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Why do guitarists put tape on their amplifiers?

If you look closely at the picture, you'll notice that pieces of tape are placed in very specific positions: one in the middle of speaker cone and the second one on the edge of speaker cone. ...
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My guitar has no sound when the gain knob is turned off. Do all amps need need a little gain to be able to output sound?

Gain is the input level control, it decides how hard the input signal hits the preamp. Guitar amps often exploit the effect of hitting it HARD, overdriving it into distortion. Volume controls how ...
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What is the difference between an amp and a head?

A head is simply the name for an amplifier without a speaker. Your friends won't have heads on top of amps, they'll have heads on top of speakers (with the head driving the speaker). The "basic guitar ...
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Why do I get electric shock from my guitar when I touch the floor?

Tim basically has answered your question but I think this deserves larger type: Your amp is trying to kill you!!! Stop using it and get it replaced or repaired This kind of problem is most common ...
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How to make ASIO work with multiple programs simultaneously : how can I listen to Guitar Rig plus something else through the same interface?

Important note This answer is now obsolete. FlexASIO seems to be the current solution. I think I know where is the issue. My Windows-fu is rusty, but here is what I found. Solution, in short Get ...
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Guitar - How to switch from clean to hi-gain

Around time stamp 0:46 he steps on a gain/distortion/fuzz pedal with his left foot. Watch his leg under his fretting hand. Then he plays single notes in the neck pickup with a higher gain sound than ...
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Theoretical difference between amp distortion and distortion from a pedal

As Todd Wilcox commented, there isn't a completely clear-cut classification, however the three categories of saturation-type effects are tube overdrive, fuzz, and transistor overdrive / distortion. ...
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Guitar - How to switch from clean to hi-gain

You can get (mostly) clean tones from a high-gain amp setting if you go into the amp with a very low-amplitude signal. To put it simply, the amp has a maximum signal level that it can handle cleanly; ...
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Will Playing a Guitar Through a Bass Set-Up Damage the Amplifier and/or Speaker?

No, it will not damage the speaker. The high tones of a guitar are simply not capable of damaging your bass amp. Even if the amp isn't really suitable for these high tones (and in many cases, they can ...
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Does a good amp have to be heavy?

There are mainly three factors to this: Powerful speakers need (or at least used to need) heavy magnets. Lightweight cabinets tend to be less “acoustically stable” than heavy ones. And ...
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What is the value of having tube amp in guitar power amp?

It's an oversimplification to claim that "the tone change is done in the preamp". It's the complete signal chain that results in the final sound, including the power amp and the speaker ...
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What is a power amp?

When you get an amplification system there are typically three main components: Preamp, Power Amp, and speakers. The Preamp receives the signal and allows modification to the signal, such as EQ or ...
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Can turning on an amplifier without a connected load (cab) cause damage?

It is true that a tube amp should not be operated without a load, i.e. without speakers (or a dummy load) connected. Solid state amps don't have that problem. The reason is that (almost) all tube amps ...
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Can I play a electric guitar through a bass amplifier?

Bass amps have been used by guitarists for many decades. In some instances, they work better for guitarists than other amps designed for guitars, especially the speakers. If you are going to use ...
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Difference between pre and post gain

Most guitar amps have two amplification stages: The pre-amp which takes the very low signal levels output by the guitar and amplifies them to a higher level, approximately like line-level. The power-...
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Is it okay to sit on guitar combo amplifier?

No, there is absolutely no risk. You may have seen such amplifiers being stacked on stage during festivals/concerts, and those burdens can get heavier than what you weigh. Just make sure you're not ...
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What is causing this weird distortion coming from my amp?

Basic troubleshooting demands isolation and substitution. You need to do some homework before anyone can render a meaningful answer. Here is your assignment: 1) substitute the guitar with another ...
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What is the difference between an amp and a head?

Another couple of reasons why someone would choose head/speaker over combo : a comparable combo usually weighs more than one or the other, so is harder to hump around (poor old roady).Heads go wrong ...
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Is it possible to plug one guitar into two amps?

I don't think it will work with just a split cable. One complication is ground loops, which cause hum. I'd recommend to use a stereo pedal, or a dedicated AB/Y pedal. You might still get hum, but ...
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How does one set up a guitar amplifier to produce a rock sound/feel?

Two basic philosophies. First is, set everything at 12 o'clock (halfway) and adjust everything up or down until it sounds right. Second is, dime everything (all the way) and back things down until ...
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How does one set up a guitar amplifier to produce a rock sound/feel?

One other thing that took me MANY years to realize. The best EQ and tone settings to please your ear in a room by yourself are going to be surprisingly different from the ideal tone when you play with ...
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Can you play two guitars through the same amp?

It is possible to mix the signal of two guitars before going in the amp. You can even plug two simultaneously into a single input with a simple Y-adaptor; you can mix the relative loudness with the ...
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Using a bass guitar on a guitar amplifier through a bass pre-amplifier?

The basic problem with a bass guitar in a guitar amp is that speaker and cabinet are not built for the low frequencies of the bass guitar. That means that at the low notes, the speaker will convert ...
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How to make ASIO work with multiple programs simultaneously : how can I listen to Guitar Rig plus something else through the same interface?

I found ASIO Link and it lets you listen to windows audio as well and send audio over the network. The price $39.95 AUD on Nov 10, 2016 so please ignore the price information in the below comment by ...
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Can I plug my amp directly into my audio interface?

If the output jack is labeled line out it means it can be plugged into any line-level input, as those found in audio interfaces, so you should be safe. If your interface is "pro" grade, it can have ...
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What is the nature of the signal between an electric guitar and an amplifier?

The signal between an electric guitar and a guitar amp is called a signal voltage. The voltage in the line oscillates in a manner analogous to the strings' vibrations, summed. The level of the voltage ...
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Bass effects through guitar amp

I haven't found any comments on this question online from someone who actually knows a lot about amplifier design. I also have not been able to find any horror stories such as "I did this once ...
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Why do guitar amps only use one type of speaker cone?

Hi fidelity reproduction of high frequencies is undesirable in electric guitar amplification. If you look at what actually comes out of a guitar amp, things get really messy around 5 - 6 kHz and then ...
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Why do metal guitarists boost crunch channels on high gain amps?

Overdrive pedals like the tube screamer have a boost to the mid frequencies. When you turn up the output of the O/D pedal in the amp, the middle frequencies get more distorted, while the bass and ...
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Should I use PA speakers for a full band all the time?

I went down a similar path to eventually starting a full band to accompany me on stage in paying gigs vs playing just for fun. My band has bass, two guitars, drums and vocal mics for all four ...
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