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How do YOU EQ Your Amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by darkfish01, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. darkfish01


    Feb 11, 2005
    San Marcos, Tx
    Let's hear it. List your amp and your settings and what your main axe is. As for me, I use an OLP MM2 with the front coil solo'd running through a Behringer 300 watt head/Avatar 2x12 cabinet. I have the mid max'd with the low mid following close behind. the high mid is boosted a little and the bass and treble are on flat. It gets a nice tone that definitely cuts through in the mix!
  2. ()smoke()


    Feb 25, 2006
    i have an svtII and a jazz bass

    i just twist the little knob thingamajigs until it sounds good:)
  3. SVT-410HLF and a SVT-3Pro

    When I'm with the band, I'll use a "mound" type EQ, with the mids being highest.
  4. pablomigraine

    pablomigraine Commercial User

    Feb 9, 2005
    New York
    VP & Managing Director - Willcox Basses
    Ashdown ABM Evo II 500:

    Pre-shape engaged, Valve Drive engaged & set at about noon, Eq disengaged, ........METAL!!!

    EB MM SR5:

    Bass & treble flat, Mid dialed up about halfway

    Fingerstyle Death Metal Heaven!!
  5. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    interesting that y'all crank the mids. i too find myself turning them up.
  6. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    Gallien-Krueger Backline 115 combo
    Ibanez SR506
    Treble & Bass at 12 o'clock
    Hi-mid at 3 o'clock
    Low-Mid at about 2 o'clock or so.
    Contour at about 11 o'clock or so.

    When I'm playing my Jazz, it's

    treble at 12 o'clock
    hi-mid at 3 o'clock
    low-mid at 5 o'clock (cranked)
    lows at 5 o'clocked (cranked)
    contour at 7 o'clock (off)
  7. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    on the ashdown: slight bass and treble boost.
    on the sterling: slight bass and treble boost, the bass being a little more boosted than the treble.
  8. morf

    morf Banned

    Feb 17, 2006
    On my amp it goes from -6 to +6, so heres how i EQ:

    treble: +2.5
    hi-mids: +2
    low-mids: +2
    bass: -2

    No idea if thats the best, but it sounds good to me...
  9. the_home

    the_home Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    I usually play with the amp EQ pretty flat, maybe just a slight boost on the upper end (5 band). I do most of the real tone shaping with the controls on the instrument (generally either a Roscoe SKB3005 or a Modulus Quantum 4) which allows me to get wide varieties of tones without going back to the amp repeatedly.
  10. WillBuckingham


    Mar 30, 2005
    Could anyone explain what the advantage of boosting certain parts of the signal is over cutting the other parts?
  11. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Eden. Flat. Amen.

  12. +1 to this...

    Either with wt400 and schro 1210 or wt800b and 410 xlt or xst (or both), a small variation of the enhance for room/volume changes is all I use, everything else remains flat.

  13. Johnny5


    Mar 5, 2006
    Calgary, Canada
    What's up.
    I play a Yamaha RBX170 (strung B-E-A-D) and a Geddy Lee Jazz (also B-E-A-D) through an Ampeg BA210.
    Lows: 9/Mids: 4/Highs: 6
    This is coincidentally how John Mayer EQ's his guitar.
  14. Most people will boost the mids to cut through, and some will cut the bass because different rooms will give you too much bass.

    Some people like bass and treble for slapping, while others like scooped mids for a rock sound.
  15. Fathand

    Fathand 21st Century Distortion Man Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    AMP - Warwick ProFet 3.2, 300w: (from flat, where all knobs are at 12 o'clock)
    - Bass at 1 o'clock
    - Low Mid at 11 o'clock
    - High Mid at 9 o'clock
    - Treble flat

    BASS - Warwick Corvette Standard (Bubinga):
    - Volume Full
    - Blend 50/50
    - Tone Full

    Works for me. :D
  16. illidian


    Jul 2, 2004

    Sounds perfect.
  17. Totally Flat.
    This almost on any amp.
    Usually a small boost in the lower register (from 30hz to 150hz) will fatten it up on small amps
  18. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Little bit of high cut on my GK.

    Flat with just a hint of bass boost on my Bassman 100.
  19. snowdan


    Feb 27, 2006
    years ago with my hartke 3500, i was EQing like crazy to get some decent sound. with less than great results.

    a GK700RB later sounded great with hardly any adjustment. super musical, simple EQ. a slight bass boost or coutour adjustment, and that was basically it.

    if you nedd a lot of EQ, you either have the wrong bass, a crappy amp or both.
  20. mlove


    Jun 12, 2005
    eden wt550.

    I turn off the "enhance"
    I set the eq flat with a little bit if treble cut.

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