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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by markw51, Mar 30, 2010.
Whats the best way to mix two guitars into one amp?
For playing simultaneously, or alternating between two guitars and keeping them both plugged in?
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I would assume you could use something like this:
Then again, I have a feeling the amp police will be all over this and tell me about overloading current etc. When I was a kid, I wired up everything from parts I had lying around and it worked and nothing burned down. Bottom line, I think this will work.
I have one of the Morley boxes but I use it in the reverse direction.....I play a Taylor T-5 through an elctric amp or an acoustic amp or both amps. (A/B/Y)
The Morley box is bulletproof no matter what direction you run the signal. Nice tool.
Separate channels? Am I missing something?
Yes, that box, or another like it, will do the trick. I use one with two different guitars at all of our rehearsals. (although not simultaneously - there's only one of me!)
I use a Radial Bigshot ABY
I have an A/B box at the front of my pedal board to switch between guitars. I can turn A on, B on, or leave both of them on or off, (it's not an A/B/Y switch). I've tried both guitars "on" and both signals are very, very weak.
I'm not sure that Morley box is doing anything different than what I had done. Right?
Hey, those are some pretty nice guitars... huh, wonder what amps for, interes-OH DEAR GOD!!! NOO!!!!!!!!!
(had to make a reference to that disqusting video that the title reminded me of...
I think that A-B box would be the best bet though.
The best way is to get another amp.
Seriously, any attempt to run 2 guitars simultaneously into 1 amp is going to be a compromise, somewhere. People have done it, for sure; I personally have done it. I personally have run an acoustic guitar and a vocal mic into a Fender tube guitar amp... it got me through the gig, and worked reasonably well.
But with any combination, you're definitely giving up the ability to optimize the guitar/amp sound.
So it would work for impromptu drunk karaoke with guitar? :mrgreen:
Anyway, yes, two amps are ideal of course, but I figured that wasn't an option otherwise the op wouldn't be asking a question here.
I would assume this is because A is 100% A, B is 100% B, and Y is 50% A and 50% B. Right?
Always wondered why these boxes are called A/B/Y and not A/B/C ?
"C" would imply a third input. I've always assumed the "Y" is symbolic of both signals meeting and going through, but I could be wrong...
This is what I always assumed it was for too, but it's possible we're wrong together.
Way back when we used to plug everything into anything .mikes ,bass,guitars etc ..Amps were a premium buy and hard to get and heavy to get on a bus , so anything went.Sometimes if a guy could barely play but had a decent amp ,he was in .
That's why old Fender amps had two sets of inputs and two sets of controls.