Hey Guys. I've been playing for over 10 years and been in and out of a couple small-time bands, but this is my first real shot at metal. It's always been my favorite style to play, but I have never done much live performing with metal. I was wondering what setup everyone uses for playing metal-style music. I'm still running my original setup, but I am looking to upgrade just about everything I have!
Here is a template for the things I'd like to know...
Amp: (Head/Cabinet or Combo as well as Brand and Model)
Pedals or other accessories or effects:
Pick: (Shape, Density, and/or Brand)
Other: (Anything Else You Use That Might Be Useful)
I'll use my current setup as an example.
Guitar: B.C. Rich Warlock Bronze Edition
Pickups: Stock B.C. Rich Pickups
Strings: Thick Gauge Jazz strings (Red)
Amp: Spyder III Digital
Pedals: No Pedals, but Amp has built in effect channels.
Pick: Medium Density standard shape (rounded Triangle)
I am looking for a metal sound that can play deep bass lines as well as a solo without getting fuzzy at either end of the fretboard.
I am thinking about switching to EMG 57/66 combo pickups in my Warlock. The reason being that I really like the shape and character of my Warlock, but it has the flat B.C. Rich pickups in it and I can't stand them.
What setup is everyone running? And what suggestions would you have to improve mine? I am looking to get new pickups and restring my guitar with a different style string, as well as get a new amp, and possibly a pedal or two. Looking for a combo or head/cabinet with enough power to play small venues, that isn't so big it can't be mobile to take to practices, the stage, and home.
Thanks for any help guys!
First off, welcome to the forum. About your question, there is no definite answer. Everyone has their guitars that they like with a certain tone they are going for so its all subjective. It is definitely a trial and error sort of process but we are a helpful bunch around here and are always willing to help. The only things i would say is that I would totally go for a pickup swap as stock bc rich pickups are just awful. As for EMG's a lot of people here really like that pickup set. As for the amp, a lot of people really dont care for the line 6 spyder stuff (myself included) but we do understand that money is a huge factor. If you are in the market for something new, have a budget/limit of what you want to spend, and know what kind of tone you are going for then let us know and we can go from there. Once again, welcome.