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Old 02-26-2013, 04:01 AM   #1
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Hello all.

I've decided to bank my cash on the Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom, as that was the only guitar (except for the strat, which won't fit in my budget because I want other equipment too) which felt most great in my hands.

Just a couple of questions before I decide on my final list of equipment :

1. The post-2011 models of the Epi Zakk Wylde Les Paul come with a set of Zakk Wylde EMG 81/85 humbuckers, which when I played were awesome, but for me lacked the feel, brightness and the 'twine-quack' factor that passives do.

One of my friends owns a pre-2011 model which have the EMH HZ H4 passives installed. Do you think I should consider swapping the Zakk Wylde Pickup set with a set of EMG H4 and H4A?

My style of music - Texas Blues, Chicago Blues, Pink Floyd, Led-Zep, Zakk Wylde (I love his tone), Malmsteen, Rhoads and the slightest bit of metal music.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:23 AM   #2
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Hello all.

I've decided to bank my cash on the Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom, as that was the only guitar (except for the strat, which won't fit in my budget because I want other equipment too) which felt most great in my hands.

Just a couple of questions before I decide on my final list of equipment :

1. The post-2011 models of the Epi Zakk Wylde Les Paul come with a set of Zakk Wylde EMG 81/85 humbuckers, which when I played were awesome, but for me lacked the feel, brightness and the 'twine-quack' factor that passives do.

One of my friends owns a pre-2011 model which have the EMH HZ H4 passives installed. Do you think I should consider swapping the Zakk Wylde Pickup set with a set of EMG H4 and H4A?

My style of music - Texas Blues, Chicago Blues, Pink Floyd, Led-Zep, Zakk Wylde (I love his tone), Malmsteen, Rhoads and the slightest bit of metal music.


HZ H4's are terrible IMO. go for one with actives (81/85 IIRC)
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:25 AM   #3
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...but for me lacked the feel, brightness and the 'twine-quack' factor that passives do.


For $700, you should be able to find a decent guitar with passives if thats really the sound you want.

Where do you live?

What is your total budget, broken down by what you want to buy (guitar, amp, etc.)?

Are you willing to buy used?
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:49 AM   #4
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Go for the actives and lower the pickups so they are further from the strings. Most shops set active pickups as close to the strings as possible to get the most output, but this also reduces clarity. Backing the pickups away will give you a brighter and lighter tone; alternatively, swap the pickups for an EMG 60AX in the bridge and a 60X or 60AX in the neck, as this is far easier than switching to passives (which in the case of this guitar, includes having to remove the bridge studs) and will give you that lighter, more classic tone whilst still sounding great for metal.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:49 AM   #5
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Didn't you make this same thread yesterday?
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:01 AM   #6
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For $700, you should be able to find a decent guitar with passives if thats really the sound you want.

Where do you live?

What is your total budget, broken down by what you want to buy (guitar, amp, etc.)?

Are you willing to buy used?


India.

For the guitar - 800 $

For the amp - 500-600$ (vox ac30vr or marshall mg250dfx)

For a multi fx - 600$ (the pod hd500 probably. but i already own a korg ax3000g so i can think on spending on other efffect gadgets.)

For my mini-home recording setup - 300$ (recording interfaces, mics, softwares)

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Old 02-26-2013, 10:35 AM   #7
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$300 isn't going to get you much of a home recording setup, not a quality one anyway.

Most quality mics will run you $100+, plus cables, etc etc.

Also stay away from any Marshall amp from the MG line, they suck.

What sounds are you trying to achieve?
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:46 AM   #8
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My style of music - Texas Blues, Chicago Blues, Pink Floyd, Led-Zep, Zakk Wylde (I love his tone), Malmsteen, Rhoads and the slightest bit of metal music.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:13 AM   #9
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India.

For the guitar - 800 $

For the amp - 500-600$ (vox ac30vr or marshall mg250dfx)

For a multi fx - 600$ (the pod hd500 probably. but i already own a korg ax3000g so i can think on spending on other efffect gadgets.)

For my mini-home recording setup - 300$ (recording interfaces, mics, softwares)


Posting in dollars won't help at all because of currency rates and avalibility and so on.
Seeing as you're looking at MG's I'd go used and merge budgets with the amp and FX budget
And spend the rest on a 57 plus an interface and get Reaper
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:55 AM   #10
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I know where theres a late model Zac with the EMG's for 600 aussie dollars in great condition but I aint telling cos I want to buy it...
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:58 PM   #11
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look for a non-sig lp. unless you are a huge dude with massive beard and testicles of iron, the bulls-eye just doesn't work. and DONT GET THE MG. just dont.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:39 AM   #12
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look for a non-sig lp. unless you are a huge dude with massive beard and testicles of iron, the bulls-eye just doesn't work. and DONT GET THE MG. just dont.


+1 on that you will likely get occasional shit for such a highly visually identifiable signature model. i wouldn't ever that personally, i don't judge as long as it is audible and good sounding, but i have seen it done, and most people on here don't seem to like signature models.

also +1 scratch the MG off of the list. for the love of god.

what is the exchange rate for your country to USD$?
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what is the exchange rate for your country to USD$?

A useful site I have bookmarked:
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:23 AM   #14
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which amp then? besides the MG?
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which amp then? besides the MG?


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peavey amps are cool, I like the valve king and the viper, also the 6505 is really nice but I think its out of your price range
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the VK is nice, so is the Vypyr.

But TS we'd need to know your situation for us to recommend something, a nice loud Tube Amp just isn't appropriate in apartment situations.
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Heres the thing about those big amps, they have a 'volume' knob... funnily enough when you turn them counter clockwise they typically are less loud. This is advantageous when in the 'apartment' setting and completely negates the need to buy a 'ballsier' amplifier at a later date and therefore saves you money in the long run... You say Big Valve amp is unappropriate, I say what a load of old BS. Cheers.
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Heres the thing about those big amps, they have a 'volume' knob... funnily enough when you turn them counter clockwise they typically are less loud. This is advantageous when in the 'apartment' setting and completely negates the need to buy a 'ballsier' amplifier at a later date and therefore saves you money in the long run... You say Big Valve amp is unappropriate, I say what a load of old BS. Cheers.


Yeah(I should have said in a lot of cases, not all. My bad, sorry) But some places have very strict rules about noise levels and neighbors and so on. I've been in places where it was pretty much quiet at all times and it just wasn't practical to have a big amp sitting around doing nothing and a POD, monitors and headphones would have been a far more practical and suitable solution. Especially for recording purposes. (Not my own places of residence mind, i'm lucky enough to not have the police called on me as of yet.

Also, don't tube amps cut through walls a lot more/easier than Solid State amps? Not sure on the science behind it. But someone will tell me if I'm right, I'm sure.
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Simply put, sometimes, having a big powerful amp makes as much sense as having a Monster Truck in a tiny European village...
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