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High wattage = big output transformer = big tone

Yeah. But still. I think that modelers are the way to go for amazing home tone. Big tube heads belong on stages, studios and practice spaces. 
In theory, no, but honestly, i think its just overkill on so many levels. I have played my 5150 on bedroom levels trough a 2x12, and it sounds fine. But i just dont see the point of having a 120w tube head for home playing. 
These seem like clean tones with some delay and reverb slapped on there. The first and the last video also seems to have an octave type effect, sometimes an octave up and sometimes an octave down. Honestly, most multifx units will be able to do this. What is your budget?
Id say a 5150iii. Its gonna be killer for metal, and im sure you can dial in some of the other sounds you want. I have a 5150ii actually, and i can dial in a good coheed and cambria tone, at least to my ears, on the green channel. Also, with an amp like that, you can get a nice distortion pedal that can do more marshally type tones. I liked my old Tonebone Hot British for such ocasions, but im not sure you can get those anymore. 
as far as i know, as long as it seems to be working fine, its ok. But im not sure. Anyway, i once had my JCA50 head upluged from the cab, because a guy from another band pulled out the cable without telling me. It took me like 2-3 minutes to figure out why its not making noise, and then i immediately turned it off. Afterwards it seemed to work fine, and it worked fine for another 2 years, before i sold it. So im thinking if it works, its ok. 
I play 9-46 on all my guitars for standard tuning, including my 24.75" scale guitars. Works just fine. Hell, i even use 10s for a whole step down, on a 24,75" scale.
Sometimes strings snap. Its no big deal, just put a new set on, and you are good. If it happens a few times more, then you have reason to worry. 
dspellman Ive actually been interested in Agiles for ages, but shipping seems like a nightmare with the customs and whatnot. Especially since every person tells me a different story about how it went down. Apparently the customs offices are some sort of lawless country where they decide rules on the spot. 
Well, before you get bombarded by suggestions for IRs (i use 3sigma and SeaCow) and "premium" pathces, i got to say, that i have yet to download a preset that i like more than the patches i program myself. I just think that if you are halfway competent, you can just build patches on your own, instead of buying them. As far as IRs go, you can probably just download a few free packs, and there are gonna be some stellar IRs in there, so again, maybe dont jump into buying a bunch of them like I did. 
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I gotta wonder, though, why would you bother tuning down a half step just to do that?  And why would your band bother?

Because its half a step more br00tal, duh.
I had a guitar with a floyd, a good one at that (rg550 with the Edge bridge), and it was just a pain in the ass. Yeah, divebombs, fluttres and other tricks are cool, but restringing just took way more time than my hardtail guitars do, and using alternate tunings was basicly impossible. If you plan to keep the guitar in a single tuning, then go for it, but otherwise its just gonna be annoying. You can however block it if you want, and then it doesnt give you as many problems. 
Hi guys, so im actively looking to buy a new 7 string guitar. I have a Jackson RRXT24-7, and i actually really like the neck on it. The pickups were changed, and it sounds great, but im really not married to the shape. So in any case, i have been looking for new 7 strings, and honestly, there isnt that much choice out there, when i take in all my requirements. Im hoping you guys can expand my horizons a bit with some choices i havent considered yet.

My budget tops out at 1500€. Like, thats the absolute top. I guess i can go to like 1507€, but you get the idea. The other requirements (in the order of importance) are:
25.5" scale
Hardtail (negotiable if there is a guitar that i would REALLY REALLY like)
Set neck or neck trough (Again, negotiable, but only if i really really like it)
Some sort of "normal" shape, like a superstrat or LP. 

Honestly, i dont think im asking for much, but its susprisingly hard to get a guitar with all those 3 specs. The only ones i found were the Jackson that I currently own, and LTD ec407, ec1007 and h1007. 

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Will Lane I do not wish to swap them

Well then practice. Besides that, there is nothing you can really do, that will make a significant difference. 
Well there are a bunch of different ec-1000's. The difference COULD be in the pickups, but thats pretty noticable, so you would probably catch that. And now some of them have evertune bridges, but that is also very noticable and advertised, so you would probably figure that out as well. There also may be a difference in fretboard wood, but i dont think i ever saw an ec1000 with anything else than rosewood or maple  fretboards, and those two are again, very easy to tell apart. So unless its one of those 3 things, they are pretty much the same guitars, just with different finishes. 
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Between a used 6505 and a new 6260, I'd go Peavey every time --  not just because it's the original, but because they're proven rock solid, reliable amps.

I couldnt agree more, but then again, used markets and prices of new amps are widely different in different countries. Where i come from, a used 6505 is still more expensive than a new Bugera. Really beaten down ones are kinda in the same ballpark, but then you got to count in the price of new tubes and a general service. Used Mesas can go for 1,5k, while a new bugera trirec is less than half that price. Its kinda hard to justify spending twice the ammount of money for a not that huge improvement in sound. And its hard to argue that better reliability justifies the price, since you can literally buy 2 amps with warranty for the price of one used Mesa. 
KailM Interesting. On my 5150ii, i actually prefer the green channel over the red channel for rhythm playing. I have to boost it with an overdrive tho. 
KailM Thanks man, its interesting to see that you use the blue channel for leads, id have thought its the other way around. And yeah, i plan to use the amp with my Helix. Thats already the way i use my current amp, and its great!
So after luging my old 5150II to the tech, i was reminded why i carry it around with me so rarely. It weight a metric ton, and its big. But, i do still love the sound, so im thinking about selling it and getting one of the new 50w 5150III's. According to the specs its less than half the weight, so thats good.

Seeing how there are two options, which one is better? I like the tone of my 5150ii a lot, so would it be safer to go with the 6l6 version? Im gonna get the new one with the concentric pots of course, so that wont be an issue. I also cant really try them out. Anyway, any opinions or advice?
Honestly, every cable over like... 30€ should be good. Ive had some radom ibanez cables for almost 10 years now and they still work perfectly. 
People bash on bugers a lot here, but so far i havent actually seen one fail. A guitarist in one of my bands has had a bugera for like 7 years now, and it works just fine. And i know of a few people who have been using them for years without any issues. I only know some guy whos footswitch failed, but thats it. 
oyvey26 R45VT Im not sure yet. The tech guy says he is gonna keep it for another day or two to really check it out, and i told him to just replace everything that shows a sign of problems, but so far im under 100€ and that included 4 new preamp tubes. At this point its actually incredibly cheap. 
Well if anyone was wondering, turns out it was a combination of bad preamp tubes (apparently they were still the original ones from 20 years ago) and a few bad caps. 
R45VT Sorry, i dont really know what can go wrong with an amp, but i heard that blown transformers can be pretty costly. But yeah, if its just tubes, then whatever. 
oneblackened happens on both channels, altough its easier to coax it into this stage on the red one. On the green one the gain seems to fluctuate with the loudness as well. And its not as regular, its more random than on the red channel. The power tubes should be pretty much new, unless the person who sold me the amp screwed me over. They were suposed to have been changed a few week before i bought the amp, and that was less than 6 months ago. And i really havent been playing it much anyway, it has like 30 hours of playtime since then.

In any case, ill probably take it to a tech, but id like to know at least what this could be. If its some sort of costly 1000€ type repair, im better of just buying a new one. 
So, after a while i played my big amp again, and what do you know, it has some problems. When crancked somewhat loud (actually not over 5, its at around 3-4), it starts dropping out after a while. Its like a fucked up tremolo effect or something. It also does it on the green channel, not just the red one. I shot a video of it, i hope you can hear what it happening. It also goes away after i either mess with the controls or put it to standby for a few seconds. 

I ran my guitar with EMGs straight into the amp, into a 2x12 framus cab with V30s. Could it be that the cab cant take it and the speakers get messed up because of the power? Or is it the amp. Its a pretty old one, i think its early 2000s or late 90s made. Anyway, heres the video, and any help would of course be apreciated!

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gorkyporky We already chose classes so I can't join this year and next year (I'm going into highschool) I'm too scared to try out. Yeah I'll probably get lessons when I get a job.

Well if you are to scared to even try out for a choir, then there really isnt a point in being a singer. Just suck it up.
goldenpie6 Well thats how i started lessons, by having a job and paying for them myself. Also, people mostly dont understand that good singing reaquiers a lot of work. For some reason everyone just thinks that some people are born with it. But if that were true, opera singers wouldnt spend their entire lives learning how to sing better.

Anyway, if you cant get lessons, joining a choir is the best thing for you. Im sure you have a school choir. You will have to suck it up and sing some songs that you dont like, but it will do you wonders. 

And just a fun fact, your screaming will get way way better when you learn how to sing propperly. At least it helped me a lot, and now my screams are better than ever. 
babysmasher Yeah, i figured as much, but thats a really poor choice of words Especially since you pretty much just describe making any kind of sound in general with those words, not just singing. I just dont want OP to get any wrong ideas, ive actually seen a few kids as young as him get serious issues from poor technique. 
goldenpie6 Thats an easy choice. If you have to choose between guitar and singing lessons, take singing lessons. Its much easier to be a self taught guitarist than a self taught singer. Learning how to sing from youtube videos is a gamble at best. Since you have no one to actually check what you are doing, its very easy to pick up bad habits and wrong techniqes, that are gonna be hard to break after a while, and at worst, it can really damage your voice. Breathing excercises should be safe tho, and those can help a lot. Also learning how to breathe from your diaphragm.

Singing is not like guitar, you cant watch someone sing and see what exactly they are doing. You can only go by descriptions and subtle cues in the sound and body language. Thats why a good teacher is really important, he or she can actually notice what it is that you are doing wrong, and find a way to correct it. Youtube cant. And there is also the fact that teaching yourself, if everything goes well, is going to be way harder and longer than getting a teacher. I was a singer in bands for 5 years before i got lessons, and i improved more in 6 months of lessons than i did in the entire 5 years before. 

Sure, there are some great singers that never took lessons, like Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Steven Tyler, and so on, but those are really rare. For every one of those prodigies, there are a hundred of singers who managed to fuck up their voices by singing incorrectly. My dad and my aunt both had to have vocal nodule surgery, and i can tell you its no picnic.

Oh, and dont thighten up your vocal cords or throat while you sing, thats just the most horrible advice i have ever seen about singing.
Thats a loaded question, because everyone has different preferences about string gauges. For example, i used 10-52 for drop C and D standard. Nowdays i go with 56-10 if i can find a set. And thats on a 24,75" scale guitar. 
dspellman Thats actually the way this guy makes earphones. Takes a mold, and makes them fit your ear perfectly. I think that should solve the bottom end issue as well, since its gonna be really tight and not let the bass escape when the earbuds arent sealing well. But honestly i have issues with the unit as well, since it just doesnt give that good of a sound. I ran some music trough it and its of very noticable worse quality than what went into it. And its also very noisy, and also has random artifacts the whole time. 
Hi guys.

So i recently started playing in a new band. We pretty much run modelers into a Behringer x18 mixer and into in ears. Its actually a pretty cool setup, however im not really happy with my inear system. I currently have a LG Systems MEI 1000 G2 system and Shure SE215 headphones. I got the setup a few years ago, but i never actually used it outside of a few practices with my old band. Now i did manage to setup a nice patch on my helix that sounds decent trough this, but its still not really ideal. There are sill pops, hums, burps and all manner of sounds from the wireless unit, and im loosing a lot of low end, to the point where i have a +15dB boost on the low end in my Helix, just to make the sound decent in my ears.

So im thinking about an upgrade. I found a local custom inear maker, that comes pretty well recomended. A lot of professionals around here apparently use his earphones, and they are pretty affordable as well.

Im also looking at an upgrade for the system itself. Im looking at the Sennheiser EW 300 system, but i really have no way of testing it, and im not sure if its gonna be that much better. My budget is like 800€ for the system istelf, and the headphones are 350€ itself, so i guess the total budget would be 1200€. Also, should i upgrade the heapdhones first, or the unit? Are there better units for the price as the Sennheiser ew 300?

Help pls.
I owned a korina explorer a few years ago. I got it second hand, but it didnt really look all that banged up and actually was taken care of pretty well. But it was one o the worst guitar i ever owned. The neck was felt awful, it buzzed even after a ton of setup, it had a lot of neckdive (probably because the body is way light), and the weirdest thing was, that the neck was really bendy. I know you can bend all necks if you apply enough force, but with this one you actually had to be careful while playing, because you could accidently bend the whole thing out of tune. It was strange to say the least. I may have gotten a lemon, but it left a sour taste in my mouth.

I have also played one of the 1984 explorers. I think they look better, especially the white one, but honestly, it really didnt do much for me, and it had a pretty thick neck. But all in all it was a way better guitar than the korina that i owned.
Id suggest a Line6 Helix. But lemme break down the kemper first, since i owned it for about a year and played a bunch of gigs with it. 

Once its setup it sounds and feels great. I really cant fault it there, the sounds are great once you get a good profile. And thats where things get complicated. Its a nightmare to setup, because of the small screen and really shitty computer software. Navigating on the kemper itself is a bitch, and so is shifting trough literally thousands of profiles, just to find the 3 that you really like. Its just annoying as hell, and by the end, i ended up with subpar patches simply because i just couldnt deal with the 1996 style menus and rotary knobs that feel like they are gonna break of if you look at them wrong. You are also dependant on profile makers, because once a profile is made, you cant really tweak it that much, before it starts sounding weird. So you have to find a profile that is already 99% where you want it and then tweak it minimally. Its not like other modelers, where you have amp models and then you can fuck around with the knobs as much as you like. Yeah, the kemper can do that as well, but it just makes the profile sound strange, in a bad way. That means that you need to go trough A LOT of profiles, and since the software for it is so buggy, its a pretty unplesant experience. I really wouldnt recommend the kemper to anyone, except people with a large colection of their own amps that they want to profile for personal use.

Anyway, after about of year of fuckery with it, I sold it and got the Helix. Its a godsent. Setting up patches is the most simple i have ever seen on a modeler. The way it handles impulse responses is the best i have ever seen, building complex chains is a breeze, and the scribble strips make even the most complicated patches easy to use, since you have everything written down. I think that the sound is on par with the kemper as well. I actually did a blind test where i recorded the same riff with 3 different kemper profiles, and 3 helix patches, and nobody could guess which is which. Also, since its  single unit, you dont need to lug around a separate pedalboard for it (unless you get the rack version of course). In a live setting its just as good as the kemper sound wise, and much better than kemper in everything else, because the screens make it so easy to know what you are doing, and the simple user interface actually makes it possible to tweak presets on the fly, instead of battling trough a bunch of monochrome menus on the kemper.

As far as AX8 goes, i have no idea, i never used it. But i very much doubt its better than the helix. 

Oh yeah, i used both of them live direct into PA, and just used the venue monitors for stage volume. Thats it, no aditional power amps or whatnot. For practice i actually did use the kemper (i had the powered version) trough a cab, and i use the helix either trough an active speaker or trough inears now. 
Well hi gain patches will have a certain ammount of hum in any case. Throw in a noisegate block or something. But honestly, all of this sounds like poor playing and you not really knowing how to setup a patch. Try to find some videos online how to setup patches on the axe. 
smity2000 Yes, how dare people have fun while playing an instrument as a hobby. 
OiUw0tm8 Go from the output 1 section on the axe to the input A on the speaker. Just plug one end in the output 1 unbalanced left and then plug that same cable into input A on the QSC. Thats it. Since you bought a dual cable for some reason, you can also go from unbalanced righti into input B on the qsc, but that wont do much, since you cant get stereo sound from one speaker. The reason that the cable you bought is a dual one, is to run this kind of equipment in stereo mode, but you need two speakers for that.

Honestly, this isnt that hard, with this kind of equipment you always have to go from the "output" part to the "input" part of the speaker. And you cant really fuck anything up cable wise, because the cable either fits into one of the openings, or it doesnt. If it does, it works, if it doesnt, well, it cant work.
Id say you need 2 midi cables, because the axefx probably also sends midi info to the FCB as well, to control the leds display on it. You then need some sort of cable to go from the axe to the speaker (id suggest XLR, but i think a normal guitar cable will work as well), and a cable to go from guitar to axe. Besides power cables thats pretty much it.

But having spare cables is always a good idea. They arent that expensive, and some of them ARE GOING TO FAIL at one point or another. So you can either get a spare for every cable you have now, or wait until they die. I dont even know how many cables i have a this point, but i know that whenever i had just one of whatever type, it always failed in the worst moment possible.
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What you just said is that you didn't have interest in guitar, you had interest in loud noises. Then when that phase passed you, you gained interest in guitar and started actually learning how to play it. That's how I see 100% of the stories. Every beginner I've introduced to guitar always wants to play the electric and they never progress. It's a case of the lack of genuine interest in the instrument. 

if you look at that youtuber Robert Baker, you'll see he said he didn't learn a chord for 3 month, he only wanted to play solos. (I guess he practiced scales? Not knowing that every solo is made of some sort of chords, baha.) that right there is reason number 1 not to get an electric guitar, you will sit there trying to play songs instead of learning fundamentals. Not that you shouldn't play songs as Ast as you can, but that the vast majority of people who start on electric never get past the stage to play a song. I got my electric guitar from my brother, who bought it 4 years ago, "played it" for a week and put it away, until he told me to take it when he noticed I was learning acoustic.

Well aint that quite a statement. In some sort of convoluted way you may be right, I had interest in playing music that i like the most. The acoustic guitar wasnt the right instrument to play the music i liked. Thats why i had more fun with the electric. So no, i didnt really intend to delve into the depths of the guitar and analyze chords to the point of obsession, i just wanted to play music that i like. If you wanna call that "not having an interest in guitar, but rather in loud noises", ok then. Ultimately my approach made me a better guitarist on both kinds of guitar in just a few months, as in before, i spent two years doing nothing.

I have no idea who Robert Baker is, and i honestly dont care. And i have more friends who have acoustics that they abandoned after a few weeks of playing than friends who have electrics and did the same.

Also, you pretty much equated all the geners that use electric guitar to "loud noise". So thats kind of a dick move, dont you think? I wouldnt say that jazz is just playing random notes in random orders, and that folk music is just 3 chords and a redneck mellody, because i know better. So why do you feel the need to demean the entire rock genre and people who like electric guitars?