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My LH1000 EQ setting

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MIMJAZZ, Dec 30, 2013.



    Dec 13, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I've looked through threads about what people use as their EQ setting on the LH500 and LH1000. They use it pretty flat (Which is B:2, M:10, and T:2). I don't love that setting. Its missing something to me.

    Ive played around with it alot and found a setting that I like and other bass players around like too. Its Bass at 8, Mid at about 7, and Treble inbetween 3-5 depending on the bass i'm using.

    I'm surprised that I havent read anybody use this setting. I know people have their own taste, but its a very usable setting and IMHO its better than the flat setting.

    If you have the head, try it and let me know what you think.
  2. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Roselle, IL
    It's cool you found something usable for your needs. Just keep it mind that you can quickly fall out of the mix on stage if you do not keep enough midrange in your tone. Boosting the Bass and Treble controls will reduce the midrange at certain frequencies.

    Also, the settings on bass amps are generally guidelines for bass players since bass guitar tone is heavily influenced by the acoustic environment, your playing style, and what you are running into the head. Your awesome settings may work great in the ROOM you are currently in, but may sound terrible in a different room. The key to getting good tone all the time is understanding how the controls on the amp/pedals/bass work and how to manipulate them to get what you want.
    rockinrayduke likes this.
  3. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    LH1000 owner here.

    My settings in the loud 70's/80's/90's rock band I'm with...bass 5 to 6, mid 7.5, treble 3 to 5.

    Passive 4 string jazz with DR Sunbeams strings into a Aphex bass exciter DI all controls set at 5 into the LH1000 driving two Avatar Neo 210 cabinets stacked as a vertical 410.

    In the band I'm with and the rooms we're playing this set-up REALLY sounds good to me...(and our soundman.)

    (Do a search, I think it was KJunge back in 2008 that had a 30+ page thread on the LH500's/LH1000's. Many players we're giving their settings for the LH's.)
  4. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    Im using a KILO so I have the addition of the graphic eq as well but my 3 band is set B2, M10, T5
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    If it works for you, it works, so don't worry about the opinions of others.
  6. will33


    May 22, 2006

    OP, just understand that is a lot of bass boost. Getting muddy/losing clarity may be one concern but putting too much stress on your speakers at louder gigs is certainly another. The various rooms you find yourself in will have a big effect on the bass end of things. If you're not run into the PA, listen from out where the audience is while adjusting your tone to fit the mix, then just deal with whatever that sounds like on stage.
  7. Sartori

    Sartori Supporting Member

    If you can hear yourself, and it sounds good in the mix, then whatever.
  8. JimiLL

    JimiLL Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2009
    Hunt. Co., New Jersey
    I'm sorry but that's way too much bass. For years when I was younger and didn't know any better if I felt I wanTed the bass more prominent id put more bass in the signal. Years later I realized I was doing it all wrong and more bass doesn't mean a better mix
  9. Sartori

    Sartori Supporting Member

    I would instinctively say "too much lows," too (my amp has a Fender type tone stack, too, and I never have the bass control over about 5), but I have no idea what cab the OP is using, or what the mix of the bands he/she's playing in is like.
  10. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    What comes out isn't just down to EQ, bunches is down to the cab, you might be compensating for a cab roll off.
  11. JimiLL

    JimiLL Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2009
    Hunt. Co., New Jersey
    That's a whole lot of boost. ..its either a bad cabinet conjunction with the head or I feel it's just the wrong approach. I had an lh1000 and with eq set at 4 9 3 it was full and solid in the low-end. I can't see running that control at over 6 orso, regardless of circumstance.

    To the op: do you know about or understand the theory of frequency notching? What cab, what bass and what type of music are you playing?
  12. Sartori

    Sartori Supporting Member

    I've never understood this attitude that boosting is somehow wrong, that seems to be common on TB. Sure, it has drawbacks, but if you're okay with those drawbacks, there's nothing wrong with using boost.

    That would definitely be too much low end boost for me, but my situation and rig is likely different than the OP's. So I'm holding off saying "that's too much" or "that's too little," unless I get more specifics about the rest of the rig, and the mix it's in.
  13. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Roselle, IL
    Each of us plays the bass differently - my Spector has a lot of low end without boosting at all. Some of us on here use a low-end sucking pedal in front of a head and end up compensating with the head for the apparent loss of low end. So a level setting at "8" with one bass is going to be different compared to the another bass. Also, if the OP has a preference for the bridge pickup, the higher setting of bass on the Hartke head may sound just fine. In addition, the OP may be using the head at lower volumes than we are thinking of. Therefore, a higher boost is ok.

    Lastly, any time I use an Ampeg SVT CL I have to reduce the Bass knob to about "3". This is the only way I can achieve a not so muddy tone. So in the end, it's how the OP is playing his bass and what/how it is setup.
  14. big evil robot

    big evil robot Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
    I've found that my LH500 varies heavily depending on the cab I'm running it through.
    Generally, I prefer a slightly scooped tone - so I'm usually running it at B:6 M:5 T:6. When I need some extra cut I change to B:5 M:7 T:5 and hit the bright switch.
  15. middy


    Mar 14, 2007
    My LH500 usually ends up around b3 m7 t4, with a p bass through an ampeg 810e. Bright switch on if my strings are dead.
    Through my Epifani 212, more like b3 m8 t3.
    I do love the 555 setting with a pick, though.