#1
Hi, Ug fellows!
Tomorrow i´ll go to the guitar shop in my town, but i have a few problems and a hope you have some advice for me.
I´m 20, i´m from germany, and I love metal. I practice a lot at home to get the self confidence for joining a band. These days i´m very into Children of Bodom and Lamb of God, but I also listen to music like metallica, nirvana, airbourne, korn, jeff loomis, yngwie, paul gilbert, guns n roses, bb king and even some taylor swift stuff. I play guitar for over 4 years. My current gear is a ltd ec200qm and an Ibanez valbee and today my new Ibanez ts7 arrived, without cables xD, so I have to go to a guitar shop tomorrow and because of that, I can try some gear, too.

My main problem is, that I know lots about gear in theory, that means I know a lot , because I read it in the ug forum (i read posts there every day for a few years), but when i´m in the shop i´m absolutely clueless: There are walls of guitars and amps and I always end up with stuff that I like the look of or the price or brand. The salesman don´t want to help me, because I mentioned the word “metal”, which makes him loose all the respect… and I had a look at their website and sorted the stuff I want to try out… In the end i´m sitting between some amps with a guitar with active pickups (they are metal -.-) and a ss amp… Any advice?

I´m looking for new gear (amps, pedals, guitars), to improve tone and feeling. Tone-wise I want a alexi laiho lead tone, and some lamb of god rythms (and cleans, like in grace), but I can´t afford their equip.
I want to try the engl gigmaster, since it´s the only low wattage amp that suits metal, and is versatile, thwo channels, and power soak, and I can carry it around without other peoples help, but I don´t know about the differences between head and combo, and if I get the head which cab would fit? Would a 112 cab + head beat the combo? I don´t know much about cabs…

When it comes to guitars it´s even worse: I don´t know if it feels good (i´ll have to get used to it I guess), I don´t know If I sounds good, or if the amp sounds good, I can´t tell if it´s good quality…

On the other hand I didn´t find a guitar that beats my ec200 (beside the ltd alexi 600, but I played it through a valve king -.-) and I didn´t find an amp with better distortion than my valbee…

Help Is needed, i´m desperate!
#2
people who act like that to customers should be beaten to death with thier own instruments. go find a new shop.

uhm, in terms of kit, i can really help: i would just try as many amp combos as possible before they kick you out, thats really the best way to do it. ..
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#3
Can you give me a budget in USD?

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Don't know much about the Engl Gigmaster. I'll have to look that one up.

What is your used market like?

Also link us to the store you are going to.

6505+ 112 combo gets my vote for now until I learn more.


So the TS7 is a tubescreamer and not a 7 string right
#4
Engl Gigmasters are fantastic.

End of.

They'll cover your metull well and then some, you can get some GREAT cleans out of them and then some deep & heavy chugging riffs.
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#5
budget is like 1000 euro, engls are cheaper in germany, i think.

There is no uses market around here, and engl gigmaster combo and the 6505 combo are both arround 500-600 euro.

Aren´t 50 watt way to loud for bedroom practice (i would like to gig and jam, but i never was able to)

ts7 is a cheap version of the almighty ts9 tubescreamer.

I won´t link the shop... they are great, if you are an old rich blues player...
#6
if i go for the gigmaster, should i choose the combo or head with cab? and which cab? speaker?