#1
I have a Kustom Quad 100DFX amp and a Gibson SG Faded with a pair of DiMarzio D-Activators in it. Not the best amp, definetly not the best guitar. I've decided that something that might be able to help the distortion out a little is to just check out some pedals. I really like to be able to play stuff with a Paul Gilbert-esque tone, but also be able to switch over and have my tone in the same ballpark as someone like Steve Vai. I don't want a really heavy, crunchy tone...Think Vai's "Tender Surrender" solo, I guess.

Any help would be appreciated.
#2
a new amp would help more than a pedal

pedals need a good base to start with, they just inhance good tone
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#3
Are you ****ting me... Gibson SG Faded with a pair of DiMarzio D-Activators, your ****ing joking, I would buy that in a heartbeat.
But are you kind of looking for a lead booster?
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#4
well i know everybody says this but seriously save up the money and change your amp first if you don't like it, then buy a guitar, i'm not sure about how good that amp is but if you don't like it buy something else because you want to be buying an amp that sounds good rather than a crappy amp and another pedal. Trust me.
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Are you ****ting me... Gibson SG Faded with a pair of DiMarzio D-Activators, your ****ing joking, I would buy that in a heartbeat.
But are you kind of looking for a lead booster?


I love how the guitar looks, but I'd much rather be playing a PGM301...Hahaha. Then again, I think everyone would rather be playing one of those.

Oh, and the D-Activators really do kick ass. I bought them both for $170 and they are worth every penny.
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well i know everybody says this but seriously save up the money and change your amp first if you don't like it, then buy a guitar, i'm not sure about how good that amp is but if you don't like it buy something else because you want to be buying an amp that sounds good rather than a crappy amp and another pedal. Trust me.


Here's my problem:

I'm 15 years old, and I have no job. I don't exactly have any way to save up for a $1500-$2000 amp worth keeping. It's just so much easier for me to buy a distortion pedal for like 40 bucks and not have to worry about it anymore. I would love to have a new amp/guitar, but I just don't have the means of getting them.
#7
you can get a damn good tube combo that will do that tone pretty easy for $200

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#8
Here are some pedals.

Metal Muff (EHX)
Boss OD-3 (Boss) but have it in front of your amps distortion channel as a boost.
Big Muff (EHX)
Boss DS-1 (That's what Vai uses

As for Paul Gilbert, For his tone you would need either a Laney amp or i believe he used to use a ADA MP-1 (which is a tube amp). <--- Very Expensive.
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Here's my problem:

I'm 15 years old, and I have no job. I don't exactly have any way to save up for a $1500-$2000 amp worth keeping. It's just so much easier for me to buy a distortion pedal for like 40 bucks and not have to worry about it anymore. I would love to have a new amp/guitar, but I just don't have the means of getting them.

To be honest you should stop worrying about what you don't have and start being a bit more grateful for what you've got. You have a (good) guitar, you have a decent enough amp...concentrate on learning to play the thing. Some people get by for years with kit that didn't cost a 10th of what you have.
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#10
Your guitar, and those pickups, are very solid things to work with. That amp...eigh, the cleans are nice! You could do exactly what I did with mine, and buy a small all-tube head (or combo!) and wire the Quad as a 2x12" cab.

Short of that...an EXH Metal Muff or a DS-1 would be good, with respects to Donkey Fly for reccomending them.

Edit: Amen, Steven. When I was 15, I had a squier with a missing fret and an SP-10 with a ripped speaker cone.
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To be honest you should stop worrying about what you don't have and start being a bit more grateful for what you've got. You have a (good) guitar, you have a decent enough amp...concentrate on learning to play the thing. Some people get by for years with kit that didn't cost a 10th of what you have.


I feel like a baby who just got his hand slapped for messing around with the cookie jar...


I am very grateful for what I have, but I can't really help but catch myself a better tone than what I have when I can.
#13
Metal Muff, dude. At least try it out with your rig. If you don't like it, there are many other good overdrives/distortion boxes out there.
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

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Stupid name.
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#14
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I feel like a baby who just got his hand slapped for messing around with the cookie jar...


I am very grateful for what I have, but I can't really help but catch myself a better tone than what I have when I can.

Didn't really mean it to come out that way, but I don't think you realise how good your gear is compared to what most people your age have. Gear is nice, but it doesn't stop you having to work for your tone - if you suck then you'll still suck through the greatest amp in the world.

Maybe get yourself an EQ to tweak the voicing, but if it were me I wouldn't be worrying about gear for a long time...I'd be concentrating on playing.
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