#1
so right now my rig sucks pretty hard, but it gets me by
i was wondering what a guitar and amp that can go from like B.B. King
to iron maiden

im generally broke so price friendly is preferable
also preferably a tube amp, i can get pedals if need be

right now ive got a squier strat and a washburn chicago series
with a fender frontman 15g amp
and a digitch hothead &rp50
and a crybaby wah
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#2
could go with a vox valvetronix and 1 ceramic, 1 alnico pickup.

Vox valvetronix has awesome metal and good cleans, and the ceramic is great for distortion, whil the alnico has warm cleans.
Last edited by restless_thrash at Jul 13, 2008,
#3
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could go with a vox and 1 ceramic, 1 alnico pickup.

what guitars have that stock?
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#5
you could go for an Epiphone G-400 for your guitar, that neck pickup will be awesome for blues, think eric clapton cream tone. i think the peavey classic 30 can reach iron maiden distortion, and maybe a blackheart little giant will too, but you'll need an overdrive pedal.
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#6
Well, many many blues players have used Strats, and so does Maiden...
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#7
Peavey Valveking, or a Peavey Classic 30 and an OD to boost the distortion
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#8
Get a Seymour Duncan cool rails for your neck pickup and a hot rails for the bridge
Cool rails is a nice warm bluesy pickup and hot rails is a high output distortion pickup. They fight right into a strat and are about 75 bucks each.
#9
Quote by guitar_infidel
you could go for an Epiphone G-400 for your guitar, that neck pickup will be awesome for blues, think eric clapton cream tone. i think the peavey classic 30 can reach iron maiden distortion, and maybe a blackheart little giant will too, but you'll need an overdrive pedal.

I concur with this, but replace the bridge with a high-output umbucker (Dimarzio Super Distortion/PAF pro/Breed, Seymour Duncan Sh-6 Distortion/Sh11 Custom Custom/Sh4 JB)
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#11
Schecter is a good guitar to switch from blues to metal...maybe not for the price you are looking for though
#14
Quote by restless_thrash
Vox valvetronix has awesome metal and good cleans, and the ceramic is great for distortion, whil the alnico has warm cleans.
Lolwut.

High-output pickusp like those with Alnico 8 magnets, active pickups, or ceramic-based pickups, are useless at this kind of level.

The only reason for having higher-output pickups is to drive an already maxed-out amp extra hard to create more overdrive. They are useless for pedal and pre-gain distortion, or if you are not maxing out your amp anyway.

When you're using amplifier pre-gain, pedals, or if you're just not maxing out the amp in the first place, then those types of pickups do nothing for you except reduce your volume range and kill your clean tone.


I wish people on here would understand this. I'm tired of seeing people suggesting active EMG pickups and similar for people who are playing in their bedrooms on a quiet solid state amp or some similar crap.




As far as the guitar/amp combo question goes:

For guitar, I'd go with something like a Les Paul or SG with double humbuckers, and maybe set it up to have coil taps so you can switch to singlecoil-type sounds. Really though, anything could do. A good solidbody with humbuckers would be your best bet though, I think. Perhaps consider something with mini-humbuckers or P-90 type singlecoils.

For amp, Vox Valvetronix if your budget is really on the lower end, or a Fender Super Champ XD if your budget can stretch a bit further. Pretty much the two most versatile small amps I've ever come across. Of course if you had a bigger budget then you could do even better, for for those on the cheap, it's hard to beat those two amps.
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#15
Quote by restless_thrash
could go with a vox valvetronix and 1 ceramic, 1 alnico pickup.

Vox valvetronix has awesome metal and good cleans, and the ceramic is great for distortion, whil the alnico has warm cleans.



Not really, the "metal" settings on my VOX AD30VT are not as great as you make them out to be, the tone's rather thin and lacks the grindy punch that metal is meant to have.
#16
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Stratocster with hotrail in bridge

+1

or an HSS strat, you are playing maiden after all..
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#18
I would go with a nice Fat Strat or a Jackson. those could handle anything. singles in the neck and middle for the bluesy stuff and a humbucker in the bridge for the heavy stuff.

as for amps, I have been hearing good things about the new Line 6 amps they have out (NOT THE SPIDER SERIES)

as for pickups, I would go with Dimarzio's or Seymour Duncans. they should be versatile enough for everything provided you have the right setup going.
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#20
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Well, many many blues players have used Strats, and so does Maiden...


Yeah. If you ask me, I think everyone should at least have one Strat no matter what the play.

Gotta love those Fenders
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This is terrible advice. Even worse than the useless dry, sarcastic comment I made.

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#21
im a bit of a noob to be honest but im just going to jump on in anyway and say a prs se custom and a line 6 flextone. might be wrong though but i like the idea of it lol
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#22
HSS Strat, or Les Paul. Both great.
Gibson Les Paul Custom
Fender American Tele

F/S:
Orange Rockerverb 50
Orange PPC412
#23
get a jackson dk2 and swap out the neck pickups with some SD cools rails(or hotrails which are surprisingly good for blues) and maybe put a tb-4 in the bridge
#24
what about peavy valvekings?
a freind of mine has a VK112 or something like that, and it sounds great, how expensive are they, ive never asked him
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#25
$4oo new US.

If you decide to go VK right? Here are some UG'rs clips. I doubt they would mind. They can PM me if they do. Good stuff.

http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/Sadistic+sponge/

http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/sg622/

Youtube and the UG Search Bar can also be your frineds.

Do you have a total budget and what is your favorite band right now?
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#26
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Not really, the "metal" settings on my VOX AD30VT are not as great as you make them out to be, the tone's rather thin and lacks the grindy punch that metal is meant to have.

Then you're doing it wrong. I use very low output pickups, and with nothing more than a tubescreamer can get enough gain to compete with Nile on the "Modern UK" setting.
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