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Old 10-18-2007, 06:26 PM   #1
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What are all the best or most essential guitar gear/accessories for a metal guitarist

When it comes to guitar gear and accessories, I literally have no clue what is the best stuff to buy (pedals/pre-amp/amp/etc). Knowing that I don't have an unlimited source of money and won't be able to buy everything to have a flawless heavy metal setup, what should I spend my money on?

What is the most bang for buck for guitar gear? The best/most essential gear that will really make a difference?

And these are really general questions I know. I just want to know if I should maybe just have a good amp and a pedal...or instead focus on some kind of pre-amp booster that is installed on my guitar...or whatever.

Any suggestions?
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:32 PM   #2
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A guitar.

I doubt I'm much help, I don't like metal. But from my generalizations:

A guitar equipped with Humbuckers...EMGs or some other hgh output kind.
An amp: Krank, Marshall, Randall, or some other brand that is famous for heavy sounds.
Effects: Distortion/gain boost...I hear the metal muff is nice from the people here that respond to all these types of threads.
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:38 PM   #3
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guitar with high output pickups, maybe a floyd rose/locking tremolo for sure
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:43 PM   #4
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:44 PM   #5
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At the moment I have a 25-watt Crate practice amp...which I know is not very good, but I definitely want to upgrade that. I am about to order an LTD Alexi-600...so the floyd rose is covered. I know the HZ pickup is said to be pretty weak alone, so that's why I was thinking of getting some kind of pre-amp booster installed onto my guitar or like a sweet pedal or something. With all that in mind, do you think that would be a decent setup for metal playing and possibly even some recording? Side note: I do have a pretty good Marshall amp at home that I would use for recording.
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:47 PM   #6
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If you going to go with EMG's dont get the passive ones because they suck major ass-balls. Get the actives like the 81, 85, 89 and 60.
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:17 PM   #7
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Hmmm...I have heard that quite a few times. What's your opinion on HZ's with a gain booster or pedal though? I've heard that they sound just as good as Actives (some even like it better), and since the Alexi-600 comes with an HZ, I'd might as well just modify that rather than get an Active EMG replacement because it would probably cost just as much.
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:29 PM   #8
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:37 PM   #9
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Would you still recommend getting a decent pedal or gain booster though? Even with a good amp?
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:45 PM   #10
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amp first. if there's one thing a metal guitarist needs, it's a great high-gain amp. i'd suggest not getting any pedals and focusing all of your money on a nice amp that gives you as much distortion as you need. pedals should aid your tone, they shouldn't make or break it (and this is coming from a guy who does use a fair few pedals).
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:45 PM   #11
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Good amp, then guitar. A good guitar generally won't make a cheap amp sound good, but a good amp will make a cheap guitar sound good. As for the HZs, they're the most horrible pickups I've ever used. VERY muddy sounding, either go active with EMGs or nothing at all.
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:56 PM   #12
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:58 PM   #13
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:42 PM   #14
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How would using a metal muff compare to having http://www.bmusic.com.au/prod4887.htm or http://www.emgpickups.com/displaypr...2&catalogid=135 installed into my guitar?

Also, what would happen if I used both a preamp gain booster AND the metal muff pedal? Would it be too much? Or maybe just not necessary?
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:53 PM   #15
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w.e you do dont get the alexi sig first...get an amp first....it will make a bigger diffrence than the guitar will, like i could play a strat through a mesa and get some good metal tones..you get the point? and EMGs dont usually go well on a ss amp anyways
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:54 PM   #16
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If you're using EMG actives, use 'em through a tube amp. The preamp section of it is designed to push a tube amp into overdrive.

If you want passives, go for some Seymour Duncans, or if you can afford spending like $300 for a set of them, a Bare Knuckle Nailbomb or Warpig.
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:34 PM   #17
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the metal muff will react almost the same either way. it's got a volume knob, so really you will end up with just a little bit more bite in your tone with the 81s. the distortion wont change all that much. all active pickups are really are a bult-in preamp. it's the same as lowering the impedence on your amp's input jack. the difference isn't THAT huge. people with passives will just have to turn their volume up a wee bit. trust me, it's not worth the effort. the HZ pups will do you fine if you got a metal muff.
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:37 AM   #18
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EMGs sound better through a tube amp, true, but they still sound good through SS amps. I use mine on both all the time and can still get good tones from both. The HZs might be fine for getting a metal sound out of them, but the dynamics of a good pickup just aren't there in the HZs. Chords and notes turn to mud and come out thin on those things. I'd much rather have Duncan Designed pickups over EMG HZs, there's simply nothing about the HZs I enjoyed.

Buy a *good* amp instead of a guitar first, something you don't need to use a pedal to get what you want out of it and you'll be much more satisfied with your tone in the end than if you were to go with your current amp and a metal muff. The Muff is a good pedal, but is no substitute for a good amp.
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:51 AM   #19
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Well I just need a new guitar anyway because the guitar I'm on right now is a Gibson SG Custom, which is a good guitar but not very suited to my metal style (lack of 24 frets and floyd).

By the way, what's an SS amp and how do I know what kind of amp I have?
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:15 AM   #20
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SS= Solid State, which in most cases, sucks.

Tube= Amazing, in most cases, Is awesome.


You have a SS amp.
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