jonthorsigmunds
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#1
Hey UG

So I have a problem... I have this awesome Peavey Bravo amp and I love to crank it!
After playing it for 30-60 minutes I turn it off and if I have had the volume a bit above bedroom level it leaves me with this mad ear-ache, or atleast I think so. My ears and head hurts... I read somewhere that someone had a similar problem with an old peavey amp and I'm wondering if this is normal?
I'm not talking about cranking the amp to death so the whole neighbourhood hears my (which I tend to do sometimes and then the pain is understandable). But when I'm not playing it all that loud it still happends.

Thoughts?
Roc8995
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This isn't normal at all. It might be ear fatigue - sometimes amps with a lot of treble, especially SS ones, can give you a bit of a migraine if you're sitting right in the firing line for too long.

Although, are you 'cranking' it or is it at bedroom level? Those things are usually a long way apart. Do you have a smart phone? Try one of the dB meter apps for it. They're not terribly accurate but you might be surprised at how loud your amp really is.

As always, if you suspect this is a medical issue you need to talk to a doctor. Keep your ears safe!
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+1
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

jonthorsigmunds
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Quote by Roc8995
This isn't normal at all. It might be ear fatigue - sometimes amps with a lot of treble, especially SS ones, can give you a bit of a migraine if you're sitting right in the firing line for too long.

Although, are you 'cranking' it or is it at bedroom level? Those things are usually a long way apart. Do you have a smart phone? Try one of the dB meter apps for it. They're not terribly accurate but you might be surprised at how loud your amp really is.

As always, if you suspect this is a medical issue you need to talk to a doctor. Keep your ears safe!


This is a tube amp :O, it might be cuz i'm sitting basicly in front of it (or with it by my side) but let's say I am playing loud but I'm not cranking it... I usually don't notice this at bedroom level but when I raise it a bit I do. when I really crank it I usually use ear-plugs so I don't kill my hearing.

Edit: I'll definitely try those db apps, will post back here how loud I am playing
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bear in mind everyone's ears are different, too. I stand outside my room generally if i'm playing for any length of time, and i have the master on 1, i'm playing at maybe mid 80s- mid 90s dB. yet if you read the charts those volume levels aren't meant to do you any harm unless you're playing for an extended period of time.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

jonthorsigmunds
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Quote by Dave_Mc
bear in mind everyone's ears are different, too. I stand outside my room generally if i'm playing for any length of time, and i have the master on 1, i'm playing at maybe mid 80s- mid 90s dB. yet if you read the charts those volume levels aren't meant to do you any harm unless you're playing for an extended period of time.


If the dB meter i downloaded is any good I was playing at around 90-95 dB. I had the amp set the exact same way as I did before which gave me a ear/headache
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that's easily loud enough to start annoying you if you have sensitive ears. especially if you're close to the thing and/or in a small enclosed space.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

Last edited by Dave_Mc at Dec 7, 2012,
jonthorsigmunds
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Quote by Dave_Mc
that's easily loud enough to start annoying you if you have sensitive ears. especially if you're close to the thing and/or in a small enclosed space.


Okay then I guess I'll turn it down a notch or use earplugs at these volumes. When I use earplugs I can't feel a thing, much more comfortable anyway
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yeah i mean if in doubt err on the side of caution, kind of thing.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

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Exactly. Do you use musician's earplugs?
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Yeah, you should use ear plugs, or turn it down! Sounds of around 85dB or higher can cause hearing damage if you're listening/playing for extended periods of time.
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Quote by GeetarHeero
Exactly. Do you use musician's earplugs?


I don't have musicians earplugs yet, no. But I know I really should buy a pair
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Quote by Roc8995
This isn't normal at all. It might be ear fatigue - sometimes amps with a lot of treble, especially SS ones, can give you a bit of a migraine if you're sitting right in the firing line for too long.

Although, are you 'cranking' it or is it at bedroom level? Those things are usually a long way apart. Do you have a smart phone? Try one of the dB meter apps for it. They're not terribly accurate but you might be surprised at how loud your amp really is.

As always, if you suspect this is a medical issue you need to talk to a doctor. Keep your ears safe!


Do you get any ringing in your ears? If you do, you're playing it too loud, that ringing is basically indication of hearing loss. Once you start getting it, you'll experience it your whole life at intermittent points.

Trust me, its no fun.

One of the side effects of this is that certain frequencies of sound, which previously was just plain annoying, will now cause you distress.
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Quote by jonthorsigmunds
I don't have musicians earplugs yet, no. But I know I really should buy a pair


Definitely. Will protect those ears and allow you to hear what you're playing better than regular ear plugs. Best $25 or so I've ever spent on my ears, Q tips notwithstanding
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I get that too now and then. Sometimes I find myself clenching my jaw when playing really loud volumes. I wear earplugs more now though so that help eliminate the strain.
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Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

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Take it from someone with personal experience, if it's hurting get some earplugs in/turn it down. Tinnitus is really not worth it, I find myself turning amp volumes and specifically the treble dial higher and higher these days just to hear myself when playing live. You know you've got hearing loss when the rest of the band is wincing and you're stood comfortably by the speaker, no earplugs in lol.
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If you start using earplugs in every loud-sound situation it changes your perception of loud. We used to jam for hours with 2 4x12s (+ bass and drums) but now I can hardly stand a creaky door let alone a snare drum or 4x12. I can actually sleep after practice since using the things faithfully now, too.
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