Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Berlin, Germany
Re: EQ's/tone knobs/etc. How much effect?
Well, it's going to make a difference - that's for sure. How? That depends..
The recipe for good tone for me is "bright into dark", or "dark into bright". So, tone knobs on my guitars are turned all the way up, tone on my OD pedal is turned down (that's the way it sound good), that goes into a bright preamp, which goes into a dark sounding power amp/cab.
Another simple rule is to single out pieces of gear, set them the way they sound the best on their own, and then correct everything with the more flexible equipment. That works very well for overdrive/distortion pedals, which tend to sound good only in particular ranges of the tone control.
That said, the more gear I add, the more stuff there is to adjust and it drives me crazy sometimes. There are days when I wish I would just sell the whole thing, and plug in straight into a nice combo.