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    Help choosing an amp.

    I really would like you guys input on choosing a new amp I was thinking either the Steve Morse ENGL or the new Petrucci Mesa boogie. I play in rock cover bands usually , right now I'm playing in a modern country cover band and I have done heavier bands and more mellow bands. So I would like something that is very versatile and I don't need many pedals. I want something also with a great clean channel. I also like a nice warm sounding amp. I like the some Mesas but for me sometimes they have been too harsh.

    Any input is welcome. The guitars going into this amp will be steve morse guitars and and ax40d and maybe a cutlass one day. thanks
    Gio

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    Going against the grain here... How about going digital?

    I've been a big fan of my ElevenRack, but Avid isn't going forward with the product...

    How about an Axe/FX II?

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    Not really a big fan of digital , I've tried it I really couldn't get into it.
    Gio

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    Blueburst Steve Morse standard
    Purple Sterling AX40D
    and a bunch of guitars I don't really play anymore

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    Check out the Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII. Between being a big fan of Blackberry Smoke and this review by Tom Quayle, it was a no brainer for me. I love it, sounds great with all of my guitars.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdeRTTKFVmw

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    Quote Originally Posted by fsmith View Post
    Check out the Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII. Between being a big fan of Blackberry Smoke and this review by Tom Quayle, it was a no brainer for me. I love it, sounds great with all of my guitars.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdeRTTKFVmw

    fred
    Thank you !! Just when I had it narrowed down to two .
    Gio

    Steve Morse Y2D with Floyd Rose
    2015 PDN Steve Morse Y2D
    Depurple burst y2d
    Blueburst Steve Morse standard
    Purple Sterling AX40D
    and a bunch of guitars I don't really play anymore

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    Most versatile amp I've ever owned was the Mesa Roadster.

    Own a MkV now and a MkV:25. The V:25 is easily the second most versatile amp I've ever owned.

    The JP-2C seems awesome, but doesn't have the versatility you desire.
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    Love mark 5 and I hated digital until I picked up the axe fx. Sound great but I'm running it through a Mesa 2:90 won't go all solid state. And still can't part with my mark 5. The clean is just beautiful on the 90 watt 5

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    How about the bogner ecstasy 101b?

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    I like the Suhr Bella. Nice clean tone and great with a good overdrive pedal. It's on my short list right now.
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    I own a Koch twintone which is hugely versatile, sounds great to my ears on his three channels, is really well built and is dirt cheap if you buy second hand.

    I've owned many mesa amps and this Koch is really better for me: no harshness to it : you cannot get a bad sound out of it!

    Problem I had with mesa is that you find a great sound, the next day you don't like it anymore : can't explain why. It happened to me several times with different amps.


    You should also consider a shot at the eleven rack. Almost free now, yet impressive. You might find it more enjoyable than you think. It could be your first step on digital road.
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    After many years I am still in love with my Mesa Electra Dyne. Stupid simple single channel with clean, and two gain modes, shared EQ that is brilliant and sounds killer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gforce013 View Post
    Thank you !! Just when I had it narrowed down to two .
    hahaha, keep reading and you'll be up to about ten choices now! Thanks guys!

    You could go to Dubaldo's to try out the ENGL.

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    Check these 2 amps out.

    Suhr PT 100 Se
    Friedman BE 100

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    Still digital, but the Kemper Profiler looks to be the "Swiss Army Knife" of the amplifier world and seems to have some great tones. Lots of impressive stuff on Yoootoobe and sounds worth checking out.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IwtS6eyEbE

    I used a Roland GR-55 and could dial in almost any amp/guitar combination thinkable, with a wide range of synth sounds in place of a keys player too. Whilst it took some setting up, the sounds were the same every time, no messing and all in a small box you can shove under your arm.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmsio4QHJuI

    Deffo not for the purists, but for flexibility in a covers band you can't beat it. Andy Summers/Dave Grohl/EVH/Muse just to name a few sounds I covered.

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    what about the Dr. Z ZWREK... it's a great clean platform and can get pretty heavy as well... My Z (Maz 18) can just flat boogie with some pedals (mesa flux drive) behind it...
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