01-23-2013 02:46 PM
I've got an 80s Peavey classic 50 head with a 2-12 celestion v30 cab. The dirty channel sounds good for classic rock but when I want to crank it up, I get a a loss of gain and an edge that kills the ear. I've tried a route 808 tubescreamer but it gets too garbled up and out of control before 12 O clock. I love the sound of the Tubemeister tone and gain but I'm not fortunate enough to afford one. Is there a preamp or pedal to get this smooth controled tone or shoud I just try to sell and hope for the best?
01-23-2013 02:49 PM - edited 01-23-2013 02:49 PM
Yeah, the Classic is really a rock amp. If you want metal your much better off going with a Triple XXX or a 5150/6505.
Also, did you try turning the gain down on the Tube screamer and the volume up?
01-23-2013 04:33 PM
I've tried it at lower pre gain settings but then it does not reach the sound I'm looking for. I get some perfect sounds from my mustang 1, but I need the volume to play with my drummer. Some may say I should just get the bigger mustang v, but I'd like to get my distortion from tubes and I question the reliability of digital amps.
01-24-2013 01:25 PM
10 band eq in the loop is one thing to try
01-25-2013 02:40 AM
It's a good amp, and the clean channel loves pedals.
If you can find the cash for a good distortion pedal, you should be able to do metal with no problem.
The new Mesa pedals look very promising, and if you add one of those, you'd have a very versatile rig that could last you a long time.
01-25-2013 05:54 AM
Yup, set the amp clean, like acoustic clean, get your drive from a distortion or preamp pedal.
01-25-2013 07:44 AM
get a ibanez tube king distortion (pink one) and don't look back that pedal makes any amp sound amazing and make sure to crank that peavey for the best results!
01-25-2013 11:33 AM
I've had a couple Classic 50s (4x10 and 2x12 combos) and I had good success using a Visual Sound Jeckyl & Hyde into the clean channel for really heavy stuff.
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