Hey guys, new to the forum here but not new to playing guitar (though I've taken somewhat of a hiatus over the past 3 years since being off at school). I know my questions don't all fit into this subforum but for the sake of cohesiveness I wanted to try to keep all my questions in a single thread.
I'm looking to spruce up my setup and upgrade a few things. I currently play an Epiphone Les Paul Custom through a Peavey Envoy 110. I also have a homebuilt semi-hollow body stratocaster. I mainly play music like Tool and Opeth (pretty heavy stuff on my LP) and I would like to beef up my bedroom rig for that type of music.
I'm looking at upgrading the stock pickups and an EMG 81/85 setup is high up there on the list. Pending a few gun sales I'm also looking to pickup an amp that would work better for metal.
I like the distorted guitar tone found in the following bands:
Alterbridge (Alterbridge III)
Dethklok (okay, okay, cheesy but I love Thunderhorse)
Mastodon (Crack the Skye)
Opeth (Still Life, Blackwater Park)
So, basically I'm looking for some suggestions for a smallish amp suitable for heavier rhythm guitar. I'll also take suggestions on pickups, effects, etc. Right now I'm looking at an EMG 81/85 setup and a Blackstar HT-5 combo amp.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
For the sounds you're wanting, I'd actually reconsider the 81/85 set. I'd go with maybe a Custom/Jazz set or JB/Jazz set. That, plus the HT-5 and a tubescreamer style pedal will serve very nicely!