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Within the past year I decided I really needed to upgrade/replace just about all my guitar equipment.

So I started with the obvious and bought a new S470 on the cheap and replaced the pups with a tonezone and a humbucker from hell. Next I bought a 5150 halfstack from a friend for a good price.

Now that the obvious stuff is out of the way I started concentrating on my pedal board and realized I hadn't ever really focused on it before lol
It consists of a volume pedal, a crybaby, a tubescreamer, a boss flanger and a Old Korg G1 Distortion processor.

I'm wondering 1) what are some things that you guys would suggest I pick up while I'm reworking my pedal layout, and 2) Even though I'm really fond of the distortion I get from the Korg I'd really like to free up the chunk of space it takes so I was thinking of getting a metal zone or a keeley metal zone to replace it, does that sound like a good idea?

I play in a metal band but I want versatile equipment so any suggestions or comments are very welcome.
 

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A Metal Zone when youve got a 5150?

SCREW that man, the 5150 is one of the best metal amps out there.

If I were you, I'd:

*Loose the Korg
*Loose the Boss (sell 'em on the bay!)
*Get an Ibanez FL9 Flanger (best flanger Ive heard for around $100, beats the pants off the Boss, Analog -> Digital anyday)
*Get a MXR Phase 100 (IMO, 10x more controllable than the 90)
*Get a Visual Sound H20, that'll knock out Chorus and Delay in one pedal!

What kind of Tubescreamer is it? Maxon? Ibanez? TS-9? TS-808? TS-10? TS-5?

Tubescreamers are handy, I'd keep that.

What volume pedal is it? if its a Ernie Ball or Boss, keep it. Rogue? Toss it.

What kind of crybaby? GCB-95? 95Q? Classic? Fasel? Hendrix? Vintage? 535Q?

If its the GCB-95, Id have it modded, they have a terrible tone sucking bypass, Id have true bypass installed on it.

After all that, I'd strap it all down with velcro and knock myself out. :)
 

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I'm gonna replace the tubes in the 5150 before I buy a new distortion pedal for sure. I really like the sound of the 5150 lead channel but it gives off a terrible hissing that I'm hoping some new tubes can clear up for me. That and the fact the guy I bought it from had only replaced them with some Ruby tubes back in 98' or 99' convinced me that some new tubes should work miracles on that thing.

The crybaby is a GCB-95 and I've thought of doing a bypass mod on it but never took the time to find the directions for it.

The tubescreamer is a TS-9 that spent about 7 of the past 10 years sitting in a drawer alongside a Turbo Rat. I finally pulled it back out and started using it again.

Like I said, I kinda just realized that other than a decent distortion pedal (10 years ago) I had really neglected my pedals and hadn't really kept up with any new models and companies.
 

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You shouldn't need a distortion pedal with the 5150, period. Other than that which of your pedals do you not like? Replace those. Do you feel like you're missing something from your sound? You don't need to go hog wild replacing stuff if you like what you've got.
 

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There's nothing wrong with using a distortion pedal as a boost with a 5150, I always have some kind of distortion pedal with the output set high and the distortion set low. That way I have my rhythm sound and then punch the boost for solos, makes 'em stand out more. You can get carried away with it, but I like the sound of hitting a high gain amp harder for solos. A Metal Zone on the other hand, ugh (IMHO), I don't really like those at all, even into a clean amp.

BTW, I don't use a 5150, I use a old Kasha preamp and it rocks and has a great modded Marshall high gain sound.

$0.02,
Roger
 
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