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How do you balance your different guitars in your own setup?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Jussi, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. Jussi

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    How do you balance your different guitars in your own setup? My les paul sounds much louder than my telecaster.

    In band playing they require balancing.
     

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    Generally, humbucking pickups (P90s too) generate a stronger signal than typical Fender single-coil pickups. This means the amplifier sees a hotter signal at the preamp.

    You have to dial back the amp volume (on the amp) or use measures to reduce signal level hitting the amp, such as the volume control on the guitar or by using a volume pedal.
     
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    I balance the amp
     
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    Some of my amps have 2 inputs. 1 is direct and 2 is slightly attenuated so I think of 1 as Fender and 2 as Gibson
     
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    When I balance the amplifier so that les paul sounds balanced (not too loud), then the telecaster sounds a little too quiet. This is the very essence of the problem.
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    Okay thank you!

    In this way, I have been using the guitar volume knob and rolled it 1/3 turn back. I asked with interest how others have solved the problem. For example, I watched Keith Richards switch guitars, but the balance is always good. Keef doesn’t even use the pedals, he plays straight to amp.
     
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    Might also be able to use an equalizer pedal either to bring the Les Paul down a notch or the tele up

    Could probably also use a boost when switching to your tele, or as mentioned maybe a volume pedal

    That’s the easiest way I can think of to do it in a live situation when you don’t want to mess with amp knobs

    I have the same problem and usually just turn the amp volume down, but I’m only a home player

    Keith’s got the luxury of having the best sound men/ techs that money can buy, who knows what they do to deal with it
     
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    That's the classic Fender amp and it works perfectly for me. Input 1 for tele and strat, input 2 for my (noticeably higher-output) Casino.
     
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    Try a graph eq pedal. Very versatile. Can be also used as a boost if it has a volume/ level control. Highly recommended. Probably the pedal i use most. Amazing how it changes tones,sounds,frequency,etc....Might be the most effective pedal out there. Especially if you play clean.
     
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    It is true that Keef always has the best help available :)

    I've seen that Keef also sometimes use the guitar volume to it, especially if the solo plays, say, Gimme Shelter.
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    I have on my board OCD and Timmy overdrive that I use for slightly different purposes or sometimes even together. Most OCD is currently in use. In reserve, I also have an MXR micro amp (clean boost) that would solve the imbalance for Tele, but I might as well use the guitar’s own volume with les Paul (reduces volume). Great ideas you have yes!
     
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    These come in handy:

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    Live I use a Boss GE7 with different settings for all the guitars I use on the night. I’ve simply memorised the settings for each instrument in the live setup.
     
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    Must be a piezo ;)
     
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    They are Yes... ️
     
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    Seems like they have missed with that marker on the bridge pickup :eek:
    Good that it wasn't me who put it up :twisted:
     
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    I just play one guitar...
     
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    The best setup in the world :)
    "Less is more".
     
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    Me too. There's usually no time nor room to change nor store several instruments on our concerts, except if we have several sets, where a swap is possible then.

    -tbln.
     
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