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If you had one pedal/amp combination to cover as many bases as possible....


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What would it be? 

 

My interest is in getting some wide preset coverage initially up front so I can implement this into my shows, and then work on more detailed presets later. 

 

I'm looking for a patch that will cover these areas (some are duplicated):

 

Preset 1 - I label this my 'Dance' Preset

Snap 1 - Clean - would like this to be an actual clean, JC120 comes to mind, but not sure how well that would build into the next ones

Snap 2 - Gritty - Slight breakup when strumming chords, picking notes would have a touch grit to them (essentially) a dirty clean sound

Snap 3 - Classic - This would be probably in the Plexi range nothing too gainy, I like to reference Boys Are Back in Town kinda feel

Snap 4 - 80's - This would be a boosted version of the Snap 3 setting. 

 

Preset 2 - I label this my 'Rock' Preset

Snap 1 - Clean - Either Clean or the typical Rock Clean with a touch of grit on it

Snap 2 - 80's - This would be similar to a Plexi/800 type sound

Snap 3 - Boosted 80's - This would be a boosted Modern type sound of a Plexi/800

Snap 4 - Modern - This would be a heavier Recto type sound, little more bass chunk

 

 

So, I know I mention Plexi/800 amps and the JC120, but that's only cause those are the models I'm familiar with by name/ear mostly.  Are there any Amp models that with the addition of a pedal in front could cover each of the 4 snaps in that preset?  Of course Eq'ing will help with Preset 2/Snap 4.  It's mainly finding a single Amp to cover from the 'clean' to 'boosted' realm well. 

 

When I first started with my Fractal Ultra years ago, I did this with a Badger 30 (or was it a 15?), with a volume block in front or using the guitar volume was able to get a convincing clean/gritty and full volume got me into the 80's realm...add a pedal and it was saturated just right. 

 

Like I said just looking for a spot to start with to get me gigging with this until I can dive in with more depth as I'm just not familiar with a lot of the specific models in the Helix. 

 

 

Thanks in advance, Cheers!!

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The Plexi Bright model is one of my top 3 favorites on Helix. I play a LOT of clean with that model, but is has the added benefit of getting really crunchy. 

 

If you are already really familiar and comfortable with the Plexi, I believe it will do everything you are looking for in your post, except for maybe "modern". 

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To me the HiWatt would probably be my choice in that situation, primarily because it's traditionally been known for having more of a pure vanilla base sound that is good at reflecting an accurate representation of any pedals that are used with it.  There was a time it was the "go to" amp for just about any purpose be it Doobie Bros, Hank Williams Jr, Aerosmith, Isley Bros. or anything in between.  An extraordinarily versatile amp.

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The Plexi Bright model is one of my top 3 favorites on Helix. I play a LOT of clean with that model, but is has the added benefit of getting really crunchy.

 

If you are already really familiar and comfortable with the Plexi, I believe it will do everything you are looking for in your post, except for maybe "modern".

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+1 for the plexi bright model, very usable form clean to crunch and in to lead with lets say the minatour or other overdrive.

I usually have the TS808, Minotaur, and Timmy to choose from on my presets. 

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The Cali IV Lead can cover clean to mean in one entire preset. I've got a single preset that covers jazz, funk, country, blues, punk, tight metal, loose metal,

ambience, you name it, it can do it.

After you're post i made a preset with the cali 4lead , 4 snapshots clean/crunch/drive and lead, i think i have a new favourite.

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The Cali IV Lead can cover clean to mean in one entire preset. I've got a single preset that covers jazz, funk, country, blues, punk, tight metal, loose metal,

ambience, you name it, it can do it.

After you're post i made a preset with the cali 4lead , 4 snapshots clean/crunch/drive and lead, i think i have a new favourite.

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I agree with all of the above. For your Preset 1, I'd also suggest experimenting with the Divided Duo (Div/13), which I've been using like this recently. Since it has two gain controls, it has a very wide variety of tones just by working with those. I think the concept is that one of the gains controls a preamp tube like you might find in a Fender and the other gain controls a preamp that is set up more like a Vox, and you can blend the two. It might not be ideal for your Preset 2, but I've never actually tried to get high-gain out of it, so I don't know how that would sound. You'd probably need a DS2 pedal or something like that for the heavier stuff. 

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The Cali IV Lead can cover clean to mean in one entire preset. I've got a single preset that covers jazz, funk, country, blues, punk, tight metal, loose metal, ambience, you name it, it can do it.

Hey Is this on custom tone, I would to play this preset!

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Matchless is literally the only amp I need in Helix. I adore it. I generally use Ch 1, because I don't go full on with distortion very much. But if there's a sound that can't be made with the Matchless Jump model (through a dual cab with the two matchless hybrid cabs)... I probably don't want to hear it.

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