Deluxe Reverb guys, what are you setting the volume at?

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  1. Yer Blues

    Yer Blues Member

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    I picked up a Deluxe Reverb head a few months ago and due to wanting to switch things up and one amp being in the shop I have been using it for the last month or so with a 2x12 cab with chinese V30s. I've found the amp really sounds great with the volume above 5-6 or so.... lower than that and it is kind of lifeless. Maybe it's my ears? But dealing with sound guys who basically want you at now volume has been a pain. Then again I guess any non-master volume amp would sound pretty lifeless when it's only around 2-3?
     
  2. /13guitarman

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    I cannot turn it pass 2! Yes it does not sound good until turned up pass 5. I sold my reissue
     
  3. jbb

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    I think the reissues are much louder or maybe just cut better than the old ones. I could never get mine above 2-3 without sound man complaints. I now have an Alessandro rewired version it not as loud or as harsh. I can run it halfway up with no problems. And that with an efficient Celestion gold speaker. Ymmv.
     
  4. DaveKS

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    You might consider a 2nd cab with a pair (or even a 1x12) of less efficient speakers in them for those situations. Gives you more crank on the knob but less overall output volume.
     
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    Put a JBL in it. at 4 very nice.
     
  6. guitarjazz

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  7. Seth L

    Seth L Silver Supporting Member

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    Easy as pie.
     
  8. ghostrider

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    Whatever it needs to be. When playing out, I usually set it around 5-6. At home, I have an Unleash so I can technically set it to whatever I want, but often times time is short so I don't take the time to set it up. In those instances, I usually have it at 2.

    Honestly, I don't get the "lifeless" thing. I think it sounds great even at 2.

    IMHO and YMMV of course.
     
  9. ripgtr

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    I run mine, a '76 SFDR right around 6.
    I have a few times when I had to have it lower and it can sound bright or thin. That is because the bright cap is always on. So I put mine on a switch. I like it on when I am playing a tele and country stuff, off usually playing a strat and blues/rock stuff.

    I never had an issue with a soundman with the deluxe being too loud, but maybe side stage it. Or lay it on it's back (on something so you still get air flow for the tubes) so the direct sound goes up. I used to lean my amps back on my anvil briefcase as the deluxe doesn't have legs. sound goes up into the ceiling.

    Also, I swapped out the stock speaker (an Eminence in those I think), with a Weber alinco, that brought it down some too.
     
  10. metropolis_4

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    When I had one, usually around 6 or 7. Isn't that what you are required to run a DR at? ;)
     
  11. David Garner

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    Mine sounds fantastic at 3 or so. It sounds better than that around 5-6. Much higher than that and it gets pretty loose in the bass, though an SD-1 and a Les Paul bridge pickup will tighten it up even on 10.

    I prefer it at around 5 or so. It has just a touch of hair on the tone, but is also really complex with a lot of harmonics.
     
  12. tmac

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    so many variables in play. one is hat volume pot tapers sometimes vary immensely, even the pretty consistant DRRI have been changed over the last couple of years where they don't get as loud as quickly as older models, and vintage DRs are all over the place Fender changed manufactures and varied the tapers over the years. so where one DR is set wont be the same as another. I run my '74 DR about 5-6 then hit it with a Tube Screamer too. sometimes I like to just plug in and play usually about 8 to 8.5. if we have to play quiet I run it 4 - 4.5. I won't go lower. any quieter and I'm going home (or not coming back)
     
  13. OilsFan

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    You should endeavor to turn it around or put something in front of it. Try to work with the sound guy and see if you can both be happy. Fenders sound great at low volumes but they just keep getting better as you turn up.
     
  14. ledzep618

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    Usually around 6-7
     
  15. thosk

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    5.5-6 on my '75 whenever possible. Ride the Guitar volume from there.
     
  16. Heady Jam Fan

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    ^ This - a lot of variables.

    My amp is a Silverface that I've Blackfaced. I pulled V1 and run a 12AY7 in V2, and it starts to break up pretty early on the dial. Unlike others here, the DR is usually too quiet for my means - doesn't really keep up with the drummer in my band. So when I'm playing with my jam band, I use it with my Badcat Unleash to make it louder - I keep the amp at the 'edge of breakup' where I just hear a bit of grit (the start of the sweet spot). Sometimes when I'm just playing classic rock, I just crank the amp to 10 (turn down the bass) and ride my guitar's volume knob.

    These amps have a relatively narrow sweet spot though. They don't come alive until there is a touch of grit.
     
  17. slider313

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    I usually keep the volume in the 3-3.5 range while removing the vibrato intensity from the signal path with a switch pot. I use either an older Fulldrive 2 or KOT IV my dirt.
     
  18. Jon C

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    3-5 for most home or gig use. If above 5.5-6, mic it.
     
  19. Lpmusicservices

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    3-5. Enough for an OD with volume boost to hit some sag.
     
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    As a clean pedal platform, I think 4-5 works pretty well. Nice and fat.

    If I want dirt from the amp, 7-8 sounds pretty sweet.
     

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