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Here's the deal: I have multiple guitars and a single one-input Line6 15WT amplifier. And now I have encountered the need to play two guitars with someone at the same time, with minimal equipment expenses.

I know buying a full-blown processor will solve my problem, but, afaik, that is the most expensive decision possible.

Could someone, perhaps, please suggest a more economic way of making this work without sacrificing too much sound quality?

Apologies if the question sounds ridiculous, I'm rather inexperienced with anything more complex than an amp and effects pedals.

Disambiguation: the guitars will need to play simultaneously.

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The simplest way to play two guitars through one amp at the same time is to get a cheap mixer. You can get two or four channel mixers for pennies.

Using effects, especially distortion and high gain overdrive, may give you some nasty sounds though.

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That sounds like the right answer. Thanks. I'm pretty darn sure A/B pedals won't work. And I'll probably want to test the mixer at the store so it doesn't sound too aweful. Cheers! –  Maxim Kumpan Oct 21 '13 at 20:54
In general, as long as the two signals are reasonably clean it will work fine. If you need distortion on each guitar, make sure your amp is not turned up too high. Although if you like harmonies using minor 3rds or 5ths you can get some nice interference. You need to be tight as a duet though. –  Dr Mayhem Oct 21 '13 at 21:10

Various A/B pedals are available. I use Behringers, which can switch either inputs or outputs.This may suit if you're swapping guitars, or for a more permanent set-up, buy a small mixer. Again, I use Behringer: their Xenyx series provides minimum 2 inputs, with eq., so you will be able to dial tone for each guitar separately. However, for about the same money or a little more, get yourself a pre-owned amp. similar to the one you use.

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So if we're going the pedals way, it's A OR B, not both? My only option is either a proc or a second\different amp? –  Maxim Kumpan Oct 21 '13 at 16:00
There's ABY pedals. I used a friend's Morley, but really only as A/B. My worry would be that you'll have headroom problems, but I've not played with this, so I don't know. –  VarLogRant Oct 21 '13 at 17:54
Your question is a little ambiguous, in that it could mean you need 2 guitars plugged in and playing simultaneously, OR, you needed 2 guitars plugged in, and would swap over between them.Either way, the A/B pedal will do it, I believe. –  Tim Oct 21 '13 at 18:40
@Tim, Sorry, thought that was kinda obvious. Simultaneously, of course. From what I've just found online, an A/B can only do either or, not both. Unless you know of a model that can? –  Maxim Kumpan Oct 21 '13 at 20:49
An a/b usually won't work to play both at the same time, unless they have very similar signal levels and tones –  Dr Mayhem Oct 21 '13 at 21:10

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