I'm trying to get a good metal tone like Killswitch Engage, Arch Enemy, etc. My current rig can get close but I want the real deal. What amp(s) do you recommend to get this type of sound? Keep in mind I would like to keep my existing Marshall 1940A cab to keep costs down.
I've read that Killswitch uses the Framus Dragon top and AE uses Crank amps, but I'm open to anything that will give me the sound I want. Is the Framus Dragon a lower gain version of the Cobra? Will a Mesa or VHT give me the same (or better) sound?
My current gear: Marshall JCM-900 2100 SL-X with GT E34Ls, 1940A 4x12 cab, Peavey Rockmaster tube pre, and a Behringer DEQ-2496 programmable EQ (this thing is awesome). For my heavy sounds I run the Peavey through the EQ then into the FX loop return. I can get a reasonably good Killswitch tone using the EQ, but I have to kill much of the high-end because the Peavey has a lot of white noise in that region. I thought about getting a different preamp, but I have not found any that will do the job. Maybe the TriAxis? BTW, most of my guitars have EMG active but I do have one with Duncans.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
-=- Gear -=-
Guitar -> DMC GCX Switcher -> Marshall JCM-900 2100 SL-X (4 x Groove Tubes E34Ls, 4 x 12AX7's) --> Marshall 1940AV 4x12 w/V30's
GCX Loops: [ Loop 1 -> Alembic pre
DMC Ground Control + exp pedal
=-= Guitars =-=
Jackson SL2H (EMG81's), ESP LTD MH-307 7-string (EMG 707's), Ibanez RGT-32FM (S.Duncan JB/Jazz), 1960 Fender Strat (S.Duncan s.coil)