12 O’clock

12 O’clock

Guitar amplifiers are very different. Each amp is unique. They all have a sonic fingerprint. Every amp has a sweet spot. The sweet spot refers to the settings it best amplifies your guitar. The sweet spot is the spot where your settings are performing at their best capacity relative to the guitar you are using. Depending on the guitar you use, you may have to change your amp settings to find the sweet spot for each individual guitar.


Les Paul style guitars have a thicker sound. It is rich in bass frequencies. The High end is a little more dull. Over all, a Les Paul Has a full dark sound. To start off, sett all your settings halfway or 12 o’clock. Play your guitar and listen carefully. Determine how the guitar sounds and work from there. !2 o’clock settings will always serve as a reference to find your sweet spot. You have to find the sweet spot. The sweet spot is where your guitar sounds the cleanest without any break up. If your guitar sounds muddy, turn down the lows. If you want your guitar to sound brighter, add some highs. At louder volumes your guitar will needs mids. Mids are the bass frequency of a guitar. Adding mids will add clarity to your guitar’s overall sound.


Fender guitars sound thinner in comparison to a Les Paul. They have less bass, but they are also brighter. As before, Set your amp controls to 12 o’clock. Play your guitar and listen to the sound. Determine what your guitar needs. If it is too bright, turn down the highs. If your guitar lacks bass, turn up the lows. Generally, Fenders have higher mid settings. Don’t be afraid to add mids back into your sound.


Hollow Body guitars are very special. The physical properties of the guitar itself will greatly affect the overall tone of your sound. Hollow bodies have a more “airy” sound, or hollow if you will. They lack presence. Try to add bass to your guitar. Hollow bodies are a little tricky to find the high sweet spot. Some hollow bodies require a lot of highs. There are others than need less highs. Play around with your guitar and find a balance between too bright and too dark. Since hollow bodies lack presence, mids will not do them any good. Try rolling off the mids.


There are other types of guitars. For the most part, set your settings at 12 o’clock and work from there. Once you find your sweet spot, add some reverb or effects to add life to your sound. The clarity of your overall sound will help you in any setting at any volume. There are no solid rules. Each guitar and amp will have different sweets spots. Try this experiment so you can see the difference for yourself. Set up one amp as your reference. Find the sweet spot for your main guitar. Then set it back to neutral and use a different guitar. You should see that the sweet spot for both guitars changes.

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Florentino Castellanos, or Tino for short, is the Founder of The Heart Of Worship Project. Florentino is a self taught musician since the age of 7. Florentino has been serving as a worship leader for over 5 years. Florentino graduated from Musicians Institute, Hollywood with a certificate in Audio Engineering. Florentino's dream is to build up Churches, Leaders and Creatives. Florentino is known for having an incredible amount of Faith in God.

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