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    Default Getting a new amp... down to two. HELP!

    Alright... I am down to two amps for my next purchase. I am playing in a band again and gigging regularly so my Roland Cube 60 is no longer cutting it.

    I could go for a Rivera Knucklehead 55. This is the original model, no reverb, just a 55 watt, 2 channel head. Each channel has a boost.

    Other choice is a Rivera Knucklehead 2. Its a 100 watt beast. Boosts on each channel, also no Reverb. There is a little more gain on this one and it has an added bass boost on the OD channel and a mid scoop on the OD channel...

    The Knucklehead 2 costs about $300 more, but is in better shape. The knucklehead 55 has some marks in the tolex but functions fine.

    Thoughts? Knucklehead 55 can be had for $500.

    THANKS!

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    I'd go with the Knucklehead. Hope this helps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRocks View Post
    I'd go with the Knucklehead. Hope this helps.

    Are you being a knucklehead? Both choices are of the knucklehead variety ! LOL

    The Knuckle 2 is the the one my friend. Although in my opinion nothing beats the Marshall JCM 800. I happen to own a JCM 2000 DSL, so what do i know?

    Good luck man, honestly i would play them side by side and just determine whether the tone difference justifies the extra 300 bones.

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    I would like to introduce a third option...Splawn Quickrod...nuff said.
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    what van said.

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    "Why you knucklehead!"



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    Quote Originally Posted by kaystayflaar View Post
    Alright... I am down to two amps for my next purchase. I am playing in a band again and gigging regularly so my Roland Cube 60 is no longer cutting it.

    I could go for a Rivera Knucklehead 55. This is the original model, no reverb, just a 55 watt, 2 channel head. Each channel has a boost.

    Other choice is a Rivera Knucklehead 2. Its a 100 watt beast. Boosts on each channel, also no Reverb. There is a little more gain on this one and it has an added bass boost on the OD channel and a mid scoop on the OD channel...

    The Knucklehead 2 costs about $300 more, but is in better shape. The knucklehead 55 has some marks in the tolex but functions fine.

    Thoughts? Knucklehead 55 can be had for $500.

    THANKS!

    Is there a difference in the tone?

    I've not played either one, but with what you posted, I'd go for the cheaper one without the mid scoop.

    Have you ever heard mids scooped in a recording? Ever heard Mark Tremonti live? You can barely hear him because he wants so much bass and there are no mids. Horrible tone.

    I've always found it funny that the guitar is a midrange instrument and you NEED midrange to cut through a mix, but the first thing us guitarists want to do is dial out all the midrange. And then we wonder why we sound so crappy on recordings...funny.

    Anyway, get the 55. With the 100 watter, you only get +3 decibels more and you'll get a little more headroom on the clean channel, which I bet will get used the least anyway. Plus, if you are a bedroom player, you might get to crank the master higher than say, 1 on the dial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mk5 View Post
    Is there a difference in the tone?

    I've not played either one, but with what you posted, I'd go for the cheaper one without the mid scoop.

    Have you ever heard mids scooped in a recording? Ever heard Mark Tremonti live? You can barely hear him because he wants so much bass and there are no mids. Horrible tone.

    I've always found it funny that the guitar is a midrange instrument and you NEED midrange to cut through a mix, but the first thing us guitarists want to do is dial out all the midrange. And then we wonder why we sound so crappy on recordings...funny.

    Anyway, get the 55. With the 100 watter, you only get +3 decibels more and you'll get a little more headroom on the clean channel, which I bet will get used the least anyway. Plus, if you are a bedroom player, you might get to crank the master higher than say, 1 on the dial.

    agreed, do you really need 100watts?
    sure the extra headroom may come in useful but if you're not playing larger venues then it probably wont be an issue.
    i'd save the extra couple of hundred bucks n buy some good quality cables n other gear...and some beer!
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