Re: Neck Pickup and Shred.. Help me out Shredders
I've been doing some "video research" over the last few days.
I have had some success using 2 distortion pedals in series for increased gain (which I wrongly assumed would make it worse) and lowering the treble a LOT and mids down quite a bit on the amp, then adding them back in with the pedal EQ's. This sounds pretty good with my RG and PRS. Some more tweaking and experimenting with pedals might get me there. The Ibanez S still has some of the clanginess on the high E and B, but then that guitar was always a bit clangy because of the cheap metal on the ZR trem.
I always thought it was a bit odd that Vai and Satriani used 2 DS-1 distortion pedals in a row, but maybe this is why. I also watched a few videos of shredder rig rundowns and noticed that 3 of them had the treble turned WAY further down than I would have thought to, and the bass WAY up.
I appreciate your guesses guys, and would appreciate any other tips shredders might have, but can we PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get past the idea that I have something setup or installed wrong. I've been setting up guitars working on amps, and installing and modifying pickups for rock, blues and early metal for decades. Nothing is wired wrong, I've tried 250 and 300k pots, different caps, strings, picks, guitars, amps, pedals, cords, pickups etc.
This is just my first foray into pure shred, and I think I just didn't understand how those classic shredders were EQ'ing their amps and boosting their signals.