1.  turn your amps gain down to 1..

2.  Make sue your amps effects are turned off.

3.  bring your bass, mid and treble knobs to a nutrual position, or to the half way point (on most amps this will be straight up or 12 0'clock).

At this setting your amp will be clean but not very impressive, but this is the starting point to setting up your amp for a sound you want.

4.  now begin to play around with your bass knob, looking for a setting that best suits you.

5.  Now play around with the mid knob until once again you get the sound dialed in that suits you.

6.  now play around with the treble knob until you dial that in to the sound you like.

7.  now turn your attention to the gain knob and make ajustments to it - if you need to you can turn down the volume a bit as you experiment with the gain.

8.  once you have your knobs set to their happy place, you can begin to do the same procedure to any other knobs on your amp, tackling one knob at a time.

9.  at this point you can begin to add effects and repeat the process to the effects knobs, one at a time, dialing in the sound you want.  

10.  Keep notes of your settings so later on you can quickly return back to a particular setting.  This way you can repeat the entire process, and dial in a different tone.  You can even give the tones you come up with names, like Trash Metal, classic rock, heavy blues.....



As it applys to Blues;
Your drive knob plays a big role in your Blues tone.  You can experiment between the drive knob and the volume knob to dial in a good blues tone.

As it applys to Heavy Metal;
You want to set the drive somewhere between low to mid level, experiment in this area to dial in a good metal sound for playing heavy metal riffs.

As it applys to rock and heavy metal solo's;
For sustain and good pinch harmonic's you want your drive knob fairly high.  

As it applys to Power Chords;
Generally speaking, you will want your drive knob set on the low end.


Your amp’s presence control boosts upper-mid and treble frequencies, giving your overall tone a more livelier sound.
As you increase your amount of presence and add more volume, the more you will notice the effect to your tone the presence knob plays.  Its when you push your amp into distortion that the presence knob makes the biggest difference.


The gain’s main intention is to create distortion, pure and simple.  Beginner guitar players with less experience will make the mistake of playing their guitar "all the time" with the gain vranked to max, which may sound great in a bedroom but not so great on a stage or in a recording studio.  A good area to shoot for is between a 1 to 7 setting, experiment to find what best suits your style of play. 


This setting adds punch to your tone.


Makes your notes brighter sounding.


Reverb adds natural sounding depth to your sound.  By adding just a little reverb will give your guitar a more natural sound, you should experiment with the reverb knob until you get the tone from it your looking for.