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Tim basically has answered your question but I think this deserves larger type: Your amp is trying to kill you!!! Stop using it and get it replaced or repaired This kind of problem is most common in older amps that have tube output stages. A tube output design for a guitar amp almost always requires an output transformer. The way the transformer is wired, ...


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An effects loop takes the signal from the preamp and does something with it before the power amp. Without this connection port, you can't tap into that place without a soldering iron and sanity. If you're using a drive pedal for distortion, and the amp is set clean, you don't really need an effects loop if you don't want to. The processing can all go ...


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While your amp is in repair, get your house wiring checked. A working three-wire installation with a leak-current circuit breaker (which cuts the lines if the amount of current between the two live wires does not add up perfectly) will likely cut the power before you are getting fried. It's not a full guarantee against heart failure but will stop you from ...


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Adding to Todd's answer. Another problem that causes death to guitarists is a loose earth wire in the mains plug. Particularly on British type 3-pin plugs (an awful design!). Constant pulling on the flex causes the earth wire to come loose. No problem in itself, relatively. The amp still works. BUT when that earth wire flops about inside the plug, and ...


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No, there's nothing wrong with your amp. Only, remember that the tone of any guitar amp is shaped by all of its three main components: The preamp section, including the gain, tone controls and channel selectors (if any). This is usually the only section where you can tweak the sound, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the most important for the final ...


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Many bass amps have a DI output (XLR jack), which, unlike a line out, is actually intended for routing into a live mixing console. For bass amps which don't have this, it's actually often best to use an external DI, entirely before the amp. You also lose preamp sound shaping then, but whether the Pathfinder actually does anything useful to the sound there... ...


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If you are talking bass guitar only, I'd say that would work fine. An audio interface has outputs for both headphones and your computer (USB for example). So you can record and/or hear yourself play. For guitar (and possibly bass) you'll most likely want some effects (amp simulation, distortion, reverb, ...). In that case you'll either need to put a pedal ...


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A vocal microphone is actually 2 parts: microphone preamp You can think of the preamp like a 1-channel mixer. So if you are buying a brand new SM58 ($99) then also buy a small microphone preamp ($40) for it, like this one: ART Tube Mic Pre If that blows your budget, buy the mic preamp and then buy a $59 microphone instead of the SM58. That will give ...



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