So my friend is looking for a new tele to replace his MIM tele. We play in an indie band. I saw this on Craigslist, and figured it's a pretty good deal for a '78 tele. Probably have to go play it before I buy, but what do you think is a fair deal for the guitar. I've heard that '78 teles have thick finish and are much heavier than ones made today. It also has a humbucker in the bridge which I'm not crazy about. Opinions????
Just my opinion, I play some post-rock, and i borrow my friends volume pedal sometimes, it is probably one of the most useful tools for getting some crazy effects in conjunction with some other pedals. Imo its worth much more than a compressor.
If you work with your setup right now, i think you could get a pretty decent sound. I'm assuming you have a Spidervalve combo? Also, active pickups do not make a tube amp good, nor do they only sound good while using a tube amp.
imo mids are needed to cut through the mix. I can't count how many threads in GGnA have been- "My other guitarist overpowers me and I have a huge tube amp... WHY? btw my settings are bass-10 mids-0 treb-10" Even for metal i usually prefer a mid hump.
My suggestion to this thread is to add a section about different types of wood. I have been researching Seagull guitars for a long time and couldn't tell the difference between the spruce top S6 and the cedar one for $30 more. It took actually playing them side by side for a long time to notice the subtle difference-
Cedar is a softer wood, and will scratch more easily than spruce Spruce is harmonically more fundamental than Cedar Cedar is more harmonically complex, with deeper overtones Spruce stands up a bit better to flat-picking as Cedar can distort when picked hard, while Cedar has more depth for finger-picking because of the harmonic complexity.
If you want a warm delay sound stay away from the DD20. I'm going to throw in the Caebon Copy and Ekko616 as options if you don't need all the special features and want a stripped down good sounding delay. The Tech 21 Boost DLA that just came out is also a good choice, it has tempo and is a very efficient solo boost. As the Lieutenant said, the Time machine is also a great option. Go to a local store and try them all out!
ENGl Screamer really impressed me, but is really loud and expensive. Artisan I found to be very similar to the HT5. I wasn't a big fan of it, sounded a bit brittle. Dual terror isn't a metal amp at all, more of a Classic rock amp. Rocker 30 could be good for classic metal, but may not do kdern metal without an OD
You may want to also look into a used Mesa Mark combo
the amps you mentioned are somewhat different so you may want to go and play them to get a better idea.
You can get a good tone from a tube 100 tube amp at low volumes easily. You can't get a good power-tube breakup tone from a 100 watt tube amp at low volumes.
Theres nothing wrong with preamp distortion at bedroom volumes. Its not like it sounds bad, because it doesnt. Unless you REALLY need power tube breakup (ACDC sound), you shouldn't need to crank the amp at home.
Post #2 for me! I'm going to have to hurt Mesa. I'm not really a fan of the solo heads and some combos leave alot to be desired. Still a great company though. I'm going to have to heal Egnater. I am not being biased, I just believe that the MOD50 has potential to be a revered amp one day, up with Diezel and Splawn.
The general rule that I go by is 15 watts if you just want distortion, 30 watts if you need cleans. This isn't always correct though, I_am_metalhead is right with his post. It depends on the circuitry, speakers, etc.
Like Skysc said, get pedals depending on which ones you will use enough for them to be worth it. I would also go for a Pitchblack and a MXR EQ instead of BOSS. I personally think that the ZW overdrive is great.