Metal guitar Tone | How it's done?

I know a little secret on how you can make your guitar sound metal. It is only a matter of being creative for what you have, like out from your stomp boxes. Well, you may say that you can easily buy a high gain pedal, and you can already have a metal tone. Yes, it is great. However, we need more than that. If you have a tube amp then it would be easy, all you need is an overdrive pedal, and you're done. You can do that, if you have the budget to buy a decent tube amp. This is a "newbie" site, remember? So I will show you how you can get a metal tone from half decent stomp boxes, and with a solid state amp.

First of all, you need a distortion pedal, and it would be best if you have a high-gain distortion pedal. Some of the examples are the distortion made by Boss, BlackStar and Electro Harmonix. Anyway, a high-gain pedal already has high-gain output. We all know that metal guitarists have this creamy and muddy sound, and we want to get that sound somehow. Of course, we cannot get that out from those pedals, but we can get close to that.

The next thing you will need is an overdrive pedal. An overdrive pedal is a boost pedal that will help push the signal. Good examples of overdrive pedals are the ones made by Boss, MXR BlackStar, Ibanez, etc. Put the overdrive pedal before the high-gain distortion pedal, then to the amplifier. This is similar to the image you are seeing below. If you have a Reverb and Delay pedal then it would be even nicer. All you have to do now is set the equalizer to the settings good to your ears.


From my point of view | The difference between Overdrive and Distortion pedal

A lot of beginners are asking what the difference between an overdrive and distortion pedal is. Basically, an overdrive pedal is adding little dirt to your guitar tone. On the other hand, a distortion pedal can give you a big amount of gain that will make your tone a lot dirtier.

An overdrive pedal is used to add a little dirt to the guitar tone or give a boost to an already dirty signal. For all we know, guitar amplifiers do have this crunch feature that will make your guitar sound dirty. You can use an overdrive pedal to boost the signal even more producing a creamy tone, and muddy tone for metal sounds. Of course, you need to first have an amp from those high-end ones. I am talking about those tube amps, and they actually produce great tones.

Anyway, the distortion pedal can give your guitar massive amounts of gain that will give your guitar a muddy tone as well. The tone will also be creamy but not that creamy as the combination of the tube amp and overdrive pedal. Most of the time distortion pedals are used on amps that are made with solid state components. I am talking about those solid state amps. They cost a lot cheaper compare to those tube ones. Well, it is your choice, and it is up to you to what you want actually. If you can produce great and distinctive sound out from a solid state amp then go on. By the way, experimenting is the best tool to lead you to your tone destination. 


Distortion pedal | Schematic

My early days of being so deeply interested in music, which until now I am, I was thinking of making some schematic diagrams of some of the popular guitar pedal effects. Well, until now I am still making that certain thing, and I was just searching for ways on how I can share them to guitar stomp boxes' die hard fans.

Now that I found a great way, I am sharing them to you. Of course, I will be giving them one by one because I am still checking each of them if they will pass the oscilloscope.

Anyway, many newbies are looking for quality distorted sound. They want their guitar to sound dirty even if they only have a cheap but nice guitar amp. Surely, you can do that by using a distortion pedal. A distortion pedal is a stomp box that will give your guitar a massive amount of gain. Distortion pedals actually act as saturated valves that gives those creamy and muddy tones. Different manufacturers do have different tonal qualities for distortion. The best way to find one is by going to the music store, and testing the pedals. (I can't give you reviews of them right now, because I am still lacking of resources.) Well, testing them pedal to pedal will give you ideas on what are their differences. Many guitar players do this actually, and it is the best known way of doing so. Okay, so I have given you details on how, and I hope this help you guys out there.

Right below is an image of a schematic diagram of a good distortion. I managed to get one, and I have drawn its schematic. I know that many of you like to have one, "the cheaper way", so here it is. All you have to do is go to the electronic shop and buy those components, enjoy!!!


The first post | My point of view about Music.

I believe that music was created to everyone. I consider this as a tool to share anything that has something to do with one's feelings, emotion, thoughts, etc. I am also thinking that many musicians are thinking the same way as I am. This is a passion, and this is a crusade to promote a certain language that everybody will understand.

Music comes in many different genres, and this is a good thing actually. Not only it will create options, but also is making the world of music a lot colorful. Some of the examples of what I am talking about are genres like rock, RNB, metal, hip-hop and classic. Those are just examples, and definitely there are tons of them, and even more there are also sub-genres for each of them. It will only depend on the musicians and listeners to choose whatever they want. Well, I prefer those rock and metal genres, and they are good to my ears.

Music is something that is free, and you can choose to whatever instrument you want. You can even create music out from things you can't imagine can create good notes. Some musicians actually used instruments out from scrap materials like from water pipes, pot-shaped percussion, etc. They are free to do so, and they are creating wonderful notes. We can say that music is like a water pump, and you are getting your water from the sea. The resources for music are vast and seems endless. It is all about being creative and passionate. I believe that when you have those two criteria, then you can make something out of them.

Anyway, on my succeeding posts, hopefully, I'll be discussing a lot about music and about instruments we can use to make music. I will also be discussing accessories, especially for guitars, like stomp boxes and multi-effects pedals. I will as well include some tips on how you can build one, by giving you some advices and of course their schematics. Thank you very much, stay tuned for more music "newbie" things.