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Author:  Metalmann13 [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 6:49pm ]
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Recently I have been looking for a new amp for thrash and heavy metal, and my top three choices are Peavey 6505+, Peavey Triple XXX, and a Mesa/Boogie Mark V. At this point the 6505+ is what i'm thinking about getting because of great distortion and lower price. I have also seen Marshall 8100 which seems fine, but i'm not entirely sure about it. My budget at the moment is around $800. I want to get tones like early Metallica and Megadeth. Which amp would be the best for me? If I do get the Peavey, what can I do to get better clean tones?

Author:  MetalHeadMike [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 6:52pm ]
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Honestly none of those would be my first choice for thrash. With your budget, I'd be looking at a Splawn Quickrod or Fryette/VHT Deliverance 60.

Author:  JerEvil [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 6:54pm ]
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I'd take a Triple XXX and put KT77's in it for thrash before I'd go 6505+

Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica and Pantera all have pretty different guitar tones. Which of those do you lean towards the most?

MetalHeadMike wrote:
Honestly none of those would be my first choice for thrash. With your budget, I'd be looking at a Splawn Quickrod or Fryette/VHT Deliverance 60.

This!

Author:  MetalHeadMike [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 6:59pm ]
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JerEvil wrote:
I'd take a Triple XXX and put KT77's in it for thrash before I'd go 6505+

Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica and Pantera all have pretty different guitar tones. Which of those do you lean towards the most?

MetalHeadMike wrote:
Honestly none of those would be my first choice for thrash. With your budget, I'd be looking at a Splawn Quickrod or Fryette/VHT Deliverance 60.

This!



Hell yeah on the Triple XXX :thumbsup: It doesn't get much more thrash than Exodus :rock:

Author:  JerEvil [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 7:02pm ]
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MetalHeadMike wrote:
JerEvil wrote:
I'd take a Triple XXX and put KT77's in it for thrash before I'd go 6505+

Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica and Pantera all have pretty different guitar tones. Which of those do you lean towards the most?

MetalHeadMike wrote:
Honestly none of those would be my first choice for thrash. With your budget, I'd be looking at a Splawn Quickrod or Fryette/VHT Deliverance 60.

This!



Hell yeah on the Triple XXX :thumbsup: It doesn't get much more thrash than Exodus :rock:

I'm saying. $350 all day too. Those amps can be had for a song!

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Peave ... 4743493.gc

Author:  Bad.Seed [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 7:06pm ]
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JerEvil wrote:
I'd take a Triple XXX and put KT77's in it for thrash before I'd go 6505+

Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica and Pantera all have pretty different guitar tones. Which of those do you lean towards the most?

MetalHeadMike wrote:
Honestly none of those would be my first choice for thrash. With your budget, I'd be looking at a Splawn Quickrod or Fryette/VHT Deliverance 60.

This!


This again. Metalheadmike and JerEvil both have it right. These suggestions are all miles better than the amps in the pole. I own all of them AND play in a thrash band. The QR is my #1 choice, followed by the VHT Deliverance.

Author:  DragonCrestPC [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 7:23pm ]
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QR for sure. Buddy of mine has one and it's great for thrash.

Author:  Meeotch [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 7:55pm ]
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I guess I'm surprised by the responses, though I've never played a Deliverance (had a Sig X for a bit). I've heard they are pretty similar. 6505+ is an awesome all-around metal amp, including thrash. 5153 is another contender in that vein. Maybe not pure thrash amps but what is really? Mark is a pretty defining Metallica tone too, but yes out of OP's price range.

Agreed, Dual Rec isn't really what you're looking for. Never played a Splawn, I should look into them.

Author:  7 Stringer [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 8:01pm ]
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My 5150 II can get thrash tones all day long, and the clean is superb with some chorus. Throw an EQ in the loop and you sculpt the tone to anything you want. Awesome amp.

Lower the gain and throw an OD for even more options.

For what you listed as far as bands go, this would be my number 1 choice.

Author:  misterspockyall [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 8:20pm ]
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People far more well versed than I are chiming in, but I think everyone should at some time own a 5150/6505. It’s just does a thing plugged straight in that I haven’t heard in other amps. Good luck with the hunt!

Author:  MetalHeadMike [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 9:07pm ]
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This would be another one to consider right in your budget:

https://reverb.com/item/16421846-engl-r ... nature-100

Author:  Wizard of Ozz [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 9:40pm ]
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Mesa Mark III

Author:  exo-metal [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 9:49pm ]
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My MKIII will destroy any amp in the poll, just my II cents.

Author:  mctallica1 [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 9:53pm ]
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I agree with Jer.....the tones you reference, while all being thrashy, are pretty different.

Do you want old school thrash or more modern thrash?

FWIW, thrash tone is where I live on guitar and I can get there in a lot of ways, but it is kind of hard to beat modded Marshall type amps and Mesa Mark series as the basic platform for thrash. With a mid heavy boost up front and an EQ in the loop, you can nail a lot of different thrash tones.

Pantera is the outlier. You can get close with a lot of amps, but to REALLY get there you need an old school SS Randall and a PQ3 or PQ6 (two 3’s in the same unit.....this is what I have, so I can run one in front and one in the loop of my RG100HT)

With all that said, I played in a thrash band for a long time using an old school JCM 800 boosted, then went to a Marshall DSL50 when I got tired of sound guys telling me to turn down (the 800 needed to be FUCKING LOUD to sound good)...and I think the DSL is a very underrated amp for thrash.



The XXX is a great reccomendation and is an awesome sounding amp, regardless of the price.


Lots of rambling here :D

Author:  Metalmann13 [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 10:31pm ]
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mctallica1 wrote:
I agree with Jer.....the tones you reference, while all being thrashy, are pretty different.

Do you want old school thrash or more modern thrash?

FWIW, thrash tone is where I live on guitar and I can get there in a lot of ways, but it is kind of hard to beat modded Marshall type amps and Mesa Mark series as the basic platform for thrash. With a mid heavy boost up front and an EQ in the loop, you can nail a lot of different thrash tones.

Pantera is the outlier. You can get close with a lot of amps, but to REALLY get there you need an old school SS Randall and a PQ3 or PQ6 (two 3’s in the same unit.....this is what I have, so I can run one in front and one in the loop of my RG100HT)

With all that said, I played in a thrash band for a long time using an old school JCM 800 boosted, then went to a Marshall DSL50 when I got tired of sound guys telling me to turn down (the 800 needed to be FUCKING LOUD to sound good)...and I think the DSL is a very underrated amp for thrash.



The XXX is a great reccomendation and is an awesome sounding amp, regardless of the price.


Lots of rambling here :D

The main band I would like to emulate is Metallica, but I am leaning towards a 6505+ because I also play a lot of heavy metal.

Author:  braintheory [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 10:37pm ]
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Wizard of Ozz wrote:
Mesa Mark III

Agreed, Mark III for sure! In this price range none of the other amps mentioned come even close unless you get very lucky and find a cheap older JCM800. That plus a good overdrive pedal would be the ones to consider imo

Author:  thrashinbatman [ Wed, Feb 13, 2019 11:34pm ]
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Mark III, Peavey XXX, or a Marshall JVM would be my choices. The Engl Blackmore is really good too, I'd recommend an Engl Savage but those are probably cost a bit too much.

Author:  ClintN667 [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 6:51am ]
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I have a Splawn Nitro and I love it. It does the punchy Marshally thrash tones pretty well. It really depends on which type of tone you are chasing though. It can do Slayer, Megadeth type shit all day. Metallica, Anthrax not really.

Author:  Apex1Rg7X [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 8:10am ]
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Metalmann13 wrote:
mctallica1 wrote:
I agree with Jer.....the tones you reference, while all being thrashy, are pretty different.

Do you want old school thrash or more modern thrash?

FWIW, thrash tone is where I live on guitar and I can get there in a lot of ways, but it is kind of hard to beat modded Marshall type amps and Mesa Mark series as the basic platform for thrash. With a mid heavy boost up front and an EQ in the loop, you can nail a lot of different thrash tones.

Pantera is the outlier. You can get close with a lot of amps, but to REALLY get there you need an old school SS Randall and a PQ3 or PQ6 (two 3’s in the same unit.....this is what I have, so I can run one in front and one in the loop of my RG100HT)

With all that said, I played in a thrash band for a long time using an old school JCM 800 boosted, then went to a Marshall DSL50 when I got tired of sound guys telling me to turn down (the 800 needed to be FUCKING LOUD to sound good)...and I think the DSL is a very underrated amp for thrash.



The XXX is a great reccomendation and is an awesome sounding amp, regardless of the price.


Lots of rambling here :D

The main band I would like to emulate is Metallica, but I am leaning towards a 6505+ because I also play a lot of heavy metal.



Which Metallica era? They are quite a bit different really. I would personally go 5150III over the 6505+ based on what your saying but its all a matter of what tones you really need.

Author:  rottingcorpse [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 9:09am ]
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Cheapest....Peavey XXX. Think Gary Holt/Exodus tone and boost the front with mids for that razor cut. A graphic eq and Decimator in the loop for final tone shaping and silencing the hiss. Holts tone cuts thru any mix,and harmonics jump off your fretboard like pubic lice from a 60's era bush set on fire. Pure thrash. Use the extra bux saved for good tubes.

Fuck the clean tone.

Author:  riffsfordaze [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 1:16pm ]
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Marshall Valvestate 8100!
An all time thrash masterpiece! Just ask Tommy Victor he'll tell ya... Or Chuck Schuldiner RIP
Plus it will leave ya with probably $400-$500 bills to spare

"People frown upon it, people scrunch up their nose, people roll their eyes, people don't expect much when they hear the name of this amp... People have no fucking clue how awesome it is... People are Stupid..." Lasse Lammert

Author:  Ratou [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 1:25pm ]
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Get a Mesa Mark III or Mark IV. Will be below 1k$ and you will not back in terms of thrash metal tones.

Author:  knightbrolaire [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 1:58pm ]
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:rock: Mesa Mkiii is killer for thrash,regardless of time period ime. They can usually be found for around 800-900$ ime.

Author:  sutepaj [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 4:13pm ]
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ADA MP-1 with a power amp or a XXX

Author:  MetalHeadMike [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 4:33pm ]
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riffsfordaze wrote:
Marshall Valvestate 8100!
An all time thrash masterpiece! Just ask Tommy Victor he'll tell ya... Or Chuck Schuldiner RIP
Plus it will leave ya with probably $400-$500 bills to spare

"People frown upon it, people scrunch up their nose, people roll their eyes, people don't expect much when they hear the name of this amp... People have no fucking clue how awesome it is... People are Stupid..." Lasse Lammert



THE 8100 ABSOLUTELY RIPS :rock: I just grabbed one last month, and it's a stellar thrash/death metal amp. Easily hangs with all my other "High end Boutique" amps and it only runs about $150-$200 :lol: :LOL: Eq in the loop, plug straight in, and look the Fu#k out :rawk:

Author:  JerEvil [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 4:44pm ]
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MetalHeadMike wrote:
riffsfordaze wrote:
Marshall Valvestate 8100!
An all time thrash masterpiece! Just ask Tommy Victor he'll tell ya... Or Chuck Schuldiner RIP
Plus it will leave ya with probably $400-$500 bills to spare

"People frown upon it, people scrunch up their nose, people roll their eyes, people don't expect much when they hear the name of this amp... People have no fucking clue how awesome it is... People are Stupid..." Lasse Lammert



THE 8100 ABSOLUTELY RIPS :rock: I just grabbed one last month, and it's a stellar thrash/death metal amp. Easily hangs with all my other "High end Boutique" amps and it only runs about $150-$200 :lol: :LOL: Eq in the loop, plug straight in, and look the Fu#k out :rawk:

I have a set of m8100 profiles for Kemper and I LOVED them when I was a KPA guy actually. The 8100 and matching cab was my first "real" half stack" when I was 16.

Author:  thrashinbatman [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 4:48pm ]
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This album is a Mark III. Hell yeah it's a good thrash amp.

Author:  exo-metal [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 4:57pm ]
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That's right, Lee used MKIII amps for years.

Author:  exo-metal [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 5:44pm ]
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That's right, Lee used MKIII amps for years. He is one of the best guitarists alive.

Author:  napalmdeath [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 5:52pm ]
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Randall "Thrasher 50". Killer amp!

Author:  riffsfordaze [ Thu, Feb 14, 2019 9:39pm ]
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MetalHeadMike wrote:
riffsfordaze wrote:
Marshall Valvestate 8100!
An all time thrash masterpiece! Just ask Tommy Victor he'll tell ya... Or Chuck Schuldiner RIP
Plus it will leave ya with probably $400-$500 bills to spare

"People frown upon it, people scrunch up their nose, people roll their eyes, people don't expect much when they hear the name of this amp... People have no fucking clue how awesome it is... People are Stupid..." Lasse Lammert



THE 8100 ABSOLUTELY RIPS :rock: I just grabbed one last month, and it's a stellar thrash/death metal amp. Easily hangs with all my other "High end Boutique" amps and it only runs about $150-$200 :lol: :LOL: Eq in the loop, plug straight in, and look the Fu#k out :rawk:

Amen :cheers:

Author:  Christos rock [ Fri, Feb 15, 2019 12:25pm ]
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mctallica1 wrote:
It is kind of hard to beat modded Marshall type amps and Mesa Mark series as the basic platform for thrash.

^^ This.

A used JCM 800 with KT88 and a booster (Slayer, Testament),
a used Peavey 5150 blockletter (old Sepultura, Kreator, Machine head)
a used Mark III (you name it)
a used Engl powerball,fireball,savage (there is a signature head for Mille Petrozza founder/gitarist of Kreator)

Author:  thisguy [ Fri, Feb 15, 2019 1:01pm ]
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This thread makes me feel old. I've got three heads right now, Mark III blue stripe, EVH 5153, and a Peavey C50 (not thrash) and all I've been playing is jazz on my Katana combo. :lame:

Author:  ZEEGLER [ Fri, Feb 15, 2019 2:04pm ]
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Peavey Ultra/Triple XXX would be my choice from those listed.

Author:  mchn13 [ Fri, Feb 15, 2019 11:34pm ]
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literally every amp mentioned has been used in thrash. cant lose.

Author:  Bloodrock [ Sat, Feb 16, 2019 11:24am ]
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I say Marshall 8100. Best bang for your buck metal amp ever. I will more than satisfy your thrash metal needs for a lot less money. The old Randalls can’t be beat either. The mid 90’s RH200’s can be had for under $200 all day and are heavy metal as fuck.

Author:  exo-metal [ Sat, Feb 16, 2019 12:34pm ]
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I believe Chuck Schuldner user a bi-chorus 8200.

Author:  misterspockyall [ Sat, Feb 16, 2019 2:43pm ]
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mchn13 wrote:
literally every amp mentioned has been used in thrash. cant lose.


Yup. Fire away, have fun, get another one when the bug strikes!

Author:  the4thlast1 [ Sat, Feb 16, 2019 4:35pm ]
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5152/6505+ will def do what you want , especially boosted with a 808 type pedal . They can be had cheap and I would prefer it over A Recto and a MarkV having owned all 3 the peavey just sounds right to me and is easy to dial in where the Mesa stuff is much more picky when it comes to pickups and speakers. Mark V was a big let down for me if you must go Mesa I would go with a Mark III in that price price range of $900 you mentioned. However once again the peavey is just flat out better for me, it cuts better in a live mix too and you can easily switch to a nice clean tone which is not as easy with the MK III .

Author:  Metalmann13 [ Sat, Feb 16, 2019 4:48pm ]
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the4thlast1 wrote:
5152/6505+ will def do what you want , especially boosted with a 808 type pedal . They can be had cheap and I would prefer it over A Recto and a MarkV having owned all 3 the peavey just sounds right to me and is easy to dial in where the Mesa stuff is much more picky when it comes to pickups and speakers. Mark V was a big let down for me if you must go Mesa I would go with a Mark III in that price price range of $900 you mentioned. However once again the peavey is just flat out better for me, it cuts better in a live mix too and you can easily switch to a nice clean tone which is not as easy with the MK III .

I have been looking at the triple xxx and the 6505+, which do you think would be better for old Metallica tone?

Author:  Bob Savage [ Sat, Feb 16, 2019 6:01pm ]
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You’re asking for a single amp to do a range of “thrash” and “heavy metal” tones. Seems like what you need is a good modeler unless you’re willing to find a good tone in your price range and stick with it, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Author:  mchn13 [ Sat, Feb 16, 2019 8:02pm ]
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Metalmann13 wrote:
the4thlast1 wrote:
5152/6505+ will def do what you want , especially boosted with a 808 type pedal . They can be had cheap and I would prefer it over A Recto and a MarkV having owned all 3 the peavey just sounds right to me and is easy to dial in where the Mesa stuff is much more picky when it comes to pickups and speakers. Mark V was a big let down for me if you must go Mesa I would go with a Mark III in that price price range of $900 you mentioned. However once again the peavey is just flat out better for me, it cuts better in a live mix too and you can easily switch to a nice clean tone which is not as easy with the MK III .

I have been looking at the triple xxx and the 6505+, which do you think would be better for old Metallica tone?


either dude, just gotta remember with both of those to roll back the gain, and get the chunk the hard earned way. the recorded tones are highly regarded(like most legacy tones), because of the popularity, and the originality of the material. if you play it right it will sound right homey.

Author:  Ricky Rockhardo [ Sat, Feb 16, 2019 9:27pm ]
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Another vote here for the 6505+.

I recently got a 6505 and for metal it is just so hard to beat, especially with a V30 loaded cab.

Author:  the4thlast1 [ Sat, Feb 16, 2019 11:19pm ]
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Metalmann13 wrote:
the4thlast1 wrote:
5152/6505+ will def do what you want , especially boosted with a 808 type pedal . They can be had cheap and I would prefer it over A Recto and a MarkV having owned all 3 the peavey just sounds right to me and is easy to dial in where the Mesa stuff is much more picky when it comes to pickups and speakers. Mark V was a big let down for me if you must go Mesa I would go with a Mark III in that price price range of $900 you mentioned. However once again the peavey is just flat out better for me, it cuts better in a live mix too and you can easily switch to a nice clean tone which is not as easy with the MK III .

I have been looking at the triple xxx and the 6505+, which do you think would be better for old Metallica tone?


Out of any peavey amp my vote is gonna be 6505+ , it just sounds right. Good clarity , tight bass , strong mids to cut through. I've owned too many amps to list, amps that cost 3-4x the price of a 6505+, for all styles of metal it kicks most amps ass IMO.

There is a reason why most recording engineers that cater to metal stick with the 5150 amps, they kill for the styles we are talking about. So yeah , thrash , metallica stuff, modern metal , old school and even extreme metal it can do all that stuff. Triple XXX isnt bad but it doesnt sit in the right pocket like the 6505+ does, XXX has a wider frequency range that can get out of control and not as defined and not centered in the right midrange. Thats my opinion , others might disagree because they need to clean out there ears , haha just joking nobody freak out :bleh:

Author:  riffermadness [ Mon, Feb 18, 2019 12:36pm ]
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rottingcorpse wrote:
Cheapest....Peavey XXX. Think Gary Holt/Exodus tone and boost the front with mids for that razor cut. A graphic eq and Decimator in the loop for final tone shaping and silencing the hiss. Holts tone cuts thru any mix,and harmonics jump off your fretboard like pubic lice from a 60's era bush set on fire. Pure thrash. Use the extra bux saved for good tubes.

Fuck the clean tone.

Yep,I agree..I had one last year and miss it a lot.

Author:  Bad.Seed [ Mon, Feb 18, 2019 2:06pm ]
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I own every amp in the poll except for a mark V. I should just do a shootout and post it here.

Author:  7 Stringer [ Mon, Feb 18, 2019 3:10pm ]
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On a side note, a used Peters FSM or Gryphon can get thrashy tones, and they can be had for a decent amount lately. Sure love mine and we play Slayer,Exodus, old Metallica..

Author:  LCW [ Tue, Feb 19, 2019 7:34pm ]
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Kinda suprised the poll choices didn't included choices like a JCM800 + tubescreamer, or JCM 900... To me, those deliver that old school Thrash (Sepultura, Anthrax, Slayer, etc.).

Author:  wIsEbLooD [ Tue, Feb 19, 2019 7:58pm ]
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Jcm 800 kk

Author:  Metalmann13 [ Tue, Feb 19, 2019 8:22pm ]
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LCW wrote:
Kinda suprised the poll choices didn't included choices like a JCM800 + tubescreamer, or JCM 900... To me, those deliver that old school Thrash (Sepultura, Anthrax, Slayer, etc.).

I have a AVT150H Valvestate and that kinda ruined Marshall for me.

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