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Old 12-31-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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Hey UGers,

I've got a no name brand V. The Humbuckers in it are alright, but I feel I could make it sound a lot better by replacing them (I don't really have much experience with humbucker sounds since I've only ever owned a S/S/S Strat before this). I'm not even sure what brand my humbuckers are.

I'm looking for cheap PASSIVE pickups that'll get the job done. I'd like to keep the price under $150 too.

The kind of stuff I play is melodic death metal, sludge metal, and black metal:







Also, here's a video of me playing a doom metal song with this guitar so you know what it sounds like:
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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A D-Activator in the bridge would probably sound tasty.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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What kind of amp do you have?

The amp is going to change tone more than pickups.

but, if you're dead set on pups, D Activator would be my choice.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:27 PM   #4
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What kind of amp do you have?

The amp is going to change tone more than pickups.

I have a Fender frontman 25r amp.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:29 PM   #5
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as mentioned already, your amp is going to be a much more important part of the equation here. based on the video, your sound is a bit muddy and lacking in highs, so adjusting your amp properly could make a huge difference
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:07 PM   #6
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Changing your amp is a much better solution

It simply affects you tone more than the pickup in your guitar
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What amp do you suggest?
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:35 PM   #8
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^Budget? new or used? Any preference for tube/modelling? Any pedals? Location?
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:44 PM   #9
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I'm just gonna go ahead and recommend the Vyper.

Until we get a budget. until then, Vyper.
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^Budget? new or used? Any preference for tube/modelling? Any pedals? Location?

$200
Either new or used, doesn't matter
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:16 PM   #11
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I've read many threads where people keep praising the Vypyr as the ultimate amplifier for a guitarist on a budget. I see such recommendations so often that I'm starting to think that most people in here are somehow affiliated with Peavey (btw 5150/6505 are also frequently recommended even when the person asking for advice is not looking for ultra high-gain tones). To me, Peavey Vypyrs are the same bunches of digital crap as any other modeling amp. People always bash such amps as blackstar ht series and say that there is solid state crap going on here, but FFS there is still more "tube power" there than in any modeling amp out there. I am personally not a fan of these blackstar amps as I think they sound pretty thin, but I also think that so frequently recommended Peavey Vypyr is not so much better.

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Never once have I seen it be referred to as the ultimate amp. It's a damn good one though. Peavey is highly regarded as having some of the best metal amplifiers on the market. The Vyper happens to be a good amp and can be had for relatively low prices on the used market.

The 6505/6505+/5150 gets recommended so much because it can cover a lot of genres. It won't have Fender or Vox style cleans, but for thrash, black, death, whatever type of metal you want to play it can handle it, I had one, it can do more than ultra high gain. It's marketed as such an amp, but isn't limited to ultra high gain. If people here are/were affiliated with Peavey, they wouldn't recommend Orange or Marshall, that's just poor business. Have you ever played a 6505 long enough to tinker with the tones you can get from it? Judging from your statement I'd guess not.

On topic: Not sure about used prices, but look into Randall stuff. They make some quality solid state amps. Although tube would suit you better in the long run. Personally, tube distortion sounds better than ss distortion.
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I'll look into that, thanks.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:35 PM   #14
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I've read many threads where people keep praising the Vypyr as the ultimate amplifier for a guitarist on a budget. I see such recommendations so often that I'm starting to think that most people in here are somehow affiliated with Peavey (btw 5150/6505 are also frequently recommended even when the person asking for advice is not looking for ultra high-gain tones). To me, Peavey Vypyrs are the same bunches of digital crap as any other modeling amp. People always bash such amps as blackstar ht series and say that there is solid state crap going on here, but FFS there is still more "tube power" there than in any modeling amp out there. I am personally not a fan of these blackstar amps as I think they sound pretty thin, but I also think that so frequently recommended Peavey Vypyr is not so much better.

Just my 2c

Peavey Vypyrs are suggested because they are one of the best modeling amps around. If someone is on a budget and wants a lot of effects people will suggest the Vypyr or the Mustang. No one here has ever claimed it's the ultimate amp.

I also don't see how you can call Vypyrs digital crap considering they're analog.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:51 PM   #15
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If you want cheap, check out dragonfire pickups. I have an old set of screamers and they are really really good for the money. I was playing some maiden and Greatful Dead with my beater Bich that has those in it today. I also use that guitar tuned down to B and they work good for that also. I.E. Prong,fear factory

Duncan Invaders would be good too.

Both will be better than whats in the guitar and will make a difference with any amp.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:57 PM   #16
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I've read many threads where people keep praising the Vypyr as the ultimate amplifier for a guitarist on a budget. I see such recommendations so often that I'm starting to think that most people in here are somehow affiliated with Peavey (btw 5150/6505 are also frequently recommended even when the person asking for advice is not looking for ultra high-gain tones). To me, Peavey Vypyrs are the same bunches of digital crap as any other modeling amp. People always bash such amps as blackstar ht series and say that there is solid state crap going on here, but FFS there is still more "tube power" there than in any modeling amp out there. I am personally not a fan of these blackstar amps as I think they sound pretty thin, but I also think that so frequently recommended Peavey Vypyr is not so much better.

Just my 2c

Sounds to me like you're the biased one here.

Suggest a tube amp that matches the Vypyr(for high gain) for under $200.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:32 AM   #17
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EDIT: Oh, you want a tube amp. No, no such thing, I must admit.

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:42 AM   #18
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It's Death Metal. Just use the raunchiest distortion you can find through a Bass Cab.
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You might be able to score a crate blue voodoo combo for that price, valve king or a vypyrtube not including shipping, Also you can grab Randall combos as well. Check out tx, eBay, pawn shops, cl you might find something cool.
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EDIT: Oh, you want a tube amp. No, no such thing, I must admit.




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