Plugging a Tele Directly Into a PA Head?

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  1. Bill Sheehan

    Bill Sheehan Tele-Holic

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    I'm looking for a little advice from those of you ladies and gentlemen who are more tech-savvy than me-- which would probably be most of you!

    I have a little Kustom 4-channel powered mixer, paired with some decent speakers, and I'd like to try just plugging my Tele directly into it for a coffeehouse-type gig that I have next week, rather than using a free-standing amp for the Tele.

    As I recall, the signal that was produced when I tried this once several years ago, although not horrible, was pretty weak.

    Is there a not-too-costly device out there that I could run my Tele into first, and THEN into the powered mixer, so as to make the Tele sound fuller and punchier coming thru the PA speakers?

    By the way, the other 3 channels would be occupied by my buddy's acoustic guitar, and each of our two microphones. THANKS!
     
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    Joyo American Sound is what you need.
     
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    ^This^

    You may wish to use a DI too to get the best result, but the Joyo American Sound is often the answer as it is.
     
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    I use he Zoom MS-50G for that purpose
     
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    Thanks so much for the suggestions! I've ordered the Joyo American Sound unit. Will let you know how it works out!
     
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    I've been thinking along these same lines, for small gigs.

    Those of you in the know: could a Line 6 Pod bean work?
     
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    I see you’ve already ordered it, but I’ll confirm your purchase by making yet another recommendation for the American Sound.
     
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    Yes, definitely.

    There may be some effort involved in getting a sound you like, but between the Pod and the channel EQ on the mixer, it shouldn't be too hard.
     
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    So much fun at such a low cost.. it should be illegal! :D

    I liked the AS so much I ordered the AC Tone (Vox emulator) too. It takes much more effort to 'dial-in', but can sound quite good as well (took me a shamefully long time to realize this though) :oops:

    Good luck / Enjoy.
     
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    Yep - I liked the ACTone so much I bought the American Sound and the California Sound. Then I liked them so much I bought the British Sound as well! Lots of great tones and plug and play on my small board depending on which flavour I feel like at the time!
     
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  11. Chiogtr4x

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    There should be a poll/count to see just how many of us here, at TDPRI own an American Sound?

    (I've used mine to make a few amps sound better, but it also goes to every gig as a 'backup amp' if needed)
     
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    I do this often with a tube preamp (Peavey TGRaxx) There are current pedals that will work, but a Rack mount tube preamp (Used Peavey Carvin Marshall) sound best. Alternativeley any small SS amp or head with a preamp out. SS amps aren't hurt without a speaker attached,
     
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    This will help you with the learning curve.
    The AS is a clone of the Tech21 SanAmp Blonde, these should give you some good starting points. AS Joyo.jpg
     
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    I’d want a modelling or preamp pedal.
     
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    Thank you, Preacher! That will be helpful!
     
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    I digress here, but one-year-dead nickel strings and guitar tone rolled off isn't unmanageable for rhythm chords. Straight in to the average bar board, guitar on about 8 Vol.
    And of course I have hallucinated it (!) but keeping the ashtray cover on and strumming over the Neck pickup plus the above mentioned seems to work, too.
     
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