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March 19, 2024
A Guide to the Gear of 80s Metal

'80s Metal Buying Guide

The '80s may be well behind us, but that decade is alive and well in the guitar world. We've curated a list of some gear that will fit your rig and send you straight to "Paradise City." Plug your preferred shred machine into a screaming half stack and you'll have "Nothin' But A Good Time."

This buying guide includes some tried-and-true classics and some newer takes on the gear that gave hair metal its signature sound. Stand out on stage with a laser green axe outfitted with a Floyd Rose, plug into a half stack the size of a small car, and rock your audience like a hurricane!
'80s Guitars: Find the Right Shred Machine
These axes are ready to shred with attitude. Ergonomic designs make these models easy to play, while aggressively voiced pickups are ready to set the stage on fire.

Kramer 1983 Baretta Reissue Electric Guitar (with Hard Case)

$2,199.00

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    $183.25
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    $274.88

Jackson Pro Phil Demmel Demmelition Electric Guitar

$849.99

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    $70.83
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    $106.25
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    $141.66
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    $212.50
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Charvel Pro-Mod Warren DeMartini Snake Electric Guitar

$1,549.99

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    $129.17
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    $193.75
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ESP LTD Deluxe EC-01FT Electric Guitar

$1,099.00

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    $91.58
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    $137.38
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    $183.17
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    $274.75

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EVH Eddie Van Halen Wolfgang Special Quilted Maple Electric Guitar

$1,299.99

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    $72.22
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    $108.33
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    $162.50

Ibanez Nita Strauss Signature JIVA10 Electric Guitar (with Gig Bag)

$1,499.99

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    $125.00
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    $187.50

Kramer The 84 Electric Guitar

$799.00

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    $66.58
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    $99.88
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    $133.17
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    $199.75
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Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HH 2PT CM Electric Guitar, with Maple Fingerboard

$1,099.99

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    $91.67
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    $137.50
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    $183.33
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    $275.00
High-Gain Amps: Do You Wanna Rock?
Soar through a face-melting solo with plenty of power and gain from any of these amplifiers. Just add a cab (or two) and own the stage!
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Marshall Studio Jubilee Guitar Amplifier Head (20 Watts)

$1,299.00

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    $108.25
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    $162.38

Orange Dark Terror Guitar Amplifier Head (15 Watts)

$649.00

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    $54.08
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    $81.13
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    $108.17
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    $162.25
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EVH Eddie Van Halen 5150III 50-Watt 6L6 Tube Guitar Amplifier Head

$1,349.99

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    $112.50
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    $168.75

Friedman BE-100 Deluxe Guitar Amplifier Head (100 Watts)

$3,999.99

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Laney LA30BL Guitar Amplifier Head (30 Watts)

$1,229.00

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    $102.42
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    $153.63
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    $204.83
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    $307.25

Randall RD45 Diavlo Guitar Amplifier Head (45 Watts)

$1,299.99

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    $108.33
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    $162.50
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Victory VX The Kraken Amplifier Head (50 Watts)

$1,499.00

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    $124.92
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    $187.38

Peavey 6505 MH Mini Guitar Amplifier Head (20 Watts)

$699.99

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    $58.33
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    $87.50
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    $116.66
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    $175.00
Make it a Combo
The '80s were all about stacks, but combo amps are a timeless choice. Pick one of these amps for true '80s tone you can fit in a Pontiac Fiero.
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Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Guitar Combo Amplifier (2x60 Watts, 2x12")

$1,241.99

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    $103.50
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    $155.25
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    $207.00
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    $310.50

Boss Katana-50 MkII Guitar Combo Amplifier (50 Watts, 1x12")

$229.99

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    $38.33
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    $57.50

EVH Eddie Van Halen 5150 Iconic Series Guitar Combo Amplifier (40 Watts, 1x12")

$899.99

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    $75.00
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    $112.50
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    $150.00
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    $225.00
'80s Pedals: Jump on Some Tone
From classics to newcomers, any of these drive pedals are fit for a high-gain rig -- just don't forget the noise gate! In the '80s, modulation effects like flanger and chorus saw a huge rise in popularity, as did precise, clean digital delay.

Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal

$89.99
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    $22.50

Ibanez Tube Screamer TS9 Overdrive Pedal

$99.99

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    $16.66
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    $25.00

MXR M104 Distortion+ Distortion Pedal

$99.99

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    $16.66
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    $25.00
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ISP Technologies Decimator G String II Noise Reduction Pedal

$233.91

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    $38.98
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    $58.48

Boss CE-2w Waza Craft Chorus Pedal

$219.99

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    $36.66
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    $55.00

Boss DD-3T Digital Delay Pedal

$154.99

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    $25.83
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    $38.75

MXR M101 Phase 90 Pedal

$99.99

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    $16.66
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    $25.00

Eventide H90 Harmonizer/Multi-Effects Pedal

$899.00

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    $74.92
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    $112.38
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    $149.83
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    $224.75