Is the amp everything?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by BEACHBUM, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. electron transl

    electron transl Member

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    I will say this: I'm always amazed at what a huge difference new strings make. Just when I start to feel sorta "ho hum" about my rig, I put on a set of strings and start saying "Wow! What response, what chime, harmonics and articulation!"

    That being said, there's a reason my amp costs significantly more than my most expensive guitar.
     
  2. BEACHBUM

    BEACHBUM Member

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    Absolutely. I can't tell you how many times I've picked up one of my guitars and for some reason it just isn't sounding right and then after messing with the truss rod and intonation it dawns on me that I'm way overdue for a string change. I feel like kicking myself every time I fall for that one. Another big one is choice of picks. I'm not saying that you can find your dream tone by changing picks but the wrong choice can certainly ensure that you don't. I'm at the point where I use three different picks depending on which of my guitars and what style I'm playing. It's just not a case of one size fits all.
     
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  3. carbz

    carbz Supporting Member

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    Tonally yes but many amps sound very similar. When your talking overdrive which is most peoples forte in guitar amps its nothing more then the clipping of the signal. I think most guitarists like to dissect every little nuance to make it out like there are so many different varieties of tones where I believe most are very similar. That being said your fingers are are the number one ingredient IMO.
     
  4. sanrico

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    I normally would totally agree. However, I have an old EMG loaded Charvel that sounds like total crap through any amp I have ever tried it with.
     
  5. harpinon

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    It's about 80% IMHO :hiP
     
  6. WayneM

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    I always wonder when I see a player pays big bucks on guitars but refuse to spend money on a decent amp. I know, because (at one time early in my gear stage) I was one of them.

    But then, I purchased (what I thought) a good sounding amp.
    It was a major tone event!
    It was the first time I received complements on my tone (many comments).

    That does not mean that every inexpensive amp sounds bad (however a lot of cheap amps do sound "cheap").
     
  7. supergenius365

    supergenius365 Supporting Member

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    I just got a SFPR and all 7 of my guitars sound really good through it with little or no knob tweaking. I also have a Boogie IIC+,which I love, but is an effort to get each guitar to sound just right with it. Can't say that about the other 22 amps I have owned since 1986.
     
  8. fjblair

    fjblair Silver Supporting Member

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    "Tonal imprint" indeed. The amplifier is the most important piece of gear in the sound chain.
     
  9. riffmeister

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    Wait a minute.........are you saying Tone is in the Fingaz ??????

    That's the topic of another thread. :)
     
  10. simon_62

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    With the tones & styles I use, its about 50% amp, 40% guitar, 10% pedals... and thats if you discount the player! :)
     
  11. big jilm

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    Yep, the amp for me is the most important part of the gear mix.
     
  12. SinkingShip

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    would I be partly right saying the more gain you use ( pedal, pickup, preamp) the less the guitar tonal quality matters.......and the less gain you use the more the guitar natural tone is critical ?

    For me the amp is huge, once my amp is in the "zone" all guitars and pedals just start to sound magic no matter what I do, and when one amp is not right....it all sounds $^%* not matter what I plug in and how well I play.

    For me only one factor trumps all others completely in any rig ........TUNING !!! I would rather play a song in tune on the worst rig than out of tune on the best rig;)
     
  13. wizard_23

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    Mmmm.... Amps. I think about them more than guitar so they must be the most important part right? :huh
     
  14. riff1006

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    I agree the amp carries more weight than the guitar from a tonal perspective. I've got a couple guitars I REALLY like and play them without guitar GAS but I want to play as many amps as I can just to experience them and see if they're any better than what I have.....and I have some pretty decent amps. I just always seem to have amp GAS.
     
  15. vanguard

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    yep. a great guitar is one that feels great more than anything. i worry mostly about having great amps AND great speakers; that's where the tone really happens.

    amp/speakers: 90%
    guitar: 8%
    pedals: +/- 2% lol
     
  16. woad_yurt

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    I agree 100%!
     
  17. mannish

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    NOPE, absolutely not IMHO & research. the source is the most important part of any audio chain. I once again refer to the old saying 'You can't shine a turd' you give the amp a turd to work with and all you got is a turd. Garbage in, garbage out. Audiophiles know all about the source, It's like having a high dollar audiophile system and using a technique turntable.

    Bottom line the amp can only work with what you give it.
     
  18. Braunzo

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    I get bored with amps. They're important, yes. When you have a good one (in my shoes) the guitar and effects are what makes the difference.
     

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