#1
Hi,

i purchased a roland cube 30x a few days ago to upgrade my fender frontman 15g.

I decided to stick with a solid state amp seeing as i am a beginner and dont really want to deal with a tube amp and such at the moment, and ive heared much praise about cube here.

I have an Ibanez Rg2ex2, it is basswood with passive emg's and although the cleans sound pretty decent, whenever i put on any distortion the tone just becomes muddy.

I was wondering if upgrading the pickups would do anything to improve the tone and remove the muddyness, or was not going tube a terrible mistake?

Any help would be much appreciated =]
#2
change your EQ perhaps? dump some of the mids for more clarity. I think mildly scooping them sounds really great. EQ something like this and see if it helps:
treb-10
mid-7
bass-9

edit:
the amp is great, tube would not have changed any muddiness. Pickups however, may affect it, but I would be hesitant to just up and change them.
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#3
alright, thanks for the help. I guess i just need to fool around with the EQ some more.


but just for clarification would a pickup change have any effect on the tone at all?
Last edited by Patryk1193 at Aug 2, 2008,
#4
of course it would, but the consensus around UG is that the amp has MUCH more to do with tone . On a personal note though, if a pickup is just completely terrible, it has to be replaced, I had to deal with a terrible pickup that came in the bridge of my Ibanez, after I replaced it, I am very happy with the tone I get.
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#6
treble at full? bass at 9? i've never had an amp that something like that would work with. but thats me.
i would keep the mid's at 7, treble at 7.8, and the bass around 3 or 4. not your typical scooped tone, i know. but thats just too generic, and also scooped tones get muddy real fast if your not careful. plus, turning the bass down will leave room for a bass player in the mix.
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#7
When did you last change your strings. If it has be a few months or more then change them. Changing the pickups will affect your tone if the stock pickups are really bad. I change the pickups on an Epiphone G400 to set of Seymour Duncan 59s and it sounded like a blanket had been lifted off the guitar. You could go to a guitar shop and try the cube 30x with some other guitars to see how it sounds with different pickups and different woods.
#8
Mess around with your eq, pick ups will make some difference but you may not want to replace them. Just do some experimenting.