#1
Hey all, I've been messing around with different pedals and amp heads to try to achieve a kinda of Iron Maiden tone that they used on such albums as, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, and Somewhere back in time.

There just seems to be something more to it then i can hear, any help would be much appreciated.
#3
Well they have multiple guitarists (3 now) that often harmonize so you might be hearing a low harmonization in the mix. Also the recording equipment definitely comes into play, recording equipment was different back then from how it is now so it's gonna sound different.
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I have a jhonson Strat, Stock, and a Epiphone Les Paul stock. Running them through a Mesa Single Rectoverb head and a MArshall 4x12. I have a a few different pedals/effects that I'm using. Ibanez TS9, Digitech DD-3, and a Digitech RP-80 multi processor.
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#5
Fender American Strat with Seymour Duncan hotrails and a Marshall jcm will get you there
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#6
Eh, do the marshalls really make that much of a difference? I've tried a few, jcm being one of them and I found the tone to be muddy, and not what i wanted at all.
#7
I just checked out their wiki and it says their lead guitarist uses Marshall DSL100 tube heads with marshall cabs, and the other guitarist also uses marshalls. They also both use strats the lead using hotrails. But like i said I doubt you'll ever get the exact sound because the recording probably adds some vintage sound to it. And also if you got a muddy tone out of the JCM maybe you had the volume to low?
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#8
Adrian Smith uses DiMarzio Super Distortion Humbucker in the bridge of his Jackson, with SRV and Duncan Jazz single coil pickups. Dave Murray uses SD hotrails in his american strat...both use Marshall JCM800 (not reissues) on those 80s albums, and i think still to this day.
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#9
^I believe they use marshall preamps and poweramps live now, but in the studio they may well still use JCM800s.

TS, you probably want a fairly hot bridge pup and a tubescreamer running into a cranked jcm800. I would think that would get you a decent maiden tone. That mesa is probably gonna be too american sounding and scooped to get a maiden tone.
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#10
apparently, Dave uses JVM heads live now. There was an interview on UG a while back.

For earlier albums, most likely you want a jcm 800 and a Super Distortion bridge humbucker...
But just play with your controls. You'll get it.

Try...
treble = 7
mid = 7 or 8
bass = 5
pres = change to suit

something like that should get you fairly close. Set your tubescreamer to gain=0, tone=middle (neutral) and level=neutral. Now it's acting as a very small boost, and you get the TS mid boost.
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#11
To get the 7th son sound, you will have to dig alot of stuff. Because Iron Maiden started to experiment alot with guitarsynths and effects back then, and that made their mid 80's sound different from the other albums. To nail that sound, you should try to contact Iron Maiden and ask them, or you should try out a whole lot of gear.
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To get the 7th son sound, you will have to dig alot of stuff. Because Iron Maiden started to experiment alot with guitarsynths and effects back then, and that made their mid 80's sound different from the other albums. To nail that sound, you should try to contact Iron Maiden and ask them, or you should try out a whole lot of gear.

Spot on...7th son in particular is chock full of synth sounds, you're going to struggle to replicate or even approximate them with conventional gear.
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i think you should be able to get fairly close with what you have, just put a hot rails pu in the bridge of your strat
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