I JUST found out the significance of Amps :)

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  1. ReverendRevolver

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    Its important to have a guitar you like the feel of, as you'll play more naturally with it.

    But without a good amp, you're basically pointing a good remote at a broken tv.


    Pickups matter a bit, and speakers matter more potentially.

    The part where it stops being scientific at all comes in with adding it all together; certain amps sound better with certain speakers, certain amps sound better with single coils or humbuckers.......

    It's a wonder anyone has time to write songs. I think we find a sound that speaks to us and run with it.
     
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    Along the same lines, don't forget that the guitar has knobs too, and they're every bit as much a part of the instrument as the strings, frets, and pickups. The sound you hear in the room is the result of many influences along the entire signal chain. For the best result, you need to understand how all of them contribute and interact.
     
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    Well said Reverend, AMEN!

    If I could recoup all the time I spent chasing the "perfect" Telecaster sound (had I known about the importance of amps, I could have made EVERY ONE of the guitars sound the same in a mix), and if I could recoup all the time I spent chasing the "perfect" vocal mic (at the end of the day, by using different preamps and eq, regardless of the mic, I STILL sound like ME :) ), I could have written and recorded 75 more songs :) :) :) :) :)
     
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    Somewhat of a 50/50 Q and, therefore, answer...
    But in a blind test of, say, Clapton playing Crossroads with a SG and Marshall compared to a Strat and Deluxe, with a good sound Engineer at stadium volume .. No, my ears wouldn't discern a difference.
    In a room, say 50 sqm or more or.. at home, yeah... You'd know!
     
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    But would you say that in that 50 sqm room, it's the Marshall versus the Deluxe that contributes the MOST to the difference in sound?
     
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    PS

    Had Clapton used a SG and a Fender amp when he played Crossroads, would you have no longer liked the song? :)
     
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    Yes, I'd hear the difference of a Marshall sound to a Fender sound in a small room ; plus the singles v humbuckers would still be indiscernable for me at gigging volume even in a smaller space.
    The point is the more "air" that gets moved.... the bigger the sound.... the less our ears can isolate nuances within that sound!
     
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    Really would not have thought/cared less.... It was of 'that' moment :cool:
     
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    Then I guess we're saying the same thing 41144 :)

    It's the AMP that's moving the "air", not the gee-tar, so it's the amp contributes the most to the sound!
     
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    This amp was in the backline, when my band played Scotland's biggest and best outdoor festival, in '17 and '18. It's a '63.

    I can't remember what guitars were on the stage. :rolleyes:
     
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    I agree that the amp is a really big part of the sound and I think the same equation goes for amps;

    A good amp through a not so good speaker will sound, well, not so good. A mediocre amp through a nice speaker/cab can sound pretty good.

    Even the old Frontman 15R, that I rescued from a friend who was gonna throw it away, can sound pretty good on the clean channel through an Eminence 1028k at livingroom levels.
     
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    Ha!

    One of the guys in my band tells the drummer sometimes “that fill sounded just like shoes in a dryer.”
     
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    Home Forums > Amplifier Discussion Forums > Amp Central Station >
    I JUST found out the significance of Amps :)


    wait until you find out about Volts...
    man Ohm's law rocks..
     
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