Why some amps (Computer/Stereo system/Stranger/Kustom) suck your guitar tones

Discussion in 'Guitar Gear Talk Forum' started by alpha1, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Magnetic guitar pickups are inductive, and require compensation, although this opportunity is also used for tone enhancement, not just correction. Without compensation, they have a strong low middle emphasis and little high frequency response - overall a very muddy and muffled sound. This is why typical hi-fi Baxandall treble & bass controls are unsuitable.

    To hear the natural sound of a pickup, use a typical guitar amp with the middle set to full, and bass and treble on 0. This is actually sets a flat response in the amp (see below), and I expect you will hear a muffled and muddy sound. And that's the whole point of these tone controls providing compensation for the natural sound of a pickup - the middle control simply boosts the pickup's normal middley sound. The treble and bass controls do the opposite - they boost higher and lower frequency levels, leaving a notch in-between for middle cut (see the Fender/Marshall comparison below). So with typical settings of a bit of bass, middle and treble, the overall tone equalisation complements the natural pickup sound for a balanced response of lows, mids and highs.

    Read more here: http://users.chariot.net.au/~gmarts/ampbasic.htm
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  2. TheDevil

    TheDevil Ruler of Hell

    ^^^ WOW thats informative...........+1
  3. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Well I have been saying this (electro magnetic pickup compensation thingie) ever since I joined this forum.

    However, for the first time I found a website that actually dwells upon the issue and lists it out.
  4. jocelyn

    jocelyn New Member

    I htink I had posted a simila link on amps sometime back... I am not to sure wil have to make a search and see
  5. jocelyn

    jocelyn New Member

    Ahh Aplha It is the same link.. I am sure I had posted it out here.. But any way Aplha its always nice to read it again...

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