Used my strat instead of PRS w/ mixed results

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  1. squeally dan

    squeally dan Member

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    This weekend I used my SRV strat for two wedding gigs instead of the PRS I normally use. I have used the PRS so long that I had just gotten attached to it. The strat really sounded good on stage and very versatile. The strat tone really fits our music beter (R&B, motown, etc.), However, it sounded thin out in front of the mains. SHould I tweak at the board or use more amp volume? I'm using a Dr. Z Maz 38 2x12. Anyone ever experience this?
     
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    I always find this to be true when switching from buckers to single coils. I usually tweak the amp settings, but if your stage sound was good see what you can do with EQ at the board.
     
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    Just go back to the PRS?
     
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    I assume you have a mic in front of the 2x12 to go to the mains?
    If so, I would adjust the eq setting on the main board, if you are happy with the sound of your amp & Strat.
     
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    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Silver Supporting Member

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    This makes sense.

    I use a Fulltone Fat boost on occasion, partuclarly when using my BFDR without the Rivera Sub1. Works great.

    http://www.fulltone.com/FB.asp

    stratzrus
     
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    I'd like to stick with the strat. It's tone coming out of my amp fits our music better. It just didn't sound very full through the mains.
     
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    I used a 57 to the side but angled towards the middle of the cone.
     
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    You should probably experiment with the mic placement too. It can make a bigger difference than you might think.

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    Try re-thinking some of the EQ on your amp, mic placement, and just general EQ through the PA. You might up the mids on your amp, put the mic slightly off-axis, and beef it up in the mixer. You'll have to find your spot for the strat. Personally, I use an SG and a strat, and if one is lacking, I'm able to re-adjust the voicing on the amp itself to make all the necessary difference.
     
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    Good tips all around.

    If you had a good sound/sound you were happy with on stage, along with mic placement (which can offer many diff tones), you might consider whether or not you were getting/experiencing false lowend resonance/standing wave psychoacoustics on-stage - thereby giving you a fat sound on-stage, but a 'truer' (maybe thinner) sound out front.

    Just yet another of the many diff issues to deal with in live music.

    There's a particular club that I play in occasionally, and the only 'good' place to set up my rig gives me a huge, booming lowend on stage - I totally hate it, makes it hard to play/work/have fun/etc - it sounds fine/great/whatever out front, but makes me crazy on stage. I've tried many things (and continue to) to change this, maybe someday...
     
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    I've always thought it would be cool to have a wireless just to use for a sound check.
     
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    ANybody use a wireless just to soundcheck?
     
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    Did you try dialing in more mids on the amp? I use a bit more when using straight singlecoils.
     
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    Don't angle the mic, run it straight on at the outside edge of the speaker and eq the board to taste. Maybe even a different mic. 57s, 412s and e609s all work well for me. Audix d2 also works well.
     
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    Other than obvious ones like some more EQ on the board, I would suggest using two SM57s or try a small diaphram condenser mic with greater low-mid spectral spectral response.
     

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