Family and amps

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Bjackcity, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. flyswatter

    flyswatter Friend of Leo's

    Jan 12, 2013
    Just get an amp with a headphone jack, probably modelling or solid state. Or get an Amplitube system and play through the computer. It's the only real solution.

    I bought a Fender Champion 20 and a good set of AudioTechnica headphones for this purpose. I used the "65 Deluxe" patch for a clean platform, then ran my regular pedalboard into the amp and it sounded fine.

    Even a 1W tube amp through a 6" speaker sounds "loud" to family trying to sleep in the next room.
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  2. Mr Ridesglide

    Mr Ridesglide Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Dec 11, 2009
    Bloomington, MN
    Not playing guitar with an amp can cause family problems too. One must get their fix of playing music. Solution is some sort of compromise. Dime the amp about once a week and then be quiet for the rest of the week. It'll work out just fine.
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  3. kingofdogs1950

    kingofdogs1950 Tele-Meister

    Sep 10, 2006
    Franklin, Texas
  4. Bjackcity

    Bjackcity TDPRI Member

    Feb 24, 2018
    Agree 100% the kids love when I play. They want to be involved ,however it makes bedtime tough cause they wanna stay up and still play. They are both still young under 5. Plus I need me time.
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  5. LuthRavin

    LuthRavin Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

    May 28, 2011
    Eugene, Oregon
    Enough with all this already...For years I just went thru my Didgitech processor with some headphones..these older ones can be had pretty cheap. I've used the same one recording in Nashville when everyone was going straight into the board except drums. only thing anyone will hear is your pick hitting the string..issue over!!
  6. gusfinley

    gusfinley Tele-Holic

    Jun 11, 2014
    SLC, UT
    When I lived in an apartment, the other guitarist in my bad would come over sometimes after work with his amp and guitar for what we called "Silent Practice."

    We'd turn our master volumes all the way down and use our line out or preamp out and run them into a mixing board. We added some vocal mics and sent the mix to headphones. The neighbors next door only heard us singing, which they didn't seem to mind. This worked great when we had parts to work out before a show.

    It might not sound great, but it gets the job done.
  7. gusfinley

    gusfinley Tele-Holic

    Jun 11, 2014
    SLC, UT
    My kids like it when I play, too. Often they will request songs for me to play. My youngest likes to play with the knobs on my amp- he's just two and 'amplifier' is part of his vocabulary.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
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  8. richey88

    richey88 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2009
    philly suburbs
    Sage advice. My Katana 100 sounds great on the nano-watt setting. I have the Kat mini for the living room....
  9. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 12, 2016
    Virginia Beach, Va
    This goes from 36 to 18 to 5 to 1. To silent for recording

  10. WineCaster

    WineCaster Tele-Holic

    Jul 12, 2012
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin
    Y’all are freaking me out. I have a Marshall Plexi 4x12 and a ‘68 Twin Reverb in my basement and my wife is pregnant with our first child. Am I gonna have to make the worlds biggest compromise?!
  11. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

    Jan 23, 2007
    Any amp can be turned down
    None of my amps sound bad turned down
    It's been many years since I lived in an apartment, so neighbors could be a problem, off course.
    Family should be used to hearing music from a different room in the house. Cant really see that being a problem, unless you crank it.
    When I'm at home, I usually just noodle unplugged
  12. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

    Nov 15, 2010
    The only time an (original-style) Champ or Princeton doesn't sound loud is when you're competing with a bassist and a drummer. Otherwise, you ain't getting "quiet" with those small amps (IME).

    My wife says I'm a half-watt all the time. I don't understand, maybe it's because I'm kinda quiet.
    She said it weird, almost sounds like she's saying, "Half-wit..."
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  13. fasteddie42

    fasteddie42 Tele-Meister

    Dec 10, 2016
    Tip of the Mitt
    Get a fender greta
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  14. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    You're not going to find a quiet tube amp. My quietest non-headphone solution is a Joyo American Sound pedal into a powered monitor speaker. It can get legitimately quiet and still reproduce a nice enough tone for me. But when the wife is sleeping, it's headphones or ampless (solid body only) for me.
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  15. bblumentritt

    bblumentritt Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

    Dec 3, 2012
    Austin, Texas
    I build tube amps and never gig without one, and I play them at home. Even a 1W amp can be too loud if you're trying not to disturb people.

    If I'm playing at night, not wanting to disturb other people, I use a DigiTech RP-150 and headphones. I may even plug it in to my PC.
  16. gusfinley

    gusfinley Tele-Holic

    Jun 11, 2014
    SLC, UT
    No. The biggest compromise would be to having to sell them. The next biggest to never play them. Those are both unnecessary.

    There are solutions to be able to turn your amps down: a volume pedal in the effects loop, attenuators, Master Volumes, etc.

    You can even gently acclimate the new little one to noise will sleeping. It also helps to have some music or white noise playing to mask the sounds coming from the basement.

    There are solutions. Some compromises may need to be made for a while, though.
  17. Bob Womack

    Bob Womack Tele-Holic

    Get a modeler. They are a specific solution for this very problem.

  18. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 11, 2006
    Near Athens GA USA
    They will gather dust since baby time and "Honey do's" will consume all of your free time.

    The solution? Join a band so that you can make extra money (yeah, right)
  19. Middleman

    Middleman Friend of Leo's

    Aug 29, 2007
    MV, CA

    I own 10 medium to large amps. This one gets the most use at home with some headphones.
  20. howardlo

    howardlo Tele-Meister

    Feb 16, 2011
    Hobart, IN
    These are the types of threads I just don't get. I play my electrics at a low enough level that I can still listen to the TV while playing and it sounds fine to me.

    I play upstairs in our story and a half house with the door closed and I doubt that my wife can even hear me playing while she watches TV just down the stairs in the living room. I'm sure my acoustics are louder than I ever play my electrics.
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