Banana Boat wrote:
Wow....just took me to the place I've been looking for since I got my rig together!!!
Glad to help!
mgbills wrote:In earlier discussions, I was led to believe that 3/4 was a good place for balanced volume, leaving abundant headroom in the Vol control. I dime the rear SMS trimpot, and run the Gain at about 11:00. I like it crispy. Then I control the volume range with the Mc volume, or in other words the volume needed for the room. My modded Strat has knurled knobs, so I've got set up so set-screw up is about 4:00 on the guitar volume. At least it gives a quick visual reference point.
The output of the SMS Classic is not as robust as an actual Fender Twin Reverb, it has to do with the Power Transformers. So to equate the 2 outputs, the SMS will be somewhere around 1 or 2 o'clock compared to 4 1/2 on a FTR. This is with the rear pot gone or full on for the SMS. Now, with the Mac set to about 11 o'clock you have this type of rig set to be just at breakup or just under it with the guitars volume at 3/4 and higher. Set the guitar to the room, this may entail barely cracking open the guitars volume for bedroom playing or maybe a 1/3 of the pot open for some smaller rooms. The point is to have the rig wide open and setting the guitar for the space and dynamics of your playing, adjusting accordingly through each passage or effect by ear.
This approach is not something most are going to feel comfortable with on the first go around. It takes patience, a good ear and discipline to learn how to use the guitars volume in this manner. It is without a doubt a different approach from the full on guitar volume and just adjusting the amp for the room approach that so many guitars players are accustomed to using, myself included at one time. I am no expert at this, and am not saying anyone will sound EXACTLY like anybody in particular if you try this approach. But I will tell you that Jerry did use this approach. It's merely a technique or approach to playing that's it.
I think Louis Armstrong said it best " There is two kinds of music, the good and bad. I play the good kind."
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