#1
lately everytime i hit 1 string it does not sound distorted anymore. It sounds very dull and it is like i am in clean electric. i only hear that heavy distortion sound when i hit 2 ore more strings at once.

is this because my strings are worn out? or is it just the way the strings are?
#2
It could be, but more likely someone has been messing with your amp settings, or your volume knob on your guitar isn't up all the way.
#3
any suggestions for where my amp settings should be...for lets say a metallica sound?
#4
I think it's because you are playing cleaner (technique-wise) than you used to.

I don't think it has anything to do with your strings

A recording of you playing would allow for a proper answer.
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#5
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I think it's because you are playing cleaner (technique-wise) than you used to.

I don't think it has anything to do with your strings

A recording of you playing would allow for a proper answer.



what does "playing cleaner technique wise" mean?
#6
It means that you are doing a better job of muting the strings as you play, making things in general less messy.

Have you checked to make sure it's not your volume knob?
#7
You are muting strings instead of letting them ring when they aren't supposed to,

maybe also eliminating sympathetic vibrations (for example playing an E on the A string will make the E string ring out as softly)

A single string with distortion won't have the dirty sound that is the characteristic of distortion because there is only a single wave.
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#9
For a descent metal tone, a good way to start is putting your highs at around 8, your lows at around 6 and your mids around 3, and building off of that. Put your gain on like 6 or 7, turn the volume up, headbang, etc.
#10
my gain is at like 10..........

and right now i have a beginner amp

the knobs are : master volume - gain - distortion volume - tremelo - middle - bass
#12
I doubt it's your amp. This happened to me. My high E was dead . I put a scalpel in the nut and made the slot a bit bigger and smoother, and put graphite (from a pencil) in the nut slots and the saddle slots. Worked like a freakin charm. And old strings are turdy.

For a cliche metal tone for bedroom circumstances. Just scoop the mids, although in a gig or jam setting that's notoriously bad to do.


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