RGAIX7U Issue W BKP

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Pickup choices?

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  1. kam4ff

    kam4ff SS.org Regular

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    hey y’all. Bought this thing and love it now. However I’ve noticed it’s super bass heavy. Like the aftermaths seem to lose all definition unless I roll back like a quarter turn on my bass knobs (both in my 2203 and my Mesa roadster)

    I’m figuring I probably ought to look towards new pups to help get that bass tight and heavy. Thinking about bkp warpigs or a custom wound darkmoon, in line with the abyss. Thoughts?
     
  2. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire HAIL SATIN

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    warpigs are WAYYYYY more bass heavy. You're going the complete opposite direction in terms of pickup sounds. If you actually want the bass tight and heavy then start with adjusting your amp eq to reflect that, pickups can only do so much.
     
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  3. oneblackened

    oneblackened Doesn't Actually Play a Seven String

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    Yeah the Aftermath is arguably fairly thin on the low end.
     
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  4. Bearitone

    Bearitone SS.org Regular

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    Are you boosting your Mesa? I don’t think I’d ever try to do anything “tight” on a recto (which I’m assuming the roadster is similar to) w/out boosting it
     
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  5. kam4ff

    kam4ff SS.org Regular

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    I’ve never considered ‘bass heavy’ the same as ‘my amp sounds like it’s under a gravity blanket’ maybe I am off base....
     
  6. Bearitone

    Bearitone SS.org Regular

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    Uhh. Well the majority of boost and OD pedals cut some bass so, yeah that’s why i asked. If you aren’t boosting, i would try that before new pickups.

    And before any of that i would say try adjusting your EQ some more like KnightBrolaire said.
    Also toy with the balance between preamp and master volume. I find that can change EQ response a lot on some amps.
     
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  7. GunpointMetal

    GunpointMetal SS.org Regular

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    Can't just plug a different guitar with different pickups into your amp and expect it to sound like how it did with a different setup without adjusting stuff. Maybe just dial it in with your ears and not your eyes.
     
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  8. Strobe

    Strobe SS.org Regular

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    If your aftermaths are not tight on the low end, it's not the pickups. They are very tight. Try a boost. That's a very bassy amp.
     
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    kam4ff SS.org Regular

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    Salty. Thanks gunmetal. I know very well how to dial in my amp, just real surprised that in order to lose that muffled sound on my 2203, or my roadster, the bass has to be cut so far back. I have several guitars and they’re all an adjustment from one to another, but this one is severe. For example on the 2203 it may be up around 130 with my custom, but it’s nearly off with the 7.
     
  10. Bearitone

    Bearitone SS.org Regular

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    Not trying to be cheeky, just trying to be helpful.

    Is the tone knob rolled up?
    What pickups are in your other guitars? What are your other guitars tuned to? Can we get a photo of the front panel of the amp so we can see the settings? Also, still haven’t answered, have you tried boosting it?
     
  11. Dineley

    Dineley SS.org Regular

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    Is this your first 7?? Maybe its that B changing your life... Aftermaths are supposed to be like super tight and dry.
     
  12. kam4ff

    kam4ff SS.org Regular

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    It is not my first 7, though I haven’t had one in a couple years. Used to is. A schecter with emgs, but I don’t think I could tell you how that sounded. I mainly use a Gibson les Paul custom in drop C, and a couple other guitars in standard. My mains are the 7 and the custom. I’ll see if I can post some pics later between the two settings for these two guitars.
     
  13. pearl_07

    pearl_07 SS.org Regular

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    I had a Roadster a few years back and I hated it at first because similar reasons. After really learning the amp, I never went above 9:30 on my Roadster's bass knob. Mesas don't EQ the same as most amps. Reading the manual for each Mesa is crucial to knowing how the amp is going to respond to your EQ.

    Slap an OD-808 as well in front of your Roadster and you'll be blown away at the change.
     
  14. kam4ff

    kam4ff SS.org Regular

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    I mean I dig the sound with a fortin blade in front don’t get me wrong.

    I guess I’m just kinda floored by how different it sounds.
     
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    What is your tuning and string gauge? 25,5" scale with thicker strings can lead too much boominess.
     
  16. kam4ff

    kam4ff SS.org Regular

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    My B is a 68, and I’m probably going to jump to a 70-72 soon. It’s standard B or drop A
     
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    This very-well may be part of the issue. Those are some hefty strings of the tuning.
     
  18. Bearitone

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    I play with a .090 and my tone lacks low end overall. It’s due to the rest of the signal chain and EQ.

    Your guitar is fine, that string gauge is fine, and those pickups are probably fine too.
     
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  19. Dawn of the Shred

    Dawn of the Shred Sweeps and Chuggs

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    Never ever have heard of Aftermaths being bassy
     
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    If it's not somewhere else, seriously try lighter string in low B/A or even a whole set. My personal preference could be 60-64, even 58 without dropping from standard.
     

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