Questions tagged [amplifiers]

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Are single coil pickups better at catching picking dynamics?

I've seen mention of dynamics on the Internet generally associated with single coil pickups, and it seems that people assume that those have more dynamics. However, there is an interesting forum ...
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Valve/Tube Amplifiers vs. Virtual/Profiling Amplifiers

Many of us have seen it, so many people these days seem to be making the switch from valve amplifiers to virtual amplifiers (profiling amplifiers such as Kemper or Axe FX) and it makes me wonder what ...
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Guitar Rig with Ltd EC-1000 sound like with $180 guitar

I'm playing on Guitar Rig 5. Until now, i used to play on a $180 Cort X1. Now i bought the LTD EC-1000. My problems is that I can't hear any improvement in sound. It sounds literally the same with ...
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Should I buy an amp or a monitor (PA system)

First of all, I am not very expert in this section. I mostly play acoustic guitar as a hobby. I am not a professional musician sometimes play in front of small audience. I have an electric guitar and ...
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Mesa Roadster turned on withoug a Cabinet

I bought a Mesa Roadster Head. I am waiting on my Cab to arrive. I was unaware that it could damage the head if I turned it on without a cab hooked up to it. I had it on for about two mins or so and ...
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Yet another acoustic amp question

Can I safely and effectively use my small Vox MINI5RCL Battery Powered Amplifier, Classic, 5W, 1 x 6.5" for an acoustic-electric guitar or should I really buy like the Yamaha desk acoustic amp? I've ...
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Matching of the impedance for the effect pedals

I have a Vox AC4 amplifier which lack of FX loop. Hence, it is possible to add the effects only in front of the amplifier. The chain would be: Guitar --> looper --> Reverb --> Amp Because the looper ...
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Using the bar's hifi system for performance

I have a mixer of my own that has small preamps build in for the guitar and mics. I'm trying to understand what additional playback equipment would be needed to play in a bar that can usually play ...
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How can I connect a 3.5mm audio out to a guitar amp?

I want to connect this pocket synth to my fender guitar amp so that I can play the synth and have the sound come out of the amp, and use the amp's distortion and settings. Is it as simple as plugging ...
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Buzz appears from time to time in amp with no input

I bought an electric guitar and a second-hand Fender Frontman amp one month ago. Sometimes, I had some hum issues. Loud hum would appear and build through time, especially when the guitar is plugged ...
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Difference between chassis and cabinet

What's the difference between chassis and a cabinet for a guitar amp? Are there any concrete definitions?
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electric guitar gear: amp or interface? [closed]

For practicing at home, should I buy an audio interface (focusrite 2i2) with a headphone or should I buy a cheap amplifier like the roland micro cube gx? Can the 2i2 model handle the electric guitar ...
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How to add loop effect on Peavey Classic 50 early model?

Apparently Peavey used to sell an effect loop kit for those early model of the Peavey Classic 50, but no longer does. Any chance someone has the instructions and the part list? On Peavey forum - ...
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Help! Amp connection Question

Music Stack Exchange! I have a mini amp head, and I'd like to connect it to a speaker cabinet. However, I have two cabinets; one(Hotone) is too small, and one(Marshall) is too large. Can I connect my ...
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Amp modeling on multi fx pedal through an amp

I wasn't really sure where to ask this question but this seemed as good as place as any so hopefully someone will be able to help. I'm not majorly knowledgeable when it comes to gear so I apologize in ...
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Should I use real pedal for making the best sound or using virtual amplifier is enough?

I am currently deciding whether I should buy a real pedal for overdrive/distortion or just stay with virtual pedals in my Guitar Rig 5. What are the pros and cons of using one or the other?
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Im a music performer and I need my amp louder!

Have a Blue Beetle 15 watt combo amp with a DI but no external speaker options. Looking at getting a Bell and Howell extension speaker. Is it possible to modify the DI to a 1/4 jack or would one just ...
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AUX Output is audible on main mix

My band uses a very simple in-ear-monitoring set-up in the practice room where we are taking advantage of the 4 AUX channels on the huge audio mixer there. We do use cheap headphone amps which cannot ...
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Avoiding small, beginner amp problems

I just started playing around with a Fender Frontman 10 W amplifier and I find it hard to use consistently. First, the biggest annoyance is the constant hum and static. I've read that the static ...
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Maximising volume increases brightness

Why does maximising the volume on a Fender Mustang Amp increase the perceived brightness?
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Carpet under guitar amp or on floor

I've seen a lot of carpets in studio and live sessions. Sometimes there are on the floor and sometimes directly under guitar amp. What's their purpose?
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Combining Boss ME25 with an Amp [closed]

I play normally Heavy Metal, Progressive and Blues. I am pretty satisfied with distortion and lead/solo sounds I got using the Equalizer settings on my Boss ME25 Unit but, as far as clean sounds are ...
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substituting combo amp for speaker

I am thinking of buying a Fender Super Champ amp, but it's only 15 watts. This is fine when I am micing the amp but may not be enough power for a larger venue unmiced. I figure I could always plug ...
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Effects processor in FX loop always?

I recently got a Boss GT-1 Guitar effects processor and my question is should I use it in the FX loop or is in the front of an amp fine. My other question is if my effects processor also has an amp ...
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What is a buffered effects loop in a guitar amp?

I've just purchased an Orange Rocker 15 combo valve guitar amp and one of its features is a valve driven effects loop also referred to as a buffered effects loop. What does this actually mean? I'...
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Looper routing ideas?

I need a little help with routing lines and looper I need to get this setup: the input (it's a hurdygurdy put doesn't matter) goes via a on/off pedal to the looper and then to the loop monitor (a ...
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my Fender Super Champ X2 makes a whooshing sound, will new tubes fix this?

I have a Fender Super Champ X2, a couple years old (bought it used). When I first turn it on, it makes a noticeable, but not deal-breaking, swirling/whooshing noise for five or ten minutes until it's ...
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Compact bodyless guitar for travelling [closed]

We are going on multi-week road-trip in a little car. We literally have very little space for anything extra. However, we still would like to have a guitar with us. Is there any standard non-pricey ...
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Choosing speaker resistance and power handling for a 1W amp head

My objective is to create the classic rock distorted tone/sound for my electric guitar all while maintaining relatively low levels of volume, so I can practice at home. To that effect, I'm getting a ...
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Connecting a small mixing board to a combo amp to create more channels

I have a Schertler Jam 400. I would like to be able to run more lines with it. Is it possible to use an 8 channel mixer? I would then plug the vocals and instruments into the mixer then plug the ...
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How does enclosure affect sound of guitar cabinet?

I found comparison of cabinets that has same speaker and similar enclosure (closed back) but sound is very different. This question gives factors that affect the ...
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How should I wire multiple speakers for a live performance?

I hope this is not off topic, and comes under the category: "usage of specific music software or hardware". I am new to this community but have used other communities before. I am playing live at the ...
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Types of Amplifiers

What are the differences between guitar amplifiers used for blues, rock, or heavy metal genres? Are there any major distinctions between them or are they almost the same?
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What does wattage of amplifier corresponds to?

What does wattage of amplifier corresponds to? Does more wattage means more volume or high gain?
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Guitar Amplifier cause TV to flicker

I have an interesting problem. I have a Marshall MG30-DFX which is placed just behind my LCD TV (Samsung V32F390 if it matters). When I switch on or off my amp, the tv screen flickers. I was ...
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Smooth Distortion Sound

Can anyone help with a guitar distortion I'm trying to achieve. It's smooth yet powerful gain type distortion. Ths song is Bollywood song with rhythm guitar(Starting at 0.19 sec) which is playing in ...
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My guitar has a problem - no signal to the amp. How can I fix it?

I just started having this problem. I have 2 guitars (a BC Rich Warlock and a Squier Strat), and only one of them (Strat) is working on my amp. Like the title says, I know for a fact that the amp and ...
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Using a bass guitar on a guitar amplifier through a bass pre-amplifier?

I've read that plugging a bass guitar into a guitar amplifier is not advisable as it can fry the speaker. However, could a pre-amplifier solve this problem (adjusting output power and impedance). I'm ...
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Can i hook up 2 guitars to the droptune box and send individual signals to 2 different amps?

Can i hook up 2 guitars to the droptune box and send individual signals to 2 different amps? My bass player and fuitar player both have the digitec droptune box and i only play guitar on a few songs ...
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Is standby switch helping to extend tube life

I just watched a youtube video which is telling that standby switch only mutes an amp and has nothing to do witch amp tube life. It is not the thing I used to hear from tube amp users. What is the ...
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keeping tube amps in optimal condition

Over the holidays I acquired my first tube amplifier, a VOX VT20X. I'm not really sure whats required to keep a tube amp sounding its best for as long as possible or if they even require special ...
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What makes different tube amp heads different?

I want to make my orange dual terror have that chimey/glassy sound that an VOX AC 30 has, i know amp heads have circuit boards and tubes, but my question is, what makes a tube amp sound different then ...
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Overdrive pedal in an acoustic amp

I have the Fender Acoustasonic 15 amp and I'm wondering whether I can plug in any overdrive/distortion pedal so that when I'm playing my Fender AmSTD it sounds decent.
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Are the effects on a guitar pedal/stompbox any better than an amplifier's overdrive?

I've been around guitars since I was young but I haven't really looked into them that much. I know that a Guitar Pedal can do more than just overdrive but is there any difference between the clarity ...
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Practice in looping via an electric violin

I'm going to buy a loop station (rc-300) and a cheap electric violin. I have an amplifier but what I don't know is, are all electric violins connectable on my amplifier?
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Can i plug my guitar combo to my audio interface, then monitor the sound?

My amp is marshall valvestate 100 (combo with 1 valve) and i would like to record the guitar with my audio interface, though without using mic. My idea is to plug the guitar to Marshall, than ...
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What is the characteristic reverb effect on Fender amps?

I hope I have this right but I'm fairly sure the classic Fender amps have some special reverb sound which is more 'aggressive' than a typical reverb. I've got a feeling it's called 'snap' or 'spring' ...
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Guitar Amp Producing White Noise when Cable is Plugged in?

I just bought a guitar amp (Blackstar ID Core 40W) and I'm trying to figure out if I should be concerned about some white noise being emitted while a cable is plugged in. When the amp is on and no ...
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Do vintage guitar amplifiers really sound better when run at lower voltages?

I got a Marshall JCM800 2203X about a year ago and on the back of the amp it has selectable input voltage settings for 110V, 220V and 230V. Since I live in the US, the voltage that comes out of the ...
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How to get the best signal through several amplifiers?

I have an audio source with internal amplifier. Should I max out its amplification, or keep it around middle, or as silent as possible, before feeding it to another amplifier?