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post Feb 10 2012, 02:40 PM
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I've been thinking to get a new rig for a long time but didnt have enough money to satisfy my needs. Now that I have a reliable income source I cant think a better time to strike on smile.gif.

About my current gear; I have an Ibanez rg370dxl and a micro cube. I couldn't have asked for a better starter gear but now they are a bit inadequate for my level of play. What I want is, a versatile gear that I can get good tones.

Lets start with the guitars. As a lefty I don't have much choice on guitars, only Ibanez and Fender are generous on us lefties. I am aware that my current guitar is one of the best guitars for lefties with some modification. It can be a total shred monster with some touch, and that's what I am exactly going to do: change the pickups.

I have chosen DiMarzio as pickups as It was rather well documented than other brands. Here is what I picked:

http://www.dimarzio.com/pickups/humbuckers...ivator-x-bridge -- D-Activator for bridge.
http://www.dimarzio.com/pickups/humbuckers...uper-distortion Super Distortion for bridge.

Notice that; according to the website they differ significantly at trem-mid-bass settings.

For Neck pickups:


Some elaboration on these pickups are much appreciated.

Furthermore, I'm planning to get a new axe for blues-rock spectrum. I'm planning to get a Mexican Stratocaster as clean sounds from my Ibanez never sounded good enough(and hell, its a Stratocaster that I always wanted smile.gif) . I've always wanted to focus on blues but all I can get was frustration smile.gif. I've heard that Mexican Strats are weaker than their American cousins and this leaves me in a dilemma.

As an amplifier I cant think an alternative to Roland Cube 80x. I was pretty content with my micro-cube, and this amplifier offers nearly everything I ask.

Here is a link for 80x : http://www.rolandus.com/products/productde...?ProductId=1122

After I choose what to do, I'll go after pedal settings.

Please keep in mind that I have absolutely no previous knowledge about gears, every detail and advice will be much appreciated. Cheers!
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Ivan Milenkovic
post Feb 29 2012, 08:31 PM
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Be patient, new gear will come. Important thing is that you know your current gear limits and that you feel comfortable with it. If you have the choice - try new gear as much as possible. It's much easier to buy once you know how 6-7 of the great guitar amps sound: Marshall, Fender, Vox, Mesa, Peavey, Randall, Blackstar. All brands should be tested out.

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