tcsned wrote:It's a tough balance. Being loud enough so that your not just hacking as hard as you can and losing subtleties and being so blisteringly loud that you hurt yourself much less everyone else within 100 yards. Placement of your amp can help, if your speaker cab is on the ground it's not pointing at your ears . . . unless your ears are in your ass (I've been accused of having my head there . . .) If you use a combo amp, get a stand for it or put it on a chair to get it pointed in your direction. If you have a speaker cab tilt it back or lift it up. You don't want to be out of balance with the volume of everything else on stage or else you're just listening to yourself and not the other players which may be more important to making good music. Loud is cool, louder than everyone else is not so cool.
Getting a stand is super helpful for hearing yourself better, in turn requiring less volume to do so. With a hollowbody it's easier to coax harmonic feedback and subtleties in your tone so you sound better too! A road case is fine or even a strong chair is better than nothing. Milk crates have not yielded the desired tonal effects by YMMV
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