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Randall Solid State Amplifiers / Re: RG 1503 arrived!
« on: July 19, 2012, 04:28:19 PM »
Unfortunately I know the RG100ES only from youtube clips. I don`t know how much of these amps made it to germany back in the day. But I never saw one on stage or on ebay.

All these clips differ so much in quality and sound, so I can`t give you a reliable answer on this. But I saw a clip in wich Kirk Windstein explains how he creates his sound with a Rg100ES an a Boss Metal Zone as a boost. If this clip does justice to the sound of the Rg I would say, that the RG1503 can deliver this sound.

Randall Solid State Amplifiers / Re: RG 1503 arrived!
« on: July 18, 2012, 05:09:36 PM »
Also I'm digging your band's songs!  right up my alley  8)

Thanks, glad you like it!

Well, I just returned from the second rehearsal with the new amp. I am just as excited as I was last time. You have to hear that thing to believe how good it is.  You can`t compare this amp with the G2 or G3 series.

Here are some impressions I postet to a board member who contacted me over pm:

Generally speaking, i would say that the RG1503 has a different approach than the T2/V2 amps. They successfully try to achieve the comlex tube sound. They sound like modern high gain tube amps. The RG1503 sounds basically like Dimebags Pantera sound. In Channel 3 you have a more modern voicing suitable for low tunings and seven string guitars. Channel 2 is more of a traditional gain channel. You can go from AC/DC like chrunch all the way to very saturated high gain. In between, add a short delay and you get Dokken with "Tooth And Nail".

@Wookieslayer: You don`t have to be afraid, that the RG1503 could be to scooped. In fact I used the scoop switch today, an it works fine. Its nothing like the G2 or G3 as I said before. Actually channel 3 has very strong mids. Through my V30 speaker it can get boxy. But I think thats because its voiced to fit 7 or 8 string guitars to achieve that farty djent sound some kids seem to like ;-)

Anyway, if you have any questions don`t hesitate to ask.


Randall Solid State Amplifiers / Re: RG 1503 arrived!
« on: July 17, 2012, 02:24:03 AM »
Here it is, sitting on his little brother, the RG 8040.

I played the amp during yesterdays rehearsal through my RS412XLT cab. It is awesome! First let me tell you, that the 150 Watt of the amp are more than enough for any situation. I let the other guitarist play over my V2 and the RG1503 had absolutely no problems to compete against the 400 watt of the V2. We play Death Metal ( and therefore we have to rehearse with a certain volume to be able to stand up against the drums.

In fact I had the channel volume short before half and the same with the master volume. I played it into the 4 Ohm input. But you won`t have issues with playing into 16 Ohms. This head is loud. Believe me, you certainly don`t have to wait for some 300 watt version or something.

I have played several SS Heads and hybrids in the past. But the RG1503 is different. This amp really moves air. It produces this kind of tangible sound that tube amps produce.

I don`t know what Randall has done in the past with amps like the RG 100G2 or the G3 Series. But this amp stands above them in terms of power and the abillity to cut through.

The sound ist very unique. It is raw but also very precise. It does not sound like a tube amp. But not because it fails to emulate a tube amp, but because Randall has fully embraced SS technology again. This Amp is for people who want to play SS because they want an SS sound. And thats great. Anybody who wants to play tube can afford a tube amp these days. So there is no more need for cheap SS amps emulating the amp that you canĀ“t afford.

I will continue to post impressions about the amp. I hope I could shed a little light on this amp.

BTW: Check the review of espguitarlover on youtube. This guy nails it down. Much better than I could do because I`m not a native speaker.

Randall Solid State Amplifiers / RG 1503 arrived!
« on: July 16, 2012, 12:36:02 PM »
Hey folks,

today my RG 1503 arrived. Randalls german distributor was so kind to send me one of the first to test it.

Now I need the confirmation of one official person, that I can run it without a cabinet or load to record at home with impulse responses.

Now I`m leaving for band rehearsal. I will post my first impressions as soon as I return!

Randall Speaker and Isolation Cabinets / Mic-Eliminator
« on: May 08, 2012, 06:10:00 AM »
Hi There,

just want to tell you, that I played the first three gigs with my new Randall RS412XLT cab. This cab is the perfect match for my V2. But it is the Mic-Eliminator feature, that makes it superior to any other cabinet. I introduced this feature to the local FOH guys. They were all sceptical at first, but then we tried it during soundcheck and everybody was surprised and convinced. The sound is great and its easier for them to do the mix without having other noises through the mic.

We play most of the gigs with the same billing. On all the nights the other bands guitarplayers used my cab as well. They didn`t even noticed that the cab was not miced but connected directly to the mixing desk.

I will continue to use the Mic-Eliminator only. It sounds great and I have the same sound every night and don`t have to depend on local FOH guys and their cab micing skills.

Randall Solid State Amplifiers / Great sound clip of a Randall V2N
« on: April 30, 2012, 06:55:41 PM »
Hi everybody,

I`m a V2 Player myself and never found a decent clip of this amp. But finally someone made a really good recording. Check it out:

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