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"Takes pedals well" - what amps don't?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Minivan Megafun, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. 11 Gauge

    11 Gauge Doctor of Teleocity

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    The funny thing is I build pedals, and I only really have (or had) everything (SF/BF) below or above the PR, but not the PR itself. Despite what others may have found, I didn't care for the DR with a great many pedals. OTOH, most (or many) pedals sound great with my VR, my SR, and my AB165 Bassman. I love a lot of pedals with a TR, but it's just not a practical amp for much of anything any longer.

    Anyway, I've been resisting getting a PR for at least 5 years now. I think the biggest thing holding me back is that I prefer to have at least a pair of 10s, and haven't historically been happy with any 1X10 combo that I've ever had (although none of them were much like a PR).
     
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    I have a Crate something-10 practice amp out in the garage that breaks up really quickly and putting much of any pedal in front of it will cause problems. So any amp with a similar characteristic whether solid state or tubes would be a poor candidate for a pedal board. You need an easy to get and strong clean channel.

    I have a Crate 65w that does fine with pedals, but it's a lot like a clone of a Peavey Bandit which I also have a couple.

    Some modeling amps have a problem with pedals ... Fender Mustang I or Line6 can be spotty. Especially if there is noise reduction circuitry involved, some amps you can turn that off, others you cannot. Some of these modeling amps have a really poor clean option even when trying to program a custom setting on them -- I suspect that is because 'they are trying to model clean' rather than start with clean.

    ... The gold standard benchmarks for 'taking pedals well' are the Peavey Bandits.

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  3. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

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    yeah, the PR I have is a late Silverface, cut down into a head, resurrected and blackfaced by the powers of the great Zook himself, in a repro cabinet with an eminence 12. Love the low end on this thing. Never really loved a PR before -- had an early 70s Silverface for a while -- but this thing rocks. And every pedal ever made works with this thing.
     
  4. srblue5

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    I agree with this. I think all my amps can "take pedals well" but it depends on which specific pedals. My stock Blues Driver works well with my Bandit and ZT Lunchbox (and, in the past, worked well with my BJr that I eventually sold), but sounds like awful thin fizz through my PRRI. By contrast, my TS9 works well with the PRRI but not so much the other two. I recently got a Formula 55, which seems to work with all 3 but I'm still messing around with it.
     
  5. Anacharsis

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    The "doesn't take pedals well" amp is not an experience I've had, but I'm not going to say nobody else has had it. I've had an amp designed to be used with pedal (Mesa Blue Angel), an amp many people recommend for use with pedals (silverface Fender, in my case a DR), Tube amps with less old school designs (Egnater Tweaker and Rebel 20), and solid state amps. They all took pedals about as well as each other, for me at least. So for me, it's not really a concern.
     
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  6. Richie Cunningham

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    What amps don’t? Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18 Anniversary head, for one.
     
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    For my Vox, the Top Boost channel really doesn't like high gain pedals, and really doesn't take well to fuzz if I've got any kind of amp breakup going on.

    But on my AC15's normal channel, higher gain and fuzz sounds ok
     
  8. SomeGuyNamedRob

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    The JC-120 doesn't sound sterile, it sounds like jazz.
    ;)
     
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    My TR sounds pretty poopy with quite a few of my pedals. It makes alot of drive pedals sound really cheap and buzzy, these are pedals that sound great through other amps.
     
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    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    Buddy of mine had that pricey chieftain.
    He said dont even try pedals with it..
     
  11. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    That's what I was going to say.
     
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    I totally agree on the Vox amps. I've been having a hard time finding a happy medium with drive pedals on mine. Sounds great without pedals though which is how I play it 95% of the time luckily.
     
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    bigben55 Friend of Leo's

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    Better stated, certain amps do not take certain pedals well. For example, IMO, Fenders with the bright cap/bright switch on+fuzzes=poo.
     
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    I hate that way BF Deluxe Reverbs take pedals, with a few exceptions.
     
  15. AndreDanican

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    Generally, yes, the 5E3 doesn’t care for pedals. The one exception is a treble booster!
     
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    I own both of these amps.I completely agree with you!
     
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    as long as one remembers the reverse threading . . .
     
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    The old BF Deluxe Reverb can be very picky. Have you found some good combos with it?
     
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    My pedal board has 28 pedals. I use a pedal looper. They run through either my Vox AC30CC2, or either one of my AC15C1 amps, and sound great.
     
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    I came from a time when od pedals were rare. I used a BF Bassman with an attenuator and hit the front with a boosted Dyna-comp. That eventually chewed the amp up, but it sure sounded good until then.
    Since then, like most, I have been scaling back the wattage, now at 15, usually, and am disappointed that most of them don't have FX loops. Any time based effect seems to work better and be less noisy that way.
    My $0.02 worth? Amps with a level EQ and good headroom take pedals better, especially overdrives, and an FX loop is your best friend for reverb, echo, chorus, etc. Ymmv.
     
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