Paul Gilbert Amp

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  1. clothwiring

    clothwiring Member

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    Well after a year of sorta wandering not really practicing much I recently realized that I want to work on my metal/rock and shred chops again.

    Sure I have my tone snob rig and all that good stuff...but...

    I just want a rock/shred guitar tone like Paul Gilbert. What amp is he using these days. What are some good metal/rock/shred amps these days?
     
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    I know he's been a Laney guy for a long time, but didn't he do something with Marshall within the last year or so?
     
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    Also back in the early days of Racer X, he used modified Marshalls by Lee Jackson / Metaltronix
     
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    Pretty sure he used a modded ADA MP-1. I have one and put the ADA Depot 3 tube mod in it. The thing is sick. He also used Laneys (GH100L) and I saw him with the Metaltronix M-1000 which is a killer head designed by Lee Jackson. Zakk used these when I saw him with Ozzy also.
     
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    What are some other top shred amps that you guys would suggest?
     
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    Paul Gilbert seems like a really good guy but I've always thought he had bad tone. Too much gain and icepicky.
     
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    a sansamp gt2 is a good starting point for some nice tones...
     
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    i dug his laney tone very much but now , as is mentioned above, a marshall VM devotee. his pedel arsenal is ???
    get a laney for cheap
     
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    I think he used VH100r heads as well. About MP1s, he said he played modded and unmodded and preferred the unmodded. If you're looking for 80s shred, perhaps a Splawn. If you have more money, perhaps a Roccaforte HG? On the cheap, a used 5150 may do it. I played a Peavey Valveking recently, there's a ton of gain in those things if you're looking less than $500. Just suggestions...
     
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    Yep, he's a super guy. Never a huge fan of his tone either, but it fits him. But at a clinic I attended I asked him why he dug such trebly tones and he said "I do...? Maybe it's cause I'm going deaf?"

    I owe any and all of my technique to him so I still love to listen to him and play some of his stuff.

    IMO to get something in the relm of a tone to cover his stuff, find a good Marshall'esqe master volume amp and add a good OD to the front. A JCM900 Master Volume (not the dual reverb) would be a great choice, still an amp I miss and shouldn't have sold.

    The Laney stuff he used for a while should be dirt cheap too. I've thought about getting one of those heads (GH50 it think, although he used the 100 watter).

    Probably even better and from when I think he actually had some cool tone on the Lean Into It album were those Lee Jackson designed Ampeg amps VL1002 or 502 I think) These are actually a little hard to come buy and probably a bit more expensive than the other two I've mentioned.
     
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    A really cool, cheap shred amp is the Laney AOR Series I. You can get those dirt cheap and they have a great hot rodded Marshall vibe. I'd love to get a 50 watt AOR Series I head. I had a Series II and it was very harsh and shrill compared to the Series I amps. A Marshall JCM900 SLX would be really cool as well, it's the only 900 series amp that I like.

    Cheers,

    CJ
     
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    I played one once that sounded that good. The other 3 times I tried one, it sounded like crap.

    But that's some great tone there!
     
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    And it seems to be recorded at very low volumes, you can actually hear him picking the strings acoustically.
     
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    You can get a Carvin Legacy amp for 799 brand new, definitely shredable tones in that!!!!!
     
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    Great suggestions so far. Nice to see you guys offering up the low and high price stuff as options. What else would get the good stuff. I was always a huge Gilbert and Satch fan. Also want to make sure I can approach that. I'm thinking a Splawn might do the trick.
     
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    He told me tha his live set-up was VM-Hot Plate-cab, and recording he replaced the cab with a Randall iso box.
     

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