#1
The guitarist in my band is having A LOT of trouble getting the right sound and it's become quite a conundrum. The sound he has at the moment just isn't quite there. We play old school thrash in the vein of old Slayer/Sodom/old Kreator etc so we need that warm crunchy tone which he just can't seem to get. He uses a Boss ME 50 which just isn't doing the trick, so he's deciding to get some stomp boxes.

He uses a Marshall JCM 800 bass series head and his guitar is a cheap Chinese Gibson Flying V copy, not sure if this may be affecting it? I've thought maybe a Boss Overdrive pedal with a reverb pedal or so might do the trick. A lot of distortion pedals are too fuzzy and we need, like I said, a warm, crunchy and heavy sound.

Suggestions please?
#2
You know, What I do when testing out an amp is too see how it is in its natural state.
So What I do is put it on its overdrive channel and put everything at 12 o clock, but put knobs for reverb, delay and other effects to 0.
Then I use an outside overdrive pedal to adjust how much gain I want on the amp, and because the amp has a preset amount I have this compromising struggle to get a decent tone. Then I adjust the knob EQs to fine tune the tone.

My favorite pedals are probably overdrive pedals like tube screamers and the new boss powerstack.
#3
So he's playing a Chinese knock off guitar through a crappy MFX into a bass amp, and he's wondering why his tone is bad. Hm...

My suggestion would be to get a proper guitar rig.
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#4
Quote by Force101
He uses a Marshall JCM 800 bass series head and his guitar is a cheap Chinese Gibson Flying V copy


I think I found your problem....

This may be a crazy idea - sell the bass amp, the me50 and anything else you can gather and, wait for it.... buy a guitar amplifier.

Any cent spent on effects at this stage is a total waste of money, he needs to address the real problem.
#5
Yeah, I'd get a head for a guitar and see how that sounds.
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#6
Buy a real GUITAR amp and buy a decent guitar.
That'll probably help tremendously.
#8
Quote by Offworld92
So he's playing a Chinese knock off guitar through a crappy MFX into a bass amp, and he's wondering why his tone is bad. Hm...

My suggestion would be to get a proper guitar rig.


This. You might get away with the knock-off guitar if it weren't for the fact he's running an MFX through a bass amp. Don't matter what you do, it's gonna sound cack if you're not using a proper guitar amp.
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#9
Get a guitar amp. Consider an EQ for better tweaking.

But really, guitar amp.
#12
Thanks heaps for the replies guys. Thought it would have been the bass head.

Now, what overdrive pedal should I reccomend to him to get that killer, crunchy thrash metal sound? I was thinking the Boss SuperOverdrive, Boss OD3 or a Ibanez TS.
#14
Quote by Offworld92
So he's playing a Chinese knock off guitar through a crappy MFX into a bass amp, and he's wondering why his tone is bad. Hm...

My suggestion would be to get a proper guitar rig.