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Turning off my horn/tweeters was a huge mistake.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by madjazzbass, Jun 20, 2020.

  1. madjazzbass

    madjazzbass Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    In an effort to achieve a "warmer" tone I completely turned off the horn(s) on both (of my Avatar B2x10) cabs; and even though I did get closer to the tone I was after using finger style playing, my slap tone suffered A LOT 'cause there was no "sparkle" or "sheen" whatsoever because I completely forgot that I turned off the horns; meanwhile I'm going through strings like crazy trying to get that slap tone that I once had until I realized what I had done months ago and thought 'WHAT AN IDIOT I AM!' Once I turned them Back on, I turned them ALL THE WAY ON :D, and I'm still able to get a warm tone, I just turn down most (90%) of the treble on my Bass(es) and about 3/4 treble on my amp and it sounds even better this way, it has warmth and punch as well as a certain "clarity" to the overall tone, whereas before, the tone was too cloudy, somewhat muddy sounding. So kids, leave your horns on, it makes for a much better overall tone. I don’t think I'll EVER do THAT again ... and that's not saying ALL cabs with tweeters/HF Horns sound better than ones that don't have them, but in the case of mine, the horns are definitely preferred on. OK, I'm done :smug:
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  2. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    I'm strictly a no-tweeters guy, but then I only play fingerstyle and pickstyle. If I ever decide to take up slapping, though, I'll keep this in mind.
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  3. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    tweeters are good. especially in the cabinets that use them. 'all or none' can be extreme, IME.

    per the OP: glad you remembered what you'd done. a lot of us can't say that! :laugh:
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  4. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I dont use tweeters. I use an eq pedal for the times I need to slap through an entire song.
    Finger playing is 97% of my playing and I dont want to hear the tweeters for that 97%.
    Scott Bland and madjazzbass like this.
  5. madjazzbass

    madjazzbass Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    IF the volume knob(s) were in FRONT of the cabs., It wouldn't have went on that long. :woot:
    JRA likes this.
  6. NerdyOcean

    NerdyOcean Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2020
    North Carolina
    I like em full on and EQ to taste, but I also like a LPF around 8-10k to get rid of hiss and other unwanted noises.
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