#1
I have a Squier bullet strat and a microcube.

The guitar is pretty cheap and I think the cube is decent. The distortion is pretty bad but I've seen other guitars used with the cube and it sounded alright. But anyway what should I change?
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I would say guitar in this case. MicroCubes are decent amps, the only reason the distortion is bad is b/c of your guitar.
#3
Hmm yeah thats what I thought
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Well, most of the time with a good amp, the guitar doesn't have a big effect on it other then grunginess, or heaviness. Copy strats are a bit grungy, I know that but I'm not sure about actual Fender ones. The amp does make a bi difference though and the guitar as well. My opinion, get a new amp. Like a marshall or Line-6 .
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Well, most of the time with a good amp, the guitar doesn't have a big effect on it other then grunginess, or heaviness. Copy strats are a bit grungy, I know that but I'm not sure about actual Fender ones. The amp does make a bi difference though and the guitar as well. My opinion, get a new amp. Like a marshall or Line-6 .


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#6
unless you need more volume(like for band practice) i would go with a new guitar
i you like strats fo with squier VM strat or with fender H1 if you have the money but i would not suggest the fender Standard
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#8
^Yeah get both..... but an amp would improve your overall sound most..... look at a Vox AD30VT... very good amp for the price.....
#9
new guitar with humbuckers.
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#10
NO. The right answer is ALWAYS new amp. You can play your Squire Bullet through a Fender Hotrod Deluxe and have it sound pretty damn good, or you can play a PRS Custom 24 through a Microcube and have it sound like ****e. Honestly, it should be a sticky... *BUY A NEW AMP FIRST*
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NO. The right answer is ALWAYS new amp. You can play your Squire Bullet through a Fender Hotrod Deluxe and have it sound pretty damn good, or you can play a PRS Custom 24 through a Microcube and have it sound like ****e. Honestly, it should be a sticky... *BUY A NEW AMP FIRST*



go for the guitar. microcube aint bad.
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Even though Marshall and Line 6 are two of the best amp companies out there...

You're probably just thinking their 15w practice amps.
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Even though Marshall and Line 6 are two of the best amp companies out there...

You're probably just thinking their 15w practice amps.


Marshall is one of the best Amp company out there, Line 6 on the contrary would be better off being affiliated with Microsoft.
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Try putting some new pickups in the strat. It's made out of a decent wood, and the Microcube is pretty cool. that should do it.
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Marshall is one of the best Amp company out there, Line 6 on the contrary would be better off being affiliated with Microsoft.


I guess you've never played any Line 6 amp but a 15w Spider?
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Marshall is one of the best Amp company out there, Line 6 on the contrary would be better off being affiliated with Microsoft.


Marshall and Line 6 equally screwed up with their expensive solid-state amps. I tried out a Spider Valve today through a Schecter C-1 Classic and it was utterly amazing.

But yeah, in a case like this, if you really don't need the extra volume or whatever, then go with a guitar. It'll be different feel-wise and might play faster/easier.
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I guess you've never played any Line 6 amp but a 15w Spider?

I guess you've never played any Line 6 amp but a 75w Spider? It's the same just louder..
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[quote="'[P|E|R|S|O|N"]']I guess you've never played any Line 6 amp but a 75w Spider? It's the same just louder..

It's actually not. I played a 15w one at the music store here and it sounded like sh*t.

The Vetta series are amazing amps. I've gotten the chance to gig with one once, and the sound was incredible.
#20
get both, or if you can't afford it get a new amp man, it will have a bigger change on your tone
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#21
the microcube is a decent amp. still use it for my room and when i'm hanging out w/ friends even though i have a nice Laney Tube Amp.

I say upgrade from the bullet to a HSS Mexican Strat, or maybe a midrange Schecter.
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Even though Marshall and Line 6 are two of the best amp companies out there...

You're probably just thinking their 15w practice amps.



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#23
This is coming dangerously close to a thread slating the Line 6 Spider and the Marshal MG. Please, there's plenty of threads in existence to do this!

TS, you have a decent amp. My guitar tutor uses one and I nealy bought one; I went for a Laney HCM30R instead, but oh well. The Squier Bullet Strat is, sadly, bottom of the pile. It's the cheapest of Squier's guitars - agathis body, generally cheap electronics. I think you'd be better off getting a new guitar.

Distortion tends to sound better with humbuckers (generalisation! Please don't flame me!), so you might want to upgrade to a guitar with humbucker pickups - an HSS Strat copy like a Pacifica should be a good one to go for. Or, if you prefer Gibson, look at Epiphone, decent quality guitars at reasonable prices loaded with humbuckers. Otherwise, Ibanez make some very decent low-grade instuments with humbuckers. Check out:
-Yamaha Pacifica HSS
-Squier Standard Fat strat
-Epiphone Les Paul/G-400
-Ibanez RG321

Any of these would be a good upgrade (well, not too sure on the Squier, but it's an idea...)

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#24
I fully agree with quantum leap. Get first a new guitar, because in your case i think the guitar is holding you back more than the amp.

BUT

It would be nice that IF you can, you should probably look out for a deicent amp too. Because 70-80% of a good tone is thanks to a good (tube, or very good solid state) amp. The guitar hasnt got that much impact on your tone.

But for now i think the guitar is the first thing you should get rid of. Go surf some second hand sites like ebay for some guitars in your price range. But befor buying, ask someone who knows alot about guitars if your not going to make a bad deal.
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#25
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Well, most of the time with a good amp, the guitar doesn't have a big effect on it other then grunginess, or heaviness. Copy strats are a bit grungy, I know that but I'm not sure about actual Fender ones. The amp does make a bi difference though and the guitar as well. My opinion, get a new amp. Like a marshall or Line-6 .

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Recommending anyone who needs advice to get a Marshall or a Line-6 is just, well, no. They both make great amps, sure, but their starting amps aren't really worth the airspace they take up.
#26
Microcubes are decent, but a Bullet is not too great if it's an older one (the new ones are Basswood instead of plywood). I'd get a new guitar. for about $430, you could get an Epiphone Les Paul Standard.
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unless you need more volume(like for band practice) i would go with a new guitar
i you like strats fo with squier VM strat or with fender H1 if you have the money but i would not suggest the fender Standard


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