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Can pedals such as overdrives or multi-effects units damage amplifier components? If so, what would possible syptoms be?
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Never seen this happen. Tubes are meant to take voltage (signal) increases with no problems. If you have an amplifier with 4 gain stages, each one of those stages is increasing the voltage going to the next stage. An overdrive that would increase the voltage enough to cause damage would be something that I've never seen exist.An overdrive will shorten tube life as your upping the signal. Hard to say how much as people tend to use them intermittently and at different gains.