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Posted by HUB on August 26, 2001 at 06:49:35:

In Reply to: Re: i need help with my sound posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on August 26, 2001 at 06:33:18:

: : hi,can any one help me with my sound,i always have a shit sound and i always change my strings after about 2/3 weeks.

: Phil,
: How can you *afford* to change your strings that often? ;-) (This from someone who has *never* bought a bass string in his life, but just boils them suckers every once in awhile)

: : i dont think its my gear i use a mesa boogie 400+ top with a trace 4x10 and 1x15,i use a warwick thumb 5 thru neck and a musicman fretless,or is it my gear,any ideas on eq settings,i have a trace qudravalve and this sounds crap i need 2 buy new gear?all my gear is less than 2 years old..please help..when i turn up the volume it distorts or i get high end feedback...this happens with the boogie or the trace..
: : what can i do please help>>thanks

: You *shouldn't* be having problems with either of those amps or basses, to be honest. The equipment is fine; you probably just need to get it dialed in correctly.

: First, how high do you have the volume when it starts distorting/feeding back? The easy answer is to turn it down; I get the feeling that you might be overdriving the input on your amp somehow.

: Are you using a high or low input on the amp? Some amps - not all, though - have an input that attenuates the signal somewhat; if your amp has one, try using that and see if it still distorts.

: If you have both a gain control (channel volume) and a master volume, use the gain while you're setting your tone, then use the master to control the output level.

: To get the tone dialed in, you want to have all the EQ set flat; no boost, no cut. Don't have the volume up all that high, just enough for a comfortable listening level. Start playing, and compare the tone you've got with what you want. If you need more low end, add it a *little* bit at a time; a little goes a *long* way with tone controls! Same with the high end; just add EQ *gradually*.

: Mainly, though, you just have to take some time to get to know your amp; get used to how the EQ, etc., affects the tone at different settings. Once you do, you shouldn't have too much problem.

: Hope that helps! Let me know how it works out, ok?

: -Bob

Good advice Bob, the Mesa has a "pre-gain" start by setting it at about 3/4 and adjust the master volume to comfort, I reviewed a 400+ a while back, and had no problems using either input even with 18volt active electronics, the settings I used can be found at "news and reviews" archive....


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