Questions tagged [amplifiers]

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Big amp at min volume vs. little amp at high volume?

Tim's answer at Can playing an amp at minimum volumes (<1%) be harmful to it? states that playing a large amp quietly is safe, but that the sound quality is often disappointing. Is the poor sound ...
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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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How do you switch between clean and distortion on a virtual amp setup?

I'm new to virtual amp simulations and I was wondering how do you switch between a dirty and clean tone midway into recording a song as you don't have a footswitch or a pedal unlike through a normal ...
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Struggling with amp and speaker impedance

I've recently bought an old vintage Sovtek MIG 60 - it's beautiful and I'm really excited to play it more frequently. However, as much as I try with Google, I can't seem to get a straight answer ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Using a microphone through a guitar amplifier

I'm going to buy a Shure microphone SM58 type but I only have an old Peavey amplifier. The plugs are different. How should I do then to use my microphones, do I need a converter or to buy a new ...
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Is it better to turn volume regulators to mute for unused headphone amplifier channels?

I am using headphone amplifier ART Headamp 4. It has four output channels (could support four independent headsets at time) but we only need two. Each channel has separate volume regulator and ...
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Weird sound playing on an backing track in A

I have a hard time figuring out what is wrong with my playing when trying some impro stuff in blues. I am fairly new to playing guitar on a more serious level now. Just started with blues because I ...
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16 Ohm Bugera Tube Head into 8 ohm cab. Is it dangerous?

recently a technician of a guitar shop told me I will have a clear sound selecting 16 Ohm on the head and using a 8 Ohms cab. After little bit of researches, I decide to ask here. (because you guys ...
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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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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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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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What to use for Electric Upright Bass Amplification?

Lately, I've been fascinated by electric upright basses. It started with seeing one in a store, and now I've been looking at EUB's of all price ranges online. I realized, though, that I'm entirely ...
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How to properly connect my PC's external audio interface to my combo bass amp?

I want to modify my sound with VST before sending it to my amplifier. My audio interface is the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 and my amp is the Ampeg BA108. So it will look like this: Bass -> Audio ...
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What would I need to get percussive sounds out of my acoustic guitar?

I've been playing guitar for a while, but I don't have much experience with electronics or amplification. I have an acoustic electric guitar that I believe has an under saddle piezo pickup. I'm ...
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How can I play with an amp simulator through cubase?

I recently bought an Alesis iO2 Express recording.. thingy. It came with Cubase 5. I downloaded and installed some amp simulators into the software. Currently I can only figure out how to apply the ...
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How can I connect speakers to my POD 2.0 and get a good sound?

I like to practice at home with my electric guitar, but I have to keep the volume low, so I usually use headphones connected to my P.O.D. 2.0 guitar direct box. But sometimes I'd prefer to use ...
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Information about selling my guitars [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I assess the value of a guitar when I'm preparing to sell it? So I have three guitars that I want to sell. After this, I want to buy a pretty nice acoustic to start ...
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Problem connecting phone to PA/monitor

I recently bought Alesis Strike Amp 12 for my E-drums and I having a real hard time when I want to connect my phone to it - I have no idea what cable to use. Whenever I want to connect my phone using ...
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Tube amplifier buzzing

I'm having some issues with buzzing coming the amplifier. When I turn the amp on I get a buzzing noise from the speaker. I've found that it's related to the TV in the next room, when this is turned ...
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Help/Question about Microphone / Phantom power and audio interface

Just a quick short question, I have a USB audio interface (emu0202) which plugs into my pc but of course, the interface (emu0202) isn't 'Phantom Power' capable, So I wanted to know if it's possible ...
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Gibson skylark amp hum/buzz

I have a Gibson skylark amp that has a very loud hum even when nothing is plugged into it. Turn the volume to half and the speaker actually vibrates like crazy. A noise gate doesn’t do much for it. ...
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How to rewire my cabinet properly

You are the proud owner of 2 tube amps. One has mono outputs for 16 and 8 Ohms, and the other has mono outputs for 4 and 8 Ohms. You are also the proud owner of an Orange PPC212, which has 2 mono ...
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humming (noise) due to guitar or amplifier

so when i power on my line6 spider 30W amp without any inputs then even if I turn the master volume max there is no noise. but when i connect my guitar there is noise... but again if i turn my guitar ...
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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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amplifier storage highest temperature?

What is the highest temperature I can store an amplifier in without causing it damage. The room is dry but can reach temperatures of 40°C +.
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Guitar amp distorts after being cranked

I have a single channel combo amp. By turning the "volume" (preamp stage) up to about 5, I used to have a great clean tone with just a touch of distortion on the peaks. One night at a show, somebody ...
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How do I troubleshoot guitar speakers?

I have an old school (like 1970) Jarguar (yes with the "r") cabinet with Marshall Loudspeaker speakers. I cannot find any information about these speakers or the cabinet at all on the internet. I ...
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Bass guitar amplifier [duplicate]

I have a guitar amplifier at home and I am playing bass in a band. I am practicing at home and I wonder if I can use the guitar amplifier with the bass or will it damage the amp?
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Bolt 100 watt amp making a phaser noise

My Bolt amp is making this wierd noise. Sounds like a flanger or phaser when pushed hard with my OD pedals. I have never heard this noise before in any amp. Could it be the Phase Inverter tube? The ...
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What's most flexible for my use cases, Acoustic amp vs portable PA?

I'm torn between buying an acoustic amp or a portable PA system. My challenge is that I'd like the flexibility for certain uses: Would like to do karaoke nights with kids and/or adults in the ...
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Connecting multi effects pedal to a tube amp and modeling amp

I started playing the guitar again in the last month and i'm having some trouble with my gear. So, i have a modelling amp from pevey which also has some effects built in. I also have a line 6 POD ...
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How to connect XTONE Pro to guitar amp

I checked some XTONE Pro interface video online, and it seems people all connect it to speaker via audio interface. There is no successful example connecting it to guitar amp. I tried to connect its ...
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Using AXE-FX II multi-fx without bypassing Mesa Boogie's pre-amp

I recently bought the Fractal Instrument AXE FX II and the Mesa Boogie JP2C amp. Currently I plug my guitar into the AXE FX's front Instrument socket and connect its Output Unbalanced (L) to the ...
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75w Ampeg tube amp with 16 ohm output jacks

I have 2 15" Altec 421A 8 ohm speaker cabinets but would like to also use an 18" EV speaker also. The Ampeg amp has 2 16 ohm speaker output jacks. How would I hook them up or should I use the 2 8ohm ...
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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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How can I send an output to a PA from my combo practice amp?

This is long I play in a church choir . I have bough a combo practice amp (VOX PathFinder)to use as a monitor which is placed in front of me. I assumed i would give the output from the combo amp to ...
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Why does an open guitar cable buzz or hum?

If I have a guitar plugged into an amp and I remove the cable from the guitar I get a buzz or hum. Why is this? Shouldn't the amp be quiet since the circuit is open and supposedly "off"?
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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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Beginner Metal gear

I am a total guitar beginner trying to learn metal riffs and songs like Slipknot. I have a Squier Strat starter pack that has an SSS pickup config. Will it sound more metal if I get a different ...
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Strange issue with my amp head

I'm a relative noob. So please excuse me if my information is insufficient. Amp head: Peavey 6505 mini, Cab: Orange PPC 112, Guitar: Yamaha Pacifica 510v, I get almost no sound from this setup(1% ...
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Fender guitar preamp

My son wants an acoustic-electric guitar. The one he picked out has a preamp. I know absolutely nothing about guitars, so does he need a seperate amp if this one has a preamp?