First post on my first Dr Z amp. I picked up a DB-4 1x12" combo recently. The sounds coming out of it in the store and at home are amazing. Fantastic tones: non-fizzy gain; complex mids.
However in a band setting with 2 guitars (other guitarist plays a Strat thru a Hot Rod Deluxe), bass, keytar, drums and 3 vocalist it is too dark. I usually play a Les Paul but I've tried a Tele and even then it's not bright enough. I run the rotary on 3 and Cut on 10. Volume around 4-5. Half power. I've tried positioning the amp differently e.g. on the floor vs. on a stand pointing up to the ears.
Rotary on 2 is probably better for a Lester. 3 fattens up pretty good, and I only use that for Teles and Filtertron equipped Gretsch's - and sometiems when I'm practicing at home. Even with my T'Armond Duo Jet, I run the rotary on 2 because those are beefy sounding pickups.
Also, the Gold needs to break in. I used to hate the Gold, turns out I never actually played one long enough to properly break it in. Now, I couldn't imagine a better speaker for cutting live than the Gold. I pair mine with an ASW KTS70 (G12H30 variant).
Post by Norrin Radd on Jun 8, 2017 15:05:51 GMT -7
Yeah - that speaker needs some good playtime to break in. I initially had the same reaction as you did. Then I started playing my amp loud as bejesus. After a while it really broke in and the tone changed very noticeably. Give it some time.
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I feel you on the darkness struggle being that I'm also running humbuckers. I haven't done any gigs with it yet but I will say I had the amp on half power, cranked up to 8 (3-o clock) on the volume today and it just came to life. There's a lot of different tones in there, also play with the volume nob. I actually set the rotary on 1 with cut half way up, again power at 3 o-clock, and it just crunched nicely with the humbuckers. Billy Squire "lonely is the night" intro sounded perfect on the bridge pickup with rotary at 1.
I guess don't feel alone, I'm wrestling with the darkness thing now and again but finding 1-2 is good for humbuckers and the cut from half-full in that same order. Also, currently breaking in speakers and hoping they'll brighten up more.
Edit-hearing protection advised for volume that loud.
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