Jerry rig sounds weak on high end

Re: Jerry rig sounds weak on high end

Postby Searing75 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:36 am

I understand the whole trying to break an amp up with gain, but in reality that's hard to do playing where most ofus do.

To answer your question about distortion/overdrive pedals. Yes, I used to have an MXR Dist + that I switched the clipping diodes in to silicon. This pedal was always on at it's lowest setting. Gain at zero, volume full. I then used other pedals for that lead overdrive when needed. Now I have an Earthdrive and use that as my always on pedal. It's at about one o clock drive, and it gives me that Mac break up growl sharpness. Then other pedals for needed overdrive. I use a Mac, and I really can't get it to break up cleanly. Give it a shot.

This may or may to help your thin highs.
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Re: Jerry rig sounds weak on high end

Postby Jon S. » Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:53 am

one eyed jack wrote:Here is my issue.... when listening back to recent shows of my band, anytime I get up on the neck it sounds like the notes are dying,

This shouldn't be happening no matter what speaker you're using. And with that, PM me if I can be of any further assistance and best of luck to you with your rig!
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Re: Jerry rig sounds weak on high end

Postby chipperj » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:54 am

I use several overdrive/distortion type pedals. In order: MXR, Timmy, Earthdrive. The Earthdrive is pretty much always on. The Timmy for more chunk, and finally an MXR for extra hair (although rarely those last 2 together). In addition to thickening the overall sound, having the Earthdrive on after the MXR smooths out some of the harsh fuzzy-ness that would otherwise be there with just the MXR by itself.

Also on my board is an EP Boost. One of those would definitely thicken/sweeten your sound up. About $100. It also has a buffer in it,FWIW.
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Re: Jerry rig sounds weak on high end

Postby SarnoMusicSolutions » Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:28 pm

Curious:

Is the neck a maple or rosewood fretboard?

Are the strings fresh for the gig or more than a few days old?

Pick type? Hard picker, light picker?






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Re: Jerry rig sounds weak on high end

Postby JDB30 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:26 am

one eyed jack wrote:First let me thank all of you in advance, I wouldn't have gotten as far as I have with my rig without trolling these forums and using the information that you all have graciously shared. Its been a great help!!
heres a break down of what I am playing:
Guitar-(jerrycaster) MIM Strat, Dimarzio Super 2 in bridge and Middle with coil taps, SDS1 in neck, DR tite fit 10's
Speakers-Custom Hard trucker style 2x12 cabinet with 2 eminence commonwealths
Amp- SMS preamp (Jerry model), Mosvalve power, furman power conditioner
effects- line6 m13 stomp box, mxr distortion +, Dunlop wah, ernie ball volume
order of rig: guitar > volume> Dunlop wah> mxr distortion> stomp box( bank 1 EQ for clean boost > bank 2 octave divider> bank 3 mutron modeler > bank 4 digital delay)> SMS> Mosvalve> 2x12 Cabinet
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Here is my issue.... when listening back to recent shows of my band, anytime I get up on the neck it sounds like the notes are dying, there Is none of that spanky, sparkly, snarly but clean Jerry tone. I'm also having trouble getting any clean break up without cranking the volume wide open and when I use my MXR its too heavy metal sounding in my opinion. Im usually playing middle pick up, split to single coil as instructed. Do I need to get the Buffer for the extra punch?

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Try lowering your pickups and tell us what happens.
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Re: Jerry rig sounds weak on high end

Postby waldo041 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:30 am

JDB30 wrote:Try lowering your pickups and tell us what happens.



before trying this, try the rig with just the guitar ie.. no effects or volume pedal. Plug the guitar directly into the SMS Classic.

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Re: Jerry rig sounds weak on high end

Postby SarnoMusicSolutions » Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:24 am

Still no buffer in the guitar?

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Re: Jerry rig sounds weak on high end

Postby one eyed jack » Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:57 am

Curious:

Is the neck a maple or rosewood fretboard?

Are the strings fresh for the gig or more than a few days old?

Pick type? Hard picker, light picker?

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Re: Jerry rig sounds weak on high end

Postby Tennessee Jedi » Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:25 am

Wheres your action set ?
If you like it low get it set higher and see if that helps maybe
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