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  • Help Me Tame A 100Watt Monster!

    I just got a Rivera Knucklehead 100R today in the mail as part of a trade. Its a badass amp and definitely worth keeping around, but I'm having a few issues with it.
    Its a little on the Bright/Crispy side. The cleans are the best cleans I've ever heard from any amp and I love them, but the gain channels on it are a little too brightly voiced for my tastes.
    I'm going to start doing some experimenting with different tubes to see if I can warm it up a bit. I would also like it to have a tad more gain.
    What types/brands of tubes would you guys suggest?
    At the moment I'm thinking of going with some JJ's
    KT77's in the power section and a mixture of gold plated and high gain AX7's in the preamp.

    Thanks-
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  • #2
    I had jj e34l's in it for a long time. Tasty and mellower til they got toasty. Now i have ruby bstr el34s. They're pretty balls out.
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    • #3
      I had jj e34l's in it for a long time. Tasty and mellower til they got toasty. Now i have ruby bstr el34s. They're pretty balls out.

      I'm pretty sure these are the stock el34's the amp came with. Ever tried any KT77's in it?
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      • #4
        Nope. Tried dickin around with the presence and focus knobs much?
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        • #5
          http://www.rivera.com/manuals_html/k-manual.html

          here's the manual while I'm at it. try some presets?
          <div class="signaturecontainer"><a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1935393" target="_blank">The box pattern and arpeggio diagrams I made. Use em for whatever.</a><br />
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          • #6
            Disclaimer: I have not played that amp.

            Advice, despite disclaimer: To warm up a bright amp and tame the high end, try putting an NOS RFT in V1, and try SED =C= EL34s. The RFT is a rich, high-gain, and harmonically complex, but it has a smooth top end and dark sound. The SEDs also have a smooth top end, and a firmer, stronger bottom end than you normally get from EL34s.
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            • #7
              Nope. Tried dickin around with the presence and focus knobs much?

              Yeah, I'm still fiddling around with the knobs. I'm definitely liking the Focus control though
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              • #8
                Disclaimer: I have not played that amp.

                Advice, despite disclaimer: To warm up a bright amp and tame the high end, try putting an NOS RFT in V1, and try SED =C= EL34s. The RFT is a rich, high-gain, and harmonically complex, but it has a smooth top end and dark sound. The SEDs also have a smooth top end, and a firmer, stronger bottom end than you normally get from EL34s.

                Thanks man! Where can I buy an RFT?
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                • #9
                  Yeah, I'm still fiddling around with the knobs. I'm definitely liking the Focus control though


                  jack up the focus and scoop it. like that grunge rhythm preset (how dated, lol) :cop: then add presence to taste.
                  <div class="signaturecontainer"><a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1935393" target="_blank">The box pattern and arpeggio diagrams I made. Use em for whatever.</a><br />
                  <br />
                  <b><a href="http://www.myspace.com/sworntothegrave" target="_blank">My death metal band.</a></b><br />
                  <br />
                  <b><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sworn-to-the-Grave/448918590314" target="_blank">Band's facebook page</a></b></div>

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                  • #10
                    Thanks man! Where can I buy an RFT?


                    I get mine here: http://www.kcanostubes.com/

                    You can pay an up-charge of $8 for higher than average gain.
                    Good deals with: the avenger, Zepsongs, BryanFTWL, gibbyshibby, marshmi, Ovid9, emptyparadigm, thesockmonster, Krunch79, VoodooChild24, espdna, StopReferencing, mhn433, NixerX, Mood Sphinx, itkindaworks, SomeDayRockstar, guller1, metz420(TGP)

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                    • #11
                      I get mine here: http://www.kcanostubes.com/

                      You can pay an up-charge of $8 for higher than average gain.


                      Thanks for the info man. I was recommended SED's in the poweramp and RFT's in V1 and V2. I think ill give that combination a try and see what it does
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                      • #12
                        jj pre amp tubes will darken an overly bright amp. They also tend to be pretty rugged/long lasting tubes.
                        Not my personal favorite, but they will definately darken it.

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                        • #13
                          Didn't you know it was brite when you bought it?:cop:
                          <div class="signaturecontainer"><font color="magenta">I endorse Laura &amp; Valve Queen tubes, you should too.<img alt="" border="0" title="Thumbs up Phil" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/Phil-Thumbs-Up-Small.gif"></font><img alt="" border="0" title="love" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/love.gif"><img alt="" border="0" title="love" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/love.gif"><img alt="" border="0" title="love" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/love.gif"><img alt="" border="0" title="love" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/love.gif"><img alt="" border="0" title="love" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/love.gif"><br><font size="5"><font color="Red">Marshall, Gibson, Fender, Charvel/Jackson.</font><img alt="" border="0" title="Snacks" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/snacks.gif"></font><br><font size="4"><font color="Blue">&quot;I'm happy to pay my tech $40 bucks to take the Zap for me.&quot;<img alt="" border="0" title="lol" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/icon_lol.gif"></font></font><br>One kick-butt deal with johnpace2 <img alt="" border="0" title="thumbs up" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/thumb.gif"><br><font size="5"><font color="orange">Dave Friedman of RACKSYSTEMS is a genius.<img alt="" border="0" title="idea" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/idea.gif"></font></font><br><font color="DarkOrange"><font color="Magenta">After the Firebird X, i'm quite convinced Henry Juszkiewicz is crazy.</font></font><br><font size="5"><font color="darkorchid">Member of the JMP Hall of Fame.</font></font></div><br>

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                          • #14
                            as part of a trade.
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                            • #15
                              READ
                              Bought, trade, whatever?:bor::bor::bor:

                              TRADE IT FOR A POD.:snax:
                              <div class="signaturecontainer"><font color="magenta">I endorse Laura &amp; Valve Queen tubes, you should too.<img alt="" border="0" title="Thumbs up Phil" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/Phil-Thumbs-Up-Small.gif"></font><img alt="" border="0" title="love" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/love.gif"><img alt="" border="0" title="love" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/love.gif"><img alt="" border="0" title="love" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/love.gif"><img alt="" border="0" title="love" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/love.gif"><img alt="" border="0" title="love" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/love.gif"><br><font size="5"><font color="Red">Marshall, Gibson, Fender, Charvel/Jackson.</font><img alt="" border="0" title="Snacks" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/snacks.gif"></font><br><font size="4"><font color="Blue">&quot;I'm happy to pay my tech $40 bucks to take the Zap for me.&quot;<img alt="" border="0" title="lol" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/icon_lol.gif"></font></font><br>One kick-butt deal with johnpace2 <img alt="" border="0" title="thumbs up" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/thumb.gif"><br><font size="5"><font color="orange">Dave Friedman of RACKSYSTEMS is a genius.<img alt="" border="0" title="idea" src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/idea.gif"></font></font><br><font color="DarkOrange"><font color="Magenta">After the Firebird X, i'm quite convinced Henry Juszkiewicz is crazy.</font></font><br><font size="5"><font color="darkorchid">Member of the JMP Hall of Fame.</font></font></div><br>

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