#1
Hi,

My name is Rui, I´m from Portugal, I´m 29 years and play guitar since I was 10.

This is my first post in U-G.

Since i started, i´ve always played in Metal bands, but recently i started a new project a little bit different - not so heavy.

What i need is a sound more "Hard Rock" than Metal. Examples - Muse, Foo Fighter, Creed.


The Gear i use is:

- Guitar: Washburn N2 - with a seymour duncan 59 pickup upgrade

- Amp - Crate Excalibur GX-2200

- FX - Boss ML2 Metal Core / Boss DS2 Turbo Distortion / Boss BF-3 Flanger / Ibanez DE7 Delay / Boss HR2 harmonist


I´ve been thinking of buying a new guitar and amp, but, the prices are too high.


Second Choice:

- New Pickups for the guitar (More Rock sound)

- New Amp Head (Keeping the Cabinet) - Maybe a Marshall??


Any advise for the upgrades?

I´m trying to keep it under the 500$ / 600$


Thanx

Rui
#2
For Muse you'll probably want an Electroharmonix Big Muff pedal. Quite a famous fuzz/distortion.

With amps, you'd probably want valves... but the budget may be a bit low. What currency are you quoting?

I know lots of people on this forum might recommend a used Peavey Valveking as a good low budget rock amp... you may be able to pick up a Blackstar HT-40 which is supposed to be a Marshall killer. I don't have much experience with other gear though, but the Blackstar has a good bit of versatility with it's ISF eq. It'll do hard rock well and you can get classic metal tones out of it too. Even my little 1 watter does hard rock and approaches high gain territory.

Jet City amps are probably worth a look and you can always keep an eye out for a used Marshall too.

May be worth saving a bit more to get a valve amp that meets your needs though if they stretch the budget.
Last edited by baumaxx1 at May 2, 2011,
#3
Hi baumaxx1

thanx for the reply

I´m quoting in €, and probably going to buy from Music Store (http://www.musicstore.de)

Valves, seems to be the right choice.

Blackstar seems like a good choice, but the model you refer is a combo, right? Do you think that a Blackstar Head (or even the Peavy or the Jet City), connected to my Crate Cabinet will do the trick?? I really don't want to get ride of that BIG Cabinet...

What do you think of Vox, or even Fender?

And the guitar?? Do you think some new pickups will make a big difference, or the secret is really in the amp?

Thanx
#4
The crate cabinet would be an ok temporary solution for running the head through but i'd personally save to upgrade it to a nicer one in the future. Your tone would improve immensely.
#5
Hi coolstoryangus,

Thanx for the reply.

I´ll give it a look, and try to find it in a store here in Portugal to give it a try.

Didn´t knew Schecter guitars - pretty cool

What about PRS guitars??
#6
Blackstar have a head version of all the HT series amps I think.

The crate cab wouldn't be too bad I guess... what sort of speakers are loaded into it? How do you find the cab sounds?

It will probably sound decent, especially with a better head, but not as good as something like an Orange 2x12 or 4x12.

Vox and Fenders aren't something I associate with hard rock. More a classic rock/blues and indie rock affair, but there probably are some exceptions.

I think the pickups you have are decent actually. May not need a swap. They're these right? http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/humbucker/vintage/59_model_sh1_an/

They'd work for hard rock I think. Eizinger from Incubus uses them.

Schecter are pretty popular in metal circles, and PRS make some great guitars, a big name in the industry. The SE line is meant to be a fantastic affordable range and I've been quite keen on getting my hands on one to try out, but they never stock them in Adelaide XD. The SE Tremonti would be a solid hard rock choice.
#7
Hi,

The Cab sounds ok. I really don't know what sort of speakers are loaded. I have it for 10 years, and bought it used.

I´m not quite sure about the pickups. They´re not like in the image. But as I bought them 10/12 years ago, they may look different back then.

I´m going to make some tests at some stores of my zone and see where it gets me...

There´s nothing better than trying... right?
#8
Yeah of course. Seeing what gear gives you the tone you want is your best bet. It's not really a decision you need to rush. Even hiring a head for a few hours could be worth it to help you decide.