Tech Tip:How Do I Use the Bass and Treble on My Amp?

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Steve Lockery; Germany


Q: How can I set the bass and treble on my amp to get a good sound?


A: There are many variables to consider when setting the bass and treble on your amp. Some of the things to think about are:


  • The room that you are playing in - What the room is made of can change the acoustics and make a huge difference in how much bass or treble you need to use. If the room has a lot of glass and tile it will create a high-end sound so you would need to turn the treble down and turn up the bass. But if you were playing in a room that had lots of wood, rug, or sheet rock walls the sound would be warmer and would require more treble and less bass.


  • Size and attendance of a room - The size of the room and how many people are in it will alter the sound and acoustics. If you have a big room with a small crowd it will create a natural reverb or echo-type effect. This will require lowering the treble. But, if you have a full crowd the people will absorb the sound and suck out the treble so you would need to raise the treble to get a good sound.


I suggest in any situation to put the bass and treble halfway up and raise or lower to tweak the sound until you are happy.


Hope this helps!


Yours in Music
John McCarthy
Rock House