I'm debating between an ENGL E530 preamp and a Blackstar HT100 head. I've played the Blackstar head at a local shop and it sounded really good (although I didn't really get to use a guitar suited to my style), but I wonder, also, if an ENGL E530 would suit me better? I play death metal and I like a nice tight, defined tone (and, for the record, more mids=good in my opinion). So, should I go for the head or the preamp?
*EDIT* My guitars that I use include:
LTD F400FM (E Standard)
LTD M-200 with Duncan Blackouts (D Standard/Drop C)
Epi LP/DiMarzio D Activator-X pups/Blackout Preamp (B Standard/Drop A)
So, I was gonna buy a new guitar amp, but I think I'm set for my two guitar rigs for myself and the other guitarist of my band (Peavey 5150 4x12, 5150 2x12 combo, Dime D100 head). Only thing is, the D100 sounds real sterile compared to my 5150 (obviously cuz of tube vs. SS). Would adding a tube power amp to the Dime D100 make it sound better when I play it along side my 5150? I'm thinking of an ENGL E530 cuz that's what I'll be able to afford. Let me know. Thanks.
I just got an ESP/LTD M-200UC guitar from trade. It has a Floyd Rose Tremolo type bridge and it IS an amazing guitar, but whenever I hit an E5 chord and stop the sound really abruptly after hitting the chord, there is this reverb-like ring that comes from the GUITAR, not the amp as the reverb on the amp is turned to zero. Is there any way that I can stop this ringing sound? Thanks.
Does anybody know anything about the LTD M-200UC guitar? I'm in the market for a new guitar and this guy says he'll trade me the guitar for my Peavey ValveKing head that I'm trying to get rid of. It has all the features I'm looking for, but is it any good? Would it be good to play some old thrash? Let me know. I got less than an hour haha.
So, I'm gonna be getting a new amp soon and I need it for thrash. I got a super low budget ($350 to $400 MAX) so here's what I'm considering:
Peavey Windsor head Bugera 1990
I've played a Bugera 333XL for a long time now and I really like it, so I'm not worried about any quality control issues from them. As far as I know, both replicate old Marshall amps which, from the few Marshall amps I have played, are great for thrash. Which amp would be better? I'm not looking for crazy high gain obviously, I need a good crunch (Kill 'Em All-type crunch and similar). I know the Windsor isn't known for gain, but would it be good for thrash? Which should I pick; I can't decide AND I can't try them out cuz no stores locally carry them. Let me know!
Hi. I'm gonna be getting a new amp soon to set up a second guitar rig for my other guitarist and I'm deciding between a Randall RT100 and a V2. Which would be better for newer thrash-type stuff (Dew-Scented, etc.) and also older thrash stuff? I can't find any good YouTube videos and I can't find these amps to try 'em out. Thanks.
Alright, so I've decided to get rid of my ValveKing head and I'm gonna replace it with a Randall RT100 to complete my second guitar rig. I haven't ever actually played the RT100 -- and I can't before I buy one because of my location -- but from all I've heard, people say it's a good amp, even though nine of ten YouTube videos of the amp are horrible. So, do you guys think this is a good choice? Will it cover my needs for Dew Scented/Sylosis/Sikth influenced music? I'm going to be running it along side my Bugera 333XL head. Feedback would be great! Thanks.
I have a thrash project called Cross Pain. I've delayed the release of my first demo/EP for three years because I just cannot find a vocalist. I can send the songs to your email, you can record the vocals, then just send 'em back to me when you're done. I have five songs that need vocals. Please help!
Okay, so EVERY SINGLE TUBE in my treasured Bugera 333XL head just died on me after I got it back from a friend of whom I loaned it to for a gig. I don't know what he did to the amp, but I do know that the tubes are really horrible now. I went in to a shop to make sure it was just the tubes, and yes, I've confirmed that there are no circuitry problems or the like. Anyways, on to why I am making this thread. So, I very obviously have to replace the tubes and I have my mind made up that I do want EL34s in the Power section and I've decided on some relatively inexpensive Ruby Tubes. It is the Preamp section that I am wondering about. So, I can only really afford two different kinds and I don't know which to get. I am debating over the Ruby Tubes ECC83/12AX7 tubes and some 'high gain' Tungsol 12AX7s.
I am curious as to if the Tungsol tubes would completely screw up my clean tone and/or make less headroom, perhaps. Also, the Ruby Tube 12AX7s that I mentioned have me very interested as well. The other guitarist of my band (Judgment Hammer) uses a Marshall JCM2000 TSL 100. On Musician's Friend, when you look at those Ruby Tubes, it says in bold "Get that true Marshall tone!". Obviously my 333XL isn't any Marshall, but I don't want to completely be the opposite of the other guitarist's tone. PLEASE HELP! I know pretty much nothing about how all this works.
So, this could be average tube maintenance problems, but I'm not sure. Recently, when I plug into my 333XL head, it makes this crackling/popping sound. The sound still plays like it should, but there's unusual crackling and popping that worries me. When my friend was over he described it as "sounding like there was sand in my cab". There isn't those crackling and popping sounds when I use my ValveKing head, so I don't think it's the cab. Could it just be that my tubes are dying? It still has the stock EL34s and I've only had it for maybe 6 or 7 months. Sorry if this is all very confusing sounding. Any help would be great. Thanks.
Okay, I don't know if this is "illegal" on UG, but I'm gonna do it anyways. I need help writing lyrics for my new song . . . I also need someone who can do vocals for it. If you can do funeral doom or just really low style vocals, please help. Please! The song is called "For You" and it has a doom metal atmosphere. Very slow and crushing. It's dedicated to my lost lover. Please help with vocals and lyrics. Thanks.
I know, I know. What's wrong with your 333XL? Or your ValveKings? I just want a solid state to use for some death metal and I heard that this one was pretty good. I also heard that Cannibal Corpse (early on) used them and got great tone. So, is the Crate GX130C Any good? Thanks.
I would use the Bugera with the TS7. Start with all settings at noon and adjust to taste. Don't turn the bass too high or it'll get muddy. Don't remove too much midrange to keep it from sounding thin. Start by sticking the SM57 directly at the center of the speaker, very close to the grille cloth. Move the mic diagonally across the speaker towards its edge to find the best possible tone. Generally, closer to the dust cap = brighter, closer to the edge = warmer.
If it's still too bright, place the mic at an angle, such that it is perpendicular to the speaker cone, rather than to the grille cloth. Alternatively, hang it vertically in front of the speaker. This should give the darkest pssible tone.
EXPERIMENT. There's isn't just one way to do it.
Thanks! Finally someone who wants to HELP! I'll try it out.
The Ibanez TBX150H head is pretty versatile and is a great solid-state (no matter what anybody else says). Also, the Randall RX120RH takes pedals great and so does this one Raven head that I can't remember the model name of.
Okay, so I'm wondering if I could get the tone of, or similar to, this band (http://www.purevolume.com/blackpajent). They use Peavey 5150 heads, with Behringer 4x12s. Don't know if they use an effects, but one guitarist uses a Jackson RX10D Rhoads guitar with EMG 81 in the bridge and 85 in the neck.
Which settings would help me get closest to their tone? Also, what microphone placement (be VERY specific)? I have and use a Bugera 333XL head, Peavey ValveKing head with Fender Groove Tubes, a Randall RX412 cabinet, and a Peavey ValveKing 1x12 (stock). I have a Shure SM57 mic, Ibanez TS-7 Tubescreamer, and DOD R-431 31-band EQ also. The guitar I use is an Epiphone Les Paul Standard with VERY HOT DiMarzio D Activator-X pickups.
So explain which amp would get me closest, then the settings, then the VERY SPECIFIC microphone placement suggestions. Thank you.