100 WATT wrote:
Most of the older 1980's solid state amps i've played are just as loud as tube amps. Randall RG's, Ampeg VH series, older Peavey's. All can get very loud.
Ive fooled ALOT of people with the rg100ES's & made em believe the sounds were comin out of a Marshall that'd been severely hot rodded.
Ive had 5 or 6 of em in the past year, and every one of them has sounded great.
My Randalls have sounded better than most guys expensive Mesas & boutique / home brew built amps.
I can almost get a REALLY convincing EVH thing with em
Im back to having one now. It's an '85 with the Fender style tolex & chrome corners.
I wish I woulda kept the Zebra stripped one I sold Gravedodgers. That one had a bit of "mojo" to it none of the others Ive owned or played thru had. Even before I modded it (the tube-ish mid / more bass mod) .
The first Randall RG i owned was a really ugly '88 Zebra striped model with most of the zebra felt crap stripped off of it. That Randall had the best clean (green) channel i've ever heard from a RG100eS. Really pristine, chimey clean with a great reverb. It's lead channel wasn't quite as good as the RG's i've owned from the mid 80's. The best sounding heads i owned were a '85 and a '86 with the plexi'ish looking head shells... you know, the ones like Kirk uses. It seems...Just like old Marshall's, you gotta kinda pick and choose with these amps, cause there's differences in tone and feel from amp to amp from component tolerances and parts. I also owned a rackmount version (rg100ht) which supposedly has a different transformer and found it sounded a little more stiff and brittle, and didn't have quite as much bass as the normal version. Also had a rg80es, which was just like the 100es but has a tad less headroom to it. Anyways, they are great amps, and i think i'll always have one around cause i find them extremely reliable and consistent, so i love gigging with them. You know what you're gonna get with them... a mean, loud, metal machine.