Tone Sucking

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  1. jfhudak

    jfhudak Member

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    Hey Fellers,

    I need some help from y'all. I have recently gone back to putting a stompbox on the floor. My signal chain is thus:

    62 SG -->TS-9 --> 76 Super Lead

    I only cut the TS-9 on for solos. It sounds great for leads, but when it is off I have noticed that it REALLY sucks the mids out of my sound. I thought maybe my tubes were going but I plugged straight into the amp and it all came back.

    All I really need is a boost for solos, not so much for volume but sustain and a little extra grit. The TS-9 was modded by Keeley to have a more open frequency range and true bypass. It sounded okay about a week ago when off, but now it is killing my tone.

    Could it be the battery? Or am I just not a pedal guy. My amp really hates pedals, and I am now starting to remember why I got away from them back in the old days.

    Thanks for all of your help, Fellers! ;)
     
  2. Ghost219

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    i recommend trying it plugged in. see if that makes an audible difference.
     
  3. jfhudak

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    You mean like using a wall wart? Good idea! I'll give that a shot. . .
     
  4. Ghost219

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    if that doesn't seem to help, it's probably a lost cause. especially if you had the keeley mod.
     
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    are you using cheap o cables?
     
  6. dk123123dk

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    Go check out some clean boosts clips on youtube. There are a lot of good options that are true bypass and sound great.

    Make sure the cables you use aren't too long. Also make sure the batteries you use are still going strong. Might want to just get a 9volt wall wart to be safe.

    dk
     
  7. Ghost219

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    i don't think cable length will make much of a difference. i use 25 foot cables and have tried 10 foot cables and i honestly can't hear a difference. granted, they are mogami's. cheap cables probably won't matter much either unless if they're radio shack cables or something horrendous.
     
  8. jfhudak

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    Using a 20 year old Whirlwind from guitar to pedal, and from pedal to amp I am using a ProCo, which is kind of a cheap one.

    I ordered some Canare bulk cable today along with some Switchcraft ends to make up some new cables so they might work better.
     
  9. jfhudak

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    Yeah, but Mogamis are good cables!
     
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    Good points all. I need a clean boost I think, cause the Super Lead just sounds killer on it's own, I just need a little extra for leads. The TS-9 colors it, but I don't mind it. I really don't like it when it is off, which is funny!
     
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    try a picoso. if you do like the tubescreamer sound, i'd recommend a Maxon tubescreamer although it'd be kind of pointless since you've keeley'd yours.
     
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    How come people from Richmond use this strange turn of phrase? Not only do you cut something off, but you are able to "cut" it on too.

    No, seriously. How about a Treble Booster?
     
  14. Ghost219

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    are you talking about replacing a mid-heavy drive with a treble booster?

    no offense, b/c i'm genuinely curious, but why??
     
  15. jfhudak

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    LOL! I don't know. I'm sure there are many other colloquialisms peculiar to this region which will come out the more I post here! ;)

    A treble booster was definitely on my mind, since the old gear seems to like the older, lo-fi designs. Any particular models you like?
     
  16. bluesmann8

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    If it was ok before it might be the TBP switch, They've been known to mess up a time or two, simple fix.
     
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  18. dk123123dk

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    dk
     

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