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We were supposed to be heading to see Muse tonight but the tickets we purchased last week and were supposed to be delivered by mail haven't showed up yet DOS!!!! I already dished out the rest of my paycheck but I managed to reserve two lawn seats for $35 (talked down from 90). Can anyone help a fellow musician out and send 35 to my PayPal, and has anyone else ever gone through this???
I'm going to start tracking guitars at home, mainly because I have some good equipment and it seems with all the advancements in home recording it should be worthwhile. I would like to get serious about tracking at home, I have the 100w evh 5150 head and a two notes torpedo live unit, but I'm wondering what else I need as far as equipment to get some quality recordings using my gear. I assume I need an interface of some kind.

Also about software, I've heard good things about Reaper and Pro Tools, but I'd like to hear some suggestions/experiences.
Say what you will about looking like a "NEEEERD," but Yngwie has always raised his guitar up super high and nobody talks shit about his playing
This thread seemed to be the closest I could find to ask a question about singing techniques. I'm not a professionally trained vocalist in any way but I do lead vocals with my rock group (each member sings lead and backups). I have been making a serious effort to set time aside and practice my vocals at home, same way that I have with guitar for many years. One area that I really need some work on is my higher register. I can hit high screams like in the beginning of Finding My Way by Rush and it sounds decent, high screams like with Cinderella and early Rush and some Zeppelin I can handle but when it comes to maintaining my head voice when I'm singing along to Slaughter or Firehouse or Styx it doesn't sound appealing IMO. I'm not getting a full tone there. It's very treble based if that makes any sense, it sounds like all of my tone is coming from my head and nothing from my chest/diaphragm when I move into that range. I also lose volume compared to my lower register/speaking voice, my singing voice gets quieter in those higher notes and sounds really compressed.

I'm trying to help diagnose this problem with my upper register the best I can in words. Are there certain exercises or routines that I should start doing in order to help add more tone and volume to my head voice? Should I practice singing while standing or sitting? Position my head a certain way while singing?
dspellman hahaha right?! Nah, what I meant was the band has our sights on touring so a trip out to LA might be in store for the future. But right now we're more or less getting a local rep and focusing on the sound
311ZOSOVHJH Great reply, appreciate the thorough response. And yeah, Cinderella is a really underrated band from that era that I've always admired.

I could spend around two grand on a new rig, around 1500 would be even better. But I'll do whatever it takes to get the right rig, even if that means climbing to the 2500 range. It's usually how it goes... I spent my then-life's savings on the 5150 full stack, now that I have some money I'll probably do the same on something else and upgrade.

It's an original unmodded block letter 5150, that was the amp I wanted at the time and still enjoy it thoroughly. I do gig with my band and I am recording. That being said I'm still starting off and want to have my playing standout, as does everyone, and a big thing I've always admired about the 1980s hard rock/ glam metal/ heavy metal crowd is that everyone always had the most stellar distortion tones that complimented the playing so thoroughly. I like Slipknot as well, but when I think of a great sounding guitar I always turn towards that era of music... most of the amp demos online (particularly one from GW about amps with great gain distortion) have people playing in B or A and everything sounds the same. Which I am not after.

Yes, both 5150 cabinets have four Sheffield speakers in each. Total of eight Sheffield speakers. I wound up picking up the cab off of a guy in south FL and just loved the sound, and then shopped around to get a matching full stack. I would prefer to keep my amp, if nothing else just to have a backup for live performances and recording. I watched Steve Vai blow an amp up once and the techs were scrambling to borrow another amp so Vai could finish his show, and while that seems inevitable I would like to have something on standby until I have enough funds to get a second of whatever my "long term" amp purchase will be.

I do think my best bet is to just work from the ground up with a new amp setup for my full time playing. Because the tone I'm going after, the 5150 (although a really solid amp) isn't ideal for that sound.

I'm in the Central FL area at the moment with plans to travel out of state, but not to CA anytime soon unfortunately. Otherwise that LA Amp Show sounds like a fantastic time.

I do need my effects loop and a clean channel would be nice. I know that some people say depending on the amp and the guitar and pickups, you can lower the volume on your guitar and get close to a clean sound, then turn up for distortion. Which is alright but I prefer being able to switch back and forth with a footswitch. I just checked out one of the new EVH III amps at a guitar store about two weeks back and that tone was really nice as a starting point to build off of, I was impressed. What little there is about the EVH III EL34 online that I've heard/seen is great, but the 2400 price tag is too much to lay down just yet (amp is still in preorder stage and I haven't heard enough to consider putting out that kind of cash).

I would like to hear whatever suggestions you have. Appreciate the feedback!
The thing dreams are made of.

No, but in all honesty I'm looking at putting some serious money into my rig. I currently am using a Peavey 5150 original full stack which I run into my pedals and my assortment of guitars. The sound I'm currently getting is decent but I also suffer from GAS and am looking into getting a new amp and potentially better cabinets. I watch these YouTube videos and everybody's endorsing everything possible and it's pretty overwhelming lol, just look at Petrucci's new setup...

I'm heavily inspired by bands like Van Halen, Vinnie Vincent Invasion (minus the excessive theatrics), Dokken. I want to get a full distortion sound like you heard on a lot of 1980s hard rock/glam metal records without sacrificing identity and tone. Like some of the newer "metal" amps that I've heard on YouTube are just ridiculous with their distortion levels and tones.

I want a tube amp, not a huge fan of digital amps. I was considering the new EVH with EL34s that's coming out in the fall but that price tag is tough. So I wanted to ask the community their thoughts and recommendations towards this kind of sound while I should have funds to realize a better sound.
monwobobbo I agree with you on the rarity thing, I saw that only a few were made but I couldn't really verify it and wanted to hear the community's opinions... there's some knowledgeable folks around these parts

I only saw one listing for a case on Ebay so couldn't get much of an idea on what the guitar's worth. I'll probably go for it, appreciate the response man. Cheers.
Just a little more details on the guitar, it has the original whammy bar and includes the case. Price is 400 firm.
I'm considering buying an Ibanez XV500 tomorrow. The guitar certainly looks cool but I know very little about it. Can someone help explain the story behind the model, what they're going for, etc.?
pressureproject Here's some shots that I was given of the guitar, any help you can give would be real appreciated mate

http://s1339.photobucket.com/user/boristhespider/library/
I'm looking at this Jackson that I'm thinking about buying off a guy. It's a Jackson Randy Rhoads model guitar. I know that they've made several different types of Jackson RR guitars before and depending on the model, the value of the guitar is different. The guy doesn't know what the actual model of the guitar is, for example a RR3 or RR1, but he gave me the serial number. I was wondering if I could have a hand with pinpointing what model this guitar is, whether the serial number will help or if there's some other distinguishing characteristic about the guitar that'll let me know.
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Thanks for the input guys, yeah I'm going to probably just replace the jack. Can any of ya help point me towards a good replacement jack?
ryanbwags thanks for the input. I've ordered the part and hopefully that'll do the trick.

trashedlostfdup I would've tried that if not for the actual jack being cut. So I'll probably replace the jack and then try some thread lock.
I picked up this neat overdrive pedal not too long ago. The pedal itself sounds great, it was custom made so there's not a ton of info I can find on the manufacturer or anything, but the only way I can get a signal to run through the pedal is when I leave the output cable just barely touching the inside of the output jack. Reason why I had to do that is because when I plug the cable in all the way, like I would with any other pedal, no signal runs through.

What can I do?
Hey so I picked up a second hand Dean Custom 350F a while back and I've had problems getting the input jack to stay tightened. Even after tightening it with the socket wrench it's a little loose right after playing for maybe half an hour. Took it to my tech and he pointed out that the jack has some cuts in the grooves and should definitely be replaced. So my question to the community is what quality replacement input jacks are out there on the market that I should pick up for this little project?
My amp tech wants to replace all the tubes in my Peavey 5150 amp after it was damaged in a recent car wreck. I want to ask the community what would be the best tubes to put in as to get the best tone out of the amp? It was already a smoking little beast with some heavy distortion and warm clean tones, but I heard different tubes are better than others and I want to get this done up right.

Also, advice on having the amp biased? Obviously the clean on the 5150 isn't pristine but is there a way to optimize my clean tone? Same with the distortion. Cheers.
Hey all,

I'm in a band that currently isn't playing any shows but we're currently recording music and have already agreed that once we start playing dates and hopefully selling some albums that we're going to split all the gross profit equally. Essentially equal pay for equal work in the band. Of course I've seen all the horror stories of ex band members who leave their bands saying "we agreed to split the profits then once we made it big, this certain member took over and changed everything and became a dictator, etc., etc." so I wanted to ask if there's a certain document or something that should be written up that specifically outlines how we split up the money we make? I've brought it up to my bass player a few times and he wasn't entirely sure, just said "we're not even making money yet" and kinda left it at that. I just think we should have something in writing since we're all serious about the band and making music.

Also wanted to ask about how to split up the songwriting credit. If a new member comes into the band when we had ideas for some songs and he ends up writing a solo for each song and new chord progressions and accents for notes, should he get credit as far as songwriting? Or just credit for playing on the track?

I just wanted to get some outside opinions on this before I go back into practice later on so we can discuss all of this.
Hey all,

My Peavey 5150 was damaged in a car wreck going to band practice about a week back. Two of the effects loop jacks were damaged and have since been repaired and work great with the original footswitch unplugged, but when the footswitch is plugged into the amp the effects loop doesn't turn on and no longer works. Take the footswitch out of the equation it all works, but I still need one to alternate between clean and distorted.

Since the footswitch worked before the accident, and the effects loop works fine without the footswitch plugged in, my tech and I have reasoned that the footswitch was also damaged in the wreck. Since I'm going to have to find a new one, I wanted to ask what is the right switch that I should try and purchase? Does the footswitch for the Peavey 5150 II work on the original Peavey 5150? Should I try and find an identical one to my original?

Please advice ASAP and thanks in advance
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All our gear was destroyed in a fire when we left it at the club. We had a benefit. I didn't get any money out of it , I don't think anybody else did either.
My guitar was gone, there was nothing left of it. There's nothing left of my guitar amp except the chassis. It was an inferno. The owner of the place was Albanian and he didn't help us out with insurance money he got. His name was jet. I don't know how to spell it.

I'll send you a few bucks. We are all brothers, us musicians. Not really. Some musicians are okay. A lot of them are like jealous insane women.


Man, that really sucks! Sorry to hear about what happened to your gear. It really does mean a lot. I know, I was anticipating something like the other replies I got considering the circumstances, so I really appreciate it. We're starting to have our band motto named "What Next" because it's just been one thing after the other over the past few months, with deaths in the family and car wrecks.
Hey all,

I wouldn't ever ask if it wasn't really important. It sounds cliche, I totally get it. My band and I are at a bit of a struggle financially right now. If you have ever been in a band starting out you might be able to relate. I already make an hour drive each way to practice, and after recently being faced with repair bills after some of my gear was damaged in a car wreck I'm really strapped. The band needs speaker cables for our amps after they were apparently taken/left after a recent studio session, as well as patch cables for pedals and new guitar strings. Everyone in the band has daytime work and are doing our best to get by and keep going while trying to make it big, and this is another expense that we just aren't able to do right now and it makes it difficult to get solid practice in when we're always trying to borrow cables from that person or that other friend.

If anyone could spare $20 or even less (not trying to sound like a dick) to try and help us get the money for decent cables and strings it would help out immensely. Whatever extra money is left over will go directly to helping get my amp and guitar repaired. Thanks a ton for listening
Guitar is one of those things that you can't and shouldn't try to rush... it's probably not the best advice if you were coming here expecting to hear the forbidden secret of the six strings, or if you expected someone to hand you the Pick Of Destiny and give you the powers of the devil himself.

In all seriousness, you just have to practice. Practice. PRACTICE. And don't stop because it seems challenging. With the right mindset and effort you'll be able to gradually get better and better at playing guitar. Hope that helps.
False positive: the color still comes off with water. My friend says it looks like it's an oil or wax finish on the guitar. Should I try applying more clear coat or do I need to do something else?
I agree with you guys, appreciate all the advice. I went out last night and picked up a nice shake can of clear coat and painters tape and applied two light coats of clear. Dried overnight and now seems to be fairing better.
Thanks for all the advice guys. I will have to look into replacing that jack and will let you all know what the result is.
I was recently given a guitar that has a great smoky paint job on it. The guitar sounds great, looks great, the only problem is that with the slightest amount of liquid the paint comes off. There's been a few times where I was sweating while playing, put down the guitar and had a friend point out the red paint that was on my arm. With a little bit of saliva on my finger, I just put it onto the body of the guitar and it's the same story.

What would cause this? Also, what can I do to prevent this from happening further?
I do actually get a signal when I plug directly into the effects return. I can actually hear the effects in the rig, I assume that the FX return is essentially serving as another input jack at this point.

Like I mentioned before, the FX send jack is missing the locking nut and washer. With some effort the jack does move around. Could this be what's up? I am assuming that it's the FX send that is the problem here, since I do get a signal when I plug directly into the FX return.

The footswitch works fine as far as switching between clean and distorted channels, it just doesn't get any response as far as the FX loop button. I suppose it could be the problem but I'm not entirely sure how I would check and see if the footswitch is broken... There wouldn't be a way to just turn the FX loop on and off manually, essentially doing the same thing as the footswitch would while just bypassing the footswitch?

I was given a receipt for the tubes that were just installed before I bought the amp from the guy, it has all new tubes so I doubt that the V3 tube is the problem here. But hey, ya never know. Probably worth having someone look at it, since I don't feel comfortable messing around with the electronics considering I have no experience with this kind of repair work.
I definitely hope that there isn't internal wiring damage, but I did pick it up second hand so you never know. Everything else works perfectly to the best of my knowledge.

I have tested the cables, they all work perfectly. Same with the pedals. The entire rig works when I plug straight into the input without using the effects loop. Obviously it doesn't sound as good as it would through the effects loop, but with the band I don't have much a choice especially with recording plans on the agenda.

What can I do to see if there's wiring damage or test the effects loop? Should I just bring it into the local guitar shop?
Just tried using the effects loop without the footswitch plugged in, no difference. Still won't acknowledge that there's a harmonizer and delay turned on, no change in tone whatsoever.

I noticed when I was plugging in the cables for the effects loop that the send input jack is missing a washer and locking nut. I wouldn't think that would make any difference, would it?
Probably worth noting, whenever I press the button designated for the effects loop the corresponding light on the foot switch has never lit up.
Hey all,

It's a first gen Peavey 5150 head with the big block letters on the front. It came with a footswitch that controls both clean/overdrive on the left button and the effects loop with the right button.
I recently picked up my first real amp head and haven't been able to use the effects loop yet because it just doesn't work. I apologize if that seems vague, but I literally can't manage to make it work.

I used to run my pedals into a solid state combo amp and would place a distortion pedal in the mix before my delay, flanger, harmonizer, etc., but since picking up my new amp head I've been in love with the distortion/overdrive it produces and have set the distortion pedal on the shelf for the time being.

That being said, flanger and like minded effects don't sound nearly as good when they're run straight into the main input and then overdriven and distorted by the amp head. Here's what I've tried doing:

1. running the cable from my guitar into the wah, tuner, overdrive pedals and sending that signal into the main input of the amp head

2. running a cable from the effects send on the back of the amp into the flanger, delay, harmonizer and eq pedals on the pedalboard, then back into the effects return

Am I doing something wrong? Because when I set up my rig this way, I don't hear the harmonizer, delay or flanger pedals at all. Please let me know what I can do to make the effects loop cooperate here.
Appreciate the input, I'll have to give those a go and see if that helps
Alright, so I just picked up my very first tube amplifier. I've been using a vintage solid state for years that did not include a built in distortion knob, which I have always made up for with a distortion pedal in my rig. That changed when I picked up my 5150 half stack; the tone this thing channels is insane! So the distortion pedal quickly went up on the shelf.

My only problem right now is that although the distortion pedal has freed up some space in the rig, running all my effects (phaser, flanger, booster, etc.) into the post overdrive/distortion in the amp head just doesn't work as effectively. Obviously that's why there's an effect's loop built into the back of the 5150; I have just never used one before and are quite lost, to be honest.

When I thought that I had set it up correctly by plugging in two standard instrument cables, like what you would use for the guitar, into the send and return plugs on the back of the head I didn't get a response from the amp.

There's the original footswitch which was included with the head when I purchased it with two buttons, which you use to switch between distortion/clean on the left button and turn off and on the effects loop with the right button. When I try pressing the right button there's no difference; the effects loop still doesn't work. There's a green light next to that button which I assume would light up upon pressing the button, but it never has.

I tested the effects loop by just turning on all the effects like the phaser and booster and flanger pedals, which should have made a dramatic difference in the tone, but nothing happened at all.

After inspecting the back of the head, on one of the two effects loop input jacks it's missing one of the locking nuts (assuming I'm describing this part correctly, it looks just like the nut on my guitar and those on the left and right of my pedals). Could this explain my problem? Might there be a related problem here?

Is there something I'm doing wrong as far as setting up an effects loop? I didn't actually have someone sit down and show me how to set up the effects loop so I'm rather lost. I appreciate whatever advice you can give.
Quote by metalmingee
Yes 16 ohms to match the one cab.

For adding a second cab, it depends on the impedance of that cab. The two speaker out connections are in parallel according to the manual. So if you add 2x 16 ohm cabs then you set the switch to 8 ohms.


Thanks man, I appreciate it
Hey all,

I just picked up a 5150 head (block letters) to match my 5150 4 cab. This is my first real amplifier half stack and my first tube amp ever, so I'm rather inexperienced when it comes to this area of guitar playing. There's a switch on the back of the amp head to switch between 4 ohms, 8 ohms and 16 ohms. My cabinet says it's specifically wired for 16 ohms. What should I set my amp to and what do I do when I pick up a second cabinet? Are there different settings that I will need to use?
Not sure if it would make any difference, but I am now using a Peavey 5150 half stack. The head is the original block letters model. I picked up the head w/ a brand new metal tube package installed and matching cabinet with stock speakers for $700 total, which is a lot of money for a starving guitarist but was almost exactly what I was looking to find and in my price range. Needless to say, I'm very protective over my rig
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I don't think running a mp3 player thru your amp will cause any problems, as to how they should treat it, well tell them to treat it better than their own.


Great, I absolutely will
I wouldn't ever use a guitar amp as a way to host my MP3 player, but my drummer's friends were always running theirs through the main input jack. The same input where you would plug the guitar cable through.
This probably seems like an unusual combination to mention in a thread, but I figured I would go ahead with making the leap of faith and asking anyway.

I'm currently in a band and just picked up a nice used half stack. I am getting ready to bring it over to our band's rehearsal/jam center, which is about an hour from where I am. I have some reservations about bringing it over since I've thrown pretty much every cent I have into getting this equipment, especially since our drummer's friends always want to hang out in the jam room (there's a TV hooked up with a game system in there) and they were using an old Hughes solid state amp to run their MP3 players through, kind of like a massive speaker.

Needless to say during practice one day the Hughes up and died on us. I had taken the cord with the adapter plug to connect the phone/MP3 player to the amp just prior to us getting into practice, as I had many times before. This was an old Hughes amp which had always been taken care of (according to my band mates). I still would like to know if there's any possible relation between using a guitar amp as a MP3 player speaker and having it damaged as a result?

Also, is there anything I should tell my band mates as to how my amp should be treated when I'm not there? I would prefer that no one would play with the settings and all that when I'm not actually practicing, but I also want to hear from the community about their experiences and advice.