I want to thank everyone here for your help, first and foremost. I probably pulled more information from the forums on this site than anywhere else for my recent purchases. I started playing guitar back in high school around '99. After I joined the USMC and got busier with that, playing time decreased more and more. The last 7 or 8 years or so have seen less and less playing time and embarrassingly-decayed playing skills. Lately, however, I've decided to jump back in. Obviously, from my username, Metallica was the music that first inspired me to start playing.
Most of my old setup (in storage back in the states, as I'm living overseas now for a year) hasn't been really added to since high school.
-BC Rich Warlock (24fr, FR)
-Marshall Valvestate 30W
-Boss Metal Zone MT-2
I've recently slowly started an abundance of ordering to get a whole new setup and start fresh (and all my old stuff is in storage for a year anyhow).
Ordered so far: (keep in mind not everything will be run together, but just for more options)
-Schecter Blackjack ATX C-1
-Blackstar HT Metal
-Amptweaker Tight Metal
-MXR Custom Badass OD
I did some reading on possibly getting compression or noise suppression, but I decided to hold off until everything gets here and I fiddle around with it a bit. I have a seagull acoustic and like to play around with some country and STP type stuff. But I really missed playing electric. I've wanted a nice Schecter neck-thru-body for years and years, and string-thru-body (tired of maintenance-intense FR and I rarely used the bar). Blackstar looked like a no-brainer. Last time I was into playing heavy, I played a ton of Metallica, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, some Pantera, and even a bit of 90s stuff like STP.
Long post I know, but I wanted to get an account registered since I've been living in these forums for a week or two now, and I wanted to say hi to all and thank you for all of your insight.
The "HT Metal"... that's the pedal, right?