how many channels do you have?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by rollyfoster, Aug 18, 2008.

how many channels is your PRIMARY amp?

Poll closed Dec 31, 1969.
  1. one channel

    64 vote(s)
    51.2%
  2. two channels

    40 vote(s)
    32.0%
  3. three channels

    15 vote(s)
    12.0%
  4. i'm insane and have more than 3

    5 vote(s)
    4.0%
  5. i've got master volume

    35 vote(s)
    28.0%
  6. non master volume

    23 vote(s)
    18.4%
  7. i use the FX loop

    21 vote(s)
    16.8%
  8. no FX loop for me

    30 vote(s)
    24.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. rollyfoster

    rollyfoster Supporting Member

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    i just recently downsized from a 3 channel amp (mark IV) to a 2 channel (budda SD18). i'm still not bold enough for just one channel!


    *there are 3 categories in this poll and you can vote for all 3*


    • how do you use your channels?
    • do you have master volume?
    • do you use the FX loop?
    what kind of gain pedals do you use to expand your options?
    what's in your FX loop?
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2008
  2. Magic Twanger

    Magic Twanger Member

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    All of the amps I own are one channel - well sort of.
    I have some old Fender's that are technically two channels - but they are not channel switching.
    Vibro King - One Channel
    I've a got the VOX AC15 Heritage and it's also got technically two channels - but again I'm only plugging in to one.
    Same again for the 65Amps London....

    I do use pedals for some extra/different tones - and sometimes I wish I had an amp with a really good Master Volume - but for now - one channel, no master.
     
  3. aidan7737

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    Two Channels...

    Normal and Vibrato :D
     
  4. The Captain

    The Captain Supporting Member

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    H&K Triamp has 6 channels
    Mesa Recto has 3
    Bad Cat, Mark IIC+, Lonestar have 2 each.
    I don't own an OD pedal !!
     
  5. frank62

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    One, with a cable straight from a Les Paul.
     
  6. devilrob1979

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    I have a Mark IV. No plans to downsize anytime soon, if anything I want to get an EQ pedal and throw it in the loop to add more sounds. I also don't use an overdrive pedal. I have a keely modded SD-1 but don't use it.
     
  7. Jazzocaster

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    Mine is a two channel amp, but i only use one..
     
  8. natemeanie

    natemeanie Supporting Member

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    splawn pro stock and the volume knob on my guitar.....

    but then our lead player left - so now it's splawn pro stock & star sirius reverb and the volume knob on my guitar....

    and two 4x12s... i think it would be interesting to know speaker configurations as well. i'm guessing mostly combos?
     
  9. tjbackstage

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    1. I use only 1 input unless I have to use it as a PA.
    2. Yes, but I'm looking for an amp without one.
    3. The one I have and the ones I'm looking at don't have one.
    4. I don't use pedals other than a Boss DD-3 for rockabilly and Boss BD-2 when I'm playing through a blackface Fender. I don't like OD pedals much, but the Blues Driver becomes a must when I'm in a blackface Fender amp. That's an ok pedal if you can't just crank the amp up.
     
  10. jpfeiff

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    One channel, pedal board between axe and amp
     
  11. Joshlespaul1952

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    Two channel...guitar plugged straight in.
     
  12. Kalik

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    One channel with a (small) pedalboard.
     
  13. StompBoxBlues

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    For years my main amp was a Hot Rod DeVille (2 channel, but with boos acts like 3) BUT...I used it as a one channel with effects loop. Worked VERY well. I occasionally used the drive channel, but mostly not.

    But I have played with bands with other amps. Have some singel channel, some double, none of my single channels have effects loop, and generally speaking I use single channel at breakup point, or with pedals...but generally that means I can't use delay, reverb.

    I like to use them sometimes. This worked out really well with my DeVille though because it had tons of headroom, I used pedals for my OD sounds, so I could either use delays and reverbs (I used reverb because it wasn't foot switchable on the amps verb) on input or in the loop. Both worked fine, but the loop was better.

    But now I have some amps I love, but no loop. I decided the MAIN sound is the most important thing, so on those amps, I just run them with no delay or verb.

    Two channels is great when the OD is a good one. I like the Classic 30 for this...both share EQ but they work well together.
     
  14. LaXu

    LaXu Member

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    Currently got a 4 channel amp as my main amp. I've had single channel amps and dual channel amps but those have limitations. Especially the 2 channel amps can be fairly limited if the channel setup isn't good. This is unfortunately the case with my Diezel Einstein (2 channels). The first channel is great, it has a nice clean, can be switched to crunch or high gain rhythm. The second channel on the other hand does only one tone - high gain. This makes the amp more limited because you have to choose between clean and distorted tones on the 1st channel since the 2nd channel doesn't allow any variety. Sure, it's a great tone but I'd be glad if having the gain down to 9 o'clock wasn't a high gain tone and anything above ├╝bergain.
     
  15. Phil M

    Phil M Member

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    2 channels on my Splawn Quickrod, but the lead channel has footswitchable OD1/OD2 gain levels and a footswitchable solo boost.
     
  16. Mitch T

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    Two channels. One on each amp, that is.
     
  17. eric-d

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    One channel, no Master Volume on my amps.

    JTM45 and a Super Reverb.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. greeny

    greeny Member

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    One channel (with Reverb)

    Tuner,Compressor, Dual Overdrive and EQ up front. Chorus, Delay and Noise Gate in the loop.

    80% of the time It's simply either no pedals active or compressor and/or low gain overdrive.
     
  19. rollyfoster

    rollyfoster Supporting Member

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    wow, that's alotta 1 channels
     
  20. Miles

    Miles Member

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    I like 2 channel amps

    Pedals are cool, but I'd like to have the sounds i need in one amp. Clean and dirty and I'm a pretty happy camper.
     

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