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Eppicurt
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#1
So many negative threads about gear at the moment...thought this would lighten everyone up! So what about your rig do you find most useful and that you don't typically find on many other gear?

I would have to say it's my ENGL's multitude of EQ options that boost mids or lows, bright switches, etc, etc. Much more than the typical amp.
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stonyman65
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Delay pedal. I'm all about the echo. Can't live without it. It's not crazy, but some subtle delay can go a long way.

Chorus is pretty useful too for clean stuff.
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#4
That's gotta be my GP-8. It is the central unit that pulls everything together and makes it whole. Wanna talk about EQ options? I have programmable EQ's both pre and post preamp when I want them. I see your multitude and I raise you a shitload.
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#5
I love my Valveking's variety of tones on the lead channel. The Presence & Resonance knobs are so good at minor tweaking.

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The volume/gain boost footswitch. Helps really distinguish parts of the song I want to be BRRTUUUUUUTAAALALLLLLSSSZZZ
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#6
Quote by Eppicurt
So many negative threads about gear at the moment...thought this would lighten everyone up! So what about your rig do you find most useful and that you don't typically find on many other gear?

I would have to say it's my ENGL's multitude of EQ options that boost mids or lows, bright switches, etc, etc. Much more than the typical amp.

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#7
probably decent power with fairly decent size and portability, fairly decent flexibility for playing at home and live in many different genres, well designed and laid out pedalboard with all the instrument cables for loop / amp routed well and coupled together, allowing me to plug everything in very quickly
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#8
my tuner, especially for those times when i use an electric 12-string

And the old laptop bag my very basic pedalboard fits neatly into is pretty useful - it's not really a part of my rig, but it's very useful to for carrying stuff. I keep my picks, earplugs, cables, spare strings etc in there too.
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#9
Gotta be either my tele or the footswitch of my Egnater. The tele simply because it's such a versatile instrument. I could get through almost any gig with it as my sole guitar if I had to. The footswitch is quite simple, but powerful, and can usually save me from any serious pedal dancing.
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#10
The active eq on my V3. Absolutely love it.
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#15
My Pedalsnake. I never have to hunt for a power plug in at the front of the stage. My line to the amp input, FX send and returns, 9vDC, 9vAC, Reverse ground power, and footswitch lines all go down 1 cable. Real timesaver for setup and tear down and it looks clean having only one cable to cross the stage
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#16
Fish and Chips EQ pedal. I run it in the FX loop because it seems to have a better affect.
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#17
Three things spring to mind. I don't know which I'd class as the absolute most useful.

The FBV foot controller for my HD147, for sure. The wah/volume on that thing is the very best-sounding wah and smoothest volume pedal I've ever used. Opening up the amp to 36 channels, full effect control and a tuner? I just wish there was a way to get it to work with every other amp.

The pedal board/case Boss sent me. I've read some negative reviews of it, but it does the trick for me. It's lovely to have a pedalboard that can simply be shut and carried around like any other case, without having to unplug anything. Very nicely design wire channels too and the height is perfect.

Lastly, my talkbox. It doesn't matter how you use it, when or where, it always gets a cheer. Using a talkbox pretty much guarantees you get at least three extra phone numbers at the end of the night.
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dementiacaptain
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#18
^How is the 147? I have been eyeballing one forever, but I am not sure I would really dig it. I know it is pretty much the "metal vetta" but is the amount of control just as impressive?
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#20
Nothing can trump the 10-Band EQ in terms of usefulness.

That said, I love the versatility of my Vengeance and it's Footswitch. I honestly think I would be lost using any other amp live because I couldn't tweak my tone on the fly so easily. One of my favorite features is that I can set the Effects Loop to automatically be on on one or both channels. I just leave my EQ and Decimator on sitting behind my amp and have it set so that the loop is only on for Channel 2. Really, though, I could drool about all of it's features for hours. That's just one of the most handy. When I switch to my clean channel, it automatically turns the loop off so that I don't have to switch channels, then switch off my EQ and Decimator. I don't even have to step on the loop switch.

I'm spoiled...combine that with the reverb spillover, and channel switching is seamless. I love it.


Now I wanna go hug my amp...maybe Bruce too...
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#22
I'd also like to add my guitar's tone knob. I used to be like most other metal heads that don't use their tone, but somewhere along the line I realized that you can get some really sweet tones from the bridge by rolling it off. And since I bought the Satch Mo'Joe/PafJoe combo, I'm even more in love with it. They roll-off beautifully.
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#23
My isp decimator because I get my dirt from a pedal or if I want to krank the unholly shit out of my amplifier on a clean setting.
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#24
The built in volume knob that acts as a boost and I can engage with the FS. Great feature.
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MrFlibble
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#25
Quote by dementiacaptain
^How is the 147? I have been eyeballing one forever, but I am not sure I would really dig it. I know it is pretty much the "metal vetta" but is the amount of control just as impressive?
EDIT: skip all that, here's a tl;dr version: not as flexible, less options, the options it does have sound better though, it's built tougher, has none of the glitches, everything is arranged in a more convenient way for gigs and it's been tweaked to handle higher-output pickups better than the Vetta did. If you want to play with every tone and every combination of tones in the world, it won't be good enough for you. If you want an alternative & metal amp with much more control and flexibility than something like a Dual Rec or ENGL has though, the 147 is worth getting.

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Well obviously it's lacking a lot of the lower/mid-gain tones of the Vetta and the acoustic amp settings, it doesn't have the ability to run two amp models at the same time, you can't change what mic model is used on the cab simulation at the amp itself (though you can change these by plugging into a computer - or just disable cab modelling and run it to an actual cab, of course), there's no fancy screen to show you what's being used and you can't change where the effects come in the signal chain, they're basically all after the amp model no matter what. Some of the effects also have their modes changed automatically, like it always uses a spring reverb for the reverb when you have a Fender model selected, but it will always use plate reverb when you use a JCM800 and plain room reverb when you use the Dual Rec sound, for example. There's also none of the distortion pedal models.

However, it does make it quicker to dial in a decent tone, it doesn't have any of the glitches the Vetta were known for and they tweaked everything to work better with high-output pickups, so you'll never get any nasty forced ss clipping. Plus, though it seems like only half the amp the Vetta is, when it comes to gigging that's a good thing. 36 presets should be more than enough for anybody and it's obviously quicker than shifting through the 64 of the Vetta. It's also built a bit sturdier than the Vettas ever were, you have to really go out of your way to damage it.
Most of the things you have no control over, like effect placement and reverb type, have all been chosen pretty smartly and I don't think I've ever actually thought "boy, this would sound great if only I could select the other reverb" or whatever. The wah and volume are also much improved over the Vetta's versions, both are much smoother and the wah has an automatic volume adjustment to make it more useful for soloing.
The only problem I've ever run in to is setting delay time, since you either have to tap it in or just turn the knob with no indication of what time you're setting it too. Just have to play and see, tweak, play and see, tweak, etc. Similarly, it's not very well explained how the compressor and noise gate work, takes a while to get used to them.

I bought mine mostly just because I was really into Evanescence when I was 15 and they used them and I love Lacuna Coil who also used them for a long time, and I just wanted to nail those sounds as closely as possible. It certainly does that, in fact I immediately recognised some of the presets and I managed to ask the guys from LC which models they use and matched the missing tones perfectly. It's also a helluva amp for any 80s alternative and pop, ala Prince and The Cure. You can get some really good jazz and grunge tones out of it too, and I've played a few pop-rock/pop-punk gigs with it. Obviously it's not so great for classic rock and blues, but it's still far better-sounding for those than most modelling amps are simply by virtue of being built a little better.

I think if you go in expecting it to just be a cut-price Vetta then you'll be disappointed by the lack of some features. Similarly you'll be disappointed if you expect it to do an absolutely perfect Dual Rectifier impression right out of the box. But it sounds damn good on its own merits and it's more useful as a gigging tool. It's kind of ridiculous considering how many people dream about having a Marshall stack with a big pedal board, but mine barely gets any real gig use because the HD147 and FBV is just so much more convenient, flexible, reliable and sounds good enough that nobody has ever called me out for using a modelling amp until they've actually seen the Line 6 logo.

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#26
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Delay pedal. I'm all about the echo. Can't live without it. It's not crazy, but some subtle delay can go a long way.

Chorus is pretty useful too for clean stuff.


this, and an overdrive.
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#27
God damn, Flibble. You couldn't PM that?
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No, I have U-G's shitty PM system disabled.

Hell, that's a pretty average-sized post for me. **** this Web 2.0, ten-word bullshit.
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#30
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i am still learning how to do that

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Probably my EHX LPB-1. It's awesome. It's just a clean boost but it really adds some warmth and body to your tone as well as a lot more volume if you need it. It's easily my favourite pedal. So simple. Only has one knob. Only cost me £28 and it gets the job done absolutely perfectly.

I love my whole rig really. It just works perfectly for me. Nothing is ever gunna need upgrading.
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#32
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easily the most useful thing in my rig... pocket vagina. everyone should have one.


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#33
Pfft, pocket vaginas. Modelling will never beat the real thing.

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#34
You have an editor for your forum posts?
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#35
The gain pot of my amp and the vol knob of my guitars .

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Pfft, pocket vaginas. Modelling will never beat the real thing.





Now that I agree with.


Although IIRC, you're the guy that uses his modeler as his primary?

Hmmm.....
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#37
My JSX and to a greater extent my Vypyr have absolutely amazing volume controls. I play in an apartment and I aint even mad.

Oh wait, they're 120W, I forgot I can't even play them in a house, TOO MUCH WATTAGE FOR HOME USE.

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#38
The ability of my pod hd500 to make me stop buying pedals. Really. Saves me so much money. hahaha
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#39
The thing I like most about my rig is it's simplicity. It's essentially just my Ibanez RG into a Jet City JCA20H and a 4X12 modded Fender cab (has speakers from a Marshall), which is front ended by a MI Audio Blues Pro for my main dirty sound. The JCA is a single channel amp, so if I need clean-ish tones I just back off of my guitar's volume.

From there, I'll use a Digitech Bad Monkey to boost for leads as well as a wah sometimes. I'll on occasion add in a bit of delay to fatten things up in a dry room, but other than that the only things on my board are a tuner and Boss NS-2.
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