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  • What Is The Best Tonewood For Metal (Metallica)?

    I want Metallica tone, specifically for the song "Enter Sandman".

    What tonewood will get me this metal tone? Agathis? Poplar? Balsawood?

    No, I'm not serious, and you can call me Shirley...
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    Re: What Is The Best Tonewood For Metal (Metallica)?

    EMG 81

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    • #3
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      Cigarbox should do you
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      • #4
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        There is so little wood in that sound... it's all string attack, active pickups and speakers.
        “For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.” Yvonne Chouinard

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          Re: What Is The Best Tonewood For Metal (Metallica)?

          NE hit the nail on the head pretty well, but one of the key players that many Metallica enthusiasts forget when trying to cop their tone (especially on their later albums) is that the bass is a key player in getting the right vibe. Even with the perfect settings, just a guitar is not going to cut it.

          First thing you want to do is get a 1974 Ampeg SVT 300w head. Then you want to set it as follows:

          Amp on clean
          no drive
          bass knob at 12 o' clock
          low mid knob at 1 or 2 o' clock
          high mid at 12
          high at 11

          The cabinet is the tricky part. Some people say you can get away with a simple Mesa (or even Marshall) 4×12 cab, some people say that you need any where from one to three auxiliary cabs to really thicken up the sound, but I say it's not only more authentic, but also cheaper and easier if you just take the amplifier out cord and plug it straight into the trash.

          Hope this helps.
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          every time I had to play while people sat there drunk,

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          • #6
            Re: What Is The Best Tonewood For Metal (Metallica)?

            Aluminium
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            • #7
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              Rich Mahogany.


              No, seriously.

              NegativeEase has a good point, but in the end you'll get better results with something nice and chunky sounding. James was using his EET FUK guitar a lot then which was an ESP explorer copy. I'm guessing it was likely a mahogany body.

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                Palownia

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                • #9
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                  Hey Shirley! Just in case you're not Shirley afterall, check out Rick Beato's "What makes this song great" series... He features a couple of 'tallica songs in it and talks about setup they had in the studio. I believe for the Sandman intro he mentions some sort of EMG single coil thing... Oh,and don't forget to hire Bob Rock! :P

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                    • #11
                      Re: What Is The Best Tonewood For Metal (Metallica)?

                      Thanks guys, but it was a joke... there's no such thing as "metal tonewood".

                      (hence the "No, I'm not serious, and you can call me Shirley..." bit)

                      OTOH, If there was, I'd go with B2D's "Rich Mahogany". Definitely.
                      Last edited by LLL; 08-03-2019, 11:13 AM.
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                      • #12
                        Re: What Is The Best Tonewood For Metal (Metallica)?

                        Originally posted by RorySquier View Post




                        ;>)/
                        Yes.
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                        • #13
                          Re: What Is The Best Tonewood For Metal (Metallica)?

                          Originally posted by LLL View Post
                          Yes.
                          YAZZZZZ!!! Now yoo cant HAZ cheezburger...just kidding.



                          ;>)/





                          ;>)/
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                            316 stainless steel
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                              Ironwood

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