When I play personally with my own band, I mainly play a RedPlate standard Magica head with a “blackface” clean. I chose this amp because it fits my personal playing style, as well as the style of the music being played. I do not spend a lot of time on the clean channel, but when I need clean, it has to be sparkly clean and the blackface tone fits that need perfectly. As far as drive goes, I basically live on drive 2 and change my pick attack and guitar volume for cleaner sounds for the different songs we perform. I normally play classic rock and blues rock (think Gary Moore) and that is what I am shooting for most of the time. Currently, I play the Magica with a RedPlate 1x12 loaded with a Celestion Creamback 65, but I am constantly trying different speakers. I prefer lower output humbuckers and use the gain of the amp for my tone. If I need a bit more push, I have been using an Arc Effects Klone v2 lately. The Magica’s drive sound is exactly what I want as far as feel and how it cleans up. I can go from Led Zeppelin II to early Van Halen, just with my pick attack and guitar volume and that is exactly what I need.
If you need help determining what RedPlate Amp will fit your playing, get in touch! We would love to help you narrow the choices. — Keith
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