Surprising discoveries (Sansamp Para + 800RB)
I've been playing an 800RB for over a year now, and I've always had a love/hate relationship with the EQ - I never could seem to get exactly what I wanted. I'd fart out the low end before getting what I wanted, or I could never get the highs and hi-mids into the "Goldilocks" zone - they were always too hot or too cold. I've heard other guys nail awesome tones straight into the amp, so I figured I was doing something wrong or my amp had an issue somewhere, or my cabs weren't a good match (Mesa Diesel 15's).
I've had a Sansamp Para laying around for a while, and I finally decided to run it into the return, bypassing the GK preamp and only hitting the Boost and Master sections. I started with the "SVT"-like setting and went from there. The surprises:
1. The EQ section was far easier to dial in. I also got far more clean gain out of it. This killed my suspicion that my speakers were on their last legs.
2. The sound I settled on actually involved rolling the emulation Blend all the way off. There was a weird woofy low-mid thing going on with it all the way up.
The tone had more focus, a great usable edge, and I could get screamingly loud. At our last gig, I had pants flapping in the crowd (if you heard my guitar player, you'd understand why this was necessary).
So, you stumble upon things sometimes. Just a reminder to try things you might not otherwise - you might end up getting "the tone" everyone else chases.