#1
Hey! First post here on ultimate guitar forums Basically I can't seem to get a good rock sound from my amp/guitars. I want a crisp rock sound (somthing like Green Day, The Hives etc). I have a Line 6 Spyder 3 Amp (2009 edition), and I'm currently using a PRS Santana SE. I also have an old squier strat, which seems to producing the same quality sound as the PRS (worrying, but it's probably because of the amp). Could anyone give me any tips to get a good rock sound? (minaly for power chords etc).
#2
Everybody here will tell you the same thing - get a new amp. I'll go first:

Get a new amp.
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#5
If you're going for a tighter sound, the bridge pickup is always the way to go. It's usually a little thinner and has more of a bite.

Funny, my first guitar was also a PRS SE (guess I got lucky?) but I was never a huge fan of the stock pickups on the SE models. They always seemed kind of dead. Maybe that's part of the problem.

And if you're not getting a satisfactory distortion tone out of the amp, why not get a new distortion pedal? I'm pretty sure Boss sells a satisfactory, entry level distortion pedal for a pretty reasonable price.

Otherwise, if you're willing to shell out some money, look into getting another amp. The Line 6's are marketed to beginner guitarists and aren't really quality amps.
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Otherwise, if you're willing to shell out some money, look into getting another amp. The Line 6's are marketed to beginner guitarists and aren't really quality amps.


Ha ha, I took the time to build up to it and say it nicely.
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#8
Get a new amp.

Fcuking keep it going.
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#9
Thanks for advice. Strangely enough the amp isn't that old. I wasn't really up on amps at the time (this was before I got my PRS) It cost me £100 so I thought I was getting something at least average (I was wrong). The thing that surprised me was, I was over a friends who has a old squier strat and a old Fender amp (I assume it didn't cost him that much), and he had a pretty amazing tone, which was much better than mine.
#11
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Everybody here will tell you the same thing - get a new amp. I'll go first:

Get a new amp.




which fender amp did he have? don't go buying a frontman or something daft.
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#12
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which fender amp did he have? don't go buying a frontman or something daft.


I'm sure to be honest, I couldn't really tell you. On the subject of a new amp, what kind of amp should I be looking for, Marshall maybe? Bear in mind I'm a student with not much money
#13
Budget? Location?
Gilchrist custom
Yamaha SBG500
Telecasters
Randall RM100 & RM20
Marshall JTM45 clone
Marshall JCM900 4102 (modded)
Marshall 18W clone
Fender 5F1 Champ clone
Atomic Amplifire
Marshall 1960A
Boss GT-100


Cathbard Amplification
My band
#15
I'm based in the Uk (wales), budget is probably <£300. Mostly Hard Rock/ Metal tones is what I'm looking for
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#16
yeah, budget, what tones you're after, and location (not your address, lol, just your country), we need those to help.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#17
He's going a Greenday like rock tone, so that'll be a Marshall type tone. I've asked around about the Marshall MA series, they say it's not any good, don't get the MG, I actually would look at the Classic 5, it's a small 5 watt tube amp from Marshall that you'll be able to crank and not wake up the entire neighborhood. I think I saw it for about $300-$400 on www.SweetWater.com .
#19
maybe you should get a new amp...
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#20
New amp.

Gotta agree on the 5 Watters!
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