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Quote by oyvey26
Dont return it, i hate all this bandwagon of spider line 6 hating, look up on YT about some great tones and huge effects you can get it by dialing and and some presets!

People hate it mostly because of their first versions some years ago which really sucked (i admit), however, the new revisions are much better by comparison.

Its a good unit for entry-medium level in my opinion.


I say keep it, later if you want to you can always upgrade anyway!


I just played trough a Spider V240 a few days ago. It was horrible, i couldnt get a good tone to save my life, and im used to dialing in digital stuff. Compared to the Katana for example, its just plain bad. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to have a Spider these days, because most amps in its price range outclass it by far. And im saying that as a Line6 fan, i own a helix and use line6 wireless units, but the Spider is just shit.

OP, if you have the chance, return it, and get something better for a similar price.
Depends where you live. Mesas are so goddamn overpriced in europe, its not even funny. Then again, new Engl amps are also expensive as hell. What you should do is look at the used market wherever you live. I often find Mesas, Engls, Peaveys and even Diesels for like half the price of a new one. You may have to change the tubes after you get it, but it still totals much less than a new amp. And if you get a decent used deal on any of those amps, they are definetly worth it. I had a JCA50 and then switched to an Engl Powerball, and there was no contest whatsoever. Its just a whole other level, when you go to a propper ful sized tube head. 
Quote by T00DEEPBLUE
If the QC is so amazing, why didn't they reject this one?

Well, this is the first hugely negative review of hb guitars i saw. And i played like 5ish hbs, and they were all decent guitars, the only thing a few needed was a setup. I didnt play any of their extended range and fanned fret models tho. But ok, i guess they have normal qc. A few years ago i got a shitty jackson, and im not gonna bash their entire range because of it. 
Quote by Dave_Mc
Surely that's true with Thomann, too? Harley Benton is its house brand.


It probably is, thats why they are as cheap as they are, especially considering their quality. They do seem to have amazing quality control, i remember seeing a video from thomann where they show how they inspect every guitar they get from china, and there was a huge pile of ones that didnt make the cut. 
I love EMGs for metal rhythm, altough i very slightly prefer the 57 (yeah, there is an emg 57, dont confuse it with the 57 classic you are talking about) over the 81. I find that the response of actives is just better for me, it has a tighter attack and just gives me that nice consistent metal tone. I do find them to be a bit less dynamic than passives tho, and i think the 57 is just a bit more dynamic than the 81, while still being "active" enough for me. They sound identical tho, at least to my ears. Actually, i have to say that i barely hear much difference between different pickups, especially if you tweak the eq on the amp a little bit. Its the response to my playing that is different. 
Quote by KailM
gorkyporky

Don't get me wrong-- I think cheap modelers still have their place.  I've played through a Boss Katana combo a few times and I'm struggling to find a reason why I don't need to buy one. Mainly, I'd leave it at work to play on my lunch break.

As far as i understand, OP doesnt seem to have a good amp yet. With that kind of money you can get a GOOD modeler, not a cheap one
Honestly, unless you already have an amp you really want to use, i dont see the point. Amp sims have come so close, that i doubt you will get a much better result with an amp and IRs. If I were you, id shell out the cash for an actual modeler like the Helix. Its gonna run you less than an amp and a loadbox, and its gonna be much handier. If you want to test out how it sounds, you can download the VST version with the 30 day trial. 

If you already have an amp you want to use, then you can just get one of those two notes captors, and run that into your interface and load up some IRs. Its really as simple as that. 
So ive never owned a Cort guitar before, and the only one that i played was my friends entry level one year ago, and it played suprisingly well from what i remember. Now ive been on the hunt for a new 7 string, and what do you know, Cort seems to be making a fanned fret 7 string with EMG pickups for 770€, the KX500. And it looks amazing! So how are cort guitars regarded as these days? I know they had mixed opinions years ago, but i only knew people who owned entry level models. Any cort owners in here?

Anyway, heres the pic of the guitar, its just so pretty i couldnt resist....

Quote by KailM
In my experience, low to midrange modelers still don't sound better at low volumes, they sound worse.  It isn't until you get into higher end units like Axe FX or Kemper that they can truly compete.  But then, you're paying just as much or more for one of those rigs.

I'm perfectly satisfied with the low volume performance of my 50, 60, and 120 watt heads.  EQ them right, throw a little room reverb in there, and I've got excellent practice volume levels.  And when I want to shake the house, I still can.


Well, at least here, a 6505 with a cab costs more than the Helix for example. I think in the US its gonna be somewhere in the same ballpark. But yeah, i get the appeal of tube heads, thats why I have a 5150 I just wouldnt change it for the helix for home practice, its just so much more handy. 
It can be done. I had a 6 string tuned to B/dropA. You just need some thicker strings, and of course it depends on the scale of the guitar. A 25.5" scale guitar should be able to do drop A. As far as floyds go, i dont think it should be an issue, you just gotta set it up for the tuning. Or you can just block it with a piece of wood. 
Get your dad to help you fix it. It should only be a matter of changing the output jack and maybe resoldering some stuff. 
Quote by T00DEEPBLUE
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. 
Quote by dspellman
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. 

Thanks!
Quote by catfrosto
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. 
Quote by ExDementia
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!



Thanks!
Quote by goldenpie6
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.