Looking for an amp

TBsq

New member
Hi, I'm looking that has the following characteristics:

- Lots of headroom for clean sound in a rehearsal or small gig context
- Not too powerful (100W is too much)
- At least two channels with separated real EQs
- Clean sounds like this : Slint - Don, Aman || American Football - Never Meant || Unwound - October All Over
- Distortion sounds like this : Discordance Axis - Angel Present || Orchid - In G And E || Converge - Jane Doe || White Suns - Clairvoyant
- No Marshall, Fender, EVH
- Under 2000€ second-hand
- Findable in Europe

Bonus:

- FX loop
- DI output
- Attenuator

Thank you in advance!
 

Faded Abyss

Active member
So what wattage is low enough? This can be a bit conflicting because small gig/rehearsal context to me means really loud being that you’re not mic’ing a cab?

the issues you have there is the headroom you’re after, when pushing loud volumes is all about having a higher watt amp in my experience.
 

BeZo

Well-known member
Rivera Knucklehead

Go for the K100 or newer models. The 100 watts is where your clean headroom is at. Lower wattage means less headroom.
 

TBsq

New member
I don't know what wattage is low enough. But I currently have a 100w amp and it's really too much for me, at less than half the volume I get the clean headroom I need.
 

Findthetone1

Active member
Rivera Knucklehead

Go for the K100 or newer models. The 100 watts is where your clean headroom is at. Lower wattage means less headroom.
I dunno. He thinks 100w is too much. There’s 100 watts. And then there’s 100 Rivera watts. Rumor is they use them to move planes at airports.
 

BeZo

Well-known member
I don't know what wattage is low enough. But I currently have a 100w amp and it's really too much for me, at less than half the volume I get the clean headroom I need.
I dunno. He thinks 100w is too much. There’s 100 watts. And then there’s 100 Rivera watts. Rumor is they use them to move planes at airports.
Nobody says she's gotta take the whole thing. If she's happy with just the tip, let her scream.
 

TBsq

New member
Yeah but I don't want the price and inconveniences of the extra wattage if I'm never going to use it.
 

BeZo

Well-known member
The thing that really sells me on the Knucklehead is the tube buffered effects loop. Even when I don't use it, I still jump it with a cable and use the send and return volumes to tweak the amp. It works like an attenuater, in that you get an extra tube to sweeten it up, and an extra knob to turn it down. It's like a magic trick.
 

TBsq

New member
If you like your current amp (besides the wattage), maybe consider getting an attenuator of some sort to cut the volume back
I don't like it.

The thing that really sells me on the Knucklehead is the tube buffered effects loop. Even when I don't use it, I still jump it with a cable and use the send and return volumes to tweak the amp. It works like an attenuater, in that you get an extra tube to sweeten it up, and an extra knob to turn it down. It's like a magic trick.
Please refer to my previous answer.
 

TBsq

New member
At those prices you should be looking at handwired.

I can't tell you which one because like all these handwired custom amps you go into the shop play three custom jobs of the same model and pick which one you dig the most. They all have subtle changes.

You dig? :cool:

There's none with 2 real eqs, a mid control is missing in one channel and the presence control is shared.
 

skullfxr

Well-known member
The thing that really sells me on the Knucklehead is the tube buffered effects loop. Even when I don't use it, I still jump it with a cable and use the send and return volumes to tweak the amp. It works like an attenuater, in that you get an extra tube to sweeten it up, and an extra knob to turn it down. It's like a magic trick.

I have had one for a long time and completely agree. It will do what you want and they are pretty cheap.
 

TBsq

New member
And a badass dirt pedal.
No real EQs on this one and really doubt it can handle heavy stuff

Maybe a Mesa Mark III SRG? (S-60w, R-reverb, G-GEQ). 3 Channels, Loop, Line out....
There's only 1 global EQ.
 
How about a Synergy SYN-50 head and a module or two?

 
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