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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-
    http://www.reverbnation.com/digitaldisease

    http://www.railhammer.com/


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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.
    The box pattern and arpeggio diagrams I made. Use em for whatever.

    My death metal band.

    Band's facebook page

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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?
      http://www.reverbnation.com/digitaldisease

      http://www.railhammer.com/


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      • #4
        Nope. Tried dickin around with the presence and focus knobs much?
        The box pattern and arpeggio diagrams I made. Use em for whatever.

        My death metal band.

        Band's facebook page

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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?
          The box pattern and arpeggio diagrams I made. Use em for whatever.

          My death metal band.

          Band's facebook page

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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
              http://www.reverbnation.com/digitaldisease

              http://www.railhammer.com/


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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?
                http://www.reverbnation.com/digitaldisease

                http://www.railhammer.com/


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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) then add presence to taste.
                  The box pattern and arpeggio diagrams I made. Use em for whatever.

                  My death metal band.

                  Band's facebook page

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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
                      http://www.reverbnation.com/digitaldisease

                      http://www.railhammer.com/


                      Good Deals
                      Tinypants(x11), 23CiCero(x3), MickTaylorFan(x4), Tiddy(x2),Used666(x5),theepicproblem(x2), Jim Hunter(x2),knives490,Stratjacket,Hivedestruction, Naterel(x2), awschiebe1126(x2), Surfn748, Hal71, Guitar_Kid(x2), jimtalkbox, rratski,Oldtone,guitarsk8er,frenchji,BTBAM,lhrocke r,Naveed211,SrDeMaFp,lovellintn, Gaetano Paul, Gary666,Kingdom Guitar(x2) and 75+ more...

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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?
                          I endorse Laura & Valve Queen tubes, you should too.Marshall, Gibson, Fender, Charvel/Jackson."I'm happy to pay my tech $40 bucks to take the Zap for me."One kick-butt deal with johnpace2 Dave Friedman of RACKSYSTEMS is a genius.After the Firebird X, i'm quite convinced Henry Juszkiewicz is crazy.Member of the JMP Hall of Fame.

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                          • #14
                            as part of a trade.
                            "I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours." --Stephen Roberts

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                            • #15
                              READ
                              Bought, trade, whatever?

                              TRADE IT FOR A POD.
                              I endorse Laura & Valve Queen tubes, you should too.Marshall, Gibson, Fender, Charvel/Jackson."I'm happy to pay my tech $40 bucks to take the Zap for me."One kick-butt deal with johnpace2 Dave Friedman of RACKSYSTEMS is a genius.After the Firebird X, i'm quite convinced Henry Juszkiewicz is crazy.Member of the JMP Hall of Fame.

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