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Fattening up a DSL40c lead tone?

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  1. ledvedder

    ledvedder Active Member

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    I love the rhythm tones I'm getting out of my DSL40c. I have a Creamback 65 speaker in it. But when I play a lead, the sound just doesn't seem to be fat enough. What are some of the tricks you guys use for your lead tones? I do have an EQ in the loop with the mids boosted a bit and the level a bit. I've tried hitting it with a tube screamer, but that just seems to thin it out even more.
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    What mode? Channel 2 OD 1??
     
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    Try the opposite way,

    Dial it in for your lead tone on the amp with mids and volume, then use the EQ in the loop to cut that down for rhythm tones.

    This will also give you a greater dynamic interaction with the amp and react to your volume knob on your guitar better.
     
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    Channel 2 od1 mostly.
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    When i had a 40C I did the c19 clip it made it less thin. Dunno if that will help you.
    Also, I only used ODs with 2 band EQ, I always find ones with tone 9nly yo be thin. Every one of them. So a Timmy, Bad Monkey etc amd can dial in some lows when running that channel w a boost.
     
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    I use the volume and tone controls on my guitar to switch between rythm & lead. Also fattens up a thin sound if needed, but I eq at the amp for that.

    I think @Dmann suggestion would probably work for you better @ledvedder
     
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    More volume to get the power tubes working working. Then dial back guitar vol (and/ or tone) for rhythm sounds.
     
  9. 5stringsdown

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    I highly recommend the Scumback H 65.....more bottom smoother top......seriously a world of difference!
     
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    Much nicer difference than using a pedal.
     
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    WGS Veteran 30 maybe?
     
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    Does the DSL40CR reflect improvements from the DSL40C?
    I have not played the newer ones equipped with the G12M 65 Creamback, but heard that was an improvement.
    If the DSL40C reverb was not so meh, it probably would help fatten up some things.

    Also, (and probably an attribute) there are two designs for back panels. They are baffled differently.
     
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    CR is a much fatter sound - arguably too fat on OD2. Once you get up to a decent volume it's more balanced. Dunno what they did to the C to make the CR.
     
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    I have a Creamback 75 and a Veteran 30. Do you think I should try one of those in it? Problem is, the Vet 30 is only 8 ohm, so that doesn't leave me the option of running my 16 ohm ectension cab if I need it.
     
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    Clip C19 and Bad Monkey over drive like Jethro Rocker suggested. The problem for me on my DSLs was one eq for two channels. I would switch channels for a volume boost and the tone was just not what I wanted for a lead sound and then they added a gain stage. I have found that more gain on the preamp side and individual notes thin out. I moved on to Marshall JVMs and JMDs.
     
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    Put an EQ in the loop, that has probably already been mentioned, but it will do the trick.
     
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    I use an EQ in the loop for soloing. I mentioned that in my OP
     
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    Sorry I didn’t remember that.
    :cheers::fever:
     
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    Dunno about the Creamback 75, but by all means try the Vet30. Just curious, how did you dial the treble and presence?
     
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    Treble around 11/12 o'clock, presence around 9/10 o'clock.
     

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