#1
I don't know what Im doing wrong. it seems no matter what amp I play through, no matter how I EQ them, they all make this weird honk and squawking noise. is it that my ears just aren't used to playing through a tube amp, or am I EQ-ing wrong or why doesn't any amp sound good. I can get acceptable or tolerable, but never 'good'.


what am I doing wrong?


PS

solid state I can get a good tone, but by their nature solid states are missing that 'special something'.
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#2
Dude...
Try naming ALL the equipment your using first. If no one knows what your random equipment is then no one can even begin to give you an accurate answer. After you describe your equipment (brand and model of each), describe the problem your experiencing. I shouldnt have to tell you any of this... You've been a UG member since 2007.
#3
anything. I've tried strats, les pauls, teles, hollow bodies, flying v, explorers, you name it I've tried. I'm talking about when I try stuff at GC or any other shops, nothing sounds good no matter what I play or what I play it through. Do you think it could be weak tubes on the amps that the store has set up? or am I setting my eq up wrong?

the way I set my eq is everything at 5, then I start bass, mid, treble - in that order.
I go through on each one and use the 5 setting as I would a boost/cut knob.
I repeat until I get the tone I want.

^is that the right way to set eq or what's the right way?
I'm thinking it may be the way I eq, cause someone else will use it and they'll get amazing tone fairly easily.

or what am I doing wrong?
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#4
What amp is it?
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#5
any.
but most recently bugera V22. not the best, I know.
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#6
Is this a serious thread?

Maybe you just don't like the sound of an electric guitar? That's all I've got for ya.
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#7
Honking and squaking sounds like feedback. Idk maybe you're just playing too loud. Or if it sounds like crap you;re playign too low. Either that or you have some static based superpower that destroys all vacuum tubes you come in contact with.
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#8
It may be cause you're used to playing with solid state. Tube amps are more dynamic when you pick or strum. You can't just bash away all willy-nilly, they're a live animal for Chris's sake, you have to use proper technique. A solid state amp may hide sloppy playing where a tube amp will magnify it and embarrass you. Not saying you suck, just that you may be accustomed to the "feel" of ss. Plus eq'ing for what you wanna do is different on different amps and with different guitars. There's a lot of variables. If it happens with every guitar and amp, you've isolated the problem.
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Quote by TheStig1214
Honking and squaking sounds like feedback. Idk maybe you're just playing too loud. Or if it sounds like crap you;re playign too low. Either that or you have some static based superpower that destroys all vacuum tubes you come in contact with.


definitely that. I usually try out tube amps in the 20-30 watt range, volume is usually set to about a third and to me that's loud enough for my uses. but about what percentage of volume should they be cranked to in order to get the 'sweet spot' I hear being talked about?
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Quote by neptune1988
definitely that. I usually try out tube amps in the 20-30 watt range, volume is usually set to about a third and to me that's loud enough for my uses. but about what percentage of volume should they be cranked to in order to get the 'sweet spot' I hear being talked about?


That's not the problem.

You've claimed that every guitar plugged into every tube amp you've ever tried has sounded like ass, yet others can get them to sound fine.

Given that broad range, it's clearly NOT the gear.

So where's what you do. You take a friend that you know can make a given combination sound good and have him set up a tone you like. You then take the guitar in hand and see what happens. If the tone then sucks, it's your playing. If it doesn't it's your settings.

Simple.
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#11
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#12
I agree with Arby911, do that test with a friend.

Judging from the way you described the issue, it seems like user error to me, and not the equipment. Either in your playing technique, or in your ears.
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