Adjust your eq settings occasionally !

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  1. Ufoscorpion

    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    Reading a lot of others posts on this forum has got me wondering if many of you guys set their amp eq and gain and don’t touch it again under any circumstances. Hopefully this isn’t taken as an insult by the majority but it seems like that’s what a fair few are doing . Too much gain , too much mids , not enough mids and so on . We all know that amp , speakers and guitars/pickups have differing characteristics but you got to twiddle them knobs sometimes .
     
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    mirrorman Well-Known Member

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    I usually only find this to be a problem when changing venues.
    Definitely have to do some tweaking when playing at an unfamiliar location or when bringing an amp from home to band rehearsal space.
    Don't bother with it much when just practicing at home though.
    I guess my rule of thumb is if an amp goes for a ride in the truck, the settings will need adjusting at the new site.
     
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    Most of mine spend their lives somewhere between 4 and 6 in various combinations. I don't really care where they are if they are somewhere between these two numbers........ Maybe I should. If I'm recording I usually have the bass rolled back a bit more.
     
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    Back in the day a guitarist in a band I was in used to say if his settings got moved 'shit - now I've got to take it back to Jim...'
     
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    I generally only play at one venue (home), so I rarely need to adjust the EQ, but I do spin all the knobs occasionally, just to try and stop them seizing up prematurely.
     
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    Other than the volume the rest of my amp knobs live on 5 for the most part except on the rare occasion I need to tweak something slightly.
     
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    Similar sentiments from me regarding the tone and volume pots on guitars.
    Far too many whitter on about "tone" but never turn anything on their guitar down from 10/10...

    :hippie::pirate::uk:
     
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  8. Ufoscorpion

    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    My eq tends to be all over the place and does vary hugely from amp to amp . My EVH lbx ii bass, mid, treble and presence are on 10 , resonance 0 volume 4 gain 4 on the blue channel ( where I live ) . But I’m heavily attenuated via my torpedo reload in my studio , if I play out that will change drastically as the volume is increased by not attenuating. I do achieve the same tone either was but I have to twiddle those knobs a lot to do so . Basically what I’m saying is live settings attenuated would sound shit , which I think is why some folk just dismiss attenuation , TWIDDLE THEM F¥<€ing KNOBS .
     
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    My gig rig....I try to keep the EQ and most knobs (except for master volumes) on 5 and use the rack processor for the real EQ shaping.
    Why?
    If (when) the knobs get moved, setting them back to 12 0'clock is easy and quick.
    And it allows for adjustment in either direction if the room acoustics warrant/need it.
     
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    I twiddled last night! :shred:
     
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    Congratulations! :cheers:
     
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    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    That’s a very cunning plan !
     
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    That's the way I do it as well. If it needs to go further than that, then I probably need a different amp, cab or guitar.
     
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    All mine are pretty set..but not afraid to turn a knob for the required tone needed. For the most part, they all are set at same volume. Changing guitars, tweak here & there..not much movement tho. Like what Marshalls do as the volume comes up..there is a level on all of em..that is just tonal heaven..
     
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    Ufoscorpion Well-Known Member

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    The eq is fairly flat on my Laney aor 30 ( 4-6 across the board ) but heavily adjusted with the eq pedal in the loop for best results.
     
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    For playing at home I have odd settings on my DSL20h. Bass 0-3 depending on guitar. Mids 5, treble 0-3 turn up the presence and resonance on the power section. To compensate for those odd settings I use presence instead of treble mostly. Everything else is done on my guitar or HX FX with favourite OD which has Hi Low knobs.

    I mostly use the clean channel and stack my OD with the HX pedals to get my high gain. Use ultra gain when I'm feeling lazy and don't want to fiddle with anything.

    I hardly ever touch the amp unless my ears are off on a particular day.
     
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    The dude I was in a band with who owned a JCM 900 (whose "tone" I aways thought was complete dogshit), one day we were fooling around at the studio and I picked up his SG and started playing it thru his amp...I made a single adjustment to one of the tone controls and he came flying across the room DUDEDUDEDUDE!!! whatareyoudoingman!!!???
    Whatever.
     
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  18. Listogast

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    I adjust the EQ settings until I'm happy with it, and only change them if I'm using a different guitar, or a lot of distortion. And I usually just turn the presence down a fair bit.
     
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    I play at home also . I move stuff around a lot , cabs , different amps change settings .
     
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    Another trick/hack...safety tip..

    Set your EQ they way you like it..
    Remove the knobs and put them all back on so they point at 12 o'clock..

    Then if some tard messes with your settings...again...just put them back, straight up...
     

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