Questions tagged [amplifiers]

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Clean Amp + Distortion pedal vs Distortion from amp?

How does it compare using a distorting amp - say an Orange AD30 or similar - to a clean amp with separate distortion/overdrive/etc effects? I generally prefer an amp with a little "bite" to it but ...
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Can I use a sound reinforcement (PA) amp with guitar cabinets?

I have separate power- and pre- amplifiers, and frankly, I am getting a little annoyed at my current poweramp. My main complaint being that it is underpowered for my cabinet, and overpriced for ...
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Buying a guitar amplifier from another country

A while back (before stackexchange) I read that it's not recommended to buy an amplifier from a country with different electricity (110v 50hz vs 220 60hz) because the circuits will create a different ...
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Trying to get that tube sound from a gainclone amp

A Gainclone chip amp makes for a nice benchmark/monitor amp. How can I add controllable even order harmonic distortion to one?
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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?
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Loop pedal volume in effects loop not controlled by amp volume controls

I have an Orange Rocker 15 amplifier that has a buffered effects loop. I also have a TC Electronics Ditto looper pedal. When I have the looper pedal in the effects loop and have it playing the ...
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Fender rumble 25 amp pops loud

When my fender rumble 25 combo amp is turned on and I then plug my bass or my son's guitar into the input jack, there is a LOUD pop. Then everything sounds fine as I/him plays. Likewise when we ...
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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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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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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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Quality Loss when recording with amp simulators

I've been working and recording with the Line 6 Pod HD Desktop for a while. I noticed that the sound I'm monitoring directly over the output of the Pod, with studio monitors or headphones, sounds ...
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Changing amp tubes

I currently have a custom built amp which have 6V6 tubes. I think the sound is sooooo sweet that every time I plug in my Strat, my body starts to shiver :). However, recently, I bought an Ibanez JEM7V ...
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What equipment and setup do I need to be able to hear both my vocals and guitar through headphones while playing?

I'm moving into an apartment after playing acoustic guitar in a house for the past year and starting to learn to sing; I now have to be a little more quiet. I want to play an electric guitar and hear ...
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should I buy an amplifier or monitor PA for my electro acoustic guitar? [closed]

I have an Epiphone Masterbuilt, which has eSonic2™ preamp system, I was wondering if I should buy an amplifier or a monitor (PA system)... Thank you!
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Is my amplifier badly grounded?

Today I noticed that if I touch both the guitar strings (while connected to the amplifier) and the metallic radiator in my room, I can feel a current flowing (nothing too strong). Does this mean 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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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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Preamp Valve gone in 'hissing' amp?

Roughly 3 years ago, I purchased a VHT Special 6 Ultra (Combo) Valve Amp. It has recently been 'hissing' (not sure if this is the correct description), and this noise increases with higher wattage and ...
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how to use a headphone with a D.I. output?

I have a fishman loundbox mini amp but it doesn't have a headphones output and only has a mic level D.I. output. I'm happy with the amp but would like to monitor my singing and guitar. What should I ...
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How to get a super short guitar strap?

I have a roland microcube and I can't find a replacement for it's broken strap. I'm trying to find some kind of a short strap that would be suitable for use with this amp as on the image. Any idea? ...
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Tube screamer 808 with an ENGL Screamer 50W amp

As an Andy Timmon's huge fan I try to get my guitar tone to sound similar to his. In one of his videos I saw that he uses the Ibanez ts808 tube screamer pedal. I own an ENGL 50W screamer amp which ...
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How to set pre-amp to avoid noise?

I have got a Taylor 312ce 12-fret. Since I could not find any acoustic multi-effect processor which has no pre-amp integrated in it (which is also something I do not get), I now got a Trace Elliot ...
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USB sound card's microphone does not pick up anything from amplifier

So here's my setup right now. My electric guitar is connected to my amplifier using the standard 1/4" jack cord. The amplifier has a 1/4" headphone socket at the back, and I connected it to a USB ...
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Yamaha A-07 amplifier [closed]

Does anyone know why the Yamaha A-07 natural sound amplifier has 180watts written on the back but all the models being sold are quoting the watts as 30watts per channel. what is the wattage value so ...
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Multieffects pedals- Do companies pay royalties to original pedal makers? [closed]

When looking into the effects list of multi-effect pedals (ex: Boss Gt6, Zoom ms50g...), the manual clearly identifies the effects that the original pedals were modeled from. And recent multi-effect ...
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Extra speaker for combo amp?

Is it okay to hook up an additional 112 speaker directly to my 110 speaker combo amp? Will it damage the amplifier by adding an additional speaker? It's not wired for another output, no external ...
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Distortion effects pedal to amp

I have a blackstar ht-5r combo amp..... Would I get a clearer sound using the effects loop with my distortion effects pedal compared to plugging pedal into front amp input then using clean channel? ...
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Can you play an electric guitar trough a acoustic amp?

One of my guitar teachers is strictly classical. I know he owns an acoustic amp. Im thinking of buying one of those gretsch hollow-body guitars and lending it to him, will he be able to play it trough ...
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Speaker impedance: rewiring four 8 Ω speakers for use with 8 Ω amp output

OK, so I always experiment in my studio. Six amps, multiple speaker cabs, but I have a new question and need help. Most of my amps are 8 Ω output, but some have ext speaker jack in which they convert ...
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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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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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Effects of keeping an amplifier in the car

While it seems like it's probably best not to expose anything to extreme climates, will keeping a guitar/bass amplifier in a car for a day, in either hot or cold climates, have any short-term effects ...
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Question about guitar amp footswitch compatibility

I'm having the hardest time finding the correct footswitch for my amp. I have and old Peavy Studio Pro 112 combo (Red Stripe) and it has a remote switch jack in the back. I've found two that I think ...
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How do i get a Zacky Vengeance sound on my electric guitar?

How do I get Zacky Vengeance's sound on my SG Special electric guitar? The sound I would like to get is from Avenged Sevenfold's "Hail to the King".
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Can powered on amp die from changing equipment?

I recently got some pedals and was playing around with them the other night. I had them plugged into a 12-13 year old Fender Frontman 15 (small solid state combo amp). I decided I wanted to change the ...
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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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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 ...
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Cannot get rid of pedal / amp noise (Hiss) [duplicate]

I have a Marshall JVM 410H. I have the following pedals setup: For the front of the amp I have: Guitar > Compressor Sustainer > Chorus > AMP (input) In the effects loop I have: Isp decimator --> ...
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B string vibrating automatically

I use Fender cc60-sce semi-acoustc guitar and Vox mini 5 rhythm amplifier .The amp has 3 modes 0.1W,1.5W and 5W.When I switch to 1.5 W or 5W my guitar's B string starts vibrating rapidly and makes a ...
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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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difference in wattage descriptions

I saw this "RMS / Program" wattage description on a bass cabinet and it prompted several questions: Is it safe to run a 1000 watt bass head through a "500 watt RMS / 1000 program watts" cabinet? ...
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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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My amp sounds bad on overdrive channel at headphones

My combo amp overdrive channel sounds really fahrty on headphones nad low level on cabinet. Is something wrong with it? It is Crate Flexwave 15R (15W + 12 inch speaker) It hard to use it at home ...
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Making electric guitar sound like semi acoustic

I've recently bought an electric guitar and I'm wondering can I make my electric guitar sound like a semi acoustic one... What should my amp settings be. Any help is much appreciated :)
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Amplifying a Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Keyboard

If you played both a strictly acoustic classical guitar, an electric guitar (say a strat), and also a keyboard (I play an upright piano now, but I'll be getting a keyboard when I move), and you want ...
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Do I need an effects loop in a bass amp?

I understand how an amplifier effects loop works and why it’s useful. It’s a good place for modulation and timing effects. But is it essential? I primarily play electric bass in rock and blues styles....
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Bass guitar amp power socket issues

I have a rather unusual question. I have a Fender Affinity Jazz Bass starter kit and it comes with a 15W amp - "Rumble 15 Bass Combo Amp". I also have a cat in the house, and every time I don't cover ...
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Why does the Ampeg SVT4-pro and B4R require a special cable for mono-bridge mode?

These two amps require a special cable for use in mono-bridge mode. In an instructional video, you can see that the speakON connector is only using two wires. The manual for these amps says: Only ...
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How to wire 1 humbucker to a 6 position rotary switch without tone and volume pots?

Any help would be useful diagrams?
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Hendrix tone using a Marshall DSL and Fuzz Face

I'm playing a strat through a Jim Dunlop Fuzz Face (Band of Gypsys edition) into a Marshall DSL5C combo. I'm looking for a starting point for getting a Hendrix-y tone. Can anyone recommend some ...