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Spider Valve 112 Crunch Blue vs. Metal Blue Sound
by Elver1969 on 2013-03-13 09:54:55

Hi all,

Please note I am not an expert in this topic...  I have a Spider Valve 112 combo.  Although I am generally satisfied with the amp, I would like to get a sound with a gain and sustain between the Crunch and Metal blue.  For my style I would like more gain (distortion) in the crunch blue mode.  I like the way the sound cleans when I turn down the guitar volume.  At the other hand, I like the tone and gain of the metal blue mode but the sound does not clean enough when I turn down the guitar volume...

Before I invest in another amp, I have seen some discussions around improving the tone by changing tubes and the speaker.  Is this an option?  Any suggestion?  I have a EVH Wolfgang...

Thanks!



Re: Spider Valve 112 Crunch Blue vs. Metal Blue Sound
by napynap on 2013-03-14 20:15:46

Sometimes adding just a tiny amount of RED COMP Gain can do that, but may need to add a bit of CHAN VOL to even out with the rest of your tones. Try it.



Re: Spider Valve 112 Crunch Blue vs. Metal Blue Sound
by nprenger on 2013-03-16 05:10:22

If you can live with a little bit more noise, try turning the noise gate off on Metal Blue. That should improve the amp's response to the guitar's volume control.

nprenger



Re: Spider Valve 112 Crunch Blue vs. Metal Blue Sound
by nprenger on 2013-03-16 05:15:28

Lower output pickups also clean up better than high-output pickups. You might try something closer to an original PAF on your Wolfgang.

nprenger



Re: Spider Valve 112 Crunch Blue vs. Metal Blue Sound
by Elver1969 on 2013-03-23 03:03:11

Thanks for the answers so far...  Not sure about the RED COMP option.  I don't think my amp has that feature. I am also considering a TS to give a bit more drive to the Crunch Blue.  Would that work?

Thanks again!



Re: Spider Valve 112 Crunch Blue vs. Metal Blue Sound
by esibanjack on 2013-03-25 13:46:37

Do you own the MKII, and if so, have you done the update to firmware version 2.0? There are some "stompbox" effects there that might do the trick, including one that mimics the Tube Screamer. If you poke around this site for literature and/or manuals you should be able to find something that details all the goodies you get in version 2.0.




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