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Old November 6th, 2008, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Your Favorite Deluxe Reverb Settings?

I feel like I am in a bit of rut with the settings on my DRRI. I am issuing a challenge to all Deluxe Reverb owners ( Original or Reissue ) to put up their best settings and what type of music this setting is best for. My setting are not germaine to this post, only what settings you like.

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My setting are not germaine to this post, only what settings you like.
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jmwjjmwj, beautiful use of a reference to smokey and the bandit. post of the day.

treble 7, mids 5, bass 8, reverb 2, volume 8
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jmwjjmwj, beautiful use of a reference to smokey and the bandit. post of the day.

treble 7, mids 5, bass 8, reverb 2, volume 8
Mids?

I'm with you on the treble, volume and reverb. But if my bass goes over 2-3 while on the neck pickup I get the dreaded farts. I have the stock C12-K.

What speaker do you have Getbent?
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jmwjjmwj, beautiful use of a reference to smokey and the bandit. post of the day.

treble 7, mids 5, bass 8, reverb 2, volume 8

How's it sound on 8? Do you have any sound clips?
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Old November 6th, 2008, 04:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think the best way to set the controls on ANY amp is to just turn the knobs while you listen, and keep turning them until it sounds good.

That said, here's where I've found most DRs to sound best to me: Vol 7 or higher Treble 7~8 Bass 4~5 Reverb 2~3ish

Hope it helps, CS :-)
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my tone king has mids... it is basically a deluxe... but, on a regular deluxe I'd go with the same basic settings to start... like chris said, then flavor to taste...

but, I'd also add... I've had my amp get maladjusted (somebody brushes against a knob or whatever) and have the controls be way off and still sound cool... I'm convinced that I can't get a bad sound out of my imperial... my old sf deluxe was the same way... these days, I set it and forget it and make small adjustments to volume and tone on my tele....

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I agree with the bass and treble settings being around the mid point (tweaked to suit the room and the band you're playing with). I like a bit of reverb and the tremolo settings at 2-3 to give a bit of bloom to the notes.

The one thing I've noticed with both my DRRI and Bassman is that they sound best with the volume controls set between 5 and 7 with the overall volume being set from the guitar - even for quiet practice where the guitar volume is down about 1 or 2. The amps seem to breath better and give a better tone (to my ears) when they're used that way.

I compare it to washing your hands under a tap. If it's only set to dribble water over your fingers it won't do a proper job; if its full on the water pressure is probably too powerful; somewhere in the middle gives the best result.
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Vibrato channel

volume: anywhere above 4
treble: 2.5
bass: 3
reverb: 4
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What do the Germans have to do with it?
-Germans?
-Forget it. He's rolling

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Here's an odd one:
Vol 6
Tr 1
Bs 1
Reverb 4.5

This is meaty, smokey tone. Loved it with a 2xP90 archtop in the center pickup position with the neck volume/tone at 10/7 and bridge volume/tone at 7/10
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For me, the treble goes no higher than 5, and the bass no higher than 3 (to avoiding farting). Volume up above 6, verb as needed. Stir and cover.
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I have 5 Fender Deluxe's, if I set the knobs on them all the same, they sound like five completely different amps. One sounds bright, one is dark, one has more mids, one is loud, one is weak. Hey, maybe I should just run all of them at the same time!
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For me, the treble goes no higher than 5, and the bass no higher than 3 (to avoiding farting). Volume up above 6, verb as needed. Stir and cover.

Yeah, I agree that treble needs to be down below 5. Anything above that and you risk losing a lot of hearing, and damaging your audience's hearing as well.

Those DRRI amps have some nice tone, but they are plenty bright. I took my Tele to play through one the other day, and had to keep the treble at about 3-4, and of course continue to roll the bass back as I turned up the volume.

When I've used one live before it was:

Volume: 7
Treble: 5
Bass: 2.5
Reverb: 3.5

I was using my 335 both times, and I got GORGEOUS tone.
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I like to start with Volume:5, Bass:5, Treble:5, Reverb:2.5 and then adjust to the room (or the mic, if recording) and the guitar.
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Treble 7, Bass 3, Volume 5 - 6, Reverb 3 - 4. Bright boost OFF (I moved it to a push-pull switch on the volume control).

I always set the treble high so that the bridge PUP with the guitar tone all the way up is too freakin' bright. I then roll off treble from the guitar, which gives me lots of room to use the other pickup settings.

No matter where I play, those knobs always migrate to those positions.
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Old November 7th, 2008, 12:31 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Danny Gatton SR settings

On a related note, I saw Danny Gatton play through a stock BFSR in the late '80s. Settings were:

Bright ON
Volume 9
Treble 9
Mid 8
Bass 1

There ya go. I'll bet you can hear THAT one on the bridge PUP...

Albert Collins observed settings:

Bright ON
Volume 10
Treble 10
Mid 10
Bass 1

Heard that one, too.
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I use the old magic 6.. Vol 6 teb 6 bass 2 reverb 3 works 4 me.. Usually
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depends

there is no ideal setting

different guitars sound different
humbuckers will require different setings than single coils.

what size room impacts settings

just remember to the louder you go with the volume, cut the bass back accordingly.

( If I'm at 3 or 4 or more on the volume, the bass goes from 7 to 6 and so forth.....this is good advice for any combo amp )
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Live
Vol: 5-8
Treb: 7-9
Bass: 3-5
Rev: 2-3

Home
Vol: 3-4
Treb: 6
Bass: 9
Rev: 3 (4 if I'm feeling surfy)

Most of what I play is Blues based, with some Rockabilly and Rock N Roll. I like a bright cutting sound when I'm playing live because I like to be heard and in our band, that's where I fit. At home, I like a bit more mellowness and less in your faceness...

Also play straight into the amp most times at home and through an OCD on stage... oh and I throw it all through a Carbon Copy delay when it's time for a bit of slapback.
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