Yeah, I know the cliche' about as you get older you realize the gain knob can actually backwards. well yeah, this has finally happened to me. I've been without my Digitech RP500 for almost 2 months and JUST got it back in the last 36 hours. Since I had my pedal sent of all I've had to play is the built in OD channel on my Fender roc-pro 700, which...well.... you know Fender overdrives
..... And whenever I got to a practice session I would use My drummer's Crate flexwave 60 as the main tone, and my front(wo)man's Boss ME-20 for other stuff like wah. We also played at graduation with this rig.
Well, since I finally got my pedal back, I've built my tone back from the ground up, and it's entirely different, really. Tons
less gain, it's more of an overdrive actually. I was using the Carvin legacy model, and am now using a JCM-900 model. Comparing the 2 of them is a crazy difference, the new one is so much more articulate! I never knew how much gain I was using, but i find you just lose all the detail when you are using to much gain. I'm not even using a compressor or OD boost anymore!
I blame this a lot on technique: I'm playing a lot cleaner and more precise, you can't even tell I'm not using much gain because my technique is so much more precise, Because I've been unplugged most of the time, I've had to force myself to clean up my technique a lot! I realize how much of a crutch all that gain has been, and I'm glad to have it gone! My tone seems 1000X better than before. And sustain doesn't really matter if I'm playing in front of a loud amp.
This is getting long winded, but what I'm really driving at is, turn your gain down!!! It will make
you play cleaner, and You will sound so much better.
Now, I'm not saying I was a gain hog or anything, I used waaay less then my friends do even before I made this change. Now I just use waaaaaayyy less
. they also don't know the the mid knob can move past 0
The crazy thing about this all, even though now my tone in the hardware is different, it still sounds 100% like me, you cant really tell a differnce, other than that it is a whole lot clearer!!!