In searching for the "perfect post metal tone" I had decided that only an orange would do. The thick low mids etc etc. I since sold almost everything in order to get that amp. I have had one guy who keeps sitting on the fence with my peavey rage 258. He is just starting and has one of those first act 3 inch speaker amps. So he says he will buy it and keeps backing out. I still have it in my possession until he decides he wants it again. Anyway... I have recently been inspired by kevlar3000s older solid state videos.... when he is playing big stan into the $75 peavey head. I was always a tube only guy. I plugged into my little peavey (that's 25 watts and a single 8 inch speaker) and was determined to sound really good. No matter what. I was not going to be a tube snob anymore.
So I plugged into the little guy with only a memory toy in front to add some space (there is no reverb on the amp) and I got some really cool tones. I really messed with the controls and knobs on the guitar... I was getting a good variety of blues and rock sounds out of it. I actually really dug the cleans I was getting. Sounded really lush with the toy and I was very happy. I added a bit of the amps overdrive and wrote a song that sounds awesome!! My dad never pays attention to me playing guitar and today he walked in my room and asked if I just made that up or if it was a song or what. He said it sounded pretty good. WTF? After all that jamming on the HR deville... and with all those expensive pedals and everything... this is the first time. I was really happy.
Now the bad part was that the 8 inch speaker got really farty when I dug in and the sound was pretty one directional. You know how when you have a stack the sound is just all around you? Well this was just coming from a little area. Just straight ahead. It bummed me out but it wasn't a big deal. What do you expect out of a 8 inch speaker.
Anyway I just wanted to share this because I think now when I get an amp or pedal or guitar or anything I'll really mess with it to get some good sounds. I won't have a SS be my main amp any time soon but I will no longer be a snob and I may actually buy a SS if the price is right in the future. It's just music after all..... and you can make music out of a solid state amp.