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Two Guitars - One Amp?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by markw51, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. markw51

    markw51 Tele-Afflicted

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    Whats the best way to mix two guitars into one amp?
     
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    For playing simultaneously, or alternating between two guitars and keeping them both plugged in?
     
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    Simultaneously.
     
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    I would assume you could use something like this:

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Separate channels? Am I missing something?
     
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    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!)
     
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    I use a Radial Bigshot ABY
     
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    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?
     
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    Birdmankustomz Friend of Leo's

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    So it would work for impromptu drunk karaoke with guitar? :mrgreen:

    M
     
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    Haha :)

    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.
     
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    I would assume this is because A is 100% A, B is 100% B, and Y is 50% A and 50% B. Right?
     
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    Always wondered why these boxes are called A/B/Y and not A/B/C ? :confused:
     
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    "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...

    - Scott
     
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    This is what I always assumed it was for too, but it's possible we're wrong together.
     
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    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 .
     
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    That's why old Fender amps had two sets of inputs and two sets of controls.
     
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