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Metallica Week: Tone tips for 5 classic tracks
Here on MusicRadar, it's Metallica Week!
Friday 12 September marks the long-awaited release of Metallica's Death Magnetic album. It's already been acclaimed as a major return to form, and is one of the most-anticipated albums of 2008. To mark its release, MusicRadar is going to give you a little bit of Metallica every day until Friday.
We start with some crucial advice on the gear they use and how you get those 'Tallica tones.
Revisit MusicRadar tomorrow for more Metallica goods in Day 2 of MusicRadar's Metallica Week.
Track:Seek And Destroy
Album: Kill 'Em All
Guitar: Epiphone Flying V with Seymour Duncan pickups (James)
Amp: ProCo Rat distortion pedal into a 100-watt Marshall head modded by Jose Arredondo
Tone tip: Turn up the gain but concentrate on playing with precision
Track:Fight Fire With Fire
Album: Ride The Lightning
Guitars: Jackson Randy Rhoads Custom and Fernandes Strat copy (Kirk)
Amp: 100-watt Marshall head
Tone tip: Scoop those mids!
Album: Master Of Puppets
Guitar: Gibson Flying V (Kirk)
Amps:Mesa/Boogie Mark IIC+ rewired as a preamp into the power stage of a Marshall 100-watt head
Tone tip: Don't be afraid of using a super-harsh tone for the solo sections
Album: …And Justice For All
Guitar: Tom Anderson ProAm (solo)
Amp: Mesa/Boogie '88 preamp
Tone tip: Use the edge of the pick for a fast, precise tapping sound
Track:Nothing Else Matters
Guitars: Gibson Explorer (solo) and signature ESPs
Amps: Roland JC-120 (clean), various Mesa/Boogie (everything else)
Tone tip: Be aware of the dynamics of the song. Make the clean tone as clean as you can, and vice versa for the dirt