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Old 11-10-2007, 07:46 PM   #1
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80's hair metal sound


I'm looking to recreate that sound from those ever popular 80's hair metal bands. Whar effects or pedals were used in those bands that gave them that sound. And did they use distortion or Overdrive? Thanks guys
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Old 11-10-2007, 09:26 PM   #2
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Marshall amps... Oh yeah, and Marshall cabinets.

And Marshall legwarmers. And Marshall hair spray.

Once in a while a renegade would use a Laney, or a Boogie.

You should be able to mimic that '80s tone with any decent modeler. Line6, and Digitech being the top two contenders.
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Old 11-12-2007, 01:45 PM   #3
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Besides the Marshall Amps, look into the old DOD American Metal distortion pedal. There are usually a few floating around on ebay.

Also strat style guitars with humbuckers and floyd roses. Fancy paint job optional but a plus.
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Old 11-12-2007, 03:18 PM   #4
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Thanks guys....what about pedals?....any special ones to know about?
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:01 PM   #5
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:53 PM   #6
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Tube Screamer, DS1,MXR Distortortion+ and a LOT OF CHORUS..
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:08 PM   #7
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you guys have been a big help.. thanks
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:30 AM   #8
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Some of those hair metal guys used ADA MP-1 preamps. Hook it up to a good tube power amp (or a MosValve power amp) and you're ready to rock.

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Old 02-03-2008, 01:30 PM   #9
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Some of those hair metal guys used ADA MP-1 preamps. Hook it up to a good tube power amp (or a MosValve power amp) and you're ready to rock.

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+5 ! I have one, a 3TM moded. 80-ies early nineties, tons of usable gain and quite (thanks to the 3MT Ultra Mod, check adadepot.com, but a stock MP-1 is really cool already).

If you can get your hands on a used BBE sonic maximiser. works very good on the MP-1
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:58 PM   #10
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The ol' Boss Metal Core is great for recreating all hair metal tones - no matter the amount of gain. Of course running it through a good Marshall stack or half stack really gives it that 80s metal sound.
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Old 07-26-2008, 07:21 AM   #11
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I can nail that 80's tone with my Vox modeller (AD30VT). I use the UK 80s amp model (which is a JCM800 2203), and I run the master wide open and the gain on about 6. EQ is on 4-6 for bass/midd/treble and I run a chorus/delay combo with the chorus mixed low. I run a modded DS-1 into the front end to basically tighten up the low end. My main guitar is a mahogany-bodied Charvel Strat-style with dual GFS Crunchy PAT humbuckers and a Floyd.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:39 AM   #12
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You can't go wrong with either a Marshall JCM800 or 900 to get that tone
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:25 PM   #13
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first you got to look like you were in the 80's
then you can play like you were in the 80's
----Boss Heavy Metal (HM-2) Pedal, havent made in years but can find them on ebay, I still have mine.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:07 PM   #14
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Buy a POD X3 Pro. Soldano X88R and SOme of the custom Line6 Heads work woderfully.
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Old 08-14-2008, 06:28 PM   #15
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if you are looking for a amp modeler, try the Digitech RP500
I guarentee you will be able to find the sound you are looking for
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