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  • #16
    I had the same amp at one point. I totally agree, the best cleans I have had, but very bright and sooooo incredibly loud. I was a gain head when I had mine, and I was always wishing for more gain and saturation from it. There were some knuckles that had factory high gain mods already, I dont think mine was one of those.
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    Warmoth homebuilt Strat
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    • #17
      Didn't you know it was brite when you bought it?


      No
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      • #18
        Avoid JJ KT77's like the plague. I have personally had 8 of them go bad on me in the span of a year and a half...

        Get some Ruby or SED EL34's and pop em in there.

        JJ preamp tubes are fine and will darken the amp up a bit.

        Avoid spending money on teh NOS RFT. Pure corksnifferey gheysecks.

        Put a Jan Philips 5751 in there for less than half the price. It lowers input gain and is VERY harmonically rich. Gives your gain knob much more usable range.

        Also, play with the master volume... The character of the amp changes with every notch you turn that bitch up. High master settings will also help you achieve good tones at lower volumes.

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        • #19
          No
          What kinda speakers are you using? +1000000000 on the SED EL-34's.
          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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          • #20
            I had the 55 watt model for a while. I also found it real bright. I used to run the bass on the high side and cut back on the treble and mids. All the rivera stuff seems to have a weird mid frequency that I don't care for and I tend to dial the mids down. That helped a lot with the sort of grainy brightness that I was experiencing.

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            • #21
              What kinda speakers are you using? +1000000000 on the SED EL-34's.


              G12 T75's
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              • #22


                Avoid spending money on teh NOS RFT. Pure corksnifferey gheysecks.

                Put a Jan Philips 5751 in there for less than half the price. It lowers input gain and is VERY harmonically rich. Gives your gain knob much more usable range.
                .


                I've done rather extensive comparisons between using JJ, RFT, and Jan Phillips 5751s in my amp, and the RFT wins by serious margin. It's dark like the JJ, but rich rather than dull. And I don't claim to hear differences among every tube I try.
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                • #23
                  Luckily I had a buddy that let me borrow a matched quad of SED Winged C 34's. I put them in with rather high hopes and expectations but unfortunately it was still on the "Crispy" side of the tone spectrum.
                  I fiddled around with every knob on the amp and still had no luck, the absolute loudest I was able to crank the master was 3-3.5 before **************** started rattling and shaking in my house.

                  I have tung-sol 12AX7's in the preamp. I was going to take the Mesa AX7's out of my Stiletto and try em in the Knucklehead but I got pretty discouraged after the power tube let down. Guess I just have to keep experimenting with power and preamp tubes until I hopefully find something I like.

                  I hate to get rid of an amp because of a little thing like my tone

                  Btw, I've been using a marshall cab with G12T75's and humbucker equipped guitars (both active and passive)
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                  • #24
                    Do you have a different cab you can try? Speaker and cab choices affect the tone more than tubes.
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