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Switching Guitars - Best Approach for Adjusting for Hot Pickups

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Hi All,

 

I just got a Variax last week and I have been testing it with my existing presets, the magnetic pickups

are much hotter than what I have been using (a mid-80s Squier).

 

I tried adjusting the guitar-in-z and i reduced the volume by a bit but it still sounds much dirtier than

how I want my presets to sound.

 

This is all new to me - What is the best approach for adjusting presets for hotter pickups?

 

Thank you,

Andy

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Drive on the Helix amps is the control that on real counterparts can have other labels like gain, volume etc. Reducing it makes the sound less overdriven (=dirty) and usually brighter as well.

If your preset uses a Distortion block, reduce it's gain first and/or it's volume.

Also make sure that you didn't accidentally change Global Settings -> Ins/Outs -> Input Level. It should be set to Inst for magnetic pickups.

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Thank you for the help, I will try these suggestions ! :

 

-Andy

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I use a GAIN block in the first position on my Helix to manage this scenario. I prefer the control it provides over the input pad which is just a fixed decrease in level. 

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