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  • Ampeg Vl1002 Review

    It came in yesterday fired it up amp seems to be built like a tank but none or less looks like a Marshall..Well anyways this amp is a real sleeper great deal for $400..Channel 1 is the gain channel and channel 2 is the clean kinda backwards..both have independent eq's and reverb knobs as well and there's a 5 way selcter switch for different mids voices pretty sweat to customize your sound plus a presence knob for futher tweeking..Also this amp is active eq so it take's a little bit to adjust you're certain sound.So ill start it off the Clean channel "channel 2" is your basic clean kinda dull and middy sounding no better than a peavey 5150 but im sure with some nice effects this clean will be nice..Now gain channel (Channel 1) ..Now i think this the strong point in this amp.Its's got 4 gain stages plenty for rock Metal even death metal about the same amount of gain as a Marshall dsl100 ..Sound's like a Marshall dsl but tighter grainy sounding and a bit clear and loud as hell..I could easly get a Soilwork sound in about 5 minutes tweeking the gain channel playing Soilworks "song of the dammed"..Now the thing about this amp it only sounds good with certain Pickups passive humbuckers sound flubby..The amp seems only to like active humbuckers like EMG's kinda weird..But for death metal i mean it's not an over satruated amp it's a tighten up'd Marshall sound it might work for some people for death metal.. And plus my amp has el34's from i was told this amp becomes a beast with kt88's so ill will post another review once i get them installed..But overall this is a great amp it's good amount of lows almost the same as a 5150 .Its loud as hell and it cuts really nice in the mix if you cAn find one of these for $500 grab it ..It's a great deal and plus if you dont like it that much sell it or have it modded by Voodoo amps or FJA mods..I hope this review help's ..
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  • #2
    I've got a vl502. I replaced the el34's with kt88's. With the kt88's the amp has a much tighter low-end at high volumes. Great for metal.

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    • #3
      cough cough ampeg now made in CHINA cough cough

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      • #4
        The VL is a cool amp. I like the 6L6's in them.
        Jerry

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        • #5
          those amps also love hot passive pickups like the gibson 500T and duncan invader. my VL1002 with 6550s, a G12-65 cab, and a les paul with 500T could dish out everything from AC/DC and zeppelin clang, to serious aggro roar. that amp was a beast, and i miss it.

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          • #6
            This is THE Autopsy/Abscess amp.
            Gear:

            Modified Ibanez RG7620 w/ Lundgren pup's
            Framus Cobra
            Bogner Uberkab
            ISP Decimator G-string
            Eb-tech Line-level shifter
            Korg DT-10 Instrument tuner

            Music(k):

            http://www.myspace.com/hjarnidaudi - industrial/drone/doom
            http://www.myspace.com/kraanium - brutal slamming grooving death/grind

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            • #7
              cough cough ampeg now made in CHINA cough cough


              fortunately these amps were made 10-15 years ago prior to that I believe

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              • #8
                Me no likey!
                Used to own one and could never get the tone I wanted out of it.
                Corn Chips Are No Place For A Mighty Warrior!

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                • #9
                  i basically gave mine away.

                  Turn back the gain a little on the amp (11o'clockish) and insert a bad monkey with the level cranked and distortion at about 9 0'clock.. not a bad sound.
                  "It's like fishing with dynamite"

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                  • #10
                    i played one a while ago and i loved it sooo much. i wondered what it was called and now i know. good deal
                    Originally Posted by TomVanDeven


                    **************** off with that. Plexis dont have speed knobs.



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                    • #11
                      It came in yesterday fired it up amp seems to be built like a tank but none or less looks like a Marshall..Well anyways this amp is a real sleeper great deal for $400..Channel 1 is the gain channel and channel 2 is the clean kinda backwards..both have independent eq's and reverb knobs as well and there's a 5 way selcter switch for different mids voices pretty sweat to customize your sound plus a presence knob for futher tweeking..Also this amp is active eq so it take's a little bit to adjust you're certain sound.So ill start it off the Clean channel "channel 2" is your basic clean kinda dull and middy sounding no better than a peavey 5150 but im sure with some nice effects this clean will be nice..Now gain channel (Channel 1) ..Now i think this the strong point in this amp.Its's got 4 gain stages plenty for rock Metal even death metal about the same amount of gain as a Marshall dsl100 ..Sound's like a Marshall dsl but tighter grainy sounding and a bit clear and loud as hell..I could easly get a Soilwork sound in about 5 minutes tweeking the gain channel playing Soilworks "song of the dammed"..Now the thing about this amp it only sounds good with certain Pickups passive humbuckers sound flubby..The amp seems only to like active humbuckers like EMG's kinda weird..But for death metal i mean it's not an over satruated amp it's a tighten up'd Marshall sound it might work for some people for death metal.. And plus my amp has el34's from i was told this amp becomes a beast with kt88's so ill will post another review once i get them installed..But overall this is a great amp it's good amount of lows almost the same as a 5150 .Its loud as hell and it cuts really nice in the mix if you cAn find one of these for $500 grab it ..It's a great deal and plus if you dont like it that much sell it or have it modded by Voodoo amps or FJA mods..I hope this review help's ..


                      Greazygeo has one or had and not sure what tubes he ran but you could check with him for some info and maybe settings.
                      I had the VL503 combo and didn't like it much but would like to hear the head.

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                      • #12
                        Greazygeo has one or had and not sure what tubes he ran but you could check with him for some info and maybe settings.
                        I had the VL503 combo and didn't like it much but would like to hear the head.



                        I think the one George had is in the picture I posted, unless he has another one. I had a customer buy one from George and send it to me for mods.
                        Jerry
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                        • #13
                          voodoo does a mod where they free up a additional 5th stage of gain, badass
                          My mark III settings:

                          http://www.chain-metal.nl/mark3/?bg=...wer+and+EL-34s

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                          • #14
                            Boat anchor.

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                            • #15
                              Me no likey!
                              Used to own one and could never get the tone I wanted out of it.



                              ya me too
                              i had one back in the early 90's, sold it and went to an ADA rack set
                              -up
                              Originally Posted by TurboRotary13b


                              Goddamn you guys will hump anything.




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                              1999 gibson sg standard
                              2011 esp ra-600
                              2011 line6 spidervalve mkII
                              marshall 1960a cab
                              budda 1x12 w/ gk12k-100

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