jakecn
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Join date: Feb 2013
10 IQ
#1
I'm new to the forums here, and new to playing guitar in general. For my 16th birthday, my dad bought me a Schecter C-1 Exotic Star that was supposed to come with a Line 6 120 watt amp. Instead the guy convinced my dad to take a 1st generation Fender G-Dec that sounds like it has something wrong with it. I can't get a job yet, but I really want to play guitar. I'm pretty passionate about it, but I can't get good tones out of the amp for the life of me, which is making me frustrated...is there any cheap amp that can get a good Queens of the Stone Age sound?
Robbgnarly
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Join date: Feb 2011
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#2
Peavey Vypyr 30 is about the cheapest you can get. Used they are $100ish
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barden1069
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#4
Pick up a Joyo Ultimate Octave as well. It's a clone of the Fulltone Ultimate Octave, which I can tell you from experience is basically QOTSA in a box.
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jpnyc
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Join date: Nov 2009
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#5
A G-Dec is a pretty good little modeling amp, so read up on it and give it a little more effort.

That said, Homme is known for using old Ampeg and Peavey amps live. But his gear collection is huge and he’s a studio geek who records in studios with huge amp collections (find pictures of the amp room from that studio out in Rancho De La Luna). So don’t waste much time trying to chase those album tones, it’s not gonna happen without a big budget and engineers to help. What’s really important for QOTSA sounds is being able to pump out those jackhammer uptempo sixteenth note riffs with just a little swing to keep it from sounding monotonous.
Last edited by jpnyc at Feb 19, 2013,
Robbgnarly
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Join date: Feb 2011
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#6
Didn't the lead singer actually use an old Gorilla amp that was mic'd off stage for a while in the beginning. Those are quite cheap if you can find one
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
jakecn
Registered User
Join date: Feb 2013
10 IQ
#7
Hm, thanks for the suggestions...can't find the Gorrila, but the Vypyr seems nice, especially if I can find it for a good price. And the G-Dec has something wrong with it, the problem is noticeable on the acoustic setting.
LaidBack
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Join date: Oct 2006
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#8
Then don't use the acoustic setting...
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