#1
I have been playing lead guitar in a metal band for a while. At first I was simply using one setting on my Peavey Valveking for everything, rhythm or solo. After seeing Dave Mustaine's EQ settings in a Marshall newsletter, I was thinking whether or not It is advisable to have a "less intense" setting for rhythm on its own channel, then footswitch to lead channel. Then I was thinking about Kerry King. His amp has only one channel, so he must only use one universal EQ setting for all things. Then I wondered why his solos sound so tonally different than his rhythms. So now I ask any more experienced players out there if I should have a separate channel/setting for Rhythm and Lead, or should my lead setting encompass all?
#2
maybe kerry switches pickups...or uses an eq pedal

I'd have the lead setting just a tad louder, maybe some more mids and highs to cut through.
#3
depends. personal choice really.

i just have one setting but have pedals to set a more soloish tone
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#4
maybe switch pup positions, use a (different) pedal for solos (OD or EQ)
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#5
It's all preference. I can coax lots of different sound out of my blues jr fd2 and strat, some I use for rhythm (not in the metal sense, but you get my drift) some I use for lead, most I use for both. KK probably uses a boost pedal or an EQ for solos. I'm think it's a boost since he uses an eq with set to boost mids for his rhythm tone if I'm not mistaken. Or it may be vice versa.
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#6
I need to use my Boss SD-1 to get passble Metal-tones from the vavleking right now. Should I just wait out an awkward rhythm sound while I await a real metal amp (Summer job, here I come ).
#7
I switch channels, I've tried alot of boost type pedals and none seem to really give a decent volume boost. I use a distortion pedal on my clean channel and then switch to the dirty channel for solos and have that channel louder. Not really the perfect solution, but hey, I don't have 3 channels.
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#8
I set my Clean channel pretty dirty and my AOR channel like 80s hair metal gainish and switch between em for both rythme and then throw an SD-1 for a boost for solos
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#9
either a boodt pedal or eq pedal witht the midrange and treble bumped a little bit
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#10
Usually for solos I have a varying combination of OD, a gain boost, slight volume boost & an EQ with raised mids to give it a better solo tone.
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Quote by bassdrum
maybe kerry switches pickups...or uses an eq pedal

I'd have the lead setting just a tad louder, maybe some more mids and highs to cut through.


I read somewhere that he has a boost switch on his guitar as well as an MXR 10-band EQ pedal.
#12
AFAIK Kerry King uses a graphic EQ footpedal to give a mid boost for solo's.
You do need something particularily when playing with another guitarist to allow you solo to cut through the mix clearly and that doesn't necessarily mean turning it up louder, mid boosting is often enough.
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I set my Clean channel pretty dirty and my AOR channel like 80s hair metal gainish and switch between em for both rythme and then throw an SD-1 for a boost for solos


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On an even more serious note... it's all really up to what you like. Personally, I use an EQ all the time to shape both my rhythm and lead channels, and an OD if I need a little more push on the lead. Switching pickups can also give you different sounds. So just kinda mess with some of that and see what it gets you. You might find something you like.
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depends. personal choice really.

i just have one setting but have pedals to set a more soloish tone


+1 for everything this guy has said. then again i do use a Fireball which only has 1 set of eq.
#17
I just set my amp for lead tone, & adjust the guitar volume and/or pickup selector as needed, & I rarely even do that. I palm mute slightly or play a bit less aggressively for rhythm most of the time. My amp cuts through incredibly well, so I need no boost.
I don't use pedals at all unless I'm playing Van Halen covers, & the amp's EQ is all I need.
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#20
I would use the same setting and when it's time solo,kick a tubescreamer in.
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#21
well, you're not likely to be playing solos all the time. so basically you should just use a boost for your solos so they cut through the mix more when they need to.
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#22
On the Kerry King note, I have no idea what his tech setup is like, but while his amp may only have 1 channel, he could very well have a 2nd amp backstage setup through the PA with a different EQ/Volume setting that his guitar tech switches on for lead boosts.

Remember to boost high mids when you want to solo--it really helps you cut through without needing too much extra volume.
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#24
my personal preference is to find a single setting that excels at both...and i did it.

sizzling...searing leads and solos...thick chunky beefy rhythm...love it
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I just set my amp for lead tone, & adjust the guitar volume and/or pickup selector as needed, & I rarely even do that. I palm mute slightly or play a bit less aggressively for rhythm most of the time. My amp cuts through incredibly well, so I need no boost.
I don't use pedals at all unless I'm playing Van Halen covers, & the amp's EQ is all I need.

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I just set my amp for lead tone, & adjust the guitar volume and/or pickup selector as needed, & I rarely even do that. I palm mute slightly or play a bit less aggressively for rhythm most of the time. My amp cuts through incredibly well, so I need no boost.
I don't use pedals at all unless I'm playing Van Halen covers, & the amp's EQ is all I need.

+ a lot
Though I sometimes use pedals
#28
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Thank you.

In answer to your thread, if im in a studio ill generally have 2 different sounds, lead and rhythm (for clarity and such). As for live normally I'll kick in a distortion pedal for a boost aswell as a wah. I have thought about an EQ pedal though, however, being in a one guitarist band its a little easier to get away with only having one main sound. (even though i have several...).
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maybe kerry switches pickups...or uses an eq pedal

I'd have the lead setting just a tad louder, maybe some more mids and highs to cut through.

his signature amp was made to eliminate the use of the EQ in his setup. He uses an EMG afterburner for leads I believe. And a Fernandez sustainer neck pickup, sometimes.
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#30
after christmas im gonna grab myself a danelectro eq so i can give my solos a nice mid boost, but at the moment i just have the same settings,
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#31
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+ a lot
Though I sometimes use pedals


There's nothing wrong with using pedals tastefully. It adds some color where needed. I just don't like anything messing with the purity of the amp's articulation most of the time. Reverb/mild delay don't really count as FX to me, because they just make it sound more live. I hate the tone getting buried in layers of FX, but Í admit it is fun to play around sometimes & see what unusual tones you can get. I swear, Dragonforce must sit around drinking all day in a room full of pedals.
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