Independent Channel Amps - 2 Channels for 2 Guitars

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  1. nrand

    nrand Friend of Leo's

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    I am looking for suggestions for an amp that I can share with my son who is learning in our practice room at home, something we can both play through at the same time.
    The Twin Reverb and the Roland JC120 do come to mind though I wonder if there are other options, amps that take pedals well.

    My other half, his mother, is a gear widow so now that there are 2 of us in the house buying an amp to be shared would soften the news a little.
     
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    Yamaha THR100 HD has two entirely independent amps in the same head. I have one and use it as two amps for one guitar to blend cleaner and dirtier signals but that would work. It’s a modeller amp. Tones are excellent.
     
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    Thank you for this suggestion. These are on backorder status here in Australia - like many things at present.
    I wil add this to my list to consider.
     
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    Either one is a good choice.
     
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    You could also use the stereo inputs of a JC-40 or even a JC-22 to amplify two guitars, if you don't mind effectively losing the stereo chorus.

    I use both as well as a THR100HD, which is a great amp that I agree is a perfect candidate for this duty.
     
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    This almost reminds me of the good (bad) old days when I was starting out. (1964-65?) I had a three input Tweed Deluxe, and ran two guitars and two mics (I had to make a little Y-adapter for the mics) into the Deluxe. Man, it was great when my buddy switched to bass (with his own amp) and we got a little PA.
    Is there a special reason why you want just one amp? A pair of used Peaveys or Crates wouldn't be expensive, or even little Fender Squier amps. The reason I suggest this is.....sometimes it's easier to hear the guitars distinctly when they're coming out of separate amps. Just sayin'. ;)
     
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    Thank you all for your input. I am beginning to get the picture.

    One reason for 1 amp is purely family politics. To my other half one guitar is the same as any other, even the differences between an electric and an acoustic do not mean anything to her. She is a classically trained musician on another instrument. It comes down to how many pieces of gear she thinks we actually need....

    The second reason in that my teenage son has mild autism and tends to want isolate himself in the corner of his room with his guitar. Having an amp he can use with dad in a shared space would be healthy for him. My wife and I agree on this. He could use it on his own of course as well. It is a complicated situation but autism also defies logic.

    Meanwhile, am I right in thinking any amp with 2 seperate channel controls, eg a Hot Rod Deville 212, would work?
    I will give this some more thought.
     
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    You'll need an amp with two independent inputs as well. Many have "high" and "low" inputs, but they're feeding the same channel and all of the controls affect both inputs simultaneously. Shared tone controls wouldn't be a huge issue, but independent volume controls are almost a must. Maybe a small mixer into any clean amp, with independent effects pedals for each player before the mixer, then into a clean amp? That approach would be a bit more complicated, but way more versatile.
     
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    OK ......you didn't mention the "special circumstances" with your son. However, you may still have to deal with him simply playing his guitar un-amplified in isolation. As a former Special Ed teacher, I understand many of the issues with children on the autism spectrum.
    All I can say is.....best wishes, and I respect you for trying to work with your son. ;)
     
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    I have a nephew that is autistic that I am very close to. Is volume and / or headphones a requirement or an issue? I can see where such things might be a factor.

    Best of luck to you and your son just the same. Enjoy yourselves and have fun!
     
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    "As a former Special Ed teacher, I understand many of the issues with children on the autism spectrum.
    All I can say is.....best wishes, and I respect you for trying to work with your son."

    Thank you for sharing something of your understanding of this. I am sure you understand the situation given your background. I am a former Registered [Board Certified] Music Therapist and my wife and I both formerly worked at a Special Developmental school years ago. When it became increasingly apparent our son is 'twice gifted' she started her Masters in Primary Ed specialising in special needs children. We know we cannot prevent him from isolating all the time but at least he will get some guaranteed dad time everyday, and at age 13 the next few years are critical as you will understand.
     
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    Thank you for your reply. He sometimes, but not always, gets agitated with music that is too loud, unless it is Marilyn Manson, Poppy, or Billie Elish etc, and at times in class he is allowed to listen to music with headphones while he is working. He is very sensitive, creative, distractible, and perplexing.
     
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    Well, I'm doubly impressed with your experience as a Music Therapist. While I have no formal training, I observed and learned from the Music Therapists when my school district had funds available to provide said therapy. Funding was "hit and miss", so we more often than not DID NOT have a program. I tried to replicate the lessons with my students. I have a little Yamaha FG Jr guitar that I took to school, and did what I could to engage students to participate. At the very least, it was something they (and I) enjoyed. If there was any positive benefit, that was simply a big plus. ;)
     
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    I guess you already have electrics, but how about just 2 cheap acoustics? Just ideas...

    I used to have an old Deluxe Reverb that we would use ( at LOW volume) either a bass ( Normal channel) and guitar ( Vibrato channel) - for quiet rehearsal, drummer with brushes. Even house jams

    Or same DR, plug one guitar ( with Reverb or Delay pedal) into Normal channel or the other into Vibrato channel.
    Just a way to get 2 guitars in there, each with their own Reverb.

    So maybe a Deluxe Reverb Reissue, used?
     
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    You might also consider two separate great sounding small amps, such as the Blackstar Fly 3 or Boss Katana Mini.
     
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    Cheers - I have a line on a new Hot Rod Deville III at 1/2 price. I am assuming as long as it has seperate input channel controls it would work the same?
     
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    The Deville has two inputs, but only one set of controls for both, so it won't do what you want. You need something like a DRRI that has two separate channels, with completely separate inputs and controls. DlxReverbFront.jpg
     
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    Thank you for the clarification - much appreciated
     
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    Thank you for this suggestion.
    We already have separate pedalboards and I have plenty of mixing gear around. This definitely widens the choices of amps.
     
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