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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:08 am 
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Hey! I've asked this same question before, but unfortunately did not get much help. Sorry guys :oops:

I've owned my DC-5B head for about 4 years now, and I'm still experiencing trouble dialing in the tone I hear in my head. (It gets REALLY close, and I know that this head is capable of delivering me some "Master of Puppets" chunky goodness.) For tubes, I am using Electro Harmonix 12AX7EHs in the preamp, and JJ 6L6GCs in the power section. For speakers, I have a Marshall 1960A cab loaded with Celestion G12T-75s. I assumed that since these speakers have a scooped sound, it would tame the excessive mids of the DC-5, and it does indeed get rid of the honky mids. The problem is the FIZZY HIGH END AND LOOSE LOW END! ARGH!

I've been using these settings for about 2 years and it's the best I could dial in:

Gain: 7
Treble: 8
Mid: 6
Bass: 3
Presence: 5
Reverb: 0
Master: 2
Output Level: 4

Graphic EQ:
80hz - Middle line
240hz - Bottom of the slider on the middle line
750hz - Bottom of slider on the bottom line
2200hz - Bottom of slider on the middle line
6600hz - Between the middle and top line

TS808:
Overdrive: 10:30
Tone: 10:30
Level: 1:30

So: WHAT DO YOU GUYS RECOMMEND? Should I opt for Mesa tubes? Or are there more high gain alternatives? Should I buy a Mesa cab with V30s? Do you guys have any settings you could share? At this point, anything helps. Really.

(On a side note: I recently slaved my DC-5 into a Marshall JCM 900 power section, and HOLY F***. I absolutely NAILED the "Master of Puppets" and "Black Album" tones. Unfortunately, my friend is not willing to let me keep that head :lol: )

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:45 am 
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Don't know how much this will help because I use a DC5 combo with the stock speaker, no boost pedal although I had a TS9 style pedal on the board. My "not in storage cab" is a 2x12 closed back with Celestion Greenbacks. I haven't tried it with the DC5, but now you have me curious on what it would sound like.

First pic is the at home settings:

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Gain - 8
Treble - 6
Mid - 2
Bass - 7
Presence - 6
Reverb - 3
Master - 3

2nd pic is the at work cover/karaoke settings. Slightly different. Was using these settings for Van Halen, Enter Sandman, Final Countdown, Down by 311 and using the the guitar volume pot to adjust the input.
Pulled the settings from a Petrucci discussion thread about 8 years ago.

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Gain - 8.5
Treble - 5.5
Mid - 3.5
Bass - 5.5
Presence - 4.5
Reverb - 3.5
Master - 3

Eq has a pretty standard V shape except:
2200hz top of slider under top line
6600hz dead center.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:04 am 
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Bump? (EDIT: Something went wrong with the site. Did not see the post above until recently.)

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- Homemade (ESP Random Star) inspired build
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:15 pm 
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Bottle Rocket

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jediguitarist wrote:
Don't know how much this will help because I use a DC5 combo with the stock speaker, no boost pedal although I had a TS9 style pedal on the board. My "not in storage cab" is a 2x12 closed back with Celestion Greenbacks. I haven't tried it with the DC5, but now you have me curious on what it would sound like.

First pic is the at home settings:

Image

Gain - 8
Treble - 6
Mid - 2
Bass - 7
Presence - 6
Reverb - 3
Master - 3

2nd pic is the at work cover/karaoke settings. Slightly different. Was using these settings for Van Halen, Enter Sandman, Final Countdown, Down by 311 and using the the guitar volume pot to adjust the input.
Pulled the settings from a Petrucci discussion thread about 8 years ago.

Image

Gain - 8.5
Treble - 5.5
Mid - 3.5
Bass - 5.5
Presence - 4.5
Reverb - 3.5
Master - 3

Eq has a pretty standard V shape except:
2200hz top of slider under top line
6600hz dead center.


Thanks! I appreciate the pics, man. I really do. However, I DO have a few questions:

- Do you notice any flub or boominess in the low end with your settings? Almost every comment I've encountered regarding the DC-5 says to keep the bass below 3. I also noticed that with my amp, the tone gets darker and more bassy as I turn the output level up.
- Is that the Revision A DC-5? How much gain does it have?
- Do you know what the stock speaker is exactly? Between various forums and Mesa themselves, I heard they range anywhere from Black Shadows to V30s

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- Homemade (ESP Random Star) inspired build
- Mesa Boogie Dual Caliber DC-5B Head


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