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What amp do you use for home/quiet practice?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by markal, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. Dewgits

    Dewgits TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    I'm sorely tempted by one of these... from Monoprice, right? What's your take on the tone? Clean, dirty? Warm?
    Thanks...
     
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    You found my Japanese girlfriend!
     
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    they're the best!
     
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    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

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    I can use my Fender Bassbreaker 15 or my 2 watt Greta, depending on how quiet I want to be. I've even used a 100 watt 4X12 with the master volume set at about .05 when that was all I had available.

    It's a lot of fun to practice with a cranked 2 watt tube amp. If I want some clean headroom or a bit more volume I'll move up to the 15 watt amp.
     
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    Most often, my "fly rig" pedalboard straight into the mixer for my home studio. The board consists of a Crybaby > silver first generation Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde > Voodoo Labs Giggity > ADA GCS-2 cab simulator. Sometimes a Tech 21 Trademark 60 if I wanna use my conventional live pedal board.

    I've kinda come to the opinion that it's really easier to get good tone at low volume with (good) solid-state stuff.
     
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    Roland Micro Cube. That said, there are a surprising number of higher watt tube amps that sound wonderful at low volume, such as a Fender Twin.
     
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    Sacrilege, I know, but for practice at home I just use my Digitech RP355 with headphones. I run that through my laptop so I can play along with backing tracks, etc. (and it keeps my wife happier).
     
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    I have a mustang mini.But play mostly direct in to Yamaha ag06 - PC - M-audio nerfields
     
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    I swap between a Mustang 1 and an Orange Micro Dark, both on headphones. The little Orange has loads of nice clean and crunchy breakup tones as well as the really gainy ones.
     
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    I love the Micro Cube GX for this type of use. It has some convincing tones on the "Blackface" and "Brit Combo" models. I'm also liking my Orange Micro Dark, but with the Orange PPC108 cab for keeping home volume down, yet loud enough to get my point across. The Micro Dark has some attractive "chime" and "shimmer" going on and just switching to finger-picking now and then, can bring it out.

    Classicplayer
     
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    A VHT Special 6 or a Watkins Westminter
     
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    PV Delta Blues 210 through a THD Hotplate.
     
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    Most of the time, I use an original Rivera era 1982 Fender Super Champ. If I'm the only one at home, I will crank up some of the bigger amps.
     
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    magicfingers99 Friend of Leo's

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    Roland MicroCube or Zoom r8 or Roland GS-10. (all have headphone jacks- Gs-10 and microcube have speakers as well) I tried a honeytone and a hodad, but really prefer the effects of the 1st 3 devices I mentioned. Zoom R8 I run thru a JVC cd/mp3 player or a set of active sony speakers. Nice to be able to record your practice and play over and around it.
     
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    My amps are for gigging... I'll fire them up at home on occasion, but only when I need to service them, or work on my tones. For practicing and learning tunes I have a project studio w/studio monitors in my office/music-room. There is a POD X3 (bean) hooked up to the mixer at all times ready to roll. Grab a guitar, plug in and play.
     
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    Vox Mini5 Rhythm or a 5F1 clone.
     
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    1494085207948-1691266743.jpg 1494085207948-1691266743.jpg Recently, I now use the same setup for home, practice and gigging!

    I used to use a Vox AC 15 and Orange Tiny Terror, with wet/dry loops etc.

    Now, I use a Quilter Tone Block with outboard pre-amp units. I have my Vox, Orange, and now Marshall sounds at my feet at any Volume! With cab sim, I can also use the pedal setup to go direct if that makes more sense in the situation.

    I love tube amps and analog effects as much as any of the worst of the tone snobs, but practicality won and that's my setup now.

    For the old-school punk project though, it's still the Tiny Terror and a boost pedal.
     
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    Line6 HD500X into stereo or headphones. Marshall Class5 into stereo or headphones. Mesa Mark V:25 into stereo or headphones. On the "real amps" I wind up doing a lot more knob twisting to get the sound I want whenever I switch between a cab at volume and phones/stereo compared to the HD500X.
     
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    Vox Pathfinder 15R
     
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    Bugera V5
    AC15 (master volume ftw)
    Unplugged (the benefit of a thinline)
    Rocksmith
     
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