Questions tagged [amplifiers]

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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?
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How can I connect an external cabinet to use it at the same time as a combo amp's built in speaker?

I have combo amp with a 12 inch speaker that runs at 8 Ohms. I have a 1x12 cabinet that runs at 16 Ohms. I would like to use the combo amp speaker and the cabinet at the same time. The combo amp has ...
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Potential Tube Amp Issue

So, I cocked up today. I recently moved house and dragged out my amp head and cab today, hooked everything up and was jamming away to check it all still worked fine. Sounded a little odd, but I put ...
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THR10X recording volume very low

I have been trying to recording some guitar licks with the Yamaha THR10X amp in Logic Pro X. It seems to work ok, except that the volume is quite low compared to an audio interface (scarlett 2i4 in ...
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Is there a big benefit to running stereo?

I have a conference coming up and I am contemplating whether to run my guitar rig in stereo or not. Both my amplifiers will have microphones on them. My delay and reverb pedals have modulation, so if ...
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Recording with both a Multi-Effects Pedal and a Modelling Amplifier at the same time

I want to achieve a setup where I have a guitar plugged in to a multi-effects pedal (the Zoom G1XON to be precise) going to a modelling amp (the Marshall Code 25); I want to then use the modelling amp ...
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How to improve 1/4 plug connection on hybrid -XLR jacks

I got a Mackie SRM150 for stage monitoring but I'm having problems getting a good connection in the hybrid-XLR jacks on the front with a 1/4 inch jack guitar cable. Even when it feels like it's firmly ...
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Set Line6 AMPLIFi so that there is minimal ringing or feedback after strumming?

I've been playing for about 18 months, and taking lessons the whole time. In the last 3 months, my Line6 amp has been ringing after playing. I use the Rock Clean setting tone on the amp. It could be ...
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How to monitor trumpet right?

I play trumpet in a band with: drummer, bass, guitar and vocals. Drums are loud enough, and everything else is amplified. Usually I play without amplification, because places are small enough, so ...
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Killed an amp through audio interface in the effect loop?

I was just using someone else's guitar and it stopped working. I'm not sure if something I did damaged it It was some kind of tube amp. The signal was: guitar -> amp -> amp effect send -> input on ...
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Incorporate guitar amp in my bass rig?

I have a Hartke 30w bass amplifier with preamp-out and speaker-in jacks. It has a decent tone and plenty of bottom and head-room for the space (small theatre). But I also have a new Vox vt20x (20w) ...
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Peavey Vypyr 2 (40W) and sanpera 1

I have purchased a Sanpera 1 pedal unit and have been given a Peavey VYPYR 2 amp to use with it. I don't need all the sounds that the VYPYR produces, as having started playing in the 1950's and not ...
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Monitor setup for electric guitar practice - How to match Home vs. Stage?

For my electric guitar, I use a digital effects pedal (Zoom G3) and want to use no [traditional] amp for both home practice and stage playing. However, my tones tend to sound a lot different on stage ...
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Noisy lvad heart pump transferred to amp

I have a problem with noise from my heart pump somehow bleeding into my guitar amp. Has any other musician experienced the same or similar, and found a solution?
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Why do guitarists put tape on their amplifiers?

I've never truly understood why so many guitarists put tape on their amplifiers. I have seen many YouTube videos where, before recording and placing a microphone towards their amp, they will put tape ...
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Control 2 identical amps with single footswitch

I've just ordered two Fender 2x12 combos that use this footswitch: Fender 2 button footswitch I'd like to control both amps with the one footswitch - should this be possible by simply splitting the ...
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Amplifier settings for Epiphone Standard Pro Top

Hello Ive been struggling with my amp settings for quite a bit now. My amp happens to be a Roland cube 40 and I'm still intermediate at playing so I still don't have a processor or any other effect ...
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How to set a good rock tone with a basic amp

I'm new to playing the electric guitar and how amps work. But my amp is very basic and only has voices (warm, crunchy, OO 1, etc..) gain, volume, and equalizer. It also had effects labeled "Rev", "DLY"...
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Ohm ratings for guitar amp / extension cab

I have a guitar amp that recommends the following for connecting to an external cabinet: Only use extension cabinets with an impedance of 8 Ohms or more (e.g. 16 Ohms). NEVER use a lower impedance (e....
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Guitar amp fender 15B

How do I get distortion on my fender 15B amp if it doesn't have a distortion switch or a button? I have tried using existing knobs but just cant get the rock sound I'm after.
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Unwanted noise from Guitar Amp (Epiphone standard ii & vox ii modeling amp)

I have a Epiphone les paul Standard ii (slash edition) guitar and Vox ii modeling guitar amplifier. When i connect it to power supply (position of various knobs: -volume knob-50%(in the mid position), ...
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Why are my notes sounding so distinct and separate when I'm trying to play the Godfather theme on guitar?

I have a Stratocaster and I'm playing the Godfather theme by Slash on it. I hit the notes right and I'm doing all the slides and vibratos. However, you know how the entire theme just flows when slash ...
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Practice with amp sims

A while back when I was dorming in college, I remember having to do most of my practicing through my laptop and freeware amp sims because amplifiers were banned from the dorms. The latency on my ...
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record a feedback on amp via headphone (output) jack

If I have an amp(Vox AC30 for example) and an output jack in the back of the Amplifier, can I connect this jack to a sound card or a mixer and record everything that go out from the amp (feedback too?)...
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Hum from amp when strings left open

I've started playing bass using an old one my father owned. It has not been serviced for ages as far as I know. I've plugged it in to a new Vox Pathfinder practice amp with a new cable. I notice that ...
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What is the difference between parallel and series effects loop

What is the difference between parallel and serial effects loop in guitar amplifier? When which one is better?
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How to get good distortion sound with SS amp on clean channel with pedals

My amp has quite good sounding overdrive channel but I cannot use it because of other effects(especially ditto looper). It does not have effects loop. I've tried two things so far: digital amp ...
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My guitar amp is buzzing

My Fender champion 20 guitar amp is constantly buzzing every time I plug in my Fender Squire Stratocaster. My whole setup is very new and very basic; I haven't got any batteries or pedals. ...
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Hack to improve amPlug2's battery life

The amPlug 2 works great with my electric guitar, but batteries last only about 14 hours, which is just over a week of normal practice. I would try rechargeable batteries but I was wondering: has ...
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Clicking sound when switching chords

Here is a demo: https://goo.gl/photos/SmJaUU3LUCvU6Mx66 Amplifier: Roland blues cube artist Guitar: Fender American deluxe plus, with N3 noiseless pickups As you can hear there is a clicking/...
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Why do metal guitarists boost crunch channels on high gain amps?

It seems to me to be the most often recommended method to get a "proper metal tone". Why is that? Why pay so much for a monster and then use the crunch channel and a tubescreamer?
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Is it possible to connect a 65 twin reverb reissue to an audio interface?

I am planning to get a Fender 65 twin reverb reissue, and I am wondering if it's possible to connect it to an audio interface, a Focusrite 2i4, for example?
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Can an amplifier with only one output be wired in parallel?

I have a Peavey ValveKing 20MH amp which has a single output jack for connecting it to a cabinet. I'm exploring my options for cabinets and am trying to understand if I can consider running cabinets ...
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How can I prevent clipping when using a microphone with a tube amp into a PA?

This weekend I played electric guitar through a 25 watt tube amp through a PA system. This was the setup (telecaster > tube amp > microphone > PA). The sound guys asked me to turn my tube amp down to ...
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Why does my amp sound better when I am not standing directly in front of it?

I recently got a JCM800 2203x amplifier and the thing is killer. I'm one of the lucky people who has a practice space where they can crank it to 10 and hear that beautiful power tube distortion! The ...
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Can I use Keyboard amps for live monitoring?

I just noticed that my keyboard amp (Roland KC-550) includes an XLR input. Is it possible (or recommended) to input aux sends from the mixer through the keyboard. The KC-550 has 4 input channels and I ...
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Can you play two guitars through the same amp?

I'm starting teaching guitar more seriously now and was wondering if there was some sort of setup you could do where you can play two guitars through the same amp. I want to play along with my ...
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Guitar Amp head or separate preamp and power amp? [closed]

I have seen metal musicians use amp heads or separate preamp and power amp. Which is better and why? Thank you.
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Guitar amp FX loop noise

I recently got a Marshal JCM800 2203 reissue and it sound unbelievable! But I seem to be having issues with the FX loop. When the FX loop is on the -10db setting (which is recommended for floor ...
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Amplification issues

My V50 Crate amp has developed a problem...the clean channel has stopped working and the OD channel is not sounding quite as it should. I have noticed that one of the 6L6GC valves has a small piece ...
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Setup for multiple sources

Say I have the following sources: Electric guitar (Fender Deluxe '72) through guitar head (HoTone Nano) Keyboard (Korg SV1) Laptop through bluetooth (Belkin receiver), playing all sorts of poor ...