Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Bellport Village - LI, NY
I play a lot of different styles and the Jem works for me in all of them. I very rarely change my on-guitar volume or tone controls but vary p/u selections all the time. I don't fool with my amp EQ's much either when I find I well-rounded setting I like. My main amp is 3 channels so I they are set (EQ) somewhat differently from each other, accordingly.
A fun thing to do is to change the tone by technique and approach. What I mean is, play straight through the amp with no effects or EQ's and don't change your settings much. Perhaps, for kicks, set your amp's EQ controls all on ten -leaving the signal virtually unfiltered. You'd be surprized how much your tone changes just by where you pick, how you hold down the strings, how you hold the pick, etc. It sounds elementary but how often does anyone focus on this? Most of us, including myself, usually arrive at this undersanding that the guitar has a basic sound and switches to alter it and picking, strumming, palm muting, etc will give us a few more sounds to work with. It's just amazing when you just spend time just playing your guitar in a different way and altering things in your approach and technique how much the tone can vary significantly from there. It's a great way to really KNOW your guitar(s) and it's quite fun plus you'll have a better eye on your playing this way. But, in conclusion, this is a great and true way to learn what the guitar can do.
Mike 777 Haug