Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Longmont, Colorado
Re: Multieffects vs Pedels vs Amp for shred
I was just playing with this kind of stuff last night, you might try a Boss SD-1 into a Boss DD-3, DD-5, DD-6 or DD-20 straight into the Marshall. Dime the distortion on the SD-1, you might also check out the MXR DoubleShot distortion. I was doing this with a Crate Powerblock that I was playing with using my old MIJ SD-1, Phase 90 and DD-20. It's scarey how close that little amp sounds to an old JCM-800, especially since it reacts as you crank it up. I picked it up as a back up amp, just in case, and ended up enjoying playing around with it. DOH, a little OT.
Back in the days of shred, many of us used old Marshalls, non-MV and single channel JMP and JCM MVs, and ran a bunch of pedals in front of them. One guy I played with used a TS-9 into an old HM-2 (Boss Heavy Metal), a chorus, delay, then into the front end of the amp and it sounded good. The key is moderate settings, the HM was his rhythm sound, the TS-9 was a lead boost. I remember he boosted the lows and cut the highs on the HM and the distortion was probably only a little over half. Delay into the old amps isn't as heinous because they are cleaner sounding than these new high gain monsters.