#1
So I've got a Guitar Center credit worth $100 and can spend another hundred or so. Credit is from a Lightsnake cable that I couldn't get to work. Don't need too many GC rants here as I've had mixed experiences (i will purposely will wait for the right dude if i can).

Do I get a Seymour Duncan SH-4 or 5 (or similar DiMarzio) or trade my current amp for a similar priced tube amp (used even)?

I realize this is somewhat of a loaded question but I'm going there soon and I need your help. I (pretend to) play lots of styles I guess so I need something that is flexible. If I put a new Humbucker in will I notice a huge difference in tone or are the MIM buckers good enough - and focus on the amp swap?

thoughts?
#2
put it towards a new amp.
and i've created a GC rant thread, so no worries.
Gear:
Ibanez RG550 20th RFR
Traynor YCV50
Fender FMT HH Tele
Mesa Boogie 2ch Triple Rectifier
2 1x12 custom Theile cabs
ISP Decimator
Krank Kranshaft
Boss BF-2 Flanger
BBE Sonic Maximizer
#3
tnx kool98769 - i read thru that and was very much ok with it,

ok - so if i do that (which costs more but makes more sense) how can i blackout my white humbuckers for a completely black guitar (and white trim)

also kool, 'cause i trust your opinion' (i actually titled my thread based on your post) should i try to trade my amp back to GC where I got it for a new/used tube or am i better off trying to sell it on my own and walk in with cash?

anyone want a 100 watt fender fm212?

i paid $400 a year ago....can i get a tube amp for $400. Vox? Fender?
#5
You'd probably be better off on your own selling it, if its not in its return period. they'd probably give you like 100, but you can probably sell it for 200 or so on craigslist.
It depends on what you play, and if you gig/plan on gigging in the near future.
Gear:
Ibanez RG550 20th RFR
Traynor YCV50
Fender FMT HH Tele
Mesa Boogie 2ch Triple Rectifier
2 1x12 custom Theile cabs
ISP Decimator
Krank Kranshaft
Boss BF-2 Flanger
BBE Sonic Maximizer
#6
agreed. tnx
no gigging - just basement practice

so would a Vox AV30, used, for example give me the same problem with volume/neighbors? I'm reading a post about how someone wants a 5 or 1 watt tube amp. I think I fogot to mention that my 100watt SS is waaaay to much. Great amp otherwise.

I had one GC guy tell me this was the amp for me and I had a different GC guy on a different day tell me that I should get the low end Vox tube amp - instead of the GDEC I bought......believe that? The second guy was right. I should have come here first. I've learned more in 2 days here than the last 2 years playing guitar. tnx again
#7
You should invest in a blackheart little giant. And then you've still got some money left over too. (assuming you have 400)
So you've got classic rock tones at your fingers, then if you need metal, you still have enough money for a muff. Good deal i say.
theres other choice too.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Palomino-v16-Class-A-Tube-Combo-Amp?sku=487826
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Blues-Junior-Combo-Amp?sku=480512
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-ValveKing-112-Combo-Amp?sku=481442

You could jew down the prices if you go for the stuff in store, so a blues junior would be in your pricerange in that case.
The only way that i'd get a valveking though is if you played a LOT of metal.
Gear:
Ibanez RG550 20th RFR
Traynor YCV50
Fender FMT HH Tele
Mesa Boogie 2ch Triple Rectifier
2 1x12 custom Theile cabs
ISP Decimator
Krank Kranshaft
Boss BF-2 Flanger
BBE Sonic Maximizer
#8
blackheart little giant + OD pedal would be sexy.
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#9
Tnx kool98769 - i appreciate your time

a friend of mine is also recommending the Palomino but I need one in black...lol
i do like the fender blues jr and since i'm obviously a fender fan that makes sense
i like the look of the peavey but to your point, maybe?

bottom line is that it is hard to get a tube amp for <$400.
I have this jam i have been working on that is like Hanger 18 off Rust in Peace.
Can I ask you this kool.....If I do this does my digitech rp250 get in the way or will it play fine thru -----------Does a digital mod pedal diminish a tube amps feel in anyway?

I need to do some more searching....but thank for listening
#10
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
Tnx kool98769 - i appreciate your time

a friend of mine is also recommending the Palomino but I need one in black...lol
i do like the fender blues jr and since i'm obviously a fender fan that makes sense
i like the look of the peavey but to your point, maybe?

bottom line is that it is hard to get a tube amp for <$400.
I have this jam i have been working on that is like Hanger 18 off Rust in Peace.
Can I ask you this kool.....If I do this does my digitech rp250 get in the way or will it play fine thru -----------Does a digital mod pedal diminish a tube amps feel in anyway?

I need to do some more searching....but thank for listening



No good tube amp for 400 will get you Heavy tones. unless your lucky and find a used ashdown fallen angel.
#11
OK....tnx HTH!

So are you saying go with new HumPups? Like SH4 or 5.
vs. the 60annv Mex Stnd Strat HBs I have now, i believe the SCoils are texas specials now and i don't plan to change those

and, if i run all if this thru my Digitech RP and ss fender amp will it make a diff?
#13
Quote by acdcrocks0323
I am sure you could get heavy enough for Megadeth with a Palomino and OD.

Yeah. if you play a lot of megadeth type stuff a blues jr is the wrong amp for you.
Gear:
Ibanez RG550 20th RFR
Traynor YCV50
Fender FMT HH Tele
Mesa Boogie 2ch Triple Rectifier
2 1x12 custom Theile cabs
ISP Decimator
Krank Kranshaft
Boss BF-2 Flanger
BBE Sonic Maximizer
#14
go try a Palomino V16 15W with an od pedal (ibanez tubescreamer,mxr distortion+, Maxon OD808, BBE Green Screamer (imo the best but decide for yourself), or a similar pedal) and you can get as heavy as megadeth, as light as blues, and anywhere in between, it is a really good amp for the money ($400)

maybe even check out the epiphone valve junor, alone it can only do about as heavy as blues/some classic rock but with pedals it can do what ever and is also really good for the money ($100 for combo, $250 for half stack)

just check out all the amps and pedals you can afford (then some you can't), thats how i found my rig
#15
good point kool98769 and tnx again to you and acdc rocks! both been extremely helpful
i would say i don't necessarily play a lot of megadeth (wish i could) im more of Hendrix/Page/VH fan (and i realize those are all different too)

honestly, i'm pulling my hair out 'cause i don't know what to do
1. ditch amp and RP and start over
2. go with new HB
3. all the above - i can't really do at once due to $$

is this what happens when you get addicted to tone - you constantly chase?

i promise i'll try to let this rest for awhile but i need the most bang for buck ($300) and don't want to make any more mistakes. i hate actually even saying that because to be honest with you i like the way things sound now - i just feel like i'm missing out on some tone because i can't crank it. i play at #3 on vol. usually and sometimes with headphones but that is about it.

i'm going to get my GDEC back out and see what gives (screamin' preset has distorted tone sound yall)
#16
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
good point kool98769 and tnx again to you and acdc rocks! both been extremely helpful
i would say i don't necessarily play a lot of megadeth (wish i could) im more of Hendrix/Page/VH fan (and i realize those are all different too)

honestly, i'm pulling my hair out 'cause i don't know what to do
1. ditch amp and RP and start over
2. go with new HB
3. all the above - i can't really do at once due to $$

is this what happens when you get addicted to tone - you constantly chase?

i promise i'll try to let this rest for awhile but i need the most bang for buck ($300) and don't want to make any more mistakes. i hate actually even saying that because to be honest with you i like the way things sound now - i just feel like i'm missing out on some tone because i can't crank it. i play at #3 on vol. usually and sometimes with headphones but that is about it.

i'm going to get my GDEC back out and see what gives (screamin' preset has distorted tone sound yall)

if you dont mind it, stay with it. But dont play any tube amps then, because otherwise you'll start hating your tone. I say either get a blackheart or save up more.
Gear:
Ibanez RG550 20th RFR
Traynor YCV50
Fender FMT HH Tele
Mesa Boogie 2ch Triple Rectifier
2 1x12 custom Theile cabs
ISP Decimator
Krank Kranshaft
Boss BF-2 Flanger
BBE Sonic Maximizer
#18
I say just sell everything like both amps and the RP250. Then get the V16 or even the V32. Then get an OD like the Digitech Bad Monkey. Don't be put off by the digitech name, its a quality analog overdrive. Then get pickups after that because I bet you will be pretty damn happy with your sound with the new amp and OD.
#19
OK kool and DoD...points very well taken
you've mentioned the blackheart several times i think koolie so i'll look closer
part of my project has been to get black everything on this strat
is there a way to blackout the stock white HB - i've got the rest?
BTW - i say i've got $300 but that is after a possible amp trade/sell - i paid $500 for it so i should get at least $300 right?, not from GC of course. It's frickin 100watts, i never should have listened to that dude at GC.
lol
honestly i like Tim Mahoney from 311 because he does this shred switch to garcia/hendrix wah and back... that is so kick *ss imo.
i know, it's hard to deal with noobs like me because everytime someone answers a question - i have more questions......chalk it up to newness, peace out and mostly TNX
#20
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
OK kool and DoD...points very well taken
you've mentioned the blackheart several times i think koolie so i'll look closer
part of my project has been to get black everything on this strat
is there a way to blackout the stock white HB - i've got the rest?
BTW - i say i've got $300 but that is after a possible amp trade/sell - i paid $500 for it so i should get at least $300 right?, not from GC of course. It's frickin 100watts, i never should have listened to that dude at GC.
lol
honestly i like Tim Mahoney from 311 because he does this shred switch to garcia/hendrix wah and back... that is so kick *ss imo.
i know, it's hard to deal with noobs like me because everytime someone answers a question - i have more questions......chalk it up to newness, peace out and mostly TNX

lol
I don't know if you'll be able to find a blackheart, but you should be able to find a VJ, and they're very similar. the BH is just more versitale with the TMB EQ

Also, i hurd that stewmac has some good pickups for the money you pay. They'd probably be an improvement over the MIM standard pickups.
Gear:
Ibanez RG550 20th RFR
Traynor YCV50
Fender FMT HH Tele
Mesa Boogie 2ch Triple Rectifier
2 1x12 custom Theile cabs
ISP Decimator
Krank Kranshaft
Boss BF-2 Flanger
BBE Sonic Maximizer
#21
I think I'd go for the crate as well. It has just enough gain to sound pretty ballsy, think AC/DC amount of gain, yet articulated enough where an OD isn't necessary for leads. It would make you a better player, I had to put forth some effort at GC a few weeks ago to not sound sloppy.

Some sort of OD or good distortion pedal should give you enough gain for megadeth, old metallica, slayer, bands with the boosted marshall tone...
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