Plus no warranty. Fair enough. I dont think the ENGL amps are gonna be cheap..
 
I dont think the ENGL amps are gonna be cheap..

I want the Gigmaster 15 head, the others will kill my family... It'll cost about $1120 to bring it in, the problem is that...

1 - No footswitch included T.T
2 - My parents don't trust online merchants, and they're the ones buying the amp for me. (cos of my O results :p)

Darn.
 
Then no choice but to go down to Davis lor. Their prices should be quite reasonable compared to Swee Lee
 
Hmm maybe not anymore? I remember seeing many ENGL amps there. let me check the ENGL website.
EDIT: yup confirmed not anymore. I checked both ENGL website and davis. Guess you have to order online.
 
I've seen ENGL amps at Blackwood.

Sorry but if you're really serious about your tone, from my experience, you're never going to get Marty Friedman tones from a small 10" speaker. Seems like you're choosing amps based on the brands that your favourite artists use and that is a very very common and HUGE mistake many guitarist make when they first start out.

Unless you want to shelve out thousands of dollars and get a 100w head and a 4x12 cab and bust the balls of everyone who lives around you, a small amp like the ENGL Gigmaster will not have enough saturation you hear from all your favourite records.

I'd spend my money on a decent all tube amp, single channel will do. Use it for cleans, and buy a distortion pedal to push the amp into that sort of gain territory. I can garantee you at bedroom levels, that is the BEST tones you can achieve without having to destroy everything around you with huge and loud amps. Go around and ask the serious metalheads on how they achieve their tones at bedroom levels. They all use pedals for distortion. I have friends who are die hard metal heads who swear by the Blackstar Dist X and I can totally understand why. Best of all you can bring the pedal around, and getting that same metal tone in jamming studios, live, whatever.

Don't buy a very expensive amp based on what Marty Friedman uses and end up scratching your head asking why I don't sound like any of those records at all.
 
I've seen ENGL amps at Blackwood.

Sorry but if you're really serious about your tone, from my experience, you're never going to get Marty Friedman tones from a small 10" speaker. Seems like you're choosing amps based on the brands that your favourite artists use and that is a very very common and HUGE mistake many guitarist make when they first start out.

Unless you want to shelve out thousands of dollars and get a 100w head and a 4x12 cab and bust the balls of everyone who lives around you, a small amp like the ENGL Gigmaster will not have enough saturation you hear from all your favourite records.

I'd spend my money on a decent all tube amp, single channel will do. Use it for cleans, and buy a distortion pedal to push the amp into that sort of gain territory. I can garantee you at bedroom levels, that is the BEST tones you can achieve without having to destroy everything around you with huge and loud amps. Go around and ask the serious metalheads on how they achieve their tones at bedroom levels. They all use pedals for distortion. I have friends who are die hard metal heads who swear by the Blackstar Dist X and I can totally understand why. Best of all you can bring the pedal around, and getting that same metal tone in jamming studios, live, whatever.

Don't buy a very expensive amp based on what Marty Friedman uses and end up scratching your head asking why I don't sound like any of those records at all.

Actually, I'm not really expecting to get his tone, I just want a good reliable tube head that gets close. I got a good clean Carvin nomad, and I got an awesome distortion pedal for it, though I'm thinking of trying something new.

I read that the ENGL Gigmaster is a good reliable head and the demos on youtube and such make it sound great for the size and price, so I'm thinking of getting it.

Also, I want an amp with a good dirt channel, cos my Carvin's isn't very good and gets muddy when the gain is up. I've always been on distortion channels so I wanna see whether distortion from the pedals or the amps is nicer. (and I'm sorry, but I really am quite a noob at these things :p)
 
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Okay dude from what i've read around- Mustaine and Friedman had similar rigs (Marshall JCM800s) except Friedman used Bogner preamps.

You might wanna get a good thrash metal tone 1st. Maybe something British voiced at lower wattage then tighten it up with a tubescreamer or something. Also Friedman does a lot of his solos with his bridge pickup which is a Seymour Duncan JB. Might wanna take that into consideration as well.
 
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