NWAD - Ampeg pf500

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NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by slowlearner » 11 Feb 2019, 20:23

Started a new job two weeks back. On Sunday I played with the evening band for the first time. The church has an Aggie 4x10 and a pf500 a past member donated. Looking for a few tips on getting the most out of the Ampeg. Anyone here had one of these?
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Re: NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by noplanb » 11 Feb 2019, 21:59

Yeh - I love the lots of low on them. I run it (or a B2-RE) flat just about all the time, low-ish volume, no pedal intervening. So maybe I'm not much help.... :rolleyes
B2-RE has same sound signature, but the EQ options are different.
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Re: NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by bom bom » 12 Feb 2019, 10:36

I use a 7Pro which is similar in the EQ layout.
My tip would be - dont engage the ultra low - and it'll be the same to use as any other amp.
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Re: NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by slowlearner » 12 Feb 2019, 14:37

bom bom wrote:
12 Feb 2019, 10:36
I use a 7Pro which is similar in the EQ layout.
My tip would be - dont engage the ultra low - and it'll be the same to use as any other amp.
Ok, that's interesting, coz I had ultra low engaged. What's the issue with ultra low?

Btw, I found the amp mid heavy.
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Re: NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by rodl2005 » 12 Feb 2019, 15:53

The ultra low is more a mid cut. In my opinion, it sucks all the punch out of ur tone when playing live.
Sounds good in the bedroom/ playing alone tho
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Re: NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by bom bom » 12 Feb 2019, 16:14

Ultra low is the bedroom tone - not for a live environment ( IME )

Try this :- ( hoping the Aggie is a 4 ohm cab to get the most of of the head ) :-

Set all knobs to 9 o'clock.
With frequency selector set at position 3.
And gain at 12 o'clock. Volume as required of course.

Play your open E string and with your other hand slowly bring up the bass to where you want it to sound.
Then play your open G sting and do the same thing with the Midrange knob.
Then play G string again and do the same thing.
This should give you the sound you want - let your ears adjust to this setting for a day or two.
NOTE - if you want a slightly smoother tone - try frequency knob at position #2.

I play with Labella flats tho - and bass is rarely past noon, midrange knob rarely goes past 10 o,clock and treble varies, but never goes past noon.

See how you go mate.
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Re: NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by bom bom » 12 Feb 2019, 16:16

Yep, totally agree with Rod the man about ultra-low
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Re: NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by bom bom » 12 Feb 2019, 17:04

Sorry slow learner,
I didn’t complete one line properly, should have read:-
Play G string again and do the same thing with the treble knob.
Hope all makes sense, cheers
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Re: NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by slowlearner » 12 Feb 2019, 18:40

Cheers, I'll try that. :)
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Re: NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by slowlearner » 14 Apr 2019, 15:55

Another question. I tried to dial in some distortion this morning at church. I wound the gain up along way. The red light told me I hitting the 'peak' almost constantly. Is this a bad thing? The sound was fatter, but I was worried I was going to damage the amp. Thoughts?
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Re: NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by noplanb » 14 Apr 2019, 22:22

Lots here about folk getting best sound with peak light driven:
https://www.talkbass.com/threads/ampeg- ... 565/page-9
Not much about possible damage - I'd guess that the input circuit would run hotter, but should be designed to easily dissipate since it is not a power stage? Ie, power stages will invoke the fan (more) if overheating.
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Re: NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by bom bom » 09 May 2019, 14:37

Hi SlowLearner

Not sure if you're still using the Ampeg PF500 - but should mention another option setting you mite thing is sweet.
Mid Selector on position 1. ( 220 hz )
Midrange knob at 3 o'clock or slightly more ( IMPORTANT )
Bass and treble knobs start at 12'oclock
Ultra buttons - OFF
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This setting gives a more trad. bass amp sound - slighty more bassy - sorta less punch and bark - but no loud guitars are gonna get in your sonic space here haha - its got a real rich and defined Low Mid tone.
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This setting I should mention allows you to dial in heaps of treble without it ever getting tinnie or harsh or affecting the richness of the note - gives notes a real sparkle.
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I should also mention I use LaBella Flatwounds tho - so Roundwounds mite need slight adjustments - maybe less treble, more bass - dunno.
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Re: NWAD - Ampeg pf500

Post by slowlearner » 09 May 2019, 23:36

I'll try that out. ☺
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