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Did you not get the 10 Commandments with your new guitar, starting with 'Thou shalt spend inordinate amounts of time, effort and money etc ? Seriously, the search for the Holy Grail is what spurs most guitarists to spend. It's usually a special sound that exists in the guitarist's head and in reality in the fingers of his favourite player. If my wife needs ...


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You actually need a "Preamp" with a line-out port and any mic preamp will do the job. A guitar pickup is a passive device that is to weak to create a line level signal, so it needs to be amplified to the line level for your speaker. Most probably your speakers have only a "Line-in" port. Line level is ok, but with preamps you may reach higher levels ...


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Well, first of all don't expect your 10w amp will sound like the Marshall stacks you hear on rock records. Usually those beginner amps are pretty bare bones and sound passable when you are just starting out but you will eventually upgrade to a better amp with more tonal options. For the time being, start experimenting with the knobs and see how each one ...


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This depends on what you are satisfied with. If you are satisfied with the sound that the amp gives you, you don't need to change anything. You can play with that sound. Many people don't like the default sound, so they try to find some other sound. I, personally, think that it won't harm you to try to find some sound you like most. As a ...


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The instrument "electric guitar" does not end at the cable. A significant part of its sound and appeal comes afterwards, and there are a significant number of ways to play with that and combine and change stuff without endangering your instrument. Except, of course, for blowing an amp/tweeter/whatever. And most of the ways in which you can play in the ...


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Don't. "Impedance" means that for any sinoid voltage applied to the terminals, the effective current will not exceed the one derived by Ohm's law. But it does not make any claim that the impedance will be constant over frequency, or that the phase of the current will be the same as that of the voltage. Amplifier standardize on the output voltage: how much ...


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First of all, if you have a choice (and why wouldn't you?), avoid an impedance mismatch. So my advice would be to get one more speaker, either 4 or 8 Ohms to get an impedance which you can match. Then you don't need to worry, and if your amp ever dies on you, you won't have that nagging feeling that you should have known better ... Having said that, and if ...


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I've been going through the manual and the different settings of the Pod HD and I found out that you can change the output setting, depending on how you use it. My Pod was set on "Combo Front", which is good for amps but not really for direct recording. Changing the output mode to "Studio Direct" improved the sound quality significantly, which solves my ...


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To answer one of the sub-questions: The way you'd do it with an AD30, or other 2-channel amp, is to set one of the channels as distorted, the other as clean and then use the foot switch to toggle between them. One of the aspects that you have to finesse in this approach is achieving the desired relative overall volume between the two channels while ...


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Short answer: No. Long answer: If you want to. As an example, take the popular British R&B guitarist Wilco Johnson. He has a guitar, a lead and a combo amp, and that's all he uses. Of course he tweaks his tone and his gain, but mostly the sound comes from his fingers. For other acts, virtuoso playing isn't their speciality -- coaxing interesting ...


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I believe the key lies in "good enough", something other answers are also touching on. Get a sound that you are comfortable with and use that. Experiment with new stuff if you like from time to time. The trap many people seem to fall into is trying to achieve the dream sound, which might not exist. Perfect is certainly the enemy of good in these cases, as ...


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Firstly, a pedal is nothing more than a preamplifier. A guitar amplifier also has a preamplifier. Both can produce distortion, and, at low volumes, this distortion is amplified more or less cleanly by the amplifier's power amp. The difference is that the pedal doesn't have the same tone as the pre-amp in the guitar amp. Furthermore, most pedals are simply ...


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a lot of amps have two channels where you can set one for rhythm, and the other for lead, with a foot switch to flip between the two. It looks like the AD30 has that setup ? How you set the channels is up to you, of course. However there are other factors. Let's say you have your rhythm amp sound as clean with a little bit of 'crunch', and your lead sound ...


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It's possible that the headphone output is voiced to sound that way. If you're recording, try just adjusting your sound based on that instead! You should be able to monitor the sound when your track is armed for recording, so use that get the best sound possible before laying the track down! If you're using a software amp sim in the DAW, then remember you ...



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