#1
I know this should belong in other forums, but tbh, between us we'll probably know a lot about what to get. I myself am looking for a decent set in order to get a close to hair metal sound - using Mick mars settings (bass low, hi treble, low gain & apparently contour on high, but I've just rolled the mids down to get a closer result) atm through a lil peavey practice amp b/c that's all I've got in my uni room, but may well start looking at proper stuff over the summer & next year. If anybody knows of any particular bits of gear that'll be good, then by all means post 'Em here - chances are we'll help each other out a lot.
My own knowledge is rather little, but so far I've picked up little things, like what guitars (Jackson, BC Rich, Gibson/Epi etc.), and know of a few amps (Peavey Windsor, the JCM's from Marshall etc.), but the more info the better for all, right?
The rig:
Gibson SG faded special -> Marshall MG 50/100 (working on a valve amp)
Backup: Vintage AV1
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#3
get a Krama
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because there is also a gibson squire, and they don't want to get them confused
#4
an 80s BC rich.... Bright Green too! Id kill for an 80s Rich
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I hope Karma puts you in a microwave
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Porn is everywhere. Look around.
Porn is in the forest, in your parents bedroom, in the sea.
But most importantly, in your heart.

Gear:
Galveston Doubleneck
Peavey 5150
Slash Wah
#5
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an 80s BC rich.... Bright Green too! Id kill for an 80s Rich


Yeh, the brighter and more fluro the better :P
#6
I've been thinking about modding a BC like that - just get a basic black on & give it a new paint-job, although at the same time, looking at the higher-end Mockingbirds, and those look fanTASTIC - e.g.,
http://www.thomann.de/gb/bc_rich_nj_mockingbird_tr.htm
and yeah, I kinda did ignore that, because... Well, the punk & ska forum's got a similar thread, so figured we could use something similar...
The rig:
Gibson SG faded special -> Marshall MG 50/100 (working on a valve amp)
Backup: Vintage AV1
Newcastle United
#7
Jackson/Charvel are the way to go for the 80's. Higher quality than Kramers IMO. Whats your budget? Charvel Models 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are all excellent guitars for 80's shred, probably a bit moreso than the later 375, 475, 650, and 750 series. For an amp, Marshall JCM800 or JCM900 if you can pull it off. Maybe a rack setup with a ADA MP1 preamp and Marshall 9200 power amp.
#8
Well true, but tbh Kramers have gone seriously downhill since... Well, since 1991, really. I get the feeling Jacksons and the like are well suited for as you say the shredders of Satch, Vai N' the like, but I get the feeling they're more metal-aimed for the hair sound (Even though I know seeing CC and a few others using jacksons in various vids) So far as the amp is concerned, good luck in me finding a JCM800, even in britain - I guess the 2000's are the closest I can realistically get. The windsors might be interesting - I know a sound control near to where I live has them in stock, might give one of them a whirl (full H/S as well). I think they sell a few jacksons in there too, so will gladly test your theory CJ
The rig:
Gibson SG faded special -> Marshall MG 50/100 (working on a valve amp)
Backup: Vintage AV1
Newcastle United
#9
Jackson set the trend for hair sounds IMO, the old Jackson pickups were a bit more midrangy than Kramer's Schaller pickups which is what came on most of their models, though some had older Duncans. The Jackson pickups used to be made in the USA and were on par with Duncans, but they went to Japan production around '86 or '87, and I don't feel the quality was quite as consistent. I had an old J100 and J90 off a '83 Soloist in my Squier for awhile before I sold them. I regret it honestly. The J90 was the loudest pickup I have used tons of bite and a great heavy crunch, with plenty of mids. the J100 was very smooth in its tone, with plenty of snap that went well with the Fender USA pickup I ahd in the middle position.