Pedal rig for a kid who loves Metallica?

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  1. AlfaNovember

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    What's the basic pedal setup for a young kid with a Strat, a 1x10 Fender solidstate amp, and a love of Metallica?

    My ten year old nephew is one of those taught-by-youtube wunderkinder, and lately he loves Metallica. In his SRV phase, I was able to help him out with a TS, but I have no idea what the Metallica sound is built from. A buddy years ago played Hardcore and was all about his Flying V and a Mesa Triple Rectifier... but that's outta scope for a city kid too young to mow lawns all summer. What's the $50 approximation of the sound? Cheers! \m/
     
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    dlew919 Doctor of Teleocity

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    A good distortion - say a boss metal zone or clone, a wah pedal, maybe a chorus and a compressor.
     
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    Wah is all you need
     
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    I don't know what the modern equivalent of the Korg AX1G is -- having owned mine for more than fifteen years and loved it all that time -- but that would be where I would start. :)

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    Just watched one of these last night. Sound like Santana for under $1500.
     
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    Pretty sure this covers 90% if not all of their stuff. MAYBE a delay? Not sure, never cared much for them. But good Metal distortion and Wah would be a great start.
     
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    I liked the Dano black coffee when I was looking for distortion at age like 14, before I bought a DOD. Shoulda went with the Dano instead, the DOD grunge pedal sucked.

    I'm sure Joyo makes something suitably metal.
     
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    I could be mistaken. But I believe the Joyo Uzi is a high gain drive that resembles a Mesa sound
     
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    I'd just buy him an MXR Prime Distortion and let him play that awhile. It handles gain well, and he's not yet ready for something more sophisticated (or expensive).
     
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    Beat me to it. :cool::cool:
     
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    I shamelessly love the Metal Zone and will defend it until the end but it is truly a crappy distortion pedal. If you want it for the gain alone... I'd look elsewhere.

    I use it like Kirk Windstein from Crowbar would use it, or like Sammy Duet in the Acid Bath days. Gain rolled off, mids left in the middle, adjust bass and treble to taste. It's a really nice clean boost that makes you punchier. Think Cannibal Corpse used to use them too.

    I don't like Metallica and have no clue how they get their tone, but I don't think the Metal Zone would be the right pedal.
     
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    +1 on an MXR Fullbore / Prime Distortion.. ideally something with 3 band EQ to scoop the mids.

    The signature sound is Mesa with the graphic EQ in a V shape with scooped mids. I use an old Mesa Mark amp which a lot of their stuff is.

    Then a chorus and a wah.

    At that age, an older boss ME unit might give them most options and plenty to grow with.

    An Boss ME50 might be got at a good price.
     
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    Line 6 M line are hella cheap on reverb..

    Has decent enough versions of nearly everything, dead simple, looper.

    Lots of touring rigs used this stuff just a few years ago and it didn’t get any worse because an H9 is so awesome, just got cheaper to buy.
     
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    You're halfway there, he has the Tube Screamer, just needs the JCM800.

    You could get the new Nano Metal Muff, has a 3 band eq and noise gate. But the strat might not sound authentic unless it's SSH.
     
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    With a solid state amp I would suggest something like a Line 6 Pocket Pod. Can be used both with headphones or into the amp. On reverb they go for $50-100 used...
     
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    A Line 6 Pocket Pod Express could be good. If the technology is as good as the old POD 2.0 was, that Mesa sound on there was solid for Metallica riffing.

    If he’s already shredding Kirk’s parts, yeah, you’ll need a wah. I’d recommend an older Boss multi effect instead in that case. An ME 20 or 30 should do the trick.
     
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    You could also go with a used Line 6 Pod Live series pedalboard. Old tech, but dirt cheap used and they sound incredible and will cover any genre he’s into now and will be into in the next few years. A few pros even used these touring (Lincoln Brewster, is one, and his tone was fantastic when he used the Pod Live and later the POD X3 Live).
     
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