#1
I see alot of places where someone will say"turn the gain down" and whenever i adjust my gain, i can't hear any difference. How is Gain supposed to affect my tone? What is the average amp set on gain?
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#2
It gives a more solid, distorted sound.
Its just preference theres no certain setting
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#3
It could be your gear, as the nuances of tone might not be displayed as well with what you're using. That being said, as a lower-end rig the gear you have is by no means bad. That being said, it's more likely you haven't developed the ear to notice the changes in tone all that well yet. Just keep playing and you'll notice what sounds good and what doesn't!
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#4
One of two possibilities: one, your gear is broken. Two, you haven't developed a very good ear. The latter is more likely.
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#6
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One of two possibilities: one, your gear is broken. Two, you haven't developed a very good ear. The latter is more likely.


Probably my ear, my gear is from 1-3 months old
Main Setup:
Charvel So-Cal

Dunlop Volume
Digitech Tuner
Custom Compressor
VFE Blues King
Ibanez TS9 30th Anniv
Boss DD20
Boss NS2
MXR 10 Band EQ
Hardwire Supernatural
Loop-Master 2 Channel Looper

Mesa Single Rec
#7
no gain= no sound, atleast on my amp. when I turn the gain up, the volume gets louder, and if I put it higher, it overdrives...
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#8
usually when people say "turn the gain down" it's because people crank the gain to 10 thinking it's more "br00tal" to have the gain cranked, then come on UG asking why their tone is sloppy and undefined, when it's because their gain is too high - it really depends on the amp, and your ears, as to where you should have the gain set.
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#9
You may have a clean channel and and a "dirty" channel.

By switching to my dirty channel my gain takes affect, but I don't get gain on my clean channel as noticeabley. Do you have multiple channels?
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#10
Yes, my amp has a clean channel and an overdrive channel, i can hear the difference when i crank it up on my overdriven channel, just not my clean.
Main Setup:
Charvel So-Cal

Dunlop Volume
Digitech Tuner
Custom Compressor
VFE Blues King
Ibanez TS9 30th Anniv
Boss DD20
Boss NS2
MXR 10 Band EQ
Hardwire Supernatural
Loop-Master 2 Channel Looper

Mesa Single Rec
#11
Yes, my amp has a clean channel and an overdrive channel, i can hear the difference when i crank it up on my overdriven channel, just not my clean.
Main Setup:
Charvel So-Cal

Dunlop Volume
Digitech Tuner
Custom Compressor
VFE Blues King
Ibanez TS9 30th Anniv
Boss DD20
Boss NS2
MXR 10 Band EQ
Hardwire Supernatural
Loop-Master 2 Channel Looper

Mesa Single Rec
#12
I think they are saying that most ppl overdo the gain when they're playing distorted and it can sound way too muffled.. or just like a$$. Rolling it back just a tad will give you more clarity when playing distorted solos and stuff.

If anything, set one pickup like your lead pickup (if you have a pickup selector) to have lower volume than the other and switch to it when you want to play solos and have more clarity...
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#13
Theres a fine line between having enough gain and having too much. The other day I heard an example of too much at the guitar store I almost had to tell the kid to turn his gain down cause it sounded horrible with that much.
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