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    Hiss-free tuning with Fortin Zuul?

    Hi all, I recently got a Fortin Zuul and I'm struggling to find a way to tune without any background hiss. Let me explain: The main feature of the Zuul is the key input, which can accept an unaffected guitar signal (ex. coming from the bypass output of a Boss tuner). The key input, in...
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    Advice on standard/multiscale 6 or 7-string guitar

    Hi all, I've been wanting a guitar that I can dedicate to keeping in B standard or drop A tuning for quite some time. My main dilemma primarily has been deciding whether to go with a multiscale 6 string or a 7 string (standard or multiscale) to accomplish this. I could also be convinced to use...
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    27" scale w/ trem OR multiscale w/ no trem?

    Hi all, I've long been considering getting a 7-string, and I'm looking into eventually getting a Kiesel Vader 7. However, I'm stuck deciding between a 27" scale Vader with the newer Hipshot trem, or a multiscale Vader without the trem. I've always wanted a guitar with a trem, but I've heard...
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    Precision Drive noise gate; how sensitive is it?

    I managed to take my Precision Drive out for a spin last night at band practice and loved it! However, I had a question about the noise gate; even with the gate all the way up, my guitar would still feed back very easily. Is this normal? I was feeding back so much it was as if I didn't even have...
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    NGD: PRS Holcomb SE (from someone who DOES NOT like Periphery/djent)

    After much deliberation and research regarding what my next guitar would be, I pulled the trigger on a PRS Holcomb SE listed on Reverb that I was pointed to by another user on this forum (I got a great deal, too!). My original goal for getting a new guitar was to have a more dedicated metal...
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    Questions about Mark Holcomb SE!

    Hi all, After much deliberation, I think it's likely that I will purchase a Mark Holcomb SE. It's basically everything I want in a guitar that will primarily be used for metal: -Good pickups -Wide radius -Satin neck -Coil tap -Doesn't look like a dumb teenager guitar Still though, I...
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    Questions about Mark Holcomb SE!

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    Help me narrow down a guitar for metal/heavier music

    Hi all, I've been playing guitar for 15 years, and lots of my playing revolves around metal, and more recently, not-metal-but-still heavy music (Chelsea Wolfe, True Widow, etc.). My main guitar this whole time has been a swamp ash Hamer Tele with a SD Lil' 59 in the bridge and a SD SM1 in the...
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    Alternatives to Maxon OD808?

    Hi all, I'm looking to get a TS-style pedal to boost a metal amp, and also for more traditional uses (standard rock, SRV tones, etc.). The holy grail for metal boosting (tightening lows, adding bite) seems to be the Maxon OD808. However, I'm looking at some TS-style alternatives that may...
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    Earthquaker Dunes or Maxon OD808 for metal boost?

    Hi all, I'm looking to get a TS type pedal to boost already driven metal amps for more bite and tightness. The Maxon OD 808 has been the standard pedal to use in this situation, but I'm always open for more flexibility. The Dunes by Earthquaker Devices is similar to the 808, but has a few...
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    Peavey 6505MH or Mark V:25 for modern metal?

    Hi all, I currently have a 6505MH that I'm running through a Mesa Recto 212 with V30s. I love the amp, but I'm considering selling it to help pay for a Mark V:25. I feel that the Mark is an overall more versatile amp, and I love the tone-shaping possibilities. However, I'm not sure the...
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    Is something wrong with my speakers? Help!

    Hi all, I got a good deal on a Mesa Recto 212 with V30s, and I have really been enjoying it. However, I'm concerned that something is wrong with the speakers. Sometimes the low end will get muddy and overwhelming, to the point that anything that is not low end just dies if you try to sustain...
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    6505MH direct recording: USB or XLR? (and additional questions)

    Hi all, I am trying to learn the basics of home recording and am trying to keep costs as low as possible. I have 6505 MH and was tinkering with connecting it to Garageband vis the USB line out and it worked surprisingly well. There was a ton of noise though, which was unfortunate. You can...
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    Dark Terror fizz; a consequence of playing at low volumes?

    Hi all, I recently got a Dark Terror to pair with my Mesa Recto 2x12, and am quite enjoying it. After a few minutes of playing, I swapped the V1 preamp tube for a Tung Sol (as per the suggestion of many) and have enjoyed the change in tone it has brought. However, I seem to notice a bit more...
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    Dark Terror Tung-Sol tube swap? Advice needed

    Hi all, I recently acquired a Dark Terror off of eBay for $380 (wooo), and I'm considering doing some very basic tube swapping. Although the amp comes fully loaded with JJs, I have read in numerous places that people seem to enjoy the change in character of the amp after replacing the V1 JJ...
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    Question about 6505MH low-end in lead channel

    Hi all, I have a Peavey 6505MH (which I love), but I have noticed something about the low-end response on the lead channel. When compared to the rhythm channel, the lead channel has somewhat less low-end, but it's tighter overall. Switching back to the rhythm channel, I always notice an...
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    Anyone have the new Orange Micro Dark?

    I'm seriously considering getting one to pair with my Mesa Recto 2x12. I was wondering of anyone on this form already had one/has had a good amount of time to play through one. Does the tone more closely resemble the Dark Terror or the Dual Dark circuit? Can it do tighter metal tones, or is...
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    Is something wrong with my Boss HM2? Help!

    Hey all, I have a MIJ Boss HM2 that I want to use for At the Gates style metal tones. I can somewhat approximate this tones by basically diming all the settings, but there is a consistent problem regardless of how the pedal is set. Basically, the high frequency attack is only present for...
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    New 6505MH! Swap preamp tubes for JJs?

    Hey all, I'm the proud owner of a new Peavey 6505 MH, which I have paired with my Mesa 2x12 Recto cab. Thus far, I'm loving the hell out of this amp for metal (much more so than my previous Jet City JCA22H). Sometimes however, It can be a little too bright for my tastes. I'm trying to...


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