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    Entirely New (well, about 4 months ago) Rig - Rivera content (clips & pics etc)

    Needed to shy away from the internet for a few... months? So haven't been particularly active. In that time my rig has pretty much evolved into an entirely different rig from when I last posted I think

    I know on that other site I posted a lot last year about trying different amps whilst working on music in lockdown. I bounced around a lot. Kind of hit a bit of a wall. I felt like I've just been trying the same 3-4 amps over and over again for the last 5 years.

    This popped up for sale on Reverb, and I just couldn't stop thinking about it. It was way out of my budget, even if I sold stuff, but I just had a gut feeling it was going to be some sort of magic sauce. There's absolutely zero buzz or hype around these amps besides a small pocket of people who actually own them and swear by them, and in this day and age that can only mean they're exactly up my street.



    Let me just begin by saying I haven't even thought about playing through another amp since I got this.

    I know Garrett always crows on about these any time someone even so much as looks at a Mesa/Boogie logo like the motherfucker that he is, but you know what? He wasn't wrong. All this time we really should have listened. It truly is a rectifier killer in every single way shape and form, from top to bottom.

    Having said that, if you're a rectifier lover like I am, you WILL love this amp. It will feel somewhat familiar to you right off the bat. Huge (and I mean huge) low end, but I'd say it's a more "useable" low end than a rectifier's (inasmuch that you don't have to dial it 3/4 of the way off ). It's less metallic in the top end too, and more powerful feeling. More refined, and much easier to dial in (though the tonestack is also similar in the way the B/M/T interract and influence one another).

    Each pot's full range is useable. It's not like "oh this sounds like shit on 3", or "you can't push that past 7 or it sounds like ass". The gain pot especially. The FULL range is useful. Doesn't mush up, even on 10, but has infinite sustain.

    This is a double-edged sword, however, because changing a dial by a factor of 1 can seriously change the tone of the amp. The mids especially.

    I boost mine with a Boss SD-1 to tighten it up (because, like a recto, it does need tightening if you want any kind of modern attack), but if you want huge stoner rock, or doom fuzz, or literally anything, it will do it. Easily the best high gain amp for pedals. It's raw and open, so you can shape it to whatever you want depending on what you put through it. Tight and attacking, or loose and fuzzy.

    Clean channel is godly. Proper Fender cleans. With the Mid dial push in it's a Fender Tweed circuit. When it's pulled out it's a Fender Blackface circuit. Best cleans of any high gain amp, period.

    I also got a new cab:



    Marshall 1960BV (V30s). And it sounds incredible with this amp. Perfect match. This amp is huge, zero fizz, and has a midrange bark that's the most angry sounding thing you've ever heard in your life.

    Anyway, enough chit-chat, I shoved my white Charvel in drop C and this is how it all sounds-:

    https://soundcloud.com/crowborn84/ri.../s-yVKQM49KrkF

    The mids on this thing sound so goddam thick. Even boosted, it's absolutely massive. Palm mutes feel fucking nuclear Huge huge huge tone. Love it.

    I've done a lengthy youtube video demoing this beast in all its glory. Just trying to find the time to edit it down and put in all those jump-cuts the kids love (#DONTFORGETTOSMASHTHATLIKEBUTTON!!!)
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    Last edited by Mattayus; 08-05-2021, 08:13 PM.

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    Originally posted by Mattayus View Post


    Anyway, enough chit-chat, I shoved my white Charvel in drop C and this is how it all sounds-:

    https://soundcloud.com/crowborn84/ri.../s-tMY2sZufyyZ


    Never been a Rivera guy, but that rips!
    Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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      #3
      Had the Rivera Knucklehead II years ago before I dabbled into digital and it was one of the best heads I ever had.

      Ran it through an oversized Mesa 4x12 and I remember it being one of the few times I had been truly content with my tone. Then, one gig we were sharing cabs with other bands, and I ended up putting it through a 1960 and was blown away. I threw my buddy an offer for the marshall cab shortly after but he's an asshole so he declined.

      What I liked about boosting that one was that like you said, the bass control is a hell of a lot more usable than the recto, so I could boost to really tighten up the attack but then throw some more bass in there to compensate.

      When I got the kemper I tried some Rivera profiles and none of them really cut it the way the head and cab did.

      Well fuck. Looks like I'm shopping now!
      Last edited by rghoarder; 08-05-2021, 08:48 PM.

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        #4
        I recall Garrett raving about these. Nice score man.

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          #5
          Sounds huge and killer solo man!

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            #6
            Clip sounds great , congrats. I have played one a few times at the same music store in NJ on each buiness trip I went on in the Northeast.... loved those amps. I just didn't have the need for 120w crusher like that at that time...pre-load box era. I've watched their site in hopes of a "mini" version or a screaming deal on a used one so my old ass could justify geting one lol.
            "Slow Hand"

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              #7
              That sounds great man! You still have the modded marshal?

              <-- adds new amp to saved search list
              Last edited by spilla; 08-06-2021, 12:02 AM.

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                #8
                I had an M60 for 15 years, which was the Slave to the Grind amp. Insane amps, insane flexibility.

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                  #9
                  These are outstanding amps. Really underrated.

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                    #10
                    Epic Win! And to hear you play : fucking great!

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                      #11
                      Is that Owen Wilson on your wah pedal?

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                        #12
                        Wow. That's amazing tone (and excellent playing too. Love how over the top it is. Sweet leads and riffs).

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Randy View Post
                          Is that Owen Wilson on your wah pedal?
                          Owahen Wahlson, I suspect.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by rghoarder View Post
                            Had the Rivera Knucklehead II years ago before I dabbled into digital and it was one of the best heads I ever had.

                            Ran it through an oversized Mesa 4x12 and I remember it being one of the few times I had been truly content with my tone. Then, one gig we were sharing cabs with other bands, and I ended up putting it through a 1960 and was blown away. I threw my buddy an offer for the marshall cab shortly after but he's an asshole so he declined.

                            What I liked about boosting that one was that like you said, the bass control is a hell of a lot more usable than the recto, so I could boost to really tighten up the attack but then throw some more bass in there to compensate.

                            When I got the kemper I tried some Rivera profiles and none of them really cut it the way the head and cab did.

                            Well fuck. Looks like I'm shopping now!
                            I pined after a Mesa cab for so many years, but with some amps you just cannot beat a 1960B (not a huge fan of the angled ones though), especially the V30 model. It's a fantastic match for this head. It's a tight, punchy cab, and in tandem with a thumping monster of a head like this you can't lose. Palm muting feels like you're taking a wrecking ball to the chest.

                            Find another Rivera!

                            Originally posted by spilla View Post
                            That sounds great man! You still have the modded marshal?

                            <-- adds new amp to saved search list
                            Nah, that went in favour of this, tbh. Regardless of the mods, you still can't quite shake the feeling that it feels like a modelling amp with a valve power amp. It's so hyper-compressed and responsive. Not even solidstates feel like that half the time. Just something a little phony about it. Great when you're recording or playing on your own I guess, but get in a band situation and it's kinda meh.

                            I do still have my bandmate's 410H at my place though, it's been kinda stuck here over the pandemic, and since we have no gigs he's in no rush to get it back, and I have fired it up from time to time. I prefer the crunch channel on it (which my 210H didn't have) as it's the closest thing to a 2203 JCM 800. But the OD channels (high gain)... I played through it and instantly turned it off. Fired up my Rivera again and was like "ahh that's better"

                            Not knocking that amp, I genuinely liked it, but it doesn't hold a candle to this K-Tre, not even slightly, so it had to go so I could replenish some of the funds I'd spunked on the Rivera!

                            Originally posted by Randy View Post
                            Is that Owen Wilson on your wah pedal?
                            Originally posted by Leon View Post
                            Owahen Wahlson, I suspect.
                            Indeed. Now I can make him go...



                            the way god intended.

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                              #15
                              This sounds awesome! I've always wanted to try one of these, but I've never seen them anywhere in the uk
                              .

                              So when are you selling it for another 5150?

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Adam View Post
                                This sounds awesome! I've always wanted to try one of these, but I've never seen them anywhere in the uk
                                .

                                So when are you selling it for another 5150?
                                Funny you should mention that, as I think that was the impetus for buying this amp . I bought a 6505 as a last resort, thinking I'll use it "for now" whilst I wait for something to come up. I really genuinely hated it. The H-S set-up in my Charvel could have been literally anything. I've never realised just how much that amp stamps on absolutely everything you put through it Like, the single coil just didn't sound like a single coil. Could have been an EMG 89.

                                There was a slight overlap between getting the Rivera and getting rid of the 6505, and in comparison it was an absolute joke.

                                Don't get me wrong, I'm not gonna start shitting on 5150's after years of using them, they're unbeatable for what they do. But after you've played an amp like this they just feel like a toy The clarity and definition this Rivera has is something I've just not experienced before.

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                                  #17
                                  I WILL NOT BUY THE ONE FOR SALE 5 MINS DRIVE AWAY I WILL NOT BUY THE ONE FOR SALE 5 MINS DRIVE AWAY I WILL NOT BUY THE ONE FOR SALE 5 MINS DRIVE AWAY I WILL NOT BUY THE ONE FOR SALE 5 MINS DRIVE AWAY

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Nick View Post
                                    I WILL NOT BUY THE ONE FOR SALE 5 MINS DRIVE AWAY I WILL NOT BUY THE ONE FOR SALE 5 MINS DRIVE AWAY I WILL NOT BUY THE ONE FOR SALE 5 MINS DRIVE AWAY I WILL NOT BUY THE ONE FOR SALE 5 MINS DRIVE AWAY
                                    Nad incoming.

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                                      #19

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by Nick View Post
                                        I WILL NOT BUY THE ONE FOR SALE 5 MINS DRIVE AWAY I WILL NOT BUY THE ONE FOR SALE 5 MINS DRIVE AWAY I WILL NOT BUY THE ONE FOR SALE 5 MINS DRIVE AWAY I WILL NOT BUY THE ONE FOR SALE 5 MINS DRIVE AWAY
                                        Nick https://fiscalresponsibility.page

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                                          #21
                                          That sounds fantastic! Nice score!

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                                            #22
                                            Stop it

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                                              #23
                                              I’m not even a huge fan of high gain amps these days and even I wouldn’t mind one of these. Really enjoyable amp to play and honestly might have the nicest clean sound I’ve heard on a high gain amplifier.

                                              www.terra.band

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                                                #24
                                                Originally posted by Ryan View Post
                                                I’m not even a huge fan of high gain amps these days and even I wouldn’t mind one of these. Really enjoyable amp to play and honestly might have the nicest clean sound I’ve heard on a high gain amplifier.
                                                Would it work in the same context you use your sunn?

                                                Reason I ask is because matt won't rest till I buy one of these fuckers and I'm obviously trying g to pretend I can't justify it whilst trying to justify it to myself at the same time

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                                                  #25
                                                  Sounds delicious. I love how crazy those heads look.

                                                  Clip sounds like C.O.C. & Kings X had a baby.

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