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    Hey guys, I just recently bought a used Rivera Knucklehead KR55 top with the Headmaster (running that into a custom 2x12 with a v30 and a WGS Reaper 50) and am looking to experiment with the pre-amp tubes. It currently has the stock tubes (2 Sovtek 12AX7 LP's in V3 and V5, 3 Sovtek 12AX7 WA's in V1, V2, and V4, and 2 Sveltana EL34's). Here's a copy of the description of each pre-amp slot from the manual:

    V1 Input buffer and tone control driver for Channel 1, and also the first Preamp stage of Channel 2 and Channel 3
    V2 Tone control follower for Channel 1 and an additional gain stage for Channel 2 and Channel 3.
    V3 Third gain stage for Channel 1 and final gain stage for Channel 2
    V4 Final gain stage for Channel 3 and mixer for both channels
    V5 Phase inverter driver tube for the power amp section

    I play Worship music and Death Metal , so I am definitely taking advantage of the versatility of this amp. I'm boosting the front end with a TS9 (a Hardwire DL-8 Delay, Holy Grail Reverb, and Behringer EQ-700 EQ pedal when I play Worship music).

    I am pretty happy with the tone I am getting now, I am, however, looking for more definition/harmonics on Channel 3 and maybe a little less bass on Channel 1 and 3, I am having to use the FX loop trick in order to tame the power-amp for volume, this thing is ridiculously loud.

    What tubes would you recommemend?
    Guitars: Taylor 816CE (Custom); Cort Hiram Bullock II Signature; Washburn WM24

    Amp: Rivera Knucklehead Reverb Head (FOR SALE); Seismic Audio 2x12 Cab loaded with WG Speakers

    Pedals: Rivera Headmaster MIDI Board; Dunlop Hendrix Wah; Loop-Master 8 Loop Switcher; Korg Pitchblack; Strymon OB.1; Timmy v2; Lovepedal Eternity Burst; Xotic BB Preamp Clone; MXR 10-Band EQ; ISP Decimator; Ernie Ball VP Jr; MXR Carbon Copy; Eventide TimeFactor; Eventide ModFactor; Strymon Flint

  • #2
    If you want definition, harmonics and less bass - try the Tung-Sol 12AX7
    Founder of the Rivera Lounge
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    • #3
      You're not going to drastically change your tone with a tube swap. If you're looking to change the character of your amp, a pickup or speaker swap will do more.
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      • #4
        Would you recommend Tung-Sols in ALL of the pre-amp slots?

        And also, the WGS (Warehouse Guitar Speaker) Reaper 50 I have is a clone of of the Celestion G12H30 Anniversary, would I maybe want to purchase the WGS ET-65 (clone of the Celestion G12-65) or the WGS HM-75 (clone of the Celestion G12T-75) maybe to help? Or maybe swapping out the v30?
        Guitars: Taylor 816CE (Custom); Cort Hiram Bullock II Signature; Washburn WM24

        Amp: Rivera Knucklehead Reverb Head (FOR SALE); Seismic Audio 2x12 Cab loaded with WG Speakers

        Pedals: Rivera Headmaster MIDI Board; Dunlop Hendrix Wah; Loop-Master 8 Loop Switcher; Korg Pitchblack; Strymon OB.1; Timmy v2; Lovepedal Eternity Burst; Xotic BB Preamp Clone; MXR 10-Band EQ; ISP Decimator; Ernie Ball VP Jr; MXR Carbon Copy; Eventide TimeFactor; Eventide ModFactor; Strymon Flint

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        • #5
          I use Tung-Sols in V1 and V2. I
          Founder of the Rivera Lounge
          Member of the Jackson Nation

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