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Definitive Top Boost settings

eksfiles

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Ok, what do you got? Doesn't matter what amp your using, I'd love to hear what sounds like your definitive Top Boost tone.

I'm running a Morgan DAG15, with volume at about 10 o'clock, both treble and bass at 10 o'clock and my cut completely off. This sounds like top boost classic tone to me. Let's here it....what do you got?
 

Cirrus

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I tend to run my AC30 with the treble at 12 and cut knob off. If i'm running it clean I like the gain turned up to just below the point where it starts to audibly distort to get some sustain and compression, and adjust the bass depending on the guitar between about 10 and 1. As I turn the gain up I tend to reduce the bass a little.
 

mcdes

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I like the treble at 11:30, bass at 12:30, cut off. And volume just before breakup, or on the edge of. Non master version.
 

eksfiles

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After some more noodling with settings, I'm finding that on my Morgan DAG15, I'm starting to leave the treble and bass at noon, while I leave the cut off when playing in normal mode, but with the pull bright on, I usually drop the cut to 10 o'clock or just barely on.

I think the DAG15 seems to work best when the tone controls are at the same level.

On the Vox I had, I usually had Bass at 2 o'clock and treble on 10 o'clock. The Morgan has more bass and treble on tap.

I set volume just before break up too.
 

Fireball XL5

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For me, the definitive Top Boost sound is all about those beautiful papery Vox mids with a bit of top end chime, so when I eq my Vox AC30TBX I typically set it with the Cut control 'off' for maximum brilliance, and the Bass & Treble controls just to the point where they are not shelving any of the midrange frequencies - which usually is at about noon (halfway on dial) or just below.
 
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Cirrus

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Yeah, no cut means all the treble.

If you turned it fully the other way and thought that was a good tone, I don't think I'd trust you any more. :rotflmao
 

murky69nz

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AC30TBX, JMJ30 and BLC30 here.

Cut always off. I turn the Treb up to about 12oclock (maybe slightly higher for humbuckers, slightly lower for bright singles). I then turn the bass up - used to run this between 11 o'clock and 1 o'clock, but lately I've been running it a lot lower - probably 8-9 o'clock. I realised that my sound was way too bass heavy - sounded good on it's own, but crap in a band situ.

They talk about the Vox "V" - the tone controls forming a V - not sure which way around, but I'd agree that these settings work well with HB's/SC's (higher bass, less treb for SC's and vice versa).

Personally, I think the position of the volume control is the most important aspect - 10 o'clock with a strat for Edge type breakup, 12-1 o'clock for everything else (using the gat vol to control the breakup). Attenuator is a must - MV's on the newer stuff just doesn't cut it......
 

eksfiles

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Fantastic guys! That was a great clip from that bbc documentary. I have to agree it makes alot of difference where your volume is, however, I think you can still get some of that classic top boost tone at most volumes. I do have an attenuator built into my amp, but I don't mind a master volume found on some Vox amps either.

All of you guys seem to be spot on with your posts.:agree
 

tele_jas

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Hayseed 30
Treb - 2:00
Bass - Noon
Cut - 9:00-10:00 (allowing quite a bit of highs through)
Volume about 2:00

I also jump this with my "normal" channel (which is EF86) to beef it up some, but if I was going all TB I'd just use the above settings and not jump it with the normal channel. I try to keep the bass around noon to keep the mids in the mix, plus the bass is pretty punchy as is at noon.
 

eksfiles

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Not to sure if this is the Vox V that ppl talk about, but facing the controls, looking at them backwards as most AC users have to, I set the bass at about 2:00 and the treble at 10:00 and the cut at 10:00 so just letting some frequencies in, not full out treble. Man, no it sounds middy, bass is organic and the treble sweet without harshness. I also have my bright switch on the Morgan engaged. (Joe told me the Bright caps are hard-wired to the input) so to get more authentic Vox tones on his DAG15, the bright mode should be on.

Fun stuff this top boost business.
 
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