Originally Posted by lobsty
I had no trouble getting really good loud clean sounds, but I was using a strat with vintage style pickups and the 100 watt model... no probs at all. I used it through a Marshall 2x12 and sounded fantastic. For the gig I used it Opeth style (ie: running the amp clean and using pedals for dirt and gain, not Opeth style music at all) but I did get time in soundcheck to try the amps gain too - again, it sounded great like this too. And yeah, Paul Gilbert is about the only shredder that really rocks - he is the maaaaan.
Paul Gilbert, is the only guy who is like virtuouso status, but never seems like he takes it seriously, just has fun! Love his work!
I was running it through a Marshall 1965A for the longest time, a 4x10, had quite a huge sound when cranked! I use amp distortion, and not many amps have an over the top like the GH and VH series Laney amps do! I ran 6L6s, kept the resonence switch on all the time, and ran a SD Invader in a Les Paul knockoff! Think Mastodon, and thats the tone I pretty much had!
I think the Laney took pedals a LOT better then any JCM900 I've played through. The 900s always seemed finacky unless the user knew that sweet spot.... I mean, if you like Marshall tone, straight up 90's stuff, a JCM900 or 800 will get that, plain and simple, thats it, marshall tone. I don't know, the Laney just sounds so much more fuller to my ears... With EL34s, the Laney ripped off Van Halen riffs almost perfectly, no boost required. But to each their own.... When I think of JCM900s, all I think of is early Silverchair, Pixies, Swervedriver, and I've seen heavy bands with them, just didn't cut as well as I'd think being a marshall, maybe it's just my ears....
DemoColorScheme, try out what you want, your ears are going to tell you what you want, and honestly, most european amps I've played, are almost night and day between 6L6s/5881s and EL34s, some even with 6550s which make a fuller sound. Tubes make a difference, let your ears do the deciding though on what works for you soundwise, and go from there