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Quote by abyssspecter
I would first ask, what kind of bridge is on the Ibanez, from googleing it looks like its got a fender trem.

Second, id think maybe new pickups, probably ones made more for metal/drop tunings?

third. F100's are sweet, get it.

Yeah, it's just a regular fender bridge
I have 2 guitars, one set up for standard tuning which i use down to drop C#, and the other I use for way bottom stuff, but it sounds really bad that low, so I was going to switch them or get another guitar for low end. (Both of Mine have fender style Bridges, no locking parts) Ive been watching videos on setting these up with a floyd rose and that got me wondering, Can I set up my guitar for Drop C and still go down to drop B flat? (Lowest I would go) I figured the same principals apply as with lighter strings, but that's why i'm on here, because I dont know. I would play mainly Breaking Benjamin, August Burns Red, SlipKnot, and Bullet For my Valentine type songs. I plan on using a set of either 10-52 or 12-54 d'addarios. And any advice as to the actual set up would be great like videos or pictures, anything helps.
Quote by abyssspecter
I would first ask, what kind of bridge is on the Ibanez, from googleing it looks like its got a fender trem.

Second, id think maybe new pickups, probably ones made more for metal/drop tunings?

third. F100's are sweet, get it.


Well, what i was thinking was maybe revert the Ibanez back to the thinner strings, and use the LTD for the way low tunings that I was thinking of.
I have 2 guitars, An Ibanez GRX20 (Less than $200) and Nikko (First ever guitar p ) Anyway, I bought the Ibanez thinking I would put fat strings on so i could play really low stuff like Breaking Benjamin, Slipknot, Bullet For my Valentine, etc. And use the other for standard tuning. So i went through with it, but the Ibanez sounds really "Hollow" I would call it and doesnt' have much muscle to it when I play that low (switching between pickups didn't help either) , and also when i had it set up, they had to put the saddles almost all the way up, which really bothers me. (Please excuse my rambling like an idiot ) The lowest tuning I would go would be probably the next drop tuning after A#. My friend has an LTD F100 that he would sell me, but I want one for low stuff, and one for standard/drop D type stuff.So from a more experienced view point, what should I look for in a guitar that I would use to play low? and what would be a good set of strings to use without having the saddles all the way up? (I'm currently running 12.16.20p.32.42.54 on my Ibanez.)
the truss is fine, i just watched a tutorial and checked it, it is where it needs to be
they arent the original size strings, but i had it set up at a shop right after I got it to support thicker strings, i've had 3 or 4 differen sets on trying to figure out what gauges worked best for my playing type. I finally ended up using the 12-54s that are on there now. The allen screws in the saddles are 1 thread from the top of the saddle which is why i thought it was action. When I look down the neck it looks straight to me, but as far as adjusting the truss rod I don't know how to do that. I'm assuming I could find something on youtube though.
okay, do i set it at the bridge with the saddles or with the truss?
I have D'addario 12-54's on my Ibanez GRX20 which is supposed to be set up for thick strings. My issue is that it seems like the action is excessively high. At the 12th fret it's 1/8 inch off the top of the fret. It just doesn't seem normal when I play but I understand that the thicker the strings, the higher they have to be to prevent buzz. But this just seems really high and I was thinking about lowering them, but i don't want to unless i'm sure. If it is too high how high should i make them? or is it all personal preference? Any help is appreciated.
I'm looking at the vypyr vip 2 because it is available in my town and I'd like to try it out before I buy it and I could possibly trade in my old amp.
wow...disregard the last comment about the pedal, I just realized how that wouldn't work...is there a cheaper alternative than getting a sanpera type switch?
Okay so let's say I bought the Vypyr 30, could I still use my pedal but leave it on clean and use it as a on off switch rather than as distortion? Ive also been interested in making covers for youtube, could this amp be connected to a computer via usb cables or something?
well the reason I want a pedal integrated into my setup is because a lot of the songs I do have hard grungy sections as well as clean sections and so I would like to be able to shut off the distortion when I need to.
I have a Fender Mustang 1 and a Behringer OD100 distortion/overdrive pedal. I have a lot of issues with bad feedback and i'm 90% positive it's the pedal, but i got it for like 10 bucks at a pawn shop so im not surprised and I'd like to get a decent pedal and amp. The amp doesn't cut it anymore either because the settings don't stay the same each time I turn it on. I know it sounds weird but it happens, it has 24 presets installed and you can add reverb and delay ect and you have the ability to save settings, but if you save them and move a dial to change something it throws everything off. I play mostly alternative to hard rock to metal stuff, ex Breaking Benjamin, Bullet for My Valentine, All American Rejects. etc. so the pedal should be able to support tones similar to those. As far as an amp I'd like something in the 150 to 200 dollar range that doesn't have the presets. I was looking at the Line 6 Spider 4 30watt, so something close to that. As far as pedals the only one ive really looked into is the tc electronic Rottweiler. If anyone can give me some input that would be great.
I've been playing for about 2 1/2 years, self taught, and if I had to judge myself, I'd say that i'm decent at guitar (for what I play). I don't know any scales, most of the songs I play are with power chords, and the solos I do know are very basic and minimal, or they are just easy enough for me. How do I build more speed so I can tackle faster solos? I want to get better at guitar, but I don't really want to take lessons.....don't judge me . Anyway, the stuff I'm playing right now is mostly Alternative Rock and a touch of metal. Mainly Breaking Benjamin, a few Bullet For My Valentine Songs along with many others, and some more Pop/Alternative stuff like the All American Rejects, Panic! at the Disco. etc. I would like to be able to play faster, and more complex stuff, and I know learning scales is involved somehow, but I don't know where to start , A lot of this comes from the music I listen to, since I listen to the grungier, darker, stuff, obviously Breaking Benjamin, but also Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold, and Five Finger Death Punch. I know it will take a LONG time for me to get to that point, but for me, this is a good place to start. Any advice is appreciated, as well as videos or just regular text links. Thanks!
I'd say check out Farewell Ballad by Zack Wylde, it's really good, and with zack you know there has to be a bit of crazyness in it
Okay thanks for all the help guys, what is a good brand to go with? I'm not very familliar with strings yet since ive only had to change them 2-3 times since i started playing.
Quote by Shredx
I used a hybrid of 13/12's when I last set my guitar up for Drop c

What would the Diameters be for those?
I recently bought a second guitar with the intention of putting thick strings on one to play really really low stuff. The lowest I played with my older guitar is Drop C with normal strings on it. I already know which guitar I will have adjusted and install the thick strings on. But what size strings do I put on it?
It happens when its off, but it's more noticable when it's on
I leave it plugged in all the time, it's just a matter of turning my pedal and the amp on. I tried moving all over the room with it and it does the same thing.
the feedback is really weird, because if i sit at a certain angle with the guitar the feedback lessens and anything but that spot it is really loud. With no gain and Master vol about 5, guitar vol 10
I took my guitar in today to get the pickup switch looked at, it makes a crackling noise whenever it gets touched, not moved, but like barely bumped. Anyway, the guy said it probably has to be cleaned so i left it there and it should be done by either tomorow or monday. I have really bad feedback problems with my amp too. I have a Fender Mustang 1 amp with a Behringer od100 pedal. and I'm wondering, does the switch on my guitar have any relation to the feedback or is it the pedal and amp? And I'm fairly new to the guitar world so please be helpful.