thoughts on tone and gear
This is just a few thoughts on some pieces of gear and general thoughts on tone.
schecter C1 hellraiser fr-
I love this guitar. I bought the one w/ the black cherry finish. I was reluctant to go with a guitar with emg's for a few reasons. one, I haven't really liked the tone of anyone who I'm aware of using emg pups. I'd always been a dimarzio guy. I liked the other features enough to buy the guitar anyway. I figured I'd switch out the pups eventually BUT...I dig the emgs. I've found that most any amp sounds good with the emgs. I switched the 85 to the bridge posi. and the 81 to neck. I dont really like 'metal' tones for my own tone, and I really pretty much keep my settings at 12 o'clock, including gain/drive. So for most of my tones, its nice and tight, fat and very clean. I have to be very aware of my volume because of the high gain character of the pups. SO, I'm now a believer in emgs. (if I can just get a less gainy, less edgy pup for the neck position) maybe an 89?
peavey jsx 212-I went and played with one for about an hour, and with all settings at 12 o'clock except maybe trebe, presence and of course volume the lead and ultra channels both sound great. W/ and w/out 'fat' swith engaged. There was definately plenty gain on those channels. I never tried any 'scooped' metal settings or tried to get those sounds..so I don't know how well it achieves those sounds. It had a great smooth sound with plenty of responsiveness for pick squeals and other articulations. Very good amp. Not a cornford, bogner or a mesa mkiv..but a very nice amp.