Originally Posted by mdvga
I have a new Epi Ultra-339 on the way. Do I need to replace the factory strings? With what? I have a Pocket Pod and a Fender Passport 300 system.
Which settings on the Pocket Pod and Passport would give me a Bonamassa-type sound?
I'll buy an LP Ultra 3 later.
Hi and welcome to this site.
Regarding on whether to replace the factory strings. You need to ask yourself why, not us.
Are the strings old?
Are they the standard gauge you use?
Are they the same as the make you use?
When I get a new guitar, I ask the first two questions and if the answers are No and Yes, I leave them alone. I normally only change strings, on new stuff, if they sound a bit dead or pitted. BTW I have a Gibson 339 and left the strings on when I bought it.
Regarding the second question, I have no idea. To me, the sound you get comes mainly from you and there are no 'magic' settings to achieve what you want. Just experiment with the sound that comes from you and the equipment you have.