Re: amp sound and string guage questions

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Posted by Mickster on May 29, 2001 at 12:43:32:

In Reply to: amp sound and string guage questions posted by Kent on May 29, 2001 at 09:27:47:

: I get a sound out of my amp that I dig at lower volumes. But when I turn it up I seem to loose this sound. What can I do? Also, can someone give me a run down of the characteristics of the different string guage sets? Thanx

Kent, as for the amp sounding different at different volume levels, I don't know the scientific explanation, but, I think it has to do with room acoustics, and how we hear certain frequencies at different volume levels. It's like when you hear your own bass live, then hear it recorded; mine always sounds different to my ear. As for the string guages, this varies greatly, although the rule of thumb is: Heavier guages give you less treble, more of a fundamental, and sound better when you really dig in when playing them. They also usually have more tension on the neck. I had a set of Rotosound 77s on my Jack Casady and loved the sound. These were Guage .45 - .105. I then put on a set of Labella 1954 (James Jamerson) flats on (.60 - .110) and couldn't stand them. The E string was only slightly heavier than the Rotos, but the other strings were a lot heavier respectively, plus they had a totally different feel(thuddy) and it threw the settings on my amp completely off. I usually have the treble at twelve o'clock, now I had to put it almost all the way up, and the bass and mids were all screwed up. Bottom line: you either have to know someone who uses different strings than you, or, spend a small fortune trying different sets yourself. Or of course, ask the friendly puppy dogs at this forum.

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