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    My friend and bandmate is looking for a Solid State backup amp. We have been looking around the internet for some time and have narrowed it down to 3 amps, including the Crate GT3500H...

    We are really interested in the GT3500, but only because I heard someone say that it is a recreation of the Ampeg VH140c !? Is this true or was this person just talking ****************?? (someone on this forum said it, I think..)
    The company that owns Ampeg now owns Crate as well, so this might be true, but can anyone tell me this for sure??

    Does this amp sound good? I'm kinda sceptical... you know.. it's a Crate.. It's not sold here in Iceland so we can't try it out
    Would you choose that amp over a Randall RH200 or a Peavey XXL ??

  • #2
    What you need is a Diezel VH4 and a matching cabinet.

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    • #3
      Then all I need is 5000$ dollars!

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      • #4
        the other guitarist in my band has a Randall RH100 and I like it a lot.

        A lot of people say that the Peavey XXL is THE solid state amp though.
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        • #5
          the crate gt3500h is the same thing as a ampeg vh-140c. they have the same circuits and stuff.

          i'm going to get a ampeg vh-140c, its really cheap and an amazing head.
          MAIN GEAR:
          esp h-301 (dimarzio x2n pickups)
          ampeg vh-140c head
          behringer 400 watt 4x12 cab
          boss ns-2 noise gate

          MY BAND, THE MISERY OF EDEN:
          www.myspace.com/thebrutalmoe
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          • #6
            I thought the Crate GX-130 was the same as the Ampeg VH140C? Maybe I'm wrong though.

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            • #7
              I need to figure this out!
              The Ampegs are becoming pretty rare these days, after people discovered that they weren't all bad even though Solid State Even if my friend doesn't buy it I might get one for myself this summer

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              • #8
                megadeth, both amps are basically the same. i believe the same person worked for both crate and ampeg and designed the heads alike.

                the gx-130c doesnt have some of the boost switches and mid switches like the vh-140c has. i wish the gx-130c did have a boost button on the lead channel like it has on the clean but i got a eq pedal and i sound the way i want.

                just need to cut out all the unwanted feedback and tighten my tone up.
                MAIN GEAR:
                esp h-301 (dimarzio x2n pickups)
                ampeg vh-140c head
                behringer 400 watt 4x12 cab
                boss ns-2 noise gate

                MY BAND, THE MISERY OF EDEN:
                www.myspace.com/thebrutalmoe
                http://server5.hxcmp3.com/bands/38671/

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                • #9
                  So it's the Gx130 that's the Ampeg remodel, not the GT3500 ??

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                  • #10
                    What's that Pearce amp that's no longer in production? That thing is supposed to be amazing, especially for a solid state amp. Good luck finding one, though.
                    My gear:

                    An Agile LP copy w/ bridge position SD JB
                    A Schecter PT Elite w/ bridge position SD SD, graphite nut/string saddles
                    A Peavey Triple XXX
                    A Fender Twin 2x12 combo (circa 2001)
                    A Mesa 4x12 w/ V30's
                    And like $1500 worth of effects

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                    • #11
                      my brother's friend has the GT1200H (same thing, just less power, and cheaper looking)...his band and my brother's band were playing at a battle of the bands, and i was backstage tuning a guitar for my bro while his friend's band was soundchecking....i ran out and told him he needed to turn down his gain a bit....i was shocked to see he only had it on about 6! the other guitarist in that band had the GT series 2x12 combo, and they were one of the better-sounding bands that night, tone-wise.
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                      • #12
                        the re-issue of the vh-140c is the gt3500. the crate gx-130c and ampeg vh-140c r basically the same amp with some minor differences.
                        MAIN GEAR:
                        esp h-301 (dimarzio x2n pickups)
                        ampeg vh-140c head
                        behringer 400 watt 4x12 cab
                        boss ns-2 noise gate

                        MY BAND, THE MISERY OF EDEN:
                        www.myspace.com/thebrutalmoe
                        http://server5.hxcmp3.com/bands/38671/

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by brutalmoe420
                          the re-issue of the vh-140c is the gt3500. the crate gx-130c and ampeg vh-140c r basically the same amp with some minor differences.

                          sweet....frightening as it is to admit, i may have to look into one of the GTs as a possible backup (is there any major difference between the GT1200H and the VH140C?)
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                          B.C. Rich USA Gunslinger
                          Charvel CX390
                          HevAri Dragonrider 7-string (custom built)
                          LTD M-207 7-string
                          Schecter Damien Elite 8

                          Engl E102 Digitalamp head
                          Fryette Sig:X head
                          VHT Deliverance 60 head
                          Veretone custom 4x12 w/ VHT P50Es
                          VHT FatBottom 4x12

                          VHT/Fryette Death Squad
                          Extended Range Players Club

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                          • #14
                            btw, what's the VH150 like?
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                            Recently Vacated Graves: True Zombie Metal
                            My Guitar Center Microsite Profile

                            Agile PS-900
                            B.C. Rich USA Gunslinger
                            Charvel CX390
                            HevAri Dragonrider 7-string (custom built)
                            LTD M-207 7-string
                            Schecter Damien Elite 8

                            Engl E102 Digitalamp head
                            Fryette Sig:X head
                            VHT Deliverance 60 head
                            Veretone custom 4x12 w/ VHT P50Es
                            VHT FatBottom 4x12

                            VHT/Fryette Death Squad
                            Extended Range Players Club

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                            • #15
                              the gx130 and vh140 are close but not quite the same. I have both of them, im the only guitar player in my project now so i use a half stack with v30's on each side of the room. though its very subtle, the crate has a little more of that hollow/buzzier sound than the ampeg. the ampeg seems to have a little more low end too, but with a good eq in the loop, i use pq3's, you can get these sounding pretty damn close. If you like one youll like the other just as much. i recently bought a randall century 200II and it dosent even come close to these two heads in any category.

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