#1
Im going to be getting an amp along with a new guitar soon and would like the amp to sound relatively close to Kirk Hammett on the Ride the Lightning album, or more specifically Creeping Death. My price range is anything up to $2700 (£1800). I'm thinking of either Randall or Marshall, but would like some suggestions. Thanks
#2
If you're going to be spending upwards of $2,700, I'd probably go for something like a Mesa or anything similar. But honestly you should try out most of the amps you're thinking about (I assume you're gonna do that anyway since you're spending $2700).
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#3
you mentioned pounds. are you in the UK?
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you mentioned pounds. are you in the UK?

Yeah I'm in the UK, but if I can get an amp like that I'm willing to pay dollars if it's in dollars
#5
well kirk currently endorses Randall, i dont think his Randall amp emulates the ride the lightning tone very well, it has too much midrange and breaks at the wrong point, this is after seeing them live and this could also be because of the micing situation and the cabs used themselves, if you want that tone it would be between a vintage marshall and a mesa dual or roadking, im actually not sure which one he used in the mesas to replicate the ride the lightning tone, but your best bet would be a marshall
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#6
i think early metallica was marshalls. jcm800s? from what i hear, i think you have to crank them to get that kind of tone, though, so if you can't do that that's worth bearing in mind.

is the £1800 for the head only, or for a cab too?

EDIT: where are you in the UK, out of interest? Don't post your address or anything daft, lol, but your county, or even north/south/east/west of england/scotland/wales/NI would do, just so we know which guitar shops you're close to.
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#7
Maybe a used JCM800 and a Tube Screamer?

AFAIK, that's about what they used for RTL.
I also read that they used an additional EQ.

And if you want to sound like Kirk make sure that you have a wah.
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#8
JCM 800's and I think they had one old 1959 SLP, but it was only used for leads. I got into the stuff about Flemming Rasmussen posting all the EQ and other things from MoP and AJFA the other day. Most of it's gone offline, but I found a pic of the studio amps at the start of the MoP sessions, and it's a pile of JCM 800's and a Mesa. They had Mesa Mark IIc+ amps, and slaved the pre-amp into a JCM800 for rhythms.

I'd suggest a Marshall with a Tubescreamer if you want Kirk's lead sound. 'His' rhythm sound is actually James through Kirk's gear and EQ settings, and that's straight Marshall with rare use of a Pro-Co RAT. James claims to have phased out his distortion pedals by the RTL tour, because he didn't like the sound as much as amp distortion.