Tone stack sequence

Prison Rodeo

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It occurred to me today that the order of the tone stack on most amps is non-intuitive. Spectrum analyzers, EQs, etc. all go low --> high from left to right. A quick survey suggests that almost all amps have this backwards.

Amps with high --> low tone stack:
- Fender Twin
- Fender Deluxe Reverb
- Fender PRRI
- Roland JC-120
- Vox AC15 & AC30
- Mesa Boogie (Mark I, etc.)

Amps with low --> high tone stack:
- Most Peaveys (Classic, MACE, etc.)
- Marshall (JTM45, JCM 800, etc.)

I am missing some, obviously. Also: The Fender Bassman ('59 RI) is weird this way.
 

jhundt

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turn the chassis over, then your tone stack will be reversed, your knobs will be along the bottom, and your inputs will be on the right... that's what Marshall did.
 

johnnylaw

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Play standing on your head. The knobs will appear intuitive, and the chicks will dig it.

Actually, my amp has the chassis mounted on the bottom (great for heat dissipation), with the controls on the back. I guess I should point the amp toward the wall behind me (like Roy B.), and stand on my head.
 




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