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"My KASHA Rockmod head kicks ass. All three channels are perfect and represent three
“The ROCKMOD 50 watt head is amazing. I took it to a session for the first time. The producer and engineer both loved it and wanted to use it on the record. They also requested that I bring it back for later sessions. Great amp!”
"In the early `90 I ordered several Rockmods for diverse guitarists in Germany and the Netherlands. They all still play them, including me! Since 7 years I'm playing in a very successful German band, that`s called "Höhner" www.hoehner.com Now I`ve heard, that this Rockmod is alive again. Great!"
"From the second I tried it in my rig, I knew the Rockmod preamp had something special for me. It has been a major voice in every session I've done since."
"As one of the first to use the ROCKMOD back in the late 80s, the new ROCKMOD provides even more rich musical sounds coupled with the new RoBo-CAB making it a valuable tool either live or in the studio."
Harmony Central Reviews
The primary quality this amp has is "Character"...it takes the sound of your guitar & enhances it...really it does- -each of the guitars I use (70's Les Paul TV Special, Anderson Pro-Am, Zion Radicaster w/Bartolinis, Modulus Tele w/Bardens...main instruments) ALL sound better than they do through a standard (you name it brand) amp. Your effects also sound fuller & articulated.
This is a 3-channel, all tube preamp. The channels are, Clean, Crunch, and Burn. Cool names! Channel switching is awesome and very flexible. There are three ways to switch channels on this preamp, on the front panel there's a knob for manual switching, on the back of the unit there's a jack to connect the included footswitch, and then there's the 1/4" jacks to connect to a switching system...like with a Bradshaw or Axess switcher. The effects loop in this thing is great. It really adds warmth to my effects because it's an active, tube-buffered loop. It's great to get my effects out of the way and into the loop. It made my $100 BOSS delay pedal sound like an expensive studio rack delay. A friend of mine put his Line6 Pod XT pedalboard into the loop and it totally made a huge difference, for the better!
I really love this pre as it is very versatile. I have been told That Dann Huff(Giant,session ace,producer)used these at one point. It is a box of tones if you like to tweak a little. It is very friendly to rack fx and pedals in front of it. I think these pop up for 300-500 once in awhile but they are pretty rare. Way better that SP-77, Piranha(yuck!), MP-1, JMP-1(not versatile)I have heard it be compared to an IE4 wich I would love to try out.JakeMR
Shoot, I grew up with you guys in CA. You guys have always made a killer amp. Cant wait to visit you at NAMM. BTW, the cabs are off the hook!
Patrick, was great meeting you. It would have been great to get pictures of everyone's face of the before and after tones on the Epi Valve Jr and Super Reverb using the Quickmod. Priceless! Time after time all day long! All the gear sounded great!
The new Kasha stuff is amazing. I got to play on the 3ch head and the Epi with the QuickMod at NAMM and I was blown away. I had already ordered a RockMod-3 preamp before the show, but after hearing the head, with the switchable output sections and all, I had to switch my order to a head. I can't wait for it to get here. I've had basically EVERYTHING and this stuff rocks! Great work guys!
i have used this pre with about 20 different guitars over the years everything from a japanese squier strat to a shecter C1 blackjack. i play all kinds of music funk, metal , ska , blues , etc. it is not to noisy but i use it with a bbe sonic maximiser and symetrix compressor through the effects loop and then into a midiverb II out to a microverb 4, into any # of amps and cabs, this thing has punchy heavy saturated distortion and very fender style clean. the clean channel is very clean, you can get a slight distortion if you push it. i have used this for many years and i got rid of my modded marshall when i bought this. most guitar amps are not this versitale.
Finally got it mounted back in my rack and hooked up to the power amp. After a few minutes of dial turning I found a good base setting to build off of. The clean channel on the Kasha is spectacular. With the resonance and presence control on the Peavey power amp I can really dial in the sound. The initial attack thumps you in the chest and then the note just cuts like a razor sharp sword with a chocolat pudding aura around it. In other words, it makes you forget that there are still two other channels to play with on this thing. I didn't spend much time on the crunch channel, but it has a lot of gritty bite. Gave me a bit of a ZZ Tops vibe. The burn channel is where the action is. Tons of gain, huge body...none of the thin fizzy sound that comes out of a lot of hi-gain setups. The only thing I could ask for would be a little scoop on the midrange. I may be kidding myself, but I'm going to hook up a 10-band EQ and see if a little more shaping gets me where I want to be.
Huge Racks Reviews
Hi, I have a rockmod that I bought in about "93" new. ( Dan Huff recommended it) I recently pulled it out after about 10 years-it still sounds unbelievable.
All I can say is “The Rockmod head kicks ass”. The crunch is FAT and the burn is well ON FIRE! I used it tonight with a Maxon chorus and Echo Jr delay in the loop, that’s it and no overdrive on the front end! The fact that all I had to do was punch the burn button and I was in Yngwie lead heaven was unreal. No tube screamer or power screamer needed at all. It had a really nice tone, sustain and gain but the notes were distinct!
John, thanks for taking care of the amp! Thanks for everything. My words about you will be a true testament to what you do! Thanks!
This is Rene, the guitar player that came through with the groovy hat(smile), Thanks so much for giving your time to me, Your gear is great , and I;m hoping we can do something in the near future together. I know you're busy so get back to me when you can.
I'm located in sunny Athens,Greece! I'm a seasoned professional player(40 years old). I'm using a Top Hat Emplexador as well as other Marshall inspired amps. I'm looking for more and smoother sustain. I knew about your company and products from the 80's but my interest was sparked again by Andy Z's post at The Gear Page.
Thank you very much for your
advice and time about my
I was very impressed with your Model - RM50HD. I was checking your sound clips and they were incredible. I am very interested. Thank you for your time.
I have a rockmod preamp that i`m very pleased with........
I would like to know the price for the 50 watt dual mode head or a dealer in the Phoeniz AZ area. What I heard on the website sounded awesome.
John, I love your preamp man.
Hello – I met John in approx 1990 in LA and he had just finished a prototype midi controlled memory Rockmod ala Triaxis Soldano X99.
The unit I saw had a few bugs but was in the throws of being finalised before he left town
I love the sound clips on the web site but I still don't know if this preamp will be the "end all" that I hope it will be. Do you have a return policy if I find that it doesn't work out for me? Also, can you please tell me the price I'd pay if buying direct within the next few weeks.
I received the Kasha RM50HD on a Wednesday. I was anxious to play with it but was unable to due to the fact that my loudspeakers were all in the storage at the gig. So I sat and looked at it, talked to it, discovered where all the knobs were. So I thought “OK so I play tomorrow night, I need to get the settings dialed in” and I proceeded to use the basic settings that are shown in the manual.
That night went by and the next thing I know I was loading my new friend into the car to go to the gig! It was a bittersweet moment because over the last six months I have literally done this every week or two. The anticipation of a new amp had become the stress of hearing my band mates say “Another amp?” and laugh and joke and say the same old things that they usually say. “That thing will be on Ebay in a few days” or “dude save your money and buy a _____”
I arrived at the gig to the disappointment of a major thunderstorm. We play outside and the storm meant NO GIG! So instead of turning around andheading home I decided to pull out my speakers and just plug this amp in, no effects, no special reverb or delays, just a cable and the amp.
What I discovered was pure and utter surprise. The clean channel was glistening, it had the depth of any high dollar amp I have ever owned. The tones rang through effortlessly, almost made me think I had my piezo output going into the amp but I didn’t. I hit the crunch button and went into the most solid and tightly overdriven tone imaginable. NO pedal needed, no problem going from AC/DC to Dokken to even the more saturated metal sounds. The EQ was very responsive, it reacted a lot like a Midas console. If I wanted more highs it took very little adjustment to get it. All three channels have independent EQ.
The BURN channel was exactly what it says it is. I basically left the preset as it was n the manual and made a few minor eq changes to adjust for the difference in speakers. I use a custom 1X12 cab with EVM-12L speakers and the tone on the amp was the tightest and most enjoyable of any of the almost ten amps I have tried since March. I used some and had great chunk but were too fuzzy on leads, some had great clean but the overdrive was muddy. None handled the simplistic task of plugging in and playing the way the Kasha has!
I am not new to playing. I started gigging in 1986 and have played regularly on the club and regional touring circuit since then. The service and response from Kasha has been second to none and I can honestly say, without a doubt, that this amp is the most flexible amplifier I have ever owned and I plan on buying at least one more for my home rig!
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