Gain structure question.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Scottgun, Apr 10, 2004.

  1. Scottgun


    Jan 24, 2004
    I've got a Sunn 300T running into a Aggie GS212. I've heard many people say that it is better to max your master volume knob and then adjust to desired volume with the input. Good advice or no?

  2. It really depends on what signal to noise ratio is acceptable to you and your ears. If your "pre" section is feeding too much noise to the "post" you'll often get some unwanted sound artifacts (a slight hum usually). I do run my set-up like you listed above. Others might do it differently. Different strokes for different folks. I have pretty hot pick-ups so it doesn't take too much on the "pre" end for me. I change the settings in certain rooms sometimes as well. Different basses need different adjustments too. Darnit! It's all subjective!

  3. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I always set the gain as high as possible without overload and then adjust the volume. Most amp manuals I have read recommend this.
  4. Ericman197


    Feb 23, 2004
    I do the same. The opposite would give you a very inconsistent tone. One day you might be super smooth and deep, the next you have to increase the gain and become distorted.