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The best reggae amp settings
Let me start by saying that reggae amp settings, like everything that involves people’s opinion is very subjective. So please bare that in mind as you
explore these reggae guitar amp settings.
These reggae amp settings are just a platform which will allow you to get started setting up your amp to play
reggae music. The settings are done using a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (it’s the amp I use) but, will work for most
For rhythm guitar I normally use the clean channel on my amp. The reggae amp settings I use are shown below.
I really don’t go higher than this or the amp will start to drive. However, this reggae amp setting may not
affect amps like the Roland JC 120, Fender Twin Reverb or any other amp with a higher watt. So I leave it to your
One needs to be very careful with the drive and the bass reggae amp settings, as things can get muddy very
quickly. For rhythm guitar it’s especially important not to drive the amp too much unless you are trying to get a
I mostly leave it on 6 for reggae. This allows the sound to cut through the mix. This is very
important when using the chucking/chopping technique. See how to play reggae guitar
for more on this.
Yes I actually set the amp to zero for this reggae amp setting. Things become too muddy if I make the reggae amp
settings here any higher. I think these particular models of Fender amps can sound bass heavy at times. So feel
free to use your own settings here.
I rarely go pass this reggae amp setting unless I am trying to get a special effect. Otherwise too much depth
and space is created which produces an unnatural sound.
Some musicians don’t like to use presence as part of their reggae amp settings but, I love it. If its on your
amp its on there for a reason so use it. I find that it makes my sound more pristine and complete.
For a bit of crunch when strumming, I turn up the drive or use a pedal (sometimes the reggae amp settings I use
does not give the best sound, so I use a pedal). And besides you can’t always change your reggae amp settings on
the fly when playing.
A lead reggae amp setting can be achieved – if you are a purist, by turning the volume on your guitar to full
and turning up the drive to taste. Alternatively you could use a pedal. I use various models but mainly the
Digitech Bad Monkey or Black Star’s HT Dual.
These are the reggae amp settings I use and they have worked well for me. Lets us know what
reggae amp settings you use by leaving a comment below. Come back again and thanks for stopping by! For
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