#1
Hey,

first, i did do a search on this-but as you can guess when you search vanhalen you tend to get a ton of random results haha.

ok, so here is my scenario, i'm interested in getting an early vanhalen brownsound (I have no idea why-seeing how my band does not in any way need it! I guess its for my own fun).

After doing some research, it turns out i already have an amp that can do a ton of the work (marshall vintage modern), and when i play around with the suggested settings others recommend I can tell that I'm headed in the right direction. However, my guitars in no way help me in my search (gibson les pauls and strats mainly).

So, I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions on some budget guitars that might be a good starting point (as much as I'd like to get a music man axis, or a evh wolfgang I'm not interested in spending that much cash).
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#2
The sterling axis are extremely affordable, apparently the trems on them arent great from what ive read, but if you want that shape then its well within reach.
#3
Eddie played LPs and strats (with a humbucker) for some of that. He grew up here in SoCal and played in bars in the area. It's not your guitars that are holding you back in the least. Don't bother buying a guitar to get the sound; you're not going to find it there.

I'd suggest that you invest in a Wampler Pinnacle instead. http://www.wamplerpedals.com/aiab/pinnacle.html Give the videos and sound files (done with several different kinds of guitars) a listen and tell me what you think.
#4
after doing some research, its likely my pickups that i'm having trouble with.

might grab a seymour duncan 78 custom-but i've still got to find a guitar i want to drop it into!

anyways, with this new found info, I can likely find something that suits my needs, but any further advise would be appreciated.
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#5
superstrat is the usual thing

as dspellman says the main thing is being able to play like eddie. but a superstrat with a not-too-hot bridge pickup will help if you can.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#7
true but you can get an approximation with a highish gain amp if you're ok with preamp distortion. an od pedal used as a boost will likely help, too.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#8
I'm telling ya, look at that Wamper Pinnacle pedal.

While you're there, if you're a Marshall fiend, check out the Plextortion as well. Severely cranked marshall sounds out of a Fender HRD...
#9
I'm spent some time at that wamper pinnacle, very entreating.
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#11
Superstrat with a hotter pickup (think SD Custom, Full Shred, Screamin' Demon or like a Dimarzio Super Distortion or Super 3), plus a Marshall.

In terms of sounding like him, you won't. But the tone will be close to achieving.
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Superstrat with a hotter pickup (think SD Custom, Full Shred, Screamin' Demon or like a Dimarzio Super Distortion or Super 3), plus a Marshall.

In terms of sounding like him, you won't. But the tone will be close to achieving.

Of those, the Screamin' Demon is the closest. A Pearly Gates might also work.
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#14
You don't want a kramer striker, those are the made in korea, plywood bodied ones.

You'd want a Focus, if you want a budget kramer, as they were made in japan by the ESP company, and are really really good players. The necks on those guitars are to die for, and come with OFR, which probably sell for more than the guitar itself. The pickups could probably use an upgrade though.

If you're looking for a Van Halen style guitar, and a Van Halen Esque tone, a good kramer will definatly get you in the ballpark. The Pacer series and the Barrettas came stock with Duncan JB's, which are arguably some of the best PAF like pickups out there. Nice chunking mid range and some good screamin' highs.

Ah love kramers, and currently own 3. A striker 600st that ah've upgraded the wizzoo out of, a Focus 3000 with a JB in the bridge and various other wiring mods, and a 1986 Pacer Deluxe flip flop blue guitar with a maple neck.
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#15
santa please give a stealth wolfgang with a killswitch.
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The Pacer series and the Barrettas came stock with Duncan JB's, which are arguably some of the best PAF like pickups out there.



They're way, way hotter than pafs. And way middier.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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