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Amp or Pedal Advice

by Erik
(Colorado)

I currently play a Epiphone SG G400 through a Line 6 Spider IV 15W at home and the distortion channels seem extremely muddy.

I play in a band and when I play with them I use a Horizon Cabinet and a Johnson Millennium JM250 Amp Head with a Boss DS-1 and I'm not having the same problem so I don't believe it's entirely the pick ups fault (although I'll change them eventually).

I just don't know if I should save up for a new amp altogether or run my Line 6 on clean and get a pedal (like a Boss Power Stack). Any advice would be appreciated!

Suggestions

Firstly, I'd try another guitar through your Spider to better gauge what's causing the muddiness. As the video below demonstrates, the Spider's distortion is pretty crisp and clear with what looks like a cheap Epiphone Les Paul Special.



It's likely that your JM250 is opening up the pickups in a way that no 15 watt combo would be able to. So it may simply be that the stock pickups in the G400 aren't as "compatible" with the Spider's distortion.

You also have to compare like with like - what does the DS-1 sound like through the Spider's clean channel?

I would personally go for a pedal, because in the long run you can also use it with your head (or any amp you might use in future) and it should cost less than a new practice amp.

Use the cheap distortion pedals page as a guide.

Hope that helps. Use the comments link below if you need any more advice.

If anyone has any advice to offer, please use the comments link below. Cheers.

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Pickups
by: Erik

I don't use the neck as often so i for what it use it for (clean channels) it works decent

Pickups
by: Mike

Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates in the bridge will certainly fulfill those needs. Very hot and sensitive harmonics. They'll really open up your sound. The Dimarzio Super Distortion would also be a good bet. How do you feel about the stock neck pickup?

Pickups
by: Erik

I definitely want high output. Something with good harmonics with distortion. I was looking at dimarzios.

Pickups
by: Mike

Depends on what style of music you're playing. Do you want high output? Vintage? The pickups currently fitted in the USA SG Standards are the 490R and 498T.

Pickups
by: Erik

Thank for the advice, I was wondering what kind of pickups you would suggest for my G400

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