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Old 02-19-2013, 07:49 AM   #1
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Recommend Set Up For 70's - 80's Metal Sound

Hey, I've had my guitar and amp now for well over 3 years but I have never been able to get a true classic metal sound from the guitar or amp, something along the lines of Randy Rhoads sound to motley crew type deal,

I've got a Freedom Electric Guitar (I Know its a cheapy but thats all I can get for now) and a Adonis 30 watt amp, also a Boss heavy metal pedal and a mod tone extreme metal pedal. No hope with these trying to get a close sound to it,

Any Recommendations to what to get or how to set these up so it sounds better?
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:59 AM   #2
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Generic suggestion: JCM 800 and a second hand Kramer w/ floyd rose would cover your bases
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:11 AM   #3
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Sorry It's late,

As for budget its very little don't really have much to spare at the moment but nothing over 400 all up At least for a goal to get the gear,

New or used Does not matter as long as it works and more so home/recording over gig's

Closest city would be Mooloolaba or Brisbane

More so something cheap and easy to get so that i can just play and have it sound like it should rather than fiddle,

Hope this helps
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:13 AM   #4
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You won't find anything decent for $400. I'd try living with it for a little while, save up some more money and be patient to find something really nice.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:17 AM   #5
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Brisbane Australia?

You won't find anything decent for $400. I'd try living with it for a little while, save up some more money and be patient to find something really nice.


Yeah I have for the last 3 years and it's getting to the point where I want it to sound alot better then what I get,

What would you recommend be the first upgrade to get better amp/pedal/guitar etc?
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:27 AM   #6
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Definitely the amp. Save up roughly $1,000 and get a Marshall of some variant. 800's can be had for $1k, but you're more likely going to find a 900 SLX or a JCM2000 for that much. You just have to be patient.

Guitars come pretty good here, you should be able to find something for relatively cheap pretty easily. But definitely save up and grab yourself a better amp.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:27 AM   #7
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Amp will change your tone the most.

On a budget Marshall Class 5 is a Plexi-ish style amp and it takes pedals really well.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:28 AM   #8
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Alright I'll try and save, Thanks for the help
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:29 AM   #9
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Amp will change your tone the most.

On a budget Marshall Class 5 is a Plexi-ish style amp and it takes pedals really well.

I don't know that a Class 5 will get him to where he wants to go, if I was going to say anything on a budget it'd be a used Valveking. Unfortunately used amps are not typically easy to come by here and you need to spend the cash to get something.

Another alternative is a Jet City JCA22 or a JCA50. Those are nice on a budget.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:58 AM   #10
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JCM800 (or any amp based on that) + Tubescreamer as a boost and crank the damn thing should get you there. That combo was very popular in '80s metal.
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I don't know that a Class 5 will get him to where he wants to go, if I was going to say anything on a budget it'd be a used Valveking. Unfortunately used amps are not typically easy to come by here and you need to spend the cash to get something.

Another alternative is a Jet City JCA22 or a JCA50. Those are nice on a budget.

I was thinking 70's metal, which was mostly Plexi sounds. And all TS would need is a tube screamer and he will be in early Judas Preist territory.
The JCA 20 would work for 70 and 80's metal.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:16 AM   #12
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Since you said home and recording you could always consider something like a Pod. I've used one with cheap computer speakers in the past and it's not too shabby for a budget set up.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:15 AM   #13
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I'm also after that 80's metal sound, dude. It ain't easy to find. I've got my eyes open for several amps and at the moment I'm most keen on vox amps however I'm not sure which one in particular. I just know from my experiences with Vox amps that they have a really nice sound. Guitar wise anything with a decent humbucker should do the trick. I have several guitars but I guess my most 80's guitar is my bc rich gunslinger.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:19 AM   #14
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for home recordings.. amplitube/guitar rig or Waves GTR should be more than enough

but yeah, to get the real old school sound, u need the real old school shit
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:11 PM   #15
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There a plenty of pedals that will get you the JCM800 sound that defined the 80s. Zvex Box of Metal is a popular option. The ADA MP-1 rack preamp had a very similar sound and was big in the 80s. You can now get a pedal preamp designed for ADA by the same guy with a similar sound: http://www.adaamps.com/Products/ada-APP1/APP1.htm. ADA doesn’t seem to have a distributor in Oz, but you could always try to buy direct.

For something cheap and easy to find check out the Digitech Hardwire TL-2 pedal. It is not specifically designed for hair metal, but it has a great tone stack and if you keep it set to tight you should have no trouble setting it up for JCM800 and MP1 sounds.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:12 PM   #16
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although a Marshall JCM800 would be ideal if you are on a budget then consider a Peavey Valveking. they do a decent 70s -early 80s metal sound and with an overdrive can get you farther along. you're going to need another guitar as well.
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