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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:52 am 
Mark II

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At a recording session with my Mark III & 212 cab in the iso room....
I take my glasses off when recording & playing live & thought I turned the Treble up, but
instead I turned up the Bass. We spent over an hour wondering where the hell the incredible
tone went from the night before.. It was a flabby sounding mess.
I changed guitars, cables, cabinets and then noticed I'm a dumb ass & turned the Bass back to
its rightful place at 1, with my SG's.

The guy that sold me my first Mark III said, "Dude, keep the Bass down".
I didn't listen and sold it 6 months later.

With a Tele or Strat you can boost the bass a bit. Humbuckers seem to like it low.
I've owned a Mark I & 3 Mark III's. Still have 2 Mark III's.
Mark III's are a sonic masterpiece. Takes a lil' time to dial them in..

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:33 pm 
Mark II

Joined: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:29 am
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Yep, definitely gotta keep the bass knob down. I have mine set on 2-3 usually and just use the low end slider to dial in the required amount of thump.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:46 pm 
Mark I
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LMAO! Yea we all learn about that one. I play a 58VOS Les Paul through mine and I rarely get the bass above 2 and usually around 1-1.5..

The louder you play the less bass you will want as well.

Enjoy !

'58 VOS Gibson Les Paul || 1984 Custom Stratocaster || 2014 Gibson Firebird
Vai Legacy 1 Head || Mesa 2x12 Cab || Modded Blues Jr || Boogie Mk III ||
TC electronic Delay/Reverb || Plimsoul - Xotic Wah - EP booster - CS Deja Vibe

PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:17 pm 
Mark III
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I keep the base knob at 1 or less, and add it back in with the 80hz slider.

1985 Mark IIC++
1989 Mark III Blue Combo
1991 Mark IV Short Head

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:25 pm 
Mark III

Joined: Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:32 pm
Posts: 174
I keep the bass knob at 0 to 2, depending on the guitar, and have a stout shallow V shape for the graphic, with the center slider being neutral to preserve more mids. I guess I should call it U shape.

Another absolutely critical item for the MkIII is the treble knob. Sounds great for high gain when set at 8+ (which increases gain), but then you have to back the mega-powerful Presence down to ~3-4, and the clean channel suffers. I reduce my treble knob to 6-7 and have the Presence at 5 and R1 volume at 7.5 and use more Lead Drive to make up for decreasing the treble knob. Even with my EMG 81/85 equipped metal guitars, I can get a full range of good cleans (guitar volume knob reduced) or all-out blistering metal. With passive pickups, the clean sound is truly excellent and of course high gain rules also.

It is a fine art to tune your MkIII to your actual rig, but once it's done, it's a thing of absolute beauty. 8)

Quad Preamp/2:90
MkIII+ Simul-Class & MkIVb
Mark 4x12 Stack
Charvel 650 Custom/EMG85/SLV/SLV+SPC
Charvel San Dimas I Koa USA
Jackson Soloist Pro MIJ
B.C. Rich Eagle Evo2/Air Norton
ESP Eclipse EMG 81/60
Ibanez UV7BK
Charvel 475 Exotic
Fender Tele USA

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