28 Aug My Gear, Story and Sample Sound Test (Sin City)
Hello Solodallas.net Community, my name is Corey and you all probably know me for jamming with my dad but since Banane and Fil are allowing members to post topics, I decided to do one.
To start off, I’m just going to give you guys a quick summary of how my music career started.I started playing music in 6th grade about 5 years ago (I’m one of the younger members here currently 16 in 11th grade), and I started on the bass. I was young and stupid at the time and thought the bass was stupid, so I quit that and decided to learn the drums. I played the drums for about a year and in the middle of 7th grade I discovered the power of AC/DC… Watching Angus Young as a 12 year old kid blew me away. I discovered AC/DC via the Live at Donnington album and I thought it was the best music known to mankind. Know as I was saying, watching Angus gave me a HUGE desire to learn the guitar and I did. I got myself a summer job at the age of 14 and used all of my money to buy a Marshall MG30FX and an Epiphone SG. I’ve been playing ever since.I still keep my chops up on the drums though and also play guitar. Currently I play Angus in my AC/DC Tribute Band with my dad, dedicated to the Bon Scott Era.
Now onto my Gear, I still have my same guitar, my mighty Epiphone SG but I have upgraded the bridge pickup just recently to the Gibson Angus Young one. To me, it made my guitar sound like a million bucks. Also, I have a Monster Rock Cable and a trusty Marshall Half Stack that my dad bought for me after we had a death in the family and we got quite a deal on it. I got a Marshall 1959 100W Reissue and the circuit board has been handwired, and a Marshall AVT 4 x 12. Note: Sorry for the blur, I’m not a very good picture taker.
The speakers in it are 25 watts. The speakers are celestions but I’m not sure which kind.I wasn’t able to get a picture of the speakers because some of the screws in the back are stripped. So if anyone knows what kind of Celestions the AVT’s have, please let me know, I am anxious to know. By the way, I bought the Plexi reissue off of Craigslist for $1200 and $200 for the cabinet.
The mic I use for recording is a Shure SM58. I placed it about 4 inches away from the top-left speaker pointing it straight at the cone.Here’s a better look of it:
Once again, please excuse the bit of blur in the picture. Here’s another picture:
For all the drummers out there, the kit I have is a TAMA Superstar, well it’s actually my dad’s but he let’s me use it. The kit is about 30 years old, my dad bought it off a guy in New York City back in his “Hey Day’s” in the 1980s. If you want me to take some pictures of it I can.Just ask.
Now onto my sound sample that I want you guys to hear, I recorded it using Cubase 5 and my Shure SM58 with the gear listed above. The mic angled just like the pictures as described above and shown in the pictures. The mic ran into our 6 channel mixer which ran into my computer. So the sound goes from my amp, to the mixer, into Cubase. My settings are very simple:
High Treble: 4
It was loud.These things are monsters as many of you guys know. If I went any higher it would be too distorted and dirty and sound just terrible. This is definitely the best guitar recording tone I have got.My guitar settings are just like Fil’s:
I use a 1 mm Dunlop pick, and 10s for strings. I’m tuned a half step because personally I like the half step tone better than 440, much more raw, and bluesy in my eyes. The opening lick is double tracked with my rhythm, that’s why you will hear a sudden hum change. The lead is on the right, the rhythm on the left. Please note, I did not play the whole track due to lack of bass, drums, and vocals. I would’ve recorded the drums but our snare drum is acting up and my dad and I are going to try and fix it. I only played up to the break. Hope you enjoy it 🙂 .
Sin City: http://yourlisten.com/channel/content/101533/Sin%20City%20-%20ACDC%20Cover
Let me know what you guys think and if you have any questions just ask, and I am open to criticism.
maggisch92Posted at 13:49h, 10 October
Btw the AVT cab has 4 x12″ Celestion Vintage Speakers… not V30, as you may think (from celestion). And it has 200Watts –> 50 per speaker.
I had thesame cab, but it doesnt sound that good! you need to change the whole cab as adam10603 said. Your MK2 will sound much better ;D
Also a very good cover, rock on!
badcompany74Posted at 16:58h, 18 September
I liked your version Corey, and the tone is marvellous in my opinion, considering you are using an Epiphone and not a real SG. The lead part for me is a bit weak…, in the sense you need a little bit of distorsion for the solo sounding really good, just a little bit ! But you are very good for being a player for only 5 years, keep it up man ! 🙂
AngusRudd1019Posted at 18:35h, 18 September
AngusRudd1019Posted at 18:43h, 18 September
and I’ve only been playing for 3 years not 5 lol
SoloDallasPosted at 11:00h, 29 August
great posting here you!!! I am loving these members postings.
bhock4Posted at 14:33h, 28 August
hey all umm how do you post topics and btw good sound but i suggest get a bigger cab so you have more head room and the sound can breath witch will give you more tone but other then theta great playing.
adam10603Posted at 04:15h, 28 August
Not bad 🙂 I have 3 little tips for you:
You should take the pop filter / grill off of the SM58. That’s the way I use mine when I record guitar.
Get another cab! Don’t just change the speakers out, but get a decent cabinet. Trust me… I have played on these AVT cabinets, and they don’t sound good. Not just the speakers are bad, but the actual cabinet is bad sounding too. Don’t ask me how a wooden box can be good or bad… I don’t know 😀 I’m just telling you what I have heard.
If you don’t have the money for a 1960 cabinet, get a 2061CX! Much cheaper, and it IS a decent cab. You will love it. (in this case you would need some kind of attenuation on your head, because the 2061CX is only a 60W cab… but a PPIMV costs no more than $5 🙂 )
If you buy a cab with greenbacks (either 20/25/30 watters), then you want to move your mic closer to the grill cloth. Low wattage speakers will yield a better tone when mic’d closer. Oh, and go for an on-axis, or almost on-axis mic position. If you find it too harsh, apply some EQ afterwards, and cut the high end. It’s better than having an off-axis miking. trust me 😉
adam10603Posted at 04:22h, 28 August
The other guitarist in my band has an AVT150 head with a matching AVT cabinet. It sounds BAD. And by bad, I mean unusable. The cabinet is way too harsh, and the whole sound is just a big fuzzy, fizzy, crackling noise. It’s not a pleasent guitar sound in any way.
An AVT 412 is about the same price as a 2061CX… It may look weird with a big box 100 watter on top, but it will sound amazing.
Or if you have the money… 1960 cab, of course.
TylerPosted at 03:09h, 28 August
Cool stuff man!
EmplexadorPosted at 02:43h, 28 August
that’s a nice amp, I think the speakers are the weak link. You want weber legacy’s 65W @120/each that’s $480 and you ‘ll be thanking me
bananePosted at 01:09h, 28 August
And another user gear story, this time by Corey, member name AngusRudd1019, the guy who posted the cool jam sesssions with his dad. Great posting, Corey!