JustinFun wrote:I'd say you'd definitely benefit friend a boost pedal of some kind, but also have you considered an attenuator for your amp? That way you can get the power stage distortion as well. Probably not worth building, when you can pick up a Harley Benton attenuator pretty cheap (the balanced line out is garbage, but as a straight attenuator it works well enough). Turn up the boost and turn down the attenuator and you should get what you want (imo only, of course).
phatt wrote:A good compressor (Not Boss ones)
phatt wrote:If tone is still an issue then consider the amp;
Is it very bright and harsh? or muddy bass?
Then you might need some amp tweaks.
phatt wrote:I just had a look at the schematic of your amplifier and if the schematic is correct then that tone switch system on the normal channel is killing the sound. That amp should OD without any pedal boosting.
There is a 10k FB resistor around V2 on normal channel. I'd be removing that whole switching arrangement before I tried pedals.
The Vib/Reverb channel is likely much better with no FB resistor at the tone switch but Dark position is still likely useless. It also has a mid notch filter which will help.
phatt wrote:Unless you want to mod the amp then find an amplifier that gives you what you want and move on. If you leave it as is then you will have to slowly work through a lot of pedals to find something that works with that amp.
Don't forget to try different inputs and tone settings when you flick that tone switch around,, you might get lucky and find a good combination.
phatt wrote:If I change guitars I have to change my tone settings as each one is different,, very common quirk.
mictester wrote:My essential pedalboard:
Muting switch at the input! Optical Compressor with separate sidechain output (see later), Fuzz Face with input loading (to emulate direct connection of a passive guitar) - silicon with capacitors to tame the fizz (indistinguishable from a "classic" germanium job), Wah pedal with optional automatic sweep (using the sidechain output from the compressor), distortion (a heavily modified Big Muff or a toobscreamer thing of my own design - both are included) chorus, flanger, phaser, trem, volume pedal, reverb / echo. It all finishes with either a line driver or a radio link transmitter to get to the backline. All the cyclic effects can have their rates or M/S ratios modified by the envelope output from the front end compressor..... The whole thing is in a flightcase, and has a simple 120Watt Class D amplifier as well, so the whole thing can be directly connected to a speaker cabinet.
My minimal pedalboard:
Fuzz Face / Big Muff Pi, compressor, wah pedal, phaser. That little combination travelled with me for about 30 years and several hundred gigs.
Amps: If I'm using commercial ones: AC30, Roost Sessionmaster, Mesa Boogie MkII, Fender Champ
Guitars: Aria Pro II for stage, Yamaha SG2000, PRS effort and an Ibanez 1973 Pseudo-Strat (better than ANY genuine Fender!!!) for home and recording
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