100 WATT wrote:
Yeah. I have one of the older ones like Kirk uses. I added a cap across a resistor & it added some thump, depth & made the low mids more "tube like" . Anymore I run it kind of clean, with a '96 Ibanez Tube King (the USA version that was made bu Tube Works..like the guy from Mastodon uses) that's had some minor tweaks done (cleaned up the gain. Added some caps to seperate the EQ frequencies a bit) and it sounds killer.plenty of power. Plenty of cut. LOTS of "oomph".
The minor mod done the the Randall makes a big difference (for the better). I'd like to grab up another one of these days to see what else can be done with them. There's a few digrams floating around on how to do em. I'd try the "CFH" mod (supposed to do the Dime thing, but without pedals) but have heard it's too grainy & buzzy.
My broe has an RG80ES, that sounds great, but doesnt have the balls that a 100 has. For the 100's, I prefer the older (85-86) models. The 87-up ones do seem to have more gain though. Especially the ones with the black front control panels.
As much as I dont like George Lynch, I run a Marshall mixed with the Randall like he used to do. A good set up. They blend REALLY well, once you get your volumes mixed right.
Hopefully I can get the FX loop hooked back up in mine. I think it just needs a new jack. I wanna try a parametric EQ in the loop of one. Would like to dick around with a Metal Zone & try out the Kirk Style sound with it too.
Wouldnt get rid of my trusty Randall. It'll curb stomp a $1500 Mesa
I used to run mine with a Metal Zone, and i ran it exactly like Kirk does (level cranked, EQ at noon, dist off). The metal zone tightens up the lows, and it adds sustain, so when you're tuning down to B or drop A it helps keep everything tight and helps note definition. Now i use a Maxon OD808 cause it sounds more natural to me. There's a sorta half sweeped wah tone you get with the metal zone that is hard to dial out, so i went with the OD instead. But if getting the "heaviest tone ever" is your thing... then it's hard to go wrong with the mt-2. It boosts the Randall into metal meltdown, haha.
The RG100ES is the best bang for buck amp out there for metal. Alot of people don't really give it much of a chance because it is solid state, but they don't know what they're missing. I've had mine up against 5150's, Marshall's, Mesa's and they hold their own against them no problem. The trick is finding a good boost for it... It takes OD's/boosts like no other amp.
I don't know why, but i've just found the older RG's had a little more chunk to them, and they seem to react better at higher volumes, kinda like a tube amp. I have not found the later ones to have more gain, actually i notice the opposite. The one i had with the black chassis and zebra felt shit had the nicest clean channel though, a really great sound.