been listening to thrash for some time now, pretty much covered all the great ones (the big four, kreator, sepultura, sodom, overkill, metal church, exodus, testament and am now starting out with destruction).
ok, tried the roland earlier today, and it was pretty good, but it's sound is a bit boring...i'd take it as an option, and buy it if i find nothing better in my price range, but still, are there any other amps?
i'm dirt poor, so its not going to be any more than 40 watts solid state. i play 90% metal and rock, so a heavy, healthy distortion is a must, cleans need to be no more than average, if they are good then thats just a bonus.
it must be able to go from thick, fat sabbath-ish distortion to harsh children of bodom distortion.
i've been looking mainly at peavy and randall, although laney has also caught my attention recently. please no vox suggestions, i didnt like them.
well, you say you know how to, so why dont you? but if you think about it, all the materials you need to get for building an amp might cost you more than buying one... unless you have the parts for free?
well, if you want to keep the neck stock, EMG's are practically out of the question, unless you're willing to go through a lot of wiring annoyance which arent really worth it considering you could get better pickups anyway.
i would say a bareknuckle nailbomb would be the best choice. good output, organic sound to counter that 'unnatural' sound you described. personally, i think it kinda lacks bass, but you have a pretty bassy amp.
a dimarzio X2N should also be very good for you. it's kinda treble-y from what i remember.
seymour duncan JB/distortion/invader, the JB being the lowest output and the invader being the highest. i dont really like them myself, sound a bit thin to me, but you're putting them into a mahogony body so maybe it will balance out.
you could also try and get the swineshead Xbucker, but it has A LOT of bass and it might sound a bit muddy.
if you really want EMG's, i geuss you could get the HZ. i think alexi laiho from children of bodom uses them...supposed to be the passive version of the 81/85, but i wouldnt count on it sounding as big as them.
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