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Old 2004-12-22, 09:41
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Review of my new Crate GX 130c head.

ok this head actually came to my fathers university.

So whent there to pick it up, holy tits was it heavy, nothing could of made dragging along campus fun, by the time i got to my vechile my arms were sore as hell.

So when i got home i began to unpack it.
HOLY TITS! is this head ever big, its waaaaaay bigger then id ever imagened, hell its even longer then my cab.

so i took this fucker out to my garage and plugged it in and the review starts here.

Features:8
this amp comes with 2 65 watt pre amps, although i only have one little input on my cab im pretty sure im only using one right now.
it also has stereo chorus, which is pretty much useless seeing how it sucks and all but hey who would buy this head for its chorus.
it also has reverb but then again so does a gym.
well besides the effects it has a Rhythm channel which is basically your clean and a Lead channel which is your Gain channel

Sound:7
Distortion is chunky has hell on riffs, gotta love it, at first though it kind of lacked in brutallity, but my BBE sonic maximizer fixed that right up.
heres where this head dissapointes abit....
The lead tone is abit harsh. Not near as good as the lead tone i was getting out of my line 6. hopefully i can find some way to smooth this problem out.
also its abit noisey when its turned it has a wicked painful hiss.

Reliability:10
This thing seems to be a tank......

Overall rating:8
excellent purchase
only a few disapointments
that being the lead tone it has, and all the noise you get, but i am kind of spoiled because my line 6 would never do that because it had a noise gate on it.
i kind of wish it had better eqing, but im about to get a MSP 1000 which should solve that
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Old 2004-12-22, 15:36
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ok now i realized that i was too hard on the lead tone in that review

its not THAT rough, just id like it to be a little smoother
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Old 2004-12-22, 18:40
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That is good that you finally got it, and that you are happy with it overall.

Mine is almost whisper quiet, even with the volume on 10, with my Jackson RR-4 with Emg 81/85's. I have a gate in my Digitech RP-7 but the damn Crate is so quiet I don't have to use it.
I am running the RP-7 in the effects loop solely for it's EQ (everything else is off, or on "bypass"). I don't know why, but the RP-7's EQ has made every amp I have run it through sound 1,000 times better. It almost seems to add fullness, even with everything set flat. It might just be something else in the RP-7 that is doing this, I really don't know. Don't really care, either, because the Crate sounds fucking insane with my current settings on the EQ, and that is all that matters.

Can't help you with the lead tone. In my 17 years of playing guitar I have never played a lead, and probably never will.
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Old 2004-12-22, 18:49
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Can't help you with the lead tone. In my 17 years of playing guitar I have never played a lead, and probably never will.

Damn, what gives?


And cool. I had been looking around for this amp. I bet its good, But I'd really want to try it out first before I bought it.
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Old 2004-12-22, 19:21
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Damn, what gives?




I have never liked listening to leads, so I never wanted to play them.
I love heavy rhythms, that is what made me want to play guitar.
I can remember listening to Maiden when I was younger and actually getting pissed whenever they would solo, I was like "get back to the song already!" lol

I find that in most cases, a player's lead tends to detract from the song, not add to it. I'm sure that I am in the minority there, but they just don't do anything for me.
I guess I was just born to play rhythm.
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Old 2004-12-22, 19:57
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I have never liked listening to leads, so I never wanted to play them.
I love heavy rhythms, that is what made me want to play guitar.
I can remember listening to Maiden when I was younger and actually getting pissed whenever they would solo, I was like "get back to the song already!" lol

I find that in most cases, a player's lead tends to detract from the song, not add to it. I'm sure that I am in the minority there, but they just don't do anything for me.
I guess I was just born to play rhythm.

haha, I think just the opposite.
I'm like "yes a solo!" then the solos over and i'm like "get back to the solos already!"
Listen to some Cacophony, then tell me leads suck.
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Old 2004-12-22, 22:40
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yeah im "yes,a solo!" guy too

this amp is fucking sweet, a little louder would be nice though.

now i just need a better cab........
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Can you tell that Jack Owen used one of these?
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Old 2004-12-22, 23:05
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uh yes this amp definatly screams cannibal corpse

i cant tell for sure if he used this one, but i have seen one in some videos that look like this head
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Old 2004-12-22, 23:30
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yeah im "yes,a solo!" guy too

this amp is fucking sweet, a little louder would be nice though.

now i just need a better cab........

try running her in stereo... it's set up for 2x65w, so i don't know if it's bridgable... if not then you're only running 65w s.s. mono into your cab... and if your cab is only a mono cab, a simply Y cable would fix the issue.
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Old 2004-12-23, 09:11
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yeah i only have 1 little input on my cab...

so right now theres only one little speaker cable coming out the crate


whats this Y cable you speak of?
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Old 2004-12-23, 13:27
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Its not the amp taht isnt loud enough its because you are pushing only one speaker. Hook it up to a 4x12 and youll see what I mean. Easiest way to get louder is to push more air, and you get more speakers to do that, not a new amp.
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Old 2004-12-23, 14:34
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now you look stupid

i have been hooking it up to 4x12
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Old 2004-12-23, 14:45
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Oh i misread, i thought you said only one speaker and not one speaker cable. I don't look stupid, its fucking fact, if you were to hook up a 60 watt head to a full stack it would be louder than if you hooked up that same head, only in a 120 watt version to a single cab.

You bought a crate...
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Old 2004-12-23, 14:58
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this crate blows the shit out of the Bv 120 i tried.........
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I'll say it again, you, paid money for a crate...
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Old 2004-12-23, 16:06
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whats this Y cable you speak of?

it's got two 1/4" male's on one side to come from both outputs of your head, then the other end of the cord only has one 1/4" male end on the other side to go into a mono cab... so basically you'd be making your stereo head into a mono head.
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I'll say it again, you, paid money for a crate...

i don't get it... crate makes nice stuff.
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Old 2004-12-23, 18:02
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cool, ill invest in one soon....

and dead i beleive this head had similar circutry(sp) to an Ampeg Vh 140 c which i do beleive were looking for one
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Old 2004-12-23, 18:11
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Old 2004-12-23, 18:13
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