#1
Hi all! I'm really hoping this is the right place to post this.

But I've had my Fender Stratocaster Squier for a long time [Go ahead and laugh. <.<]
And I use an RP200A effects pedal, the distortion on the pedal is extremely weak and
low quality.

For example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSkGgvbnH1I&feature=related - 0:56

But when I end up playing something like that... It sounds like this:
http://www.zshare.net/audio/937034734418852e/

As you can tell, the effect is very... Uhm, dull and lifeless compared to the one you hear in the video. I have had this pedal for a year or so and gone through all effects, they all sound dull and lifeless. It's definitely not my amp or what I'm recording with [A small stereo input cable connected to my pedal.]


Does anybody know what equipment I can get to have a more fuller and hardcore sound? If it means buying a new guitar I'm up for it, I'm just sick of this sound!
#2
well for starters you have a strat, which has single coils, and the video is using a guitar with humbuckers

look at some cheap ibanez's, rg321 etc. good delas if you go used

what amp are you using?
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well for starters you have a strat, which has single coils, and the video is using a guitar with humbuckers

look at some cheap ibanez's, rg321 etc. good delas if you go used

what amp are you using?



Well I've sadly been using a Fender Frontman 15G, although as of recently I have only been connecting my pedal to my PC and playing through that; my Frontman is in my room gathering dust.

I've just wanted to know if it's the guitar which is making it sound low quality or the pedal? Perhaps I need extra equipment? And I have been considering an ESP for quite sometime for about $500 AUD.
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Well I've sadly been using a Fender Frontman 15G, although as of recently I have only been connecting my pedal to my PC and playing through that; my Frontman is in my room gathering dust.

I've just wanted to know if it's the guitar which is making it sound low quality or the pedal? Perhaps I need extra equipment?

Yeah, plugging your pedal straight into your soundcard is going to sound as crappy as physically possible. You need to use some kind of audio interface for recording. And when you're playing, why not use your amp? It'll sound way better than your PC.

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Yeah, plugging your pedal straight into your soundcard is going to sound as crappy as physically possible. You need to use some kind of audio interface for recording. And when you're playing, why not use your amp? It'll sound way better than your PC.



I at one point had the pedal connected to the amp and the stereo input connected to the amp but the sound was still really weak and dull, a little stronger but nothing impressive.
#7
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It's definitely not my amp or what I'm recording with [A small stereo input cable connected to my pedal.]

What is your amp, and what are you recording with. I'm not sure I understand

muledit: scratch all this, I had this open and didn't refresh before posting...


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Yeah, plugging your pedal straight into your soundcard is going to sound as crappy as physically possible. You need to use some kind of audio interface for recording. And when you're playing, why not use your amp? It'll sound way better than your PC.

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#8
You don't necessarily NEED a humbucker equipped guitar. Both Seymour Duncan and DiMarzio make very good "stacked singlecoils" which are basically humbuckers in a single coil's body. Its an RP 200? That's also not really a very good quality piece of gear there.

Maybe look at selling the RP, better pups for your squier (if you do want to keep it) and a nice modeler, like say a Cube or vypyr. Both are better than the frontman and pretty cheap online.
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#9
No point [IMO] in getting better pups and a new amp.
Just get a new amp, pickups only change the sound so much. A heavy sound can be had out of single coils, amp would have a much greater impact.

Obviously he isn't going to get that exact sound with single coils, but I'm assuming he isn't going to want to spend too much money, and amp is way more important than pickups
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If you're on a budget a Roland Cube would do the job pretty well.....
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yeah you need an orchestra and choir behind you to sound like that
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#12
roll off your tone knob and layer on some distortion. EQ your guitar hard and hope for the best
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