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why it's a good idea to tweak your settings...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pcake, Feb 2, 2018.

  1. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i have traveler guitar TB-4P that i don't pick up that much, so this morning i decided to play it for a while. i had forgotten that yesterday i was doing something specific with another bass that meant i had turned down the treble, turned down more than normal the mids and crank the bass. so i'm playing along with a song when i notice that the bass is sounding exceptionally good - more powerful and rich than i remember, and after playing for another half hour or so i look at my head to discover those settings.

    i thought of this bass as a bit of a lightweight tonally, and i figured the first step was to try new strings, but it turned out all i needed was to adjust the amp's eq :)
  2. MarkA

    MarkA In the doghouse. Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    I have certain settings I tend to gravitate toward. I don't think that's necessarily bad. But every now and then, especially if I've found myself fiddling with a bunch of small tweaks, I zero-out (or "noon") everything and make myself start over, EQing honestly by ear. Helps maintain perspective and keep me from getting EQ myopia.
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  3. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    exactly! i tend to scoop so lots of bass and treble with less mids, but my normal settings didn't make the TB-4P sound its best. from here on out, i'll definitely start flat and play with the settings more.
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  4. blubass


    Aug 3, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Current: Blackstar, DR strings, Nady. Previous endorsements with: GK, Rotosound, Ernie Ball, Cleartone, EMG, Dean, Dava Picks, Rebel Straps, Dickies
    I always set up the amp for each specific bass. I never care where the knobs are relative to the bass before, only what it sounds like when I'm adjusting. I'll tape a cheat sheet somewhere if I need to use more than 1 bass at a gig so I know quickly where to set it.
  5. I started doing that a while ago, makes a big difference sometimes to start out fresh.
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  6. I am shocked by how food the TB-4P can sound. I got it to use when traveling, But I have been bringing it to gigs to use as a back up.
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  8. Good idea. I've forgotten settings at a gig before...that can be frustrating.
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  9. Iamgoodformetal


    Apr 13, 2014
    Whenever I get something dialed in just right I make a point of trying it with other basses. Over time I've learned how to pare down my tweaking to just what I like to hear. I know pretty well now how to select equipment by specs, work with eq's, etc... that makes me more effective and efficient in the tech side.
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  10. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    If you use several basses - do what I do - I keep a small notepad that has the EQ settings for each bass that I play. Quick reference and your free to do just minor tweaking for your gig site. Saves a lot of time fiddlin' around with controls, especially with rigs that have lots of controls. :)
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  11. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    I'm normally a set it and forget it type of guy (lazy) but yeah, I need to start doing that since my arsenal is growing. Thanks for the heads up!
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