Originally Posted by MickM
I just sent my deposit to Jim for a Li'l Dawg 5E3 head. Already have his 8W Champster 1X12 combo and a Prince head so I know what kind of quality I'm getting. If anybody knows of any sites that explain how how the controls interact or how to set it for differen't sounds, jumpering channels etc. please post a link.
Or, just post your particular settings for getting your tone(s). Many thanks!
Mick, there's just not much to set. FWIW, I set the tone wide open. Using Fender OV's or Don Mare Supersports with tone and volume wide open on the guitar, the amp is starting to overdrive around 3 on the volume. I normally use the bright channel and set the amp volume about 5, tone wice open. I use the guitar tone and volume from there on. The roll-off on the amp tone control is pretty similar to the roll-off on my guitars (.047 uF tone cap).
What make the amp such a blast to play is a really nice touch sensitive sweet spot - clean with a light touch, gritty when you dig in. The cleans with the neck PU are big and fat, just gorgeous. I'll roll back the guitar tone about 30% for a good jazz tone with nice definition. Cleans on the bridge PU have plenty of cut. Cranked, you've got vicious overdrive, this is the amp that sets the standard IMO.
The channel interaction is a subtle effect. Turn up the volume of the un-used channel. As you get above about 9, it starts compressing the sound, reducing the volume somewhat, and scooping the mids. I think. Words fail me, but it's a cool sound. You'll check it out anyway.
Channel jumping is very straightforward. Use a patch cord to connect the #2 input of the channel you are using to the #1 input of the other channel. You are now driving both channel equally. Use the two volume controls to mix the relative proportions of bright and normal. Some people like this a lot, I rarely bother.