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Old 04-13-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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Unusual/Atypical gear choices in your rig for the styles of music you play?

So, as the title of the thread suggests, there's usually a pretty good idea of what the good "go-to" choices for gear are in most kinds of music, but in our endless quests for tone, some of us like to experiment around, and "break the rules" a bit too, so to say. Maybe you like using PAF or other low-output style pickups for modern metal (Sure, it's been done, but it's less common), or maybe you manage to to get a totally vintage type of tone out a modern-voiced amp? Whatever gear "rules" you like to break, feel free to share them here!

My recent experience with such, is that I've learned that I'm really digging Celestion G12M greenback speakers with my ENGL for modern metal. Often considered too "flubby" of a speaker with loose low-end, and perhaps with too "smooth" of a top end for such styles, I'm finding that the amp is already so tight, that the loose low end of the GB's doesn't really come into play, and that the midrange voicing on them only fills in the sound spectrum where the ENGL is lacking (lower-mids), resulting in a full, very musical tone.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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I play clean indie-folk-rock stuff with a bit of a surf vibe, like Best Coast/Rilo Kiley/M Ward/She&Him/Real Estate etc.

I used to use an Orange, but eventually I missed my spring reverb and swapped it for a Princeton. The Orange was definitely not a typical choice for a clean amp.

The only part of my rig that's still a bit out of place is my main guitar, my red Gibson SG Standard. It's definitely atypical for clean rhythm playing, but it's one of the things that keeps my tone from being to typical and vanilla. I still have my tele for classic electric folk sounds.

I guess it's also atypical that I used my Gibson for all rhythm parts on my latest EP, but used the tele for all lead parts (with flatwounds!). That made for a really cool tonal mix.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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I am a crazy rule-breaker I occasionaly play down-tuned "djent" on my Albert Lee model. Sounds really good, you just need a proper amp/distortion pedal with the right EQ. I am also using a 1xG12H30 open-back cab. In a few days, I'll be playing all that stuff through a Matamp Miniverb

A friend of mine gets nice brit-pop tones using low-output pickups to a vintage-voiced tube amp... through a Boss MT-2.

I know more examples. Status Quo used Marshall JCM800 Kerry King signatures live in Europe. Their tech said these amps have good midrange I recently read an interview with some country-blues guitarist who uses Mesa Dual Recs for recording.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:03 PM   #4
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"I occasionaly play down-tuned "djent" on my Albert Lee model"..........
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:03 PM   #5
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I know my uncle occasionally uses one of those mt-2s pedals when he plays black napkins by zappa. It sounds surprisingly good.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:03 PM   #6
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I know my uncle occasionally uses one of those mt-2s pedals when he plays black napkins by zappa. It sounds surprisingly good.

it sounds surprisingly good, unlike the zappa song huh? haha
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:19 PM   #7
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I use an American Standard Telecaster into a Mark V for indie/post rock
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:32 PM   #8
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use an ibanez rg for alternative rock style music
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...i need more guitars
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:41 PM   #9
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I play pop punk using an ac30 and a 60's classic telecaster with single coil pickups and a big muff, which is definitely not your typical gear choice for this genre, I even sometimes play metal with this rig although it is a push.
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:23 PM   #10
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:28 PM   #11
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:19 PM   #12
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I play mellow blues on my JVM's OD2 red channel, using my BKP painkiller bridge pickup, rolling the volume and tone knobs on the guitar down to where it sounds smooth, warm, and a little dirty. For some reason it sounds better to me than the lower gain channels. Not to mention I can unleash the beast by rolling everything back up. Surprises the hell out of people every time.

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Old 04-13-2013, 07:34 PM   #13
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I bought a used Epiphone LP Prophecy for a bargain price.

I'm more of a rock guy actually and love I'm overall more into passives and more traditional looking guitars, but overall it plays good and sounds good for everything thrash-metall-y.
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:43 PM   #14
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:51 PM   #15
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:55 PM   #16
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Greenbacks and their variants are actually fairly commonly used for modern metal. I use a Creamback loaded Diezel cab. I also use Suhr Tele. And used to use a BJFe Honey Bee as a sludgy boost to loosen my amp up. And a Klon for a metal boost currently. And a PAF replica loaded Historic Les Paul. Basically decided to take the corkiest route to getting a metal tone.
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it sounds surprisingly good, unlike the zappa song huh? haha


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Old 04-14-2013, 12:04 AM   #18
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I used a solid state amp with a metal zone to play pop-rock back in high school.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:02 AM   #19
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I used to use my Fender deville for hardcore, I also use a telecaster for hardcore.

Now I use my Peavey 6505+ for folk punk (which is primarily clean stuff)

none of my choices make any sense
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