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post Sep 17 2008, 08:52 AM
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I don't know if that's the right word though. What I'm trying to say is that everytime I go into a rehearsal room my amplifier sounds really bad when the distortion goes on. It's very hard to hear what chords I'm playing. Last night I was using a Peavey Bandit. Had no idea how that thing worked dry.gif Pre-gain, post-gain... what the..! There was waaay too much high too, even though it was like halfway turned up. Raising the volume really buggered things up more.

Any ideas on how to set it up next time?

I'm really thinking about buying a new guitar. I'm kind of done with this one. So, if anyone wants to suggest a guitar in the range of 570 - 850 dollars... go ahead! smile.gif

Right now I'm playing an Ibanez SA260FM and I'm looking for something entirely different this time. I listen to modern rock like lostprophets, Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park but I also like classic rock like Guns n Roses, AC/DC, Bon Jovi (especially that one!), Europe, Def Leppard. The tone that Muris has in his Steve Lukather lesson is really cool too!



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Ivan Milenkovic
post Sep 17 2008, 10:30 AM
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It is normal to feel that way, it just means that you are aware that something is wrong with the tone, and believe me, sometimes even advanced musicians don't have that ability. In the studio, the sound will always be completely different from home, and this is mainly because of the studio acoustics and playing loud. Even with the same gear, when you crank it in the studio it will have a totally different sound then on bedroom levels.

This depends on many things, and only some of the factors are:

- room acoustics: some rooms tend to produce a more closed sound, some act as a "tank" and give a reverb, some have a natural reverberation, give lighter or darker sound, depending on the construction. Knowing the room in the studio is essential, so take some time (like 30min) to really see what kind of reverberation room has, and what kind of sound you should expect.

- gear: gear will always sound different when cranked, specially effects and amps. Amps, besides changing the sound completely, also change the way EQ reacts on big volumes, specially combo amps. Like with the room, taking a 30minutes to experiment with settings will only do you good for the future rehearsal sessions.

- other sounds: other sounds tend to mix with what you hear, and they can drown your sound if not properly adjusted. Certain frequencies can cut trough, and some you wont hear. So while making your own preset for studio, it is also important to carefully analyze other instruments as well, and find a suitable range for every instrument, so they don't eat up each other. Middle volume decrease of -3dB on the guitar amp can cause that you don't hear your amp at all! So be careful about your settings, and how the drummer plays (he must play even, not bashing one song, and touching the other). If a drummer does tend to be more a "dynamic" then "compressed" player, you must follow that as well.

- subjective ear: Sometimes in terms of loudness, people can be very subjective. If sometime is too loud, it can cause further distortion in the ear drums, and making the sound very harsh. So practicing at (relatively) normal volumes or with good quality earplugs is always recommended.

Now, regarding the guitar, I warmly recommend Epi Les Paul. You won't regret it, and it will suit your style just nicely. Just change the pickups later on.

Hope this helps, cheers mate

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post Sep 17 2008, 10:58 AM
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Hmm, that's a very helpful answer Ivan! biggrin.gif Thank you very much smile.gif

Any chance that Epi Les Pauls come with a thin neck?


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