Gear Factor | Get the Sound of Slayer, Using the Gear of John Mayer


Get That Slayer Tone

Okay, so you’re in a band, and you really want to learn to write and play like Slayer. Really, why wouldn’t you? First of all: they’re awesome. Second of all: the Slayer tribute band market is undoubtedly going to pick up due to the band breaking up and embarking on their farewell tour.

Loudwire’s Gear Factor host Squiggy has done all of the heavy (metal) lifting for you. Not only did he figure out what gear you are going to need, but he also found a band to demo how it sounds. “Demoing gear this way has never even been attempted,” Squiggy beams. Anyone can tell you that these guitars will make you sound like Slayer, but Squiggy set out to prove it.

Reign In Blood

Obviously, to sound like Slayer, you must have a two-guitar arsenal. One needs Between the Buried and Me’s Dustie Waring’s signature PRS guitar. “It’s a signature CE guitar with signature mojo tone pickups,” Squiggy notes.

Plug it into the new Mark Tremonti MT115 Lunchbox, which has a pretty colorful feature. “When the head is lit blue, you get a nice, heavenly, clean tone.” Not that you’ll need that when you are playing in the style of Slayer!

“When the light is blood red, you get that devilish gain.” Now we’re talking!

A True Metal Guitar

For the second guitar, grab yourself a Zemaitis metal front guitar. Squiggy marvels, “This guitar is not just stunning, it is brutal!” That goes into the Seymour Duncan Powerstage 170. “It’s one of the most forward-thinking pieces of gear I have ever seen… this rig is absolutely game-changing!”

Plug that guitar into the palladium pedal and… you might want to take a seat for this next part. “Run it through a John Mayer signature 2×12 PRS cabinet. That’s right… John Mayer! For this episode, he will be known as ‘John Slayer.'”

For the low end, you’ll want an ESP LTD RB-1004 bass with Seymour Duncan quarter pound pickups. “It definitely lives up to ESP’s metal tradition with that growl!”

































































So, there you go: you’ve got the tools to sounds like the most badass metal band of all time. And catch the real thing on tour this summer: check out their dates here.

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