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post Apr 7 2009, 04:20 PM
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what do you guys think about the XXX?

from youtubes i only see heavy heavy sound demos...what about cleans and what not?

the reason why im asking is because someone offered me one, with a built in attenuator, and a chunk of cash for my mesa..i think value wise its a good deal, what about tone wise?


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post Apr 7 2009, 04:38 PM
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Well, those are two very different amps. The XXX is far more modern sounding, I'd say even a bit fizzy. It can produce some quite good higain sounds but I don't know about the rest. So I assume it's not a very good amp for clean/crunch stuff. The XXX is probably more suitable for metal than the mark I. And well I'm sure you know the Mark I far better than I do. But why do you want to get rid of it?

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post Apr 7 2009, 06:14 PM
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QUOTE (29a @ Apr 7 2009, 11:38 AM) *
Well, those are two very different amps. The XXX is far more modern sounding, I'd say even a bit fizzy. It can produce some quite good higain sounds but I don't know about the rest. So I assume it's not a very good amp for clean/crunch stuff. The XXX is probably more suitable for metal than the mark I. And well I'm sure you know the Mark I far better than I do. But why do you want to get rid of it?

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I just searched the youtubes and found a video where the owner runs through all his channels. I do not he had it loud enough to really discern the tone quality, especially on a tube amp that needs plenty of power to get the full push of the tubes out in the form of a round tone.

I am partial to Mesa's every time.

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I just searched the youtubes and found a video where the owner runs through all his channels. I do not he had it loud enough to really discern the tone quality, especially on a tube amp that needs plenty of power to get the full push of the tubes out in the form of a round tone.

I am partial to Mesa's every time.


Specifically the Rectifiers. I think the Mark series seems really heavy on the mid-range and sound too much like those cheap Marshall MG's (or whatever the $600 half-stack model) is they sell.
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post Apr 7 2009, 06:26 PM
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If you get a modded XXX and some cash then I woulf definitely go for the Peavey. It has some awesome high gain sounds (Soulfly's Max Cavalera plays them) aswell as a good hardrock crunch and a similiar clean to the Mesa Mark I.

Listen to Black Stone Cherry (Southern Rock Newcomer Band) The lead guitarist plays a XXX and gets some really good rock tones from it!


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post Apr 7 2009, 08:10 PM
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Peavey XXX is a great metal amp, and I think you should take it into consideration. But don't rush in - first check all the details properly. How old is this amp, did the guy use it a lot for gigs, studio etc. Also go to the store and try one out if you have a chance, or ask the guy to try it at his place/studio. Trying out the amp before you buy it is a must. See how the attenuator is working, and what kind of attenuator is that. Check the cab that you get with it - is it any good? The cab is very important part of the sound, so see how it behaves with that head. If you like the sound, you find it suitable for your music, and all other things are OK with it - then possibly you can consider getting it.


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post Apr 7 2009, 10:16 PM
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If I understood things right you're not all satisfied with your Mark I so why not make the switch?

I wasn't aware it came with a built in attenuator though, but with 120W it'll be useful! Like Ivan says, make sure you try it before you proceed.


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post Apr 7 2009, 10:34 PM
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I like the Mesa Mark I better..
I've tried the XXX too, it's a good modern amp, just not my cup of tea smile.gif
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