I JUST found out the significance of Amps :)

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Digiplay, Jun 8, 2021 at 6:02 PM.

  1. adjason

    adjason Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    as has been said- I have no issues with mid level guitars like Mexican standards but I gotta have a fender tube amp
     
  2. telemnemonics

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    Amps for the win.
    Guitars need to mechanically interface with the player and pickups need to generally suit the players sonic needs, but the amp is the part of the signal chain hat makes the sound.
    All the other parts still need to be well chosen but assuming we aren’t discussing broken guitars, the amp is the most important part.
    Speakers too but I’m lumping them in with the amp since an amp needs speakers to function and they tend to be supplied together.
     
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  3. PastorJay

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    I have a Strat with Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups. It sounds like a Strat.

    I have a Made in Mexico Tele with whatever was stock in the mid-90s. But it's got a humbucker at the neck. It sounds like a Tele, except fatter when using the humbucker.

    I've got a Les Paul Special with P90s. It sounds like a pre humbucker era Les Paul.

    But they all sound different depending on what amp I'm playing them through.

    And different guitars sound better or worse through different amps.

    Jazz Chorus. Fender Champ. Vox, Fender mid-60s/70s, and Vintage Marshall style amps.

    The same guitar can sound very different through each of those. Yes, the amp can make a big difference.
     
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    I have owned a ton of amps, a ton of guitars, and a ton of pickups. It is my opinion that the amplifiers are the most significant element in your tone. Pickups are probably second. Everything else is a distant third.
     
  5. telekaster1999

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    Yes, for me anyway. You PLAY the guitar, but you HEAR the amp.
     
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    In my 57 years as a guitarist, my greatest musical conflicts have been with sound engineers and music directors who did not understand the fact that an amplifier is as much a musical instrument as a guitar. I have even witnessed them mock and laugh at guitarists, especially ones that use those obsolete tube amps.

    Talking to them is like trying to describe color to a blind person.
     
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    Yes, but even the best guitar will sound poor through a crummy amp. Lot's of players lay out $1-2k for an amp (I'm one).
     
  8. DougM

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    Did you learn arithmetic in school? You have a total of 160%. In case you aren't aware, you can't possibly go higher than 100%! That's like saying 1000 times infinity!
     
  9. DougM

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    People are too quick to assume, in this country that worships the almighty dollar, that expensive=good, and cheap=bad. But, that simply isn't necessarily true.
     
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    I care how a guitar PLAYS and I care how an amp SOUNDS.

    You’ll never make a guitar that feels bad sound good, and you’ll never make an amp that sounds bad . . . sound good.
     
  11. Tele-beeb

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    A great guitar will never sound good through a cheap amp.
    A cheap guitar can sometimes sound great through a great amp.
     
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    What @Tele-beeb said.

    Also, you'll play differently through different amps. If you plug into a Deluxe Reverb you'll likely play something different than if you plugged into a cranked Marshall.
     
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    Think about it this way. There is a big difference between your Lollars and something like a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails running into the same amp. But there’s a much bigger different between your Lollars running into the clean channel of a JC-120 and them running into the red channel of a Mesa Triple Rectifier.
     
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    35% guitar + 60% amp + 5% pedals + 100% the player themself= Tone.

    Yes, I know that’s 200%, but that’s how much I put into my playing.
     
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    After a lot of swapping, I've decided that a different guitar pick, new strings, or where I pluck the string makes more difference in the sound than different pickups do most times.

    The amp is a different story though.
     
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    Any amp isn't the right amp.

    Mediocre guitars can sound good through a good amp. Great guitars can sound like garbage through a garbage amp.
     
  18. wabashslim

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    One of the best tones I ever got was running my SX LP Jr copy ($110) into my Fender Champion 30 ($49 pawnshop). The neck pickup absolutely nailed the early Santana tone. Unfortunately the SX frets began raising out of the slots and the Champion's input jack cracked off of the pc board. Now that's cheap + cheap = great - for a short while.
     
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    Not necessarily. Ever heard of wireless guitar rigs? :)
     
  20. trev333

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    I think many of us can recall the moment you went from plugging into a frontman 15 to plugging into a twin with some volume......:eek::cool::D

    there's no going back from that point...:lol:
     
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