SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:I think that some critical keys in the formula to that '84 sound you're referring to would include:
Dimarzio Super II's run as single coil
McIntosh Mc2300, Mc2100, Mc250, and similar (and all of the metered/faceplated counterparts ie. Mc2105, 2505, etc.)
JBL K or E 120's
Adamas Graphite pick
Twin preamp or Twin type preamp with good reverb and plenty of it - bass turned way down
9v buffer like Waldo's Tiger clone
10-46 very fresh strings
Please don't forget that the guitar itself is critical for this 80's tone. Personally going from a bolt on PRS with Maple neck and Poplar body with Maple cap (fully Jerry-fied in 1995 with Peter Miller buffer) to a custom Cocobolo/western Maple/Cocobolo (set Maple neck) guitar was a night and day difference. Guitar woods plays a bigger role in tone than most people realize (more than I realized at least). My guitar was an kind of an experiment to see how much the wood affected the tone.
Seriously, I would say it makes as much of a difference as using JBL E-120s. And I thought it sounded pretty good/pretty close before with the PRS. Guitar wood and construction has such an impact on the attack, sustain, midrange, resonance, etc.