8 string guitar and amp friendships

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  1. facepalm66

    facepalm66 The Master of Joints

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    Hi, i was wondering what amps work well with the 8's?
    Does crazy amounts of gain work well with them?
     
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    crankyrayhanky SS.org Regular

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    Huge yet tight low end is crucial
    What kind if budget?
    Mike Fortin has some cool new amps he designed for Randall; I love his tones for modern metal
    His custom amp is 4k but damn if the clips of the redesigned $500 rd50 sound right there!
     
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    I use an Orange Bass Terror. Works great.
     
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    Philligan The White-Knuckler Contributor

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    Pretty much anything will work, modern amps are best if you're going for a more modern tone. The trick is to keep the bass down so it doesn't get boomy or mushy, and keep the mids prominent. And a boost always helps :yesway:


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    jobarnrd SS.org Regular

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    you dont always need tons of gain. with balanced pickups, a decently long scale length(>28"), and the right combo of woods, you may not need the turbo gain.
     
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    facepalm66 The Master of Joints

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    A custom is one is in the building proccess.
    the specs are: alder body, maple neck with rosewood stripes and graphite reinforcements (not sure if graphite adds a bit of tone tho), rosewood fingerboard, set - in neck, dimarzio Deactivator bridge pickup (passive), 29.5" scale.

    The budget is rather tight atm, but i am sure that there is definitely an awesome amp with a lower price. I can spend ~500$
    :/ So i am thinking about an orange dark terror, well maybe tiny terror, since i found it's sound is awesome too, or peavey valveking 100
     
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    VK100 + Boss SD-1 = badass budget rig.

    Do you already have a decent cab to use?
     
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    Sponge Carpe Diem

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    Cab: Orange PPC4X12HP (100W celestions) paired with the Orange Thunderverb 200W head. The head can be used for bass or guitar, which is where we're at. Its beefy and tight. Sounds sick.
     
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    facepalm66 The Master of Joints

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    i use a cab at the rehersals, which is a marshall 2x12 i think.
    As for orange thunderverb... It's ~2300$ so it's far beyond i can afford. And for the cost, i'd probably get an axe fx anyway.
     
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    EOT I pull over 500 lbs.

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    Well if you're guitar is going to have a 29.5" scale you're not going to have too much issues with clarity on the low end :yesway: As has been said many times, pretty much any of the more modern amps will have no problems with the 8 string. A 6505+ is my favorite "budget" amp.

    EDIT: As for stupid amounts of gain, I use a pretty hefty amount and boost it.
     
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    facepalm66 The Master of Joints

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    Seems legint then. Thanks!
     
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    my 8's like my 5150 through my vader 412, but surprisingly they also really like my ada mp-1 into my blue voodoo 412. the mp-1 is pretty bright and the celestions in the bv412 attenuate some bottom end so it "cleans" up some of the fartyness the low string gives. my line6 stuff through my peavey 412m/ms cabs are relatively dark and a bit farty, but those settings were made for more of my 6 and 7 strings.

    rich
     
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    Loads of gain will degrade the clarity of your sound worse on 8 strings than it will on 6s and 7s, in my experience.
     
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    Still shouldn't be a huge problem w/ a 29.5" scale and (possibly) either a tubescreamer or eq before the amp, some folks just love loads of gain (I know I do :D).
     
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    My 5150 sounded great with 8s :)
     
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    5150/6505 series amps are pretty much the default workhorse rock/metal amp and they work REALLY well with 8 strings. They're so mid heavy that even if you typically scoop your sound you're still pushing out more mids than anything else. You do have to be a little cautious on how much gain you use to not fizz out, but that's a given on most any modern amp.

    Older amps/used, I like my Marshall 8100. It's like that beast was made to push low notes in a gain situation.
     
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    Fred just posted a video with a Laney Ironheart that sounded pretty awesome. They're fairly cheap in the UK but I'm not so sure about across the pond :)
     
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    no_dice a very bad old bear

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    Not saying it's impossible to get a good sound with high gain on an 8, just that the low register seems to get messy a lot easier than a standard guitar, and requires a little more care to dial in a good sound. Of course, it's always possible that I just suck at dialing in tones. :lol:
     
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    You're right:yesway: Especially if we're talking shorter(27") scales. You'd be surprised at how much gain you can get away with on ~30" scale though.:donnie:
     
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    Rga8 evh 5153 Mesa MK4 4x12
    Tight as a mofo. My gain on channel 3 is @ 10 o'clock
    I use an OCD for solo boost only.
     

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