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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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Using a bass guitar on a guitar amplifier through a bass pre-amplifier?

@user36187 is right – a preamp will not change anything about the suitability of a guitar amp for amplifying bass. In fact, it would rather exacerbate the problems! Such preamps are designed to add a ...
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What's XLR output impedance?

The confusion comes from the fact that “line level” is a sort of signal standard and “XLR” a type of connector or cable that uses such connectors. So there is no “XLR” type of signal. XLR cables can ...
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VST difference between valve amp, preamp and tape saturation

A valve and a tube are the same thing -- "tube" was originally more common in American English, while "valve" was more common in England. A "vacuum tube" is any one of a number of types of electronic ...
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Could a microphone preamp with transformer sound differently from the transformer-less preamp?

sound different Yes. Mic preamps with transformers tend to color the sound more than their transformer-less counterparts. Mic preamps utilizing transformers tend to have: lower sensitivity higher ...
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Should I buy an amp or a monitor (PA system)

Based on the scenario you described and the way you plan to use your system, I would recommend a Powered Speaker/Monitor/Portable PA. This Harbinger Vari V2212 600W 12-Inch Two-Way Class D ...
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Chaining amplifiers together

Important note: You can't connect both amps to that cab without blowing something up. You need two cabinets. There are some cabinets that support bi-amping, which is using two amps with one cabinet. ...
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Mic, cable, pre-amp setup for acoustic guitar to perform with big band through mic and guitar amp?

Using a mic to amplify a guitar absolutely can make sense, but it also brings a hoard of problems that you don't really want to deal with in a live setup. I would strongly avoid plugging a microphone ...
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Sudden death of Fishman preamp on acoustic guitar

On a cheaper Fender guitar, it's incredibly unlikely that you have a TRS connection from the Fishman pickup. You're just going to have a standard 1/4" mono cable (TS - but rarely called that). Buy a ...
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Sudden death of Fishman preamp on acoustic guitar

Your sound engy is hacking the guitar's connection to the mixer. To what end, I can't say, but I can say that the change in cable is significant and is the primary reason for your woes. Acoustic-...
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No sound from bass guitar unless strings are hit very hard: dead preamplifier?

I would say your best guess is probably correct: dead preamp. Which is strange because a properly made solid-state preamp should easily work without flaw for many decades, but that doesn't mean they ...
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How to Connect Fender Champion 20 Amp to the Bluetooth Beats Studio 3 Headset

I'd suggest a wired set of headphones. Bluetooth has a delay/latency that you just wouldn't care about when listening to iTunes etc, but it will drive you mad playing guitar.
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Hum disappears on touching both strings and cable? What is the issue?

With an acoustic/electric guitar, you are usually dealing with a mostly standard acoustic bridge, where there is a piezo pickup mounted underneath the saddle where the strings run across. In an ...
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Mic Into Guitar Amp

Assuming the SM58 is low impedance - a lot are, then a transformer recommended by Todd will at least get the right signal going into an amp. with high impedance inputs. However, point 1. There is ...
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Replacement Preamp for Yamaha APX 8D

You will have to do some research. You will need to find out the part number for the pre-amp in the assembly. It is possible the pick up system is in the service manual for the instrument, but likely ...
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Amplifying a Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Keyboard

I would use an electric guitar amp for the electric, because it won't sound right otherwise. Then I would get a pickup for the classical guitar and a two channel keyboard amp or keyboard amp and a ...
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Sudden death of Fishman preamp on acoustic guitar

note: I've had to change my answer, thanks to a comment pointing out what's happening. TRS-XLR cables often don't work for connecting a guitar to a balanced circuit. The TS connector in the guitar ...
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Microphone levels come in low even when at max volume

If the signal is 5–10 dB below max in your DAQ it's good – you need that headroom for louder sounds. What is a problem that you need to crank the input gain to the maximum to get that. This results in ...
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Getting over lapping guitar sound

There's no real easy way to achieve this. The two are so close together that total separation is just not possible. Historically it comes down to two choices... Record each separately Live with it. ...
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Using a bass guitar on a guitar amplifier through a bass pre-amplifier?

The problem here is that connecting a bass to a guitar amp isn't just about the electrical impedance but also the acoustic properties of a speaker. For obvious reasons a bass generates much lower ...
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Home recording: Preamp or Dynamic Mic?

A microphone certainly needs a preamp, to provide phantom power and to amplify the signal. But the preamp in your mixer or in your audio interface is probably just fine. A recent test in Sound on ...
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Mic Into Guitar Amp

You want an XLR mic cable and also one of these: http://www.shure.com/americas/products/accessories/microphones/microphone-problem-solvers/a85f-line-matching-transformer Plug the mic into the cable, ...
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Modeling amp with FX Loop

Sounds like your assumption is correct, as putting the looper between guitar and (pre)amp will only let you record the dry guitar sounds. Routing it send/return will work, as it'll pick up the sound ...
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Shadow Nanoflex pickup not working anymore

This looks like a type of mini jack plug. The idea is that you unscrew the cover and push it back along the cable, revealing the soldered connection. However, you have left the cover attached to ...
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Live set-up for electric guitar without any amp

'connect my guitar to the PA system'. We don't know what type of PA system it is. It might be a real PA, or it could be a glorified home stereo. So we're going to have to make an assumption that it's ...
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Mic, cable, pre-amp setup for acoustic guitar to perform with big band through mic and guitar amp?

You are on the right track, but here are some additional things to look at: 1) Does the mic'd guitar through an amp setup make sense? A mic'd guitar through an amp probably won't give you the pure ...
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Are stereo speakers suitable substitutes for studio/rehearsal monitor? What amps/preapms are required?

Depending on what kind of music you wish to play and how loud you wish to play it, it may work just fine but you'll need to test it out in you're own situation. I've had acoustic jams at the house ...
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Are stereo speakers suitable substitutes for studio/rehearsal monitor? What amps/preapms are required?

You could replace the JVC with something similar and limp along. But I think you'd blow up the speakers pretty soon if used as recording monitors. And as a practice PA system - forget it! Sorry.
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How to set pre-amp to avoid noise?

Ignoring the hum, the hiss is most likely radio frequency interference. It's all around us, always, so this is probably due to bad shielding somewhere. Possibly in your guitar since there will be ...

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