Questions tagged [amplifiers]

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Valve and solid state guitar amp power comparisons?

is there a chart or general rule of thumb of how the different power levels for a valve amp compare to an equivalent volume solid state amp? for example, 5 watt valve amp similar volume to 20 watt ...
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Two electric guitars on one amp

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 ...
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Is it necessary to play a keyboard amp before buying

I have always stood by "try before you buy." However, my little brother believes he doesn't need to try out a keyboard amp before he buys it, because the EQ is much flatter. His claim is that the ...
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What is a power amp?

I'm fairly new to having a head amp. Can someone explain to me what the the power amp is? I'm confused.
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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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Can playing an amp at minimum volumes (<1%) be harmful to it?

I have Peavey Vypyr VIP 2. It's a solid-state 40w amplifier. I don't own any lower power amps, so I use it at my apartment for practicing. It does have a headphone output, but I wanted to know if ...
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1 of 4 power tubes went bad; buy a matching quartet or replace the one?

I have a Peavey Windsor running Ruby EL34B-STR's. One of the power tubes went bad. I can order another Ruby EL34BSTR and re-bias the amp (idk if it has a bias for each tube or not) and I assume it'...
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Where to apply my effects pedal?

I've got a marshall valvestate 2000 AVT150H. The amp has 4 channels. An acoustic simulator, clean, O.D.1 and O.D. 2; and built into the amp you can hit effects for the 4 channels, there are several ...
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How to connect a 16 ohm and an 8 ohm cabinet to the same amp head

I just brought home a Peavey JSX 4x12 cabinet and realized that it's 16 ohms while my other cabinet (Marshall 4x12) is 8 ohms. The JSX has two jacks in parallel for chaining while the Marshall has a ...
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How to make “plastic” sounding distorted guitar sound

I usually don't go for that kind of sound because I usually want my distortion to sound balanced and even (like cutting highs a lot and cutting boxy low end) but I'm interested in how can you achieve ...
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Acoustic guitar live set ups

With an acoustic guitar, is it appropriate (i.e is the sound quality retained) to run the guitar through a high end electric guitar amp? I'm considering buying an Orange Crush 120C amplifier for my ...
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Speaker clipping when bass guitar controls turned up, but not when amplifier controls turned up to same volume

I've noticed if I have my bass guitar's volume and bass EQ knobs turned all the way up, it sounds like the speaker is clipping. If I then turn the volume and bass down on the guitar while turning the ...
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Save money when buying a guitar / amp?

I want to buy an electric guitar and amp. I found that there is a good buying guide in this question. But in terms of budget, seems that there is not much discount / deal for musical instruments ...
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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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Is it safe to place a (potentially heavy) combo amp on top of a cab?

I've read this interesting question, and it made me wonder. The fact of tilting/raising the speakers is rather obvious to me, however there's one possibility I thought of. Typical big-stage setup ...
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Tracking down hum in several amplifiers in a home studio

In my home studio I have several amplifiers: Fender Blues Junior III (guitar combo, all tube) Gallien Krueger MB150E (bass combo, solid state) SWR Studio 220 (bass head, tube preamp) Alesis RA 300 (...
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acoustic guitar and full range speakers

I am playing a nylon string guitar along with a harmonic octave generator and effects unit. I switch from clean to effect-based melodies. The Marshall amp I am currently using is unable to handle the ...
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How should I connect my compressor effect to my amplifier?

Just bought an ENGL screamer 50W amplifier and the only thing I miss right now is a decent compressor for the clean channel. I also have a Zoom g9.2tt effects device and I was thinking of connecting ...
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Mic Into Guitar Amp

I am in a band and don’t have a massive budget. I am thinking of getting a Shure SM58 mic but do not have enough money to get a PA System for it. I am thinking of getting a cheap guitar amp and ...
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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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Amplifier settings for rock or blues?

How can I learn to dial in the sounds I want on my amp? I like blues and rock, and I like the sounds used by the bands Muse and Skillet, for example. My amp has two level knobs, a gain knob, a master ...
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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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Do I need an amp for my guitar if I have an audio interface?

I've been playing the bass for a few years now and want to start recording some of my songs. I've also just moved cities and am trying to save on space/money/number of belongings, so I'm a bit unsure ...
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What tonal differences are there between 1 x 12 and 2 x 12 cabinets?

What tonal differences can I expect between a 1 x 12 cabinet and 2 x 12 cabinet when using the same amp and same type of speaker? Does changing how the 2 x 12 cab is wired (series vs parallel) affect ...
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VHT Pitbull 50-CL foot pedal?

I'm the proud new owner of a used Pitbull 50-CL I got cheap at guitar center, but it didn't come with a footpedal. Now VHT is Freyette, I'm not sure where I could get one. Could I use something ...
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Is there an amp power formula?

I'm looking to buy a new amp for my keyboards, and I was wondering if there's a formula I can use to help me calculate some of the objective specs I should look for. Something along the lines of: I ...
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How long do guitar amps “last”?

Recently, a (supposed) 1967 Pro Reverb Blackface came on sale locally. I'm told that the speakers are "the original Utahs". Can this be right? How long do speakers in guitar amps last? ...
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What is the best setup for high gain and low noise for my amp and effects?

I have a JVM 410H - Using mainly the OD1 channel with Gain at 3 0'clock. I have two noise gates, an ISP Decimator and a Boss NS-2. I have these pedals: ISP Decimator Boss NS-2 Boss Chorus Phaser ...
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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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Can I use a Line6 Spider combo amp as a cabinet?

I just purchased a tube amp head (Peavey Windsor). I don't currently have the funds for a proper cabinet, so I was considering rewiring my Line6 Spider 212 combo amp to behave as a 2x12 cabinet. It ...
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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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Can you use any footswitch on any amplifier?

For example, if I have an amplifier that comes with a 4-button footswitch (2 cables for this footswitch), can I use just any footswitch in the store with 2 buttons (1 cable) and just plug 2 2-button ...
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What is meant when a guitar amplifier does or does not “take” guitar pedals?

I've been researching guitar amps to buy for a first-time electric guitar learner (me). Among the many types available, I've encountered a few described as "modeling" amplifiers, which appear to use ...
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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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Can I use my Roland Cube 15 guitar amplifier with a digital piano?

Can I use Roland Cube 15 guitar amplifier with my Yamaha P80 digital piano?
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If I connect audio interface line out to guitar amplifier guitar input, can it damage the audio interface?

Generally audio interface line out is connected to studio monitor speakers. Since i don't have any i was wondering i could use my Marshall 15 W guitar amp as speakers. If I connect audio interface ...
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Pushing a tube amp : better use the channel volume or master volume?

I just got my first tube amp (before I was exclusively playing on an amp simulator + a pair of monitor speakers), but it is really too loud for my home so I can't really push it to get that sweet ...
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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 much difference does the guitar make when recording with a modeler?

I am learning and experimenting with Maschine Mk2, a MIDI Keyboard, and Komplete 9 for my pursuit of making music, a very EDM/DAW approach. When I got Komplete, although it came with Guitar Rig 5 and ...
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Can someone explain to me how to get my guitar pickup to work on speakers?

I have a decent set of speakers for regular music from my iPod. Something like this one above Today I bought a pickup for my classical guitar that you basically tape it next to the bridge and its ...
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150w 8ohm speaker on 300w 4ohm channel - have I done my maths right?

I'm building a DIY frankenamp. It currently consists of a speaker cab with a 15 inch, 150w @ 8ohms celestion truvox red label, which is plugged into one channel of a Skytec pro600 stereo power amp. ...
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Mic, cable, pre-amp setup for acoustic guitar to perform with big band through mic and guitar amp?

I am playing rhythm guitar in a big band, which is a new project for me. The guys whose sound I like the most in this context are Freddie Green and Django Reinhardt. What they have in common is that ...
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Can you use a cable with a single wire for a mono jack cable?

I know that a mono jack has two poles: So I always assumed that the cables for a mono jack would have two wires. But recently I have been told that if I ever were to make my own cable, I should use a ...
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How to find a rock sound on a mini amplifier for my guitar?

So I recently got my first electric guitar with a mini amp: Rockburn ST Style, Spartan Music Portable Battery Mini Amp. So on the guitar there are two knobs which are simply labelled 'tone' and the ...
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Peavey XXX amp - weak / overly loud clean channel

Problem I own a Peavey triple X (XXX) amp. I like most of the amp, but its clean channel is just to clear and clean for me. I mainly play metal/rock and I need the clean sound warmer, compressed and ...
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Amp setting to have a longer lasting bend sound or sound ringing at all?

I have a Boss Katana 50 amp and am fairly new to equipment setup for e-guitars. As I am learning "Maggot Head" from Funkadelic I have a lot of slow bends that do not have a lot of density on my ...
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Could a good sound be had from small output amps?

I'm wondering if it is OK to instead of having your guitar go through a high wattage amp that fills the arena up by itself rather have a small tube amp set to full blast and then maybe set it up and ...
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Delay in sound when connecting electronic drumset to a soundbar

I recently got my Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit and it's awesome when I plug in my Audio Technica headphones. However, I have tried different Samsung, Sony and LG soundbars and I can sense a very very tiny ...
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I have a 6W valve guitar amp combo. It has a 8 ohm speaker out. What exactly happens if I connect to a 8 ohm cabinet?

I have a 6W valve guitar amp combo. It has a 8 ohm speaker out. What exactly happens if I connect to a 8 ohm cabinet? What will increase? Volume? Power of course will still be 6W, so what exactly is ...
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How to set up an amp for a metal sound?

I have a squire sp 10 for a beginner amp, and I was wondering if it was possible to set it up to have a metal sound? Or do I need a completely different amp?