#1
Hello all, recently I've been focusing on getting solid heavy tone without pumping out too much gain, But I never seem to be satisfied with the tones I come up with, what are some tips to help me get a good heavy tone with using like, 65% gain at the very most?

I'm currently using a Valveking generally set to High: 7 Mid: 5 Low: 6 Gain: 65
I know theirs other factors but thats the basic EQ as of right now, Is it just a simple matter of it always sounds worse to you than it really does or what?
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the gauge of strings, thickness of picks, and pickups are all factors of tone.
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#4
Cut the mids.
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#5
Maybe some effects to thicken the tone. Also up the lows slightly.

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By all means, don't cut the mids.
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#10
best way to get heavy sound is sheer volume.

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And get an EQ pedal so you can shape the sound more.
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#11
EQ pedal is a good idea. Try these setting on the Valveking (I have a Valveking 112.) Using the clean channel:
Bass on full
Mids on full
Tone about 5-6
Turn the control for AB to pure Class A.
Set the texture to loose (button out)
Turn up the volume as much as you can stand.
These settings will cause the amp to distort on the clean channel. If you can play with enough volume the power section will distort. This will not be heavy distortion unless you can turn up loud.
#13
your sound is predominantly based on your amp.

Yes, but there's a lot you can do within those constraints. With an amp EQ each control (Treble, Mid and Bass) controls a fairly arbitrary frequency range that you have no control over - more than anything else that's what will determine the overlall "voicing" of the amp. With an outboard EQ you get to dictate which frequencies predominate and which ones don't with a much greater degree of control and you can change your sound pretty dramatically.
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