#1
Hello

Me and a friend was just discussing whether Kerry King or Jeff Hannemans original JCM800s (The amps they started out with in Slayer and to my knowledge still uses) where modded?

I have been researching the web the last hour and a half without any results.

P.s. sorry for my bad English.
#3
They just boosted their amps and used EQ's to boost the hell out of their mids.
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#4
As far as I know, they're not. 800s vary in tone to some extent though, I imagine King and Hanneman tried a bunch and picked the most agressive ones. At least King also uses an EQ pedal (and possibly other gizmos) with his amps. I figure Hanneman will somehow boost his amp, too.
#5
Nothing but an EQ and a noise gate! his signature amps are basic 800s With an EQ and Built in noise gate.
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It's possible one of Kerry's heads was modded. When he brought out the 2203KK head with Marshall he said it was based on a head he owned called "The beast", and I believe he said it was modded in some way, although my memory is quite hazy.
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Kerry King reckoned "The Beast" was just a standard 800 that was touched by satan. The KK signature has a tone that replicates the settings he uses on his eq.
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#8
All big amps used by 'rockstars' will have been modified some way or the other... the sound enginners and guitar techs will have edited them all slightly to get an original tone
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All big amps used by 'rockstars' will have been modified some way or the other... the sound enginners and guitar techs will have edited them all slightly to get an original tone


yeah... all you need to do is find out what they did and then do it to your own amp.. or even better compare what a few guitarists have done then from what they have done make one really nice one.
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Quote by Xerius
All big amps used by 'rockstars' will have been modified some way or the other... the sound enginners and guitar techs will have edited them all slightly to get an original tone


This isn't certain. Lots of rockstars would rather be able to find a replacement on short notice.

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Kerry King reckoned "The Beast" was just a standard 800 that was touched by satan. The KK signature has a tone that replicates the settings he uses on his eq.


This.
When Marshall looked at Kerry King's favourite amp they discovered it was a stock JCM800, with some of the tolerances out in just the ways that work well for Slayer. King played JCM800s before he got it, The Beast is just his bottom bitch.

Noise gate + 10 band EQ + wah + JCM800 = you can play guitar in Slayer.
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#11
i thought the "beast" section of Kerry's amp added a load of gain on top as well as his EQ settings?? i don't know if i'm right thats just what i've heard especially when i played one
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i thought the "beast" section of Kerry's amp added a load of gain on top as well as his EQ settings?? i don't know if i'm right thats just what i've heard especially when i played one


'The Beast' the signature model adds a front end mid boost before v1.

That's where the extra gain and the EQ settings come from.

It also adds a noise gate.

'The Beast' the amp Kerry King owns is just a stock JCM800 with the tubes swapped.
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