Quote by josonmj
I own an Ibanez RG421MOL with INF 3 & 4 pickups. I want to replace the bridge pup with something better. I play through my Fender Mustang I for practice and a BOSS GT-1 effects processor with my band. 

My budget is <100$, and  the sound I prefer is upper mids-trebly like the Countdown to Extinction album for both rhythm and lead (though I like the scooped Metallica rhythm sound too). I am not looking in the used market, I want new pickups in this range.

So far I've been thinking about the Seymour Duncan JBs and Invaders. I have a few questions:

Is it a bad idea to change only the bridge pickup? It's what I use most of the time, I don't have too many issues with my neck pickup.

I have a 5-way pickup selector, I'm probably going to get the pickup installed by a professional, but anything I need to keep in mind while choosing a pickup?

Is it a lot tougher to get a pickup installed in such a config? I have no experience in guitar electronics, should I try it?

aside from the Mustang are you going into an actual amp? if the answer is no then changing pickups isn't likely to get you much in the results dept. changing the eq settings will get you far better results
Quote by bayoutexan1
I have an old (but strong) Marshall Lead 12 mini stack. It has only high and low inputs and only a single Line out. Is there a cost effective way of doing this rather than buying and carrying around a dozen FX pedals?

multi-fx unit. if there is no loop then that makes it a bit tougher but it can be done. a mfx unit would already be set up for guitar into amp use with no extra steps. 
as a lefty i can say that starting him off playing rightie would be the best thing to do. i tried playing left handed back when leftie guitars were rare hard to find. it didn't go that well. started from scratch after a year playing right handed. best choice i ever made. 
Quote by abner0804
Soo I'm already ordering it tomorrow and I'm a little paranoid, because I probably won't change this amp in at least 5 years, so I read some reviews and most of them were CLOSE to perfect, this CLOSE part is what bugs me.
I just want to ensure that those are resistant as Peavey amps are famous for, and that that it will sound smooth when highly distorted.If you guysd could just confirm that for me then I shall already be playing the amp next week
thanks once again, and sorry for the bothering :p

solid amps. i mean you can't kick them around like the old US made models but they have a good track record. the 6505 setting will deliver the distortion. if you have an issue it's because you are heaping on to much distortion. distortion shouldn't be used to make your playing sound "smooth" being a good player and practice will. 

you do have to be realistic about this. it's not an expensive amps and of course you can't raise your expectations to high. the amp will last as long as you take care of it. it will sound good but again don't expect to nail (fill in guitar hero here)  perfectly with it. they use much higher end gear and have studio production on top of that.  i think it will do you fine. enjoy. 

oh and questions like yours are why this board is here and we are more than happy to help.  
Quote by Dave_Mc
I haven't tried the other two but I think the epi is generally considered to be pretty decent. (the others may be too)

the big problem is that, in addition to quality, you have different styles of guitars which some players love and some players hate. e.g a custom shop fender strat is objectively a better guitar than an epi les paul standard, but if you hate strats subjectively it's worse. so there's that confounding factor in addition to everything mentioned above.

and it gets even more complicated than that when you think about things like the neck shape etc..

i'll add to this by saying that regardless of price some guitars may work "better" for YOU than others.  case in point i have a 1988 Fender Strat Plus Deluxe which was the top of the line at that time. it's a great guitar plays well and sounds nice. i bought a 1995 MIM Standard that had been modified to have similar specs in terms of hardware to the Strat Plus as a back up. after a few months the MIM ended up as my main strat as it just worked better for me. it's the cheaper guitar but for me it just has that certain something that  isn't about price.  price is more an indicator for potential than an absolute. you are more likely to find a really good guitar at a higher price point but that isn't always the case. you also have to determine when price exceeds your needs. i love strats but will never pony up the cash for a custom shop model.  on paper they may be "better" but in my ears not so much. i know i can find a strat that sounds and plays just as well for a lesser price. 
Quote by abner0804
monwobobbo wow man, I had overlooked these, I thought I would see only the VIP 1 wich doesn't meet my needs and the VIP 3 wich is double the price of the envoy, but I can get this VIP 2 with 12 speakers for a not so stabby price, is it really good?The VIP 2?

VIP series amps are pretty much the go to amp for Metal in terms of affordable modeling amps.  they are decent and i'm sure will work fine for you. 
Quote by abner0804
monwobobbo damn that's a bummer , but thanks for the response man!

no problem. inexperience is nothing to be ashamed of. realistically you need a far better amp to play in a band but if you've never done that then how would you know. personally i'd look at a Peavey VIP series amp if you want to play metal (and still have other options as well).  get one with a 12" speaker for best sound. they come with built in fx so you're good to go there as well. 
Quote by abner0804
Soo I'm finally getting a new amp and through lots of research I found these two amps that I want to choose from:
Peavey Envoy 110 and Blackstar ID:Core 40
I plan on practicing at home mostly, but i want to do some gigs someday and even play with a band, so I want to buy an amp that I won't need to change for quite some time
I want to learn some bluesy stuff, but I'll probably just play metal all the way
About budget, these amps kind of already exceeds what I have to spend, so saving money for a better amp is kind of a problem when these amps are already expensive enough in my country  (and there is also a problem of availability on amps here)
About pedals, i have a G1XON, so if the amp reacts nicely with a multi effect pedal that would be nice
So if any of you could give me a help with choosing the right one I would be really, really gratefull.

neither of those is really going to be suitable to use in a band situation.  for metal the Blackstar is going to be better.  using mfx pedals with amps can often be a mixed bag. time based fx in the loop usually work fine. overdrive and distortion into the front end not so much.  you may have to reexamine your budget or deal with the idea that you'll need a new amp down the road. 
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i sold my soul to become an elected moderator  

i just bribed a few people when i was one
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i sold my soul to UG 

$2.00 doesn't buy much these days but i guess it's better than nothing  
best way to determine if a guitar is right for you is to play them. price alone won't necessarily work in terms of what is "better". as far as the "advanced" thing that is more advertising than reality. sure a guitar with better features may be what you are looking for but it won't make you an "advanced" player. my main Strat is a MIM that was  less than $500 new and yet for me it's better than my Strat Plus which cost twice as much when new.  get a guitar with the features you want and in the budget you have. 
Quote by MeGaDeth2314
Have you considered abstinence, which is not only 100% safe and effective, but also guaranteed to get you into the Kingdom of Heaven?

well except that whole be fruitful and multiply thing also mentioned in the bible.  pretty sure there may be many reasons that Trashed might have to have a chat with the keeper of the gate  before gaining entrance this whole thing likely won't be on the list. 

if you feel it's the thing to do then go for it. haven't myself but no unwanted little bobbos running around either.  age is starting to do me in in that dept anyways  
Quote by dennazarenko20034
Ippon Also I find Ibanez Blazer Stratocaster (S-S-S) 1981 made in Japan too for 370$, what do you think?

these are pretty decent guitars. it sold in the US for about $150 back then (not sure what that translates to in todays money)  if the guitar is clean then the asking price isn't to bad. 
Quote by tay12lex
I'd say that still is a really good price for an American Special. Just a quick look on Ebay and I don't see one that's selling for less than $700 used. If it's in good shape and everything works, i'd still get it.

US specials have 22 frets.  if it's got 21 then it isn't  that. 
Quote by dk2429
Fender told me on the phone that it's a 60th anniversary.  What do you mean by the screws? The ones holding the bridge to the guitar?

If it has 6, then pass. If it has 2, then it's a deal?

no. the trem is what i'm talking about if the bridge has 6 screws in it then that is what it is if it only has 2 then it's a 2 point bridge. the 2 point bridges are on the better US made strats (22 fret models) . the 6 screw is a vintage style bridge/trem and came on the low end model (and on most mexican made models).  pretty sure that most strats made in 2014 have a 60th anniversary badge on them (strats first made in 1954) the actual anniversary model was a special edition. having said that i'm pretty sure it was also a replica of the 1954 model (21 frets, 6 screw bridge) 

a little quick research shows that there was a US standard special edition but it has gold hardware and was painted aztec gold. a black one would be just a regualr guitar with the 60th anniversary badge on it. 
$550 for a US strat is a good price.   just make sure it's what  the seller says. the anniversary model is one thing but make sure that it's not just an american special which was a cheaper guitar. if it has a 6 screw trem instead of a 2 point then you'll know. in that case price is just ok. 
you know 1 chord form but the result is still 12 chords if played down the neck. that is the purpose of barre chords. 
look for a used Peavey XXL head. they sound fairly decent for what they are  and can be had in your price range. 
POD would work fine for what you are talking about. you can find older versions like the XT pretty cheap  and still be doing fine. i use my POD for recording  and get really good results. (see link in profile). 
you don't have to use all 3 springs. you can take one out and use 1 in the middle and then the other two on  the ends. run the outer springs to 2 and 4 positions on the trem so they are at an angle coming off the claw. this may do the trick. 
if you change string gauges  tht will affect the bridge. since you went to a higher gauge string  that means more tension so the bridge pulls forward.  you should back the claw (where the springs attach ) up a bit and that should rebalance the bridge
how did you determine the body date? as far as i know the body didn't change but of course the neck did you that makes a difference.  next thing is to determine whether it's a US model or an import. with the frets filed down that hurts the value a fair bit. $600 is to much for sure. n if it is a mismatch of parts then it has little in terms of value. i wouldn't go more than $150 without some proof that it isn't a parts guitar. 
well telling us what your idea of the "best" metal / hard rock sound is might help to get you a better recommendation. 
why not just use headphones?   a 3 inch speaker is never going to have decent bass response so don't even bother. what exactly are you trying to do?
Quote by rockstar256
oyvey26 Venues for 350 people. Will 50 be enought?

that would depend on a number of factors. if you aren't micing your amp then it may not have the sound dispersion needed to fill the room. if you are micing then it doesn't really matter what the amp wattage is as the PA will be doing the heavy lifting. 
Quote by robertito696
Agree to disagree, I suppose. I've yet to hear of "modern tech" that can make you feel your skull vibrate without it being loud. I'm in a sludge band (for lack of a better term), think Melvins, Neurosis, Kowloon Walled City.

is your skull vibrating helping you to actually sound good though?   dude i get the  loud thing and all but there comes a point where it is to loud and you are just competing with your other band members to be heard. that does nothing for the music. i started to play in the 70s where everybody had to have that 100 watt head and play loud. thing is that now you don't and can sound just as good if not better. i did the 100 watt head / stack thing but now sound so much better without giving up hte "vibe" you seem to want (just the deafness) 
Quote by robertito696
I was dumb in the past but I have nice musician plugs now, I'm confident I'm not destroying my hearing anymore. I work with a bunch of audiologists and haven't had any new hearing loss since using them.

I get that it's complete madness but it's what we do. Most venues I've played have been totally fine with it, worst I get is the occasional exasperated expression from the sound guy. I played out in Chicago recently and had the smallest rig there if that gives any perspective on the types of shows we end up at. It's not practical, it's overkill, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

I'm not saying the average guitarist needs more than 20-50watts but whenever the issue of volume pops up I feel the need to chime in and mention that there are certain situations where even 100watt tube amp opened up isn't enough. That's obviously the exception not the rule. I promise I'm not trying to be some tough guy with tons of amps, I've seen plenty of bands play quieter with smaller amps and sound great, but for what I do you gotta push a fuckload of air.

So as not to totally derail things, with solid state I'd always prefer more headroom so I would get the highest wattage you can. You might not ever need the extra volume but a cranked solid state isn't going to sound better than one turned up part way.

i think you'd be pretty hard pressed to come up with a reason you'd need to dime a 100 watt tube head that didn't involve poor planning or just being stupid about it.  as for your needing to push all kinds of air, what exactly are you playing?  modern tech allows you to get all kinds of sounds without getting goofy with the volume. 

having nice musician earplugs may play into your problem. perhaps you don't realize how loud you actually are and how  unnecessary it really is.  i have yet to find a situation where i had to turn up my 60 watt tube 2x12 past 4 let alone go past 5 and over. 
Quote by robertito696
I'm using 2 4x12s, sometimes with an additional 2x12. I don't think number of speakers or their positioning is much of a factor here. My practice space definitely isn't the best acoustically but I've played there long enough to know what's caused by the room and what isn't.

Don't get me wrong, the vast majority of people shouldn't need what I do. We're a stupid loud band for better or worse.

Well there you have it stupid loud. No way you need more than a 2x12 for practice or even most gigs. Stupid loud accomplishes nothing. Most bars around here wouldn't enen let you set all of that up or play to loud.
i always played electric but went through several crap guitars before i got my first "good" one . of  course some of thse "crap" guitars are worht a fair bit now  (Kapa Continental, Supro Dual Tone for example)  i finally got an Ibanez strat copy from the mid 70s (again worht some bucks)  my playing improved with the better guitar. 
when it comes to distortion through an amp multi-fx pedals tend to come up short in the sound dept.  as mentioned perhaps a modelling amp that has better distortion options would be a better way to go. 
Quote by robertito696
I'm running 130watts, I can keep up with the drummer alone no problem but add in a cranked SVT+8x10 and I run out of headroom real quick. Distracted isn't too bad but pristine cleans are a problem when the power amp is driven so hard. 

that may have more to do with how you position your amp and whether it's on the floor than wattage. 
Quote by Antimage27
100w solid state wont be loud enough with a loud drummer 

you'd have to have a pretty insane drummer for a 100 watter to not be loud enough
agree that Deans leave a bit to be desired. if you want a nice Explorer style guitar look for an older Hamer. the made in korea ones were nice guitars that can be had on the  used market fairly cheap. 
i've tried both and didn't hear any real difference when just using the amp models.  the 100 watt model has some more bells and whistles  but the basic sound is still the same. 
Quote by JustRooster

way cooler than driving a Prius. 
you don't need to be married to have sex so i fail to see that point being very valid.

seems like most teenagers live with their parents and yet find ways to have sex. doubt that changes much later in life

i assure you being in a long term relationship or marriage doesn't lead to more sex after the first few months. 

online dating takes little time or effort until you actually get a date. if a fossil like me can make it work then younger folks certainly can. just don't be fucking lazy about it. 
ok if you want more of a blues tone then TS into clean channel and then gain on pedal to taste. can't promise it will deliver a very authentic tone though. the pedal will being doing the work not the amp. 
more about the amp than pickups.  hot humbuckers will do the trick. that's a Peavey VTM 60 you are talking about right? 
another big part of my youth gone RIP Stan ,Excelsior!