Archive for May, 2013

Discofreq’s (aka Bart) effects database is 10 years old! To help Bart celebrate this fantastic achievement and to recognize the constant hard work put in to making it such a great resource for all the pedal hounds out there I’m giving a way a ‘DIY box of joy’ – and no – that isn’t what you are probably thinking it is!

To enter the prize draw just sign up to the FXDB forums and post in the ‘give away’ thread here.

There are masses of pedals being given away by lots of great companies on the FXDB homepage, which can be found here

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Winner will be drawn on the 14th June 2013 – good luck!

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It seems most of my posts recently have involved this amp,  and this one is no exception.

I had a hard time EQing this amp properly to start with, I always found it way too trebly especially when cranked up. I found the EQ didn’t really respond how I wanted it too and that there always seemed to be a lot of high-end on tap, and if you’re not careful the overwhelming presence can ruin your cranked clean sound. I found there to be a some kind of harsh ultra high pitched ‘treble strike’ on the initial pick attack that just drove me crazy when the amp was really, really loud – moderate levels no problem.

Anyway, I first heard of this technique somewhere online, and now I swear by it.

Treble: 10 o’clock

Middle: Max

Bass: Max

Both channels, back off the bass and mids a little if it is too much when really cranked up.

It really seems counterintuitive, but once you get your head around the fact that some of the knobs are maxed out and that the EQ looks like it is somewhere it shouldn’t be, and realise that it actually sounds like it probably should you may find the overall tone of the amp is somewhere nearer to what you would expect, with no annoying ear-piercing treble when cranked up. At bedroom levels I get away with everything at half way, but at band volumes I much prefer this.

Just a though for those who are struggling with it…