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trickeydave

San Diego, CA

"It's good enough for jazz."
Apr 3rd, 2008 01:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bill:

Would those mods be enough to achieve the jazz tone or would you recommend any others?

Billm
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New Jersey, USA

Hey! What exit?
Apr 3rd, 2008 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

You'd probably want to do the TwinStack mod for more tone flexibility--you can pull out all the mids for a scooped tone when you want it, or more of a Wes or Larry Carlton tone by dialing up more bass and using the mids to push the bass strings into mild distortion.

Tom N

MBJ

Tom N
Apr 3rd, 2008 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I try to get jazz clean tone with no midrage on at all. Maybe back of on your guitar volume a bit. You need the billm mods to get the best out of the amp. I also have a cannabis rex and ruby tank. Some of the tones we seek acually come from 6l6 tubes or larger amp if you will. A delay unit used modestly can give you some tones that you might be seeking. It kind of makes the overall sound a little richer. Make sure the amp base is up to a least 7. Run your treble as you like, mine runs from 6 to 8. Most of the jazz guys use .011 and up strings. If you are comfortable bending .011's then that will also help the tone. I try do play a bit like Larry Carlton so I have to use .010's as he does to get those great bends. Larry is not your usuall jazz player. He adds blues and rock to his jazz which is why I admire him.

trickeydave

San Diego, CA

"It's good enough for jazz."
Apr 3rd, 2008 11:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tom H:

Really...no mids? I'll try it. My Ibanez is a ES-175 knockoff,hollowbody. The tone I'm more looking for is like Pat Metheny's. I use .012s flatwound strings. I'm getting there; Bill's mods are definitely the next step. I may also add a 250K pot for a mellower tone, instead of the 500k pot I have now.
I use only the neck pup, which is a Dimarzio Virtual PAF. I think it's a pretty good pickup so far.
I guess the quest for the ideal tone never ends, does it?

Jazz guru

Rochester, NY

Apr 4th, 2008 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would suggest a good graphic eq pedal - you can do lots with that!

Greg

Tom N

MBJ

Tom N
Apr 4th, 2008 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have only used the midrange once on my BJ. For some reason, semi hollows with humbuckers just do take take to the midrange IMO. Knock off guitars like mine, are really much brighter than the guitar they are trying to copy. The tonewood is not as great. The midrange seems to amplify this shortcoming. Thats interesting about the eq pedal what does it do guru?

trickeydave

San Diego, CA

"It's good enough for jazz."
Apr 4th, 2008 10:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Jazz,

What EQ do you recommend? I have a DOD that sounds a litle metallic and doesn't work for a mellow jazz tone.

Tom N

MBJ

Tom N
Apr 5th, 2008 10:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Dave, did you turn down the midrage? did you like the sound? Tom

Dupont24

Western PA

Tradin' Paint and Rubbin' Tires
Apr 6th, 2008 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I can get a great jazz tone with my Epi 335 and Blues Jr. My amp has a Veteran 30 speaker (Warehouse guitar speaker's version of the Vintage 30). I've got a Tung Sol 12AX7 in V1, so nothing unique there. The V30 speaker really adds great midrange. I run the preamp vol around 4, master around 5 or 6. The bass at 7 or 8, mids around 6 or 7, treble around 7. Roll off the tone on the guitar and volume. I use .011s on the 335. When I had an Ibanez AF75 with flatwounds this amp and settings were instant Wes Montgomery (although my playing isn't). The speaker really adds the smooth mid-range and rolls off the annoying blues jr. treble. hth

trickeydave

San Diego, CA

"It's good enough for jazz."
Apr 9th, 2008 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tom,

I turned down the midrange all the way and I didn't care for the tone. It sounded better with a little midrange; like 3-4. It helped when I turned the amp volume up a bit and rolled off the guitar volume some. That made for a less trebley tone and warmed the sound a little.
Apparently my tech installed a linear taper pot instead of an audio taper pot when I had him upgrade them a while ago. The guitar volume doesn't come on until about halfway. I'll have to switch it to an audio taper pot.


LHW
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Southwest Ohio

It isn't easy being me!
Apr 9th, 2008 11:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been following this thread with much interest. On thing I've noticed is no one has mentioned if they have the "Fat Switch" engaged.

Billm
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New Jersey, USA

Hey! What exit?
Apr 9th, 2008 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I generally don't use the Fat switch. It's a little too heavy/muddy for the tone I like.

It's more useful for distortion/drive tones.

Tom N

MBJ

Tom N
Apr 9th, 2008 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

My Epi Sheraton 335 just does not like the midrange. It's a very bright guitar to begin with. I agree with Bill, don't use the fat switch to much. Without the midrange on my guitar sounds much bassier. I also put in a 12ay7 to help things a bit.

tmlesko

United States

Oct 14th, 2017 10:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Reviving this thread, I am a beginner, have an Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II, stock setup and a Blues Jr. w/Jensen speaker. Trying to get a smooth, mellow jazz sound, would very much appreciate suggestions on settings for both amp and guitar. Thanks in advance!
Tom L.

(This message was last edited by tmlesko at 12:12 AM, Oct 15th, 2017)

pcalu

usa metro detroit

Oct 23rd, 2017 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I moonlight in a jazz quartet and use my heavily modded Blues Jr. Along with the BillM and other mods... I put a 12ay7 in the v1 preamp and a 12at7 in V3. It really warms and tweeds the amp up. I also put in a Eminence CRex speaker in...being hemp its quite warm yet kinda border line dark though. However, I really love Jensens RI's (IMO a super fine speaker line for Fender type amps) so I wouldn't change the speaker. What do you have? A C12N? I use that in a vintage Twin and just love them once they became broken in. For Jazz.. I run both the master volume and volume at half way. push the mids and base... totally get's the job done (big time)



(This message was last edited by pcalu at 08:34 PM, Oct 23rd, 2017)

tmlesko

United States

Mar 16th, 2019 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

Still looking for best smooth, clean jazz settings on Blues Jr. tweed nos with Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II and/or Gretsch 6120 . . . thoughts?

trickeydave

San Diego, CA

"The night has a thousand eyes."
Mar 17th, 2019 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tom L:
As I mentioned in the original thread, I set my master volume all the way to 12, and set volume (drive) to taste. This will give the cleanest setting on a BJr.

tmlesko

United States

Mar 19th, 2019 11:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you Dave, I appreciate it. I am a slow learner!

trickeydave

San Diego, CA

"The night has a thousand eyes."
Mar 26th, 2019 08:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

You’re welcome Tom. Good luck in your tone quest!

larryguitar19
Contributing Member
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South Florida

larryguitar
Mar 26th, 2019 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Agree with Trickey. In fact to my taste that's pretty much the default setting for all genres with the Bjr. From there you can dial back the master and dial up the volume to taste.

I was at Fur Peace a few years back with the great Bill Kirchen. His amp fritzed out right before a performance for about 300 people so he borrowed my Blues Jr. I watched him set his levels and that's how he did it. I went with that setting after that every time. It was an eye opener. I could not believe the tone he was getting.

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 11:29 AM, Mar 26th, 2019)

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