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Old March 21st, 2014, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Distortion pedal for 80's thrash.

Got a CVC Tele with some GFS rail humbuckers and Blues Jr. I want a pedal to get some Metallica and Megadeth sounds, or as least as close as I can with my current rig. My next guitar will help get me there, but name a few budget pedals that will help me out.

FWIW, I am running a GFS Greenie, a Brownie, and Digitech Screamin' Blues that I am in love with.

Key word is "budget".

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Have you tried boosting your Brownie with the Greenie? I would think that or just using the Brownie alone would do the trick.
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Old March 21st, 2014, 10:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The footswitch for a JCM800 might do it...
Actually the first thing that came to mind was a Rat.
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Old March 21st, 2014, 11:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That's it! The Sweedish buzzsaw!

Really that's THE pedal for trash. All the Swedish Death Metal bands used the HM2 and still do to this day for that matter.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 01:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Rat, DS-1, HM-2.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 01:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Mooer pedals are great. Listen to the clips of the hi gain ones.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 06:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Digitech grunge. Cheap and hated but loads of gain.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 08:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Digitech grunge. Cheap and hated but loads of gain.
Used to have one..... hated it. Sound was all over the place. Needed to be much tighter to work for me.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 09:59 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Nearly every metal pedal I have ever heard has been terrible.

The classic 80s thrash sound is hot rodded or boosted Marshall, so rather than looking for the Brutal Metalz pedal you are probably better off with a Marshall in a box type pedal that has some grunt to it. Something like the 10 Ton Hammer perhaps?

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Whatever you pick, the secret for a tight metal tone is putting a Tubescreamer (or clone) first in the chain, with the the gain at zero and the level at full. It doesn't add hardly anything more in the way of gain or volume, but it tightens the whole thing up. There are many metal producers who never record a metal tone without this.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 10:33 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'd try all 3 that you have together. The greenie to saturate the brownie and the bass and treble knobs on the screamin blues to eq and refine the overall tone. guitar --> greenie --> brownie --> screamin blues --> amp. You may not have to buy anything.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 11:10 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Another vote for Boss Heavy Metal. Used to borrow my brother's in the 80s. Picked mine up off eBay last year.

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I used to have an HM-2, it's a great pedal for thrash.

The Danelectro Cool Cat Metal II is pretty good too.
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Easy answer,Rat
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Another vote for Boss Heavy Metal. Used to borrow my brother's in the 80s. Picked mine up off eBay last year.


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Old March 22nd, 2014, 02:55 PM   #16 (permalink)
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IMO the HM2 is junk, but if you did wanna go that route they are pretty collectable and therefore expensive now. Behringer make a clone of it that is supposed to be pretty similar for peanut price. Hope that helps
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Never used an HM-2, but the Boss Metal Zone is great and gives lots of eq options.
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If you are looking for something with a bit more versatility, I would look into Scott Ian's signature Digitech, the Black-13. Its loaded with his signature tones from a wide selection of albums. They all sounds great and you can use them with an amp or direct. I keep one around for when the odd metal moment arises!



Or, just get a Metal Zone.
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Boss Metal Zone
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Old March 24th, 2014, 02:49 PM   #20 (permalink)
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You should also find out which Pickups your favorite players are using in the studio on the songs (you feel) have the best tonal quality. A good pickup will solve many tone issues as well.
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