Submitted April 25, 2015 by Jimmy G in Alpine, TX
"Dude, it's those 12's!!!"
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It's unreal how much metal is in this amp...with the 2x12's, it just wants to rock out with my humbucker guitars. Certainly enough power to jam with a drummer or do a good size venue. The build quality is exceptional, feels like a tank. I absolutely love the features & ease of use.
I could use this amp for some country or jazz gigs/jams but I would want to bypass the preamp with my Line6 hd500x effects pod & pull some clean amp modulation to run through this bad boy. With a Strat/Tele type guitar & the right tweeks on the EQ that it can do those country/jazz crystal clear sounds. But who comes to Randall for country/jazz cleans? You come to Randall to rock someone's ass.
With my humbuckers this amp takes me from oldies rock n roll clean to channel 3 earsplitting distortion. So I'm very happy with it and pleasently surprised that I may be using Randall's preamp much more than the 500x's preamps. And the footswitch the amp comes with makes all of that possible.
I absolutely love the features. The EQ is so much nicer than the basic 3 button (high, mid, low) that you find on beginner amps. The bass boost really will give your lows a punch (don't run the bass boost with the bass at max, it'll damage the speakers). The mid scoop is an eargasm for any metal head. And a presence can bring out the highs.
I prefer speakers with reverb to anything you can get from an effects pedal. So I love this amp.
The effects loop was the selling point for me. I was like, a Randall solid-state 2x12 amp with an effects loop to utilize my hd500x? Gimme, gimme, gimme.
Ease of Use
Ohhhh, this is so easy to use compared to a Line6 Spider. Just dial in your tone & get on it. The Line6 hd500x is intricate enough without adding a whole other complicated setup into the mix.
Absolutely built like a tank. I can see why it comes with caster wheels...you would need a roadie just to carry this around. I imagine this will be the last amp I will ever need to buy.
Compared to other amps in it's price range, I believe I got a steal.
No need to deal with manufacturer support. But after seeing the quality they put into the amp I have full trust in the Randall name.
The Wow Factor
EVERYTHING IS WOW!!
The look is WOW!! Visible speakers behind metal grate, white "graffiti stenciled" X's behind the dials, the channel light indicators, and the Randall logo just scream out METAL!!!
The sound is WOW!!! I'm upset that I never made the leap to 12's before this. Finally the search for that low-end crunch is over. And with the mid scoop the seemingly eternal search for that Dimebag tone is found!! The sound is sooo great that I'm even WOW'd by the footswitch. At first I could care less about the footswitch. But then I seen it controlled the reverb so I was ok with it. After hearing the Randall I'm stoked that I can switch through 3 great tones.
The features & quality are a WOW!!! Effects loop, reverb, simple EQ, solid build
Playing guitar about 15 years mainly for myself or the occasional garage band
Mainly Rock, Blues, Metal & Grunge. Dabble a little in country, R&B & Pop.
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