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go active u wont regret it. i put emg's in a squire and it sounded like a million bucks.
The Boss MT2 will get about any type of distortion u can imagine. usually go for about 100 bucks.
either pull off on ur last note or just omit ur last note and start to descend the scale. an other technique u can use is adding a note from the 7 tone scale that ur pent is derived from. to make this easy start from your a minor position on the5th fret and work it from there. this will also give ur pent riffs or solos a unique sound. use your imagination. hopefully u understand what im saying(mr. 4hrs a day). if not hit me up on my profile and ill send u some pointers in tab. learn how ur scales are constructed and u will answer ur own questions. good luck.

Jonny B
Essence of pain
great or not, i say great, LET THE MAN REST!!!
if u are using a single cab, not a full stack w 2 cabs, then set ur amp to match the cab. if ur cab says 16 set your amp for 16. if u run 2 cabs @ 16 u set ur amp for 8. if u have 2 cabs rated at 8 u set ur amp for 4. so, 1 cab match it. 2 cabs cut it in half. the otha guy is def right though, you should read the manual either way.
just started setting up a rack myself. i decided to run my rack thru my Ultra plusIII. so im just using that for the power. now im looking at a decent fx preamp. proly line6. ur def gonna want a good power conditioner. im also lookin at throwin in a rack tuner and wireless system. then i can run in the pit n slam fools w my axelol. i would do the same w ur 5150. just leave it on clean and use a preamp to shape ur sound. i have been using a boss mt2 pedal and it sounds pissa. so this rack set up is essentially the same idea.

Jonny B
Essence of Pain
its only a matter of time before any style of anything evolves. of course ur still left with a remnant of its core. a better question would be what makes numetal what it is. who were the forerunners. the bands that come to mind attached metal to the more popular genres of that time, yup that means hip hop. therefore making these bands more commercially acceptable. i dont think its that these bands suck, i just think there is a rather minute generational gap that makes most of us biased and unable to accept the new. needless to say these bands dont even compare to the metal most of us listen to. im NOT a new metal fan at all. that dosnt mean they suck though. i will close out with a quote of my own.

"Personal style is derived from a lack of knowledge. We will always learn to cope with whats missing."
Jonny B
Essence of Pain
its all about the pick ups man. put some actives in ur 100 dollar guitar and it will scream. i dont care what anyone tells u. i got a jockson for 80 bucks at a pawn shop spent another 200 for active emg's and the thing sounds awsome. if u got a short budget try Ibanez, scecter, jackson, orr even esp. between 500-700 dollars u should be able to find what ur lookin for. after all i only paid like 500 for my jackson RRV brand new. look on musiciansfreind.com to check prices. and the man makes the guitar the guitar dosnt make the man. the guitarist for the minibosses plays a modded Squire.
i learned theory on a 7string in 4ths so im diggin this. U post ill read.
too drunk to ****-DK
Jonny B
Essence of Pain
this is how u should be practicing regardless. with a metronome at a comfortable yet accurate tempo. repitition will always yeild results. slow and steady wins the race but most able-handed guitarist should perfect in far less than 21 days. none the less i find this info totally valid.

Jonny B
Essence of Pain
"Over the hills and far away" if i need to say who you should burn your guitar
if u could get a tech to perform that work i would assume about 250ish. i have worked at acouple shops but currently freelance (u never get respect under someone else). the problem with attaching a floyd to your lp is that the neck and body are set at an angle to one another (take a look). this design ofsetts the excessive height of the tom bridge. so if u did attach a floyd it would sit a mile above the body. of course there are mounting plates wich are no longer manufactured, but it would be an atrocity. there are lp style guitars with a body and neck in-line so dont lose hope. i think an lp with a floyd trem is one of the coolest ideas ive heard in along time. oh yeah a certified gibson tech wouldnt do it if they could. mostly because of warranty issues and fear of the risk involved in cutting into the body but it is a doable thing. good luck man!