Oh yeah, you can get the SLO head, and some sort of loadbox, like the Shure Reactive Load or Torpedo ReLoad or something similar, into some IRs, maybe into a mooer radar or something similar. That would work, and you would have a real SLO head to crank trough a cab when you need to. Pricey, but it would give you exactly what you are looking for. 
Well, then you really have no other choice but to try preamp pedals/modules/whatever. But tbh, i really really doubt that any pedal will sound better than the model on the Helix. I have a helix as well, and its wonderful. 
Are you aware that the Soldano SLO-100 head has volume knobs? Seriously, just turn it down. I used an engl Powerball 120w head with a 4x12 cab at bedroom volume. And a 5150. Just turn it down.

As far as doing other stuff goes, the only thing that would probably beat the Helix is either a Kemper with some soldano tones loaded onto it, or the Synergy module. But with synergy, you either have the amp, that you feed into a cab, and you then get the same volume "problem" as with a real head. Or, you just use the preamp module, and then you still have to deal with impulse responses and so on.

As far as other sims/pedals go, i honestly dont think you can get much better than the Helix. The models on there are pretty great.
What do you mean, whats the catch? Its a midrange guitar (i guess that midrange is like from 400 to 1000€, so its like a.... lower-mid-midrange guitar). Most of the guitars in this price range are decent. Quality can vary a bit, and you can get a great instrument for the price, or a real lemon. Most of them are average, but play pretty well with a quick setup. You dont need to pay thousands of whatever currency for a good guitar anymore. 

As far as online reviews go, DO NOT TRUST THEM. They are always positive and outstanding and say that its the best guitar ever. Its not. A lot of the "reviews" on youtube are made by stores that sell the guitars, and obviously they are going to try and move as much product as they can by saying its awesome. Then there is the written reviews by people who bought it, and they are usually people who just got their first guitar that isnt a starter pack guitar or a 150$ ibanez Gio, so of course they are going to like it. And then there are the people who just say its good because they have to somehow justify the purchase to them. I have been guilty of both to be honest.

Basicly the reviews that I trust nowdays are the whole "unbiased" reviews on youtube, where the guitars are funded trough Patreon or whatever, and the reviewer is free to say his actual opinion. And sometimes you have to take those with a pinch of salt as well, because of the quality difference between guitars themselves, and how the reviewer tests it out. Some guys just review the thing out of the box, and then complain about the strings and setup, while other actually change the strings and do a setup. 

Anyway, that was kinda off topic, but whatever. I have actually played the 84 explorer before. Its ok. The neck was kinda chunky, which i was suprised about, but there were no glaring flaws with it. It does tend to neckdive a bit, like all explorer shapes. Its a decent guitar, but nothing special tbh. If you can get a used epiphone Thunderhorse, i think that would be a better deal, i loved those way better.
No idea. Honestly, the best way to learn is to just sing. Sure, excercises are good and all, but if you are just starting out like from complete zero and you have never sung before ever in your life (which is kind of sad tbh), then just do it and fuck everyone else. 
Sooooo, apparently a music store opened somewhere close to where I live (a fucking miracle if i ever saw one), and i was checking trough their website, and lo and behold, they carry some electric guitars. But they only carry the VGS brand. I have never heard of them before, and I can find barely anything bout them online. They seem to be the guitar brand from Gewa. All I know about Gewa is that they are a german brand and that i had a few straps from them. 

They caought my eye because they have a few LP models, and the Eruption Pro seems like something i would love to have. So if anyone knows about them, a word is not a horse!
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RailHammer and the others all sell directly from their websites.  I don’t know how their prices might be affected by import duties, though.

Yeah, nobody does really. Importing stuff from the EU is a non-issue, but from everywhere else, its a toss up. Things might go trough fine, or you might have to pay some sort of import fee thats 2x the value of the item. Or you just dont get it and it gets lost. I know people who ordered the same item multiple times, and every time the customs process was different. Its a total crapshot. 
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Check out the SD Pegasus and Sentient.  

I also thought that the 57/66 was supposed to be pretty versatile, respond well to rolling off the volume, etc.  can’t split them though.

Arent the pegasus and sentient like full on metal pickups? I mostly see them in low tuned and extended range guitars.

And yes, the 66/57 are indeed good pickups, but i put them in a different guitar, because i wanted to sell the 401 originally. I still use them for metulz. They arent as "passive" as actuall passive pickups tho.
dannyalcatraz Oh yeah, i forgot about the Mastodon pickups lace has, those might be a good bet. Dont want to go with Deathbuckers tho, im trying to get away from the EMGs at this point. Otherwise id just leave the 57/66 set i had in there. Companies like RailHammer and Rio Grande are kinda hard to come by in europe tho, but i think Lace actually has an european based online store. I might look into the Gibson Dirty fingers or 498T's, i remember having those in two of my guitars and they were pretty great for this kind of things. 
Hi guys,

So i've been transitioning away from just metal and im trying to "refresh" my guitar collection a bit. I still have a 7 string, and an ibanez loaded with emgs that I will use for the harder stuff, but i also need some more mellow things. I got a Yamaha Pacifica 611 a few weeks ago, and its great, but the SD custom 5 hb in the bridge is not really the thing for higher gain stuff. At the same time, I didnt relaly know what to do with my EC-401, so i wanted to sell it, but since it had a few issues I got it fully fixed first. And the luthier did a full setup, and a fret job, and the guitar now plays amazing. So, instead of selling the damn thing, im considering just swaping out the pickups. Its currently loaded with a 81-60 set, and im looking for something more versatile, but i still want it to rock. 

So basicly, id like the pickups to be able to do stuff ranging from like Ac/Dc and GnR to Alter Bridge, Coheed and Cambria, Velvet Revolver, Iron Maiden, Iced Earth.... I use a Helix for pretty much everything, so I have all sorts of different amp sounds available to me. It would also be nice if they were splittable. Im not gonna say no actives, but i really cant imagine any actives would fit this descriptions. 

So, ive basicly been thinking about the good ol' JB4 and 59 set. But honestly, i have little experience with pickups like this. I know Claudio from C&C uses a Nailbomb in the bridge, but thats pretty much the extent of my knowledge. 

Id reallly not like to kill myself with the budget, but ill spring for mainbrand pickups like SD or Dimarzio, but id rather not spend like 300€ for a bareknuckle set, unless there is really good reason for it.

I like him actually. I cant really take the songs seriously, its like listening to Lonely Island or MC Hawking, there is no way not to laugh when listening to that shit, but its entertaining. 

And then there is this gem:

Well first of all, what you recorded is hardly singing, it sounds like someone lethargicly talking and then sometimes changing the pitch a bit. Also sounds like you are scared of someone hearing you, which i can absolutely relate to, but it makes you pull back on the volume and phrasing and everything. When you sing, you gotta sing with fucking intent! It doesnt have to be super loud, but louder than quiet talking for sure. Im not trying to be mean here, but it really sounds like you are holding back and giving up before you even start. Like Cajundaddy signature says: "Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." Its the same with singing.

Anyway, there really isnt any other way than to get a good teacher. Getting a place where you can yell and sing without anyone hearing you, while you do youtube exercises is a good start, but its not going to have the same ammount of effect as a good teacher will. I sung in bands for around 4 years before I started lessons, and in a few months of lessons I made more progress than in all 4 years beforehand. Singing is not like playing guitar, because you cant see what you are doing wrong. A teacher can hear your voice and see your body and then correct you until you get it right. 

As far as range goes, im a baritone as well (most of men are), but I can hit pretty high notes, to the point where i can sing Queen and Iron Maiden songs. Takes some practice, but its doable. And thats with normal voice, if you go into mix and head and falsetto, the range is almost endless. The voice classifications are more of a description where your voice sounds the best, not what notes you can hit.

Now i could throw a bunch of technical terms at you and tell you how to position your breath and vowels and so on, but honestly, there is no point. You need to book at least a few hours with a teacher, to make sense of everything. After that, im sure you will progress quickly.
Well, everyone is going to say "NO", seeing as how its a 24,75" scale, and tbh, its not ideal. But just get thick enough strings and it should work. You might have some issues intonating, and you will need to use a wound 3rd string, but i know its possible because ive done it. Just try it, you cant really damage your guitar, and all it costs is a pack of new strings. 
Its the speakers and volume difference. I use different patches for bedroom playing and recording, than I do for live playing. When you have lover volume, you need to boost the bass and highs more. I usually set up my tone at home, on my studio monitors, and then when i switch to PA, i add another eq block after everything to cut the lows and highs, and maybe use the global eq as well. 
A Line6 G50 relay. It works perfectly now, but I did have a few issues with wifi interferance, but that was fixed by changing one option in the menu. Since then it works without any fault, never had a single dropout. The transmitter seems solid enough, and the reciever as well, and its great for mounting on a pedalboard. Not so much if you want to mount it in a rack tho, for that id say go for the g55 or g90, because mounting it in a rack is just a hassle. I originally bought it before the g55 was out, and i used to have it on a pedalboard, so it worked for me for the first 3 years. That being said, i had it for like 5 years now and it still works great. I dont even know what the range is, but I managed to get over 20m away inside a building with a bunch of walls, so im guessing its big enough for pretty much every stage you are gonna hit, unless you play arenas. 
Dave_Mc actually i think most iron maiden material was recorded with humbuckers. And nowdays most of their guitars are humbucker equiped, and even Janick uses haotrails in his strats. Most of the guitars Adrian used had hbs in the bridge, Dave as well... They did use some single coil strats, but not nearly as much as people would want you to believe. 
I mean, a single coil sized humbucker would work, like the hotrails. I have a dimarzio chopper in one of my guitars and its good, but not the best thing for really hi gain tho. Id suggest you get a HSS strat, and make the bridge pickup splittable, that way you can still have a single coil sound in all positions, and get a full humbucker sound as well for hi gain. 
Earnie Ball all the way. At least most of the time, i now use a dunlop 60-10 set for DropC, but for standard, Eb and D, i use earnie balls. For my 7 string I use a normal earnie ball 9-46 set with a separate 70 for the low B. Sadly, that low70 is a daddario, since earnie ball doesnt have them. 
I managed to do dropC on a 24.75" scale with as low as 10-52 strings without issues. 10-56 was better, and 10-60 was even betterrer, and 11-56 will also work fine. So yeah, its not even an issue to be honest. 

As far as GhostFret goes, i just did a setup on one of them, and its a great guitar. Its a bit neck heavy, so thats a pain in the ass, but thats really one of my pet peeves of guitars, i hate neckdive. But other than that, it was a great guitar. Really the only think that isnt really stellar on them are the pickups, but i think they make up in that department with stainless steel frets, locking tuners and great fretwork. They also look awesome, and i know thats not really a popular opinion, but i think thats a pretty important factor when deciding on a guitar. Anyway, if your kid has his heart set on it, you really cant go wrong with it.

And dont get him a 7 string for drop C, thats a really bad suggestion.
Well I had the pleasure(?) to play a bunch of instruments from the 70s and 80s, and let me tell you, most of them suck. They are old, malfunctioning, the frets are worn down, the finish on the neck is fucked, the wiring is usually shoddy as hell, the neck is bowed into all sorts of shapes, they have a bunch of dings and cracks.... I have played exactly one guitar of that age that actually plays well, but all the others were just... bad. So just blindly ordering an '84 guitar from Reverb sounds like a bad idea to me, especially for the budget you are going for. 

What you SHOULD do, is go around some music stores and see what you like. Something might surprise you. But as a general, it would seem that Fender MIM strats are for for you. They have the fender neck (duh), you can get them in a HSS config so you have a humbucker in the bridge, and actually, i KNOW there is, or at least there was, a model with a floyd rose on it, because my friend has one. Im just not sure if its still in production. You can also look for used USA models, you should be able to get some for your money.

Other options are the Jackson San Dimas, or the Charvel Pro-Mod, but im not sure how the necks are on those, so you shuold try them out first. 

Ibanez also has a few guitars without the wizard necks, like the SZ and SZR series, AR and ART. They arent baseball bats by any means, but they arent wizard thin. I actually have an old SZ320 and its one of my favourite guitars. No floyds on those tho.

You can also check out the higher end Yamaha Pacificas, if any of those catches your eye. i just got the 611 and its amazing. But again, no floyds.

Besides this you should obviously check out the schecter and esp options, they do have smaller necks, but again not really ibanez wizard thin. 
Jet City. Altough i see you are in the us, and already have a cab, so a used 6505/5150 head is right up your alley. 
So, about a few months ago I stopped playing in my last metal band, and after trying to do other stuff than metal, I realized that I only own a single "non-metal" guitar, and that one is a 150€ tele knockoff that is kinda falling apart. All the others are EMG equipped dark shred monsters. I decided I "need" a new versatile guitar, so I went on a quest trough all the local stores and trough all the used listings to find something that I like. I tested out a bunch of fenders, epiphones, PRS`s, Godins, G&Ls, Yamahas, and things i never even heard of. At the end I was pretty set on a G&L Legacy, but i rememberd there is a store i havent yet visited, and lo and behold, they had this Yamaha! It played beautifully, and i went back and bought it the next day after I tried it. 

So on to the guitar. It was around 650€ new, but you can get them for around 600 in bigger online stores. I gladly paid extra for the privilege of actually trying it out first, and knowing what im actually getting. The nut is a graptech TUSQ nut, graphtech string saver saddles on a yamaha bridge, and grover self locking tuners. All this works great, and it stays in tune for a looooong time. I had a jam session that lasted 3 hours yesterday, and the guitar is still in tune. Im actually really surprised. Intonation is also pretty spot on.

The neck is slim and fast. It has a glossy clear coat on it, and i guess a lot of people dont like that, but i prefer glossy necks, so it feels great to me. Its slimmer than most fenders as well. Its actually only slightly bigger than ibanez or esp necks. Frets are well done, but nothing really special, and the fretboard, which is rosewood, feels nice. The neck heel is not carved or anything, but i have suprisingly little issue with reaching the high frets. There is however a crack in the finish at the neck joint. The guitar is under guarantee, and I marked the crack with a marker to see if its spreading, but i think its just one of those finish cracks that a bunch of guitars have, and i dont want to return it and risk getting a worse playing one, just because there is a small crack in the finish.

The body is adler, and it seems to be made out of 3 parts, and it has a flamed maple veneer. It looks nice, and it also sounds nice when unplugged. It has as much sustain as any guitar i ever played. The finish is good, but i did find few flaws in it, but thats to be expected of the guitar in this price range.

It has a Seymour Duncan Cusom 5 that you can split in the bridge, and a seymour duncan P90 something in the neck. It sounds great, the bridge can handle a lot of gain, but it cleans up much nicer than EMGs im used to, and can actually do nice cleans without fiddlig with the amp eq or rolling the tone of. If you split it its a bit quieter, and gives that bright stratty chime, that you kinda have to tame with the tone knob. 

That being said, the tone knob has a much wider range than im used to, and i find myself actually using it for the first time in my life. The gripe i have with it, is that its to easy to turn, and sometimes it can turn on its own if you throw the guitar around to much. 

The P90 in the neck is somewhere between a humbucker and a single coil, so it does really nice warm cleans, but it can also scream for leads if you want it. Its suprissingly quiet, and it has only a bit more hum than the actual humbucker in the bridge. Actually splitting the humbucker gives you much more buzz than the P90 on its own. 

The middle position on the 3 way switch is good for cleans, but i find that each pickup on its own is more to my liking. 

So all in all, im very happy with it. The only thing that really bothers me is the easily turning tone pot, and i guess the crack in the finish. But other than that, i cant give any faults to this. Anyone looking for a guitar in this price range, I cant recommend it enough. Hell, even people looking for guitars in 2x the price range should take a look at this. 

Anyway, here are some crappy pics, that i dont really have the will to edit to look better. 

This is the pic of the neck crack, you can see where i marked the thing. 
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Not at all. Lots of ways to get a good guitar sound that costs much less than $1K.

Aside from all that. As important as it may seem to sound like so-and-so, the goal should be to develop your own sound with what you have at the time, a sound that will inspire you to play.

I guess modeling software would work. But when you pull together the cost of software, an interface and decent speakers/monitors....  Sure, you can get a decent sound with cheaper setups, like the Katana or the PODs, vypers, or some of those lunchbox amps and so on. But getting a really great sound takes like a grand for sure, and matching the tone in that video seems like it would take some cash to achieve. For sure you need some sort of cab with a decent speaker, and some sort of decent amp, and those two things together... well....
hunterwskating Yeah, a 6505 with an overdrive in front and into a cab with V30 speakers. Or something comparable, but this is literally the cheapest way to get this kind of sound. 

Alternatively, you can get a good modeling unit like the Helix, and do the whole thing that way, but it still clocks at around 1k$. Or you can go with a Katana or a similar modeling amp, but its not going to be the same. 

In conclusion, getting a really good guitar sound is expensive. 
Played an Ironball a few times. Didnt like it, mushy and undefined and just... weird. The bigger heads are killer tho, and i had a few of those.
The only thing out there that does this is the line6 Variax, and to some extent, Peavey AT-200. People seem to like the Variax much better than the peavey tho. It gets updated much more than the Peavey, which seems to be stagnating at the same level it was when it was released. And the Helix-Variax integrations seems like a really cool thing to have. 

Besides that, there are no pedals that can do this, and the Gibson robot tuners are supposed to be pretty bad. And even if they work, doing 5 different tunings with the same set of strings seems like a bad idea to me. 
Yeah, but my potato of a phone takes shitty pics. 
Try them? Really, just try them out on the Zoom, and if you like the ones on the unit, theres no need to buy individual pedals. 
dannyalcatraz Well I ended up taking the Yamaha. Its pretty amazing. Its very well made, everything fits together nice, and seems like a really solid instrument. The only thing that bothers me is a crack in the finish at the neck joint, but as far as I know its just finish deep, so i dont want to trade it for a different guitar that might not play as well. And it does play amazingly, the action is lower than on all my other guitars and it doesnt buzz at all. The P90 sounds somewhere between a single coil and humbucker, and can do some really nice tones, and the bridge humbucker can do great crunchy tones, but can also hangle hi gain like a champ. The tone knob is really easy to turn tho, to the point where a jolt of the guitar can send it turning, so i may have to change it. Works fine tho, i just hate having to check it all the time. Its a push pull, so maybe thats the issue, since i notice those tend to be more loose than normal ones. The locking tuners are great, i just had to get used to them, they are even more handy than the normal kind of locking tuners. And speaking of tuning, it stays in tune forever. I had a writing/recording session yesterday, and I only had to tune when i started, and its still in tune today. The tuners and the graptech nut really seem to do the trick. All in all, id recommend this guitar if you are thinking of buying it. You can even wrangle some single coil tones out of it, but since you can only split the bridge humbucker, thats kinda limited. But other than that, its really versatile. 
Either a small tube amp, that i can use in tandem with my Helix, or some sort of active speaker to use with it. Im leaning a bit more towards the amp tho, i tried the Marshall Origin 20 head a few weeks ago and it was very fun to use. 

As far as guitars go, I just got a Pacifica 611, and im very very happy with it, but i am thinking i could get some sort of Strat or Tele, basicly a dedicated single coil guitar. I have to sell a bit of my old gear first tho, ive got a bunch of things taking up space, and with the renovation of my apartment, i dont know how much funds im gonna have for any of this things. 
Ive ordered 3 guitars online. I honestly thought it was more, but now that i think about it, it was just 3. Out of those three, one is great and I still have it, but two were.... kinda bad. I just sold them on and took a bit of a loss, but if you buy from a store with a good return policy, i think its great actually. But i wouldnt buy used online, id only do that with effects and maybe amps, but even thats kinda risky... 

Altough somtimes i feel like id rather take a risk and get a crap amp, rather than suffer the awkwardness that ensues when you come to a random persons house to try out an amp, and it turns out you hate it.
Im actually in the same boat as you at this exact moment. I want SOMETHING that can do nice beautiful cleans, sweet crunchy tones, but that can also handle the ocasional metal thrown into it. At this point ive narrowed it down to some sort of HSS strat, a Player series Telecaster with two splittable humbuckers, G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe (basicly a HH tele with a fancy paintjob, but its really pretty!), a G&L Legacy HSS, or, and this one is so far my favourite, because the one I tried playes amazing, a Yamaha Pacifica 611. It has Custom 5 Seymour Duncan bridge humbucker that you can split, and it has a P90 in the neck, that does great cleans, but it also sings when you try to do nice screaming leads with hi gain. Its a really amazing guitar. There are a few version, i found one thats a hardtail, but there are also ones with a trem system. I suggest you take a look at it, it has a bunch of features that no guitars in its price range have (locking tuners, graptech nut AND bridge, brand name pickups...), and most importantly, it plays great. 
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A lot of guitar players originally developed their songs on piano in olden days. A guitar or for that matter any stringed instrument is essentially a piano with a different method of forming notes. Piano notes are made with various lengths of wire. Guitar notes are made by varying lengths of wire with our fingers. You now have my long winded musical lesson for the day. Now go forth & play on your portable piano!

You know, *insert instrument* is actually just *insert any other instrument* with simply a different method of forming notes. 
I used to think so, but then i got an absolute gem of a guitar for 160€ brand new in a store. Never did find anything cheaper than that, that was also good, so maybe 160€ is the limit?
dannyalcatraz Yeah, its pretty great. Plays like butter, and sounds great as well. I also never had a guitar with a p90, so thats a plus. I think its the glossy neck that does it for me. All my guitars had gloss necks, and satin ones just feel weird i guess. That might be the issue with the G&L actually. 
Well, actually just got home from yet another store (yeah, we have 30 small stores with like 5 guitars each, instead of one big one), and they had a Yamaha Pacifica 611HFM. P90 in the neck, humbucker in the bridge, and its splittable, graphtech nut, graptech saddles, and it looks great in rootbeer red. And. It. Plays. Amayzing. Honestly, it puts the G&L to shame. Im gonna take a few days to think, and maybe go to another store, but I may have found the one for me. 
metalmingee Actually i was tkinging about asking if they can do a setup before i try it again, just for the hell of it.
dannyalcatraz What else caught my eye? Nothing, to be honest. There was a white Tele that looked nice, but played okish, since it had very sharp fretboard edges. The best playing one was some sort of swamp strat, but it had SSS pickups, and it looked like it was covered in cake frosting. The Revstar was cool and all, but it wasnt the MIJ model, and there were a bunch of flaws with it. As far as the Chapman goes, i got in touch with a few people that have one, and they say that its pretty neck heavy, so thats now out of the question, because thats something i really hate on guitars.

At this point, i think that some sort of HSS strat is my best bet, but besides the G&L and a Squier that was really not good, i have yet to come across one. I also found the Fender Player series HH Tele, but i cant find that one in any store around here. Its pretty frustrating,  because the stores are really not stocked well. I guess ill have to risk a few hours of driving at some point, and browse the entire damn country.
If I understand the question correctly, you are wondering how they play the piano part of that song live on guitar? Easy, just play the same notes. When the part is as simple as the one in Head over heals, it really isnt that complicated. 
dannyalcatraz True. On paper its everything i wanted in a guitar, locking tuners, HSS, brand name pickups, looks nice, well balanced.... But i also played a few Fender strats and teles in the store, and some played a lot better... Ill probably go there and try it out again, but I think im gonna pass tbh. Its just a really big gamble at this point. 
Dave_Mc Yeah, im kinda wary of this as well. The story is, that they ordered it for some guy who never showed to pick it up and now they havent sold it for like 2 years or something. The guitar seems very well made, but to be honest, it plays ok but not amazing. It is in dire need of a setup and new strings, but I have a hard time judging how much better it will play after that.