#1
My band is about to play some out of town shows. I'd really like to make most of my amp and effect knob settings stick so that they don't get moved around when loading and unloading.

What do you guys out there do to help with this?
#2
Cut out little wedges of electrical tape to use as markers.
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#3
painters tape. also take pics of the settings in case they get moved.
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#4
In a "rig rundown" video with Larry Lalonde, of Primus, I saw what he does with his pedals, and thought it was genius. He sets all his amp and pedal knobs to where he wants them to be most of the time, then puts a piece of tape with an arrow drawn on it onto each knob, with the arrow pointing straight up. So, regardless of where the knobs are actually set to, he can just cast a quick glance across the knobs, see that all the arrows are straight up, and know that everything is in order. And, if there's maybe a song or two where he wants to use a slightly different setting on something, he doesn't need to remember every specific position, he can just be like, "okay, all arrows straight up by default, but I take this one and point it to about 2 o'clock for that one song", or whatever.
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#5
Personally, I'm not married to my settings, especially when on the road because I tweak my settings at each venue. Different venues that are different sizes, different stage sizes, different PA types, and even different weather patterns all make a difference in tone, so I like to tweak everything. However, something I do when I'm borrowing gear for whatever reason is take a picture of the settings, so when i give it back, the settings are where they left them. I suppose the same could work for you on the road.
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#6
I mark my most common amp and pedal settings with a small red paint pen. This way at every venue I know my rig is 90% ready with only a little fine-tuning for room conditions during sound check. Some guys use those colored adhesive dots. Anything works as long as you can get set up with a good baseline tone quickly. This also works:

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#7
I remember seeing rob chapman's victory amp had something that went on the chassis of his amp with holes for the knobs. It made it so you couldn't move the knobs from above or below, but you had to put your finger in the hole to change your settings. I'd try making something out of plywood and using large rubber bands to hold it in place.
#8
I'm like Cajundaddy. I bought a cheap bottle of red finger nail polish at the dollar store and use that to mark where I want the controls. You can always remove it with just a little finger nail polish remover (acetone).
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In a "rig rundown" video with Larry Lalonde, of Primus, I saw what he does with his pedals, and thought it was genius. He sets all his amp and pedal knobs to where he wants them to be most of the time, then puts a piece of tape with an arrow drawn on it onto each knob, with the arrow pointing straight up. So, regardless of where the knobs are actually set to, he can just cast a quick glance across the knobs, see that all the arrows are straight up, and know that everything is in order. And, if there's maybe a song or two where he wants to use a slightly different setting on something, he doesn't need to remember every specific position, he can just be like, "okay, all arrows straight up by default, but I take this one and point it to about 2 o'clock for that one song", or whatever.


Wow, what a great idea, thanks!
#12
Your amp isn't going to sound the same at every venue, but putting tape to mark your setting is great for a base to start with.
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