So, I generally hate the Fender tone stack...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by LiquidMidnight, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    ...yet many of my favorite amps seem to have it, so I just deal. :meh: Anyone else in the same boat?
  2. Deedubs


    Mar 5, 2012
    My new to me mesa buster head has the fender tone stack. Glad I read the manual and didn't try and figure it out on my own. Here's a link for anyone that would like a good explanation of how to use a fender type tone stack Bass 200.pdf
  3. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I love it.
  4. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    nope, I love the Fender tone stack, never had a problem getting the tone I need. Also pretty happy with Baxandall too.

    good luck
  5. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Same here, but for me onboard EQ is my go-to regardless of what scheme the amp uses.
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I've been able to get some good sounds with amps using Fender tone stacks, but I still dig something that will let you get more mid-forward and cut more treble if you need it. Especially the cutting treble part.
  7. What exactly makes them your favorites if you don't like the tone stacks?
  8. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Hmmm. I always thought the Fender tone stack was , turn the Mid all the way to the right to eliminate the mids, thus the " 2-10-2 " setting. Unless I'm reading the Mesa manual wrong, it says to turn the Mid all the way " down " , which I'm assuming is all the way to the left ( pictured in the manual at about 9 o'clock ) ? What am I missing here ?
  9. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Inactive

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Fender style mid control is cut only. So '10' is flat.
    There is no mid-boost on a fender tone stack.
  10. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    +1 good question.
  11. Yes.
    I dumped my F1X for the same reason.
  12. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    My first thought as well.
  13. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    Salinas, CA
    I thought that more control would be best,, but I love the sound of my F-1X enough that I don't care. My bass has enough mid control that it's not needed at the preamp, I guess.
  14. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    A Fender tone stack like the Alembic F-1x benefits greatly from the addition of a parametric EQ so you can dial in the precise spot and amount of midrange boost to supplement what you've got out of the tube. For me it's a slight bump at 500 Hz and it's perfection.

  15. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    An amp is more than just its tone stack. I often like everything else about them. I love my 400+, but I do tone shaping with its graphic EQ. If I get into a new room and need to cut lows or add highs, I like just cutting lows or adding highs rather than dealing with an interactive EQ, especially since the 400+ already has a rather in-depth EQ section with the Fender tone stack, the graphic EQ, and a number of push-pull pots.
  16. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    My favourite amp has a fender type stack with a fixed mid, and a separate active boost only mid.
  17. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    That sounds quite versatile.
  18. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Never had a problem getting a good sound out a Fender stack as far as I know...I rather like them. You simply turn knobs until it sounds good...just like any other amp. Just means you might have to stray a ways from center with the knobs:eek: that's all.
  19. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I agree with you. The Fender/Baxandall circuit sounds great. The Alembic F2B was my go-to preamp for a long time. However it's counter-intuitive, and I often missed a mid-boost. So, I sometimes used the F2B with another preamp or eq.

    The lack of treble-cut was never a problem for me; for that I'd use the passive tone control on the bass. But that's not the same as using active EQ to cut treble, so I understand Jimmy's need.
  20. +1 to that, which is why my F1-X was replaced by an Interstellar Overdrive.

    The IOD has everything I desire, except for its anemic output.
    The foot switch controllable grind and foot pedal blend make the IOD very useful.
    The low gain structure completely sucks when used with passive basses having low output pickups.