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    Reactive load comparison (Captor x, RedSeven & Fractal)

    I think the Fractal sounds the best. It seems to have the biggest sound.
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    What is your next guitar/gear purchase gonna be?

    I ordered a Fractal X-Load LB-2. Seems to get pretty good reviews, and it is on sale, so it is a pretty good price currently. Curious to try the whole reactive load -> reamping thing.
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    What is your next guitar/gear purchase gonna be?

    I have wanted to try the D Sonic for years, but now I am hesitant after installing a Super Distortion a few weeks ago and not loving it. That is a few Dimarzios now I have had that have a pinky treble that reminds me of a Single Coil, and I hate that sound. I have had a Crunch Lab 7 and...
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    5150 Style Preamp on a budget

    I have built several different preamp pedals, but I recently finished a VH140C Preamp clone. I think it is one of my favorites I have built. It can do a good impersonation of that saturated, but not too fuzzy, 5150 style tone.
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    Reasonable cost for PIckup repair

    Do standard pickups not fit?
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    JHS little black amp box???

    Stick it in an Altoids can and make it for $3 :D
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    The Digitech GSP1101 thread.

    It would be hard to beat the Replifex. That is one of my favorite units. :)
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    OD and distortion pedals in front of high gains amps

    The Mid control IS cool and very powerful. If you crank it the whole thing sounds like a cocked wah, or you can actually mid scoop it, which is weird for an OD. If you keep the parametric boost at 0 (center) though, it is a pretty transparent pedal. It is definitely different than most other...
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    OD and distortion pedals in front of high gains amps

    A booster pedal like that would sound horrible in the effects loop. Probably sounded like an AM radio, lol.
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    OD and distortion pedals in front of high gains amps

    I only tried it for like an hour because it is not 100% complete yet, but it is cool, but different than I expected. I thought it was going to be a Tubescreamer with a parametric mid band, but it is more of a flat transparent booster that can add some grit like a Tubescreamer, and then you can...
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    JHS little black amp box???

    I used 250k when I modded amps for this. That is the value used in Soldano amps, and in 2-channel Rectos. Seems to work well.
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    JHS little black amp box???

    Yep, just a pot-in-a-box. These work well, but I generally prefer to use an EQ pedal, or an effects unit so that I can control the volume, but also do something else like EQ the sound or add in some reverb or something.
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    Possibly Dumb Question - Schecter Blackjack C7 vs Schecter Hellraiser C7 Or Should I Just Wait For a Schecter Jazz 7

    The main difference between the old Blackjack and Hellraiser is mainly if you want active or passive pickups.
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    OD and distortion pedals in front of high gains amps

    Usually ENGLs dont take boosts very well since they are already so tight and mid saturated. I think you will notice much more of a difference with the 5150 and Recto. Put the level on max, gain at like a hair past zero, and tone somewhere in the middle. Run it in front of a high gain tone.
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    OD and distortion pedals in front of high gains amps

    I dont think you could. The Grind/33 was easy, because it basically is a fixed EQ. It doesnt have the clipping sections like Tubescreamer based pedals. You can emulate the frequency response. The Tubescreamer is easy. Just cut bass below 720hz and cut treble above 720hz. However, you can't...
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    What is your next guitar/gear purchase gonna be?

    Replifex :D
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    i bought the precision drive for my pedalboard..... i regret it!

    The core structure is pretty close to a TS-9. The second opamp has more gain, thus it has more volume, and then the bass cut circuit in the clipping section has been replaced by the clicky switch for the attack. EDIT: It is pretty close to a TS-808 also, since the TS-9 and 808 are almost...
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    Emg 81 vs Nazgul - Help/Opinion

    I have always liked the Nazgul that came stock in my Schecter. It is great for Fear Factory and Pantera style riffs.
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    OD and distortion pedals in front of high gains amps

    I havent tried the HX FX, but usually the issue I have with digital OD pedals is they can sound good, but usually feel off. They feel more flat and dont have that kind of chug breathing feel to them like an analog pedal does. However, I am picky. I have gotten to where I am not sure if I even...
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    OD and distortion pedals in front of high gains amps

    A lot of people buy the same "families" a lot, but it helps to try out different branches. The SD-1 / MXR M77 / Precision Drive / ETC family tends to be brighter and tighter, while the 808 / TS9 / ETC faily tends to be smoother. Then you have the Klon types, and the EQ-based types, like the...


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