Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Tuco, Jun 9, 2008.
Okay, which is your preference?
straight into the amp is great for messing around at the house but I need pedals for gigs.
It really depends on the gig. If I can afford to crank an amp to its sweet spot and only need clean and overdrive tones for the gig, I would surely go straight into the amp. However, it's impossible to avoid effects if I need delay, modulation, etc.
Usually, I plug straight in but, it depends on the amp. Sometimes I'll use a boost/overdrive for a bit more kick.
plug straight in at home and rehearsal and very few stomps for the shows...Wah,Univibe,tuner sometimes a compressor if i'm playing w/ a band that has needs for clean tones.
Recording: straight into amp (I feel I can always add effects through software)
Gigs: through the pedalboard. Live your tone doesn't matter as much, so I'd rather have a slightly muddier signal live and have a lot more effects to play with.
Trem, delay, and a dirt box makes my job a little easier on gigs, but I can do a night straight into my amp, as I bet most of us have been caught flat footed down at the Dew Drop Inn a time or two...
I've done both, I usually use pedals but on my jazz gigs it's just guitar and amp
I go through an RMC6 -> Fulltone 70 pedal
R9-->Picture Wah-->Korg Tuner-->Splawn Quickrod
That's as minimal as I get.
Depends. I love going straight in to the amp - BUT 95% of the work I do requires some sort of FX, so it's ususally the pedalboard (9 or so pedals). I'm building a scaled down board that is simply - wah - fuzz/octavia - pedalflanger. Small, flexible, & sounds killer.
I would prefer to go straight in, or maybe have a wah or a booster. But I usually gig with three or four pedals only. Two true bypass, two with buffers at the end of the chain. Seems to work pretty good. I'm using basic music store tweed cables with neutrik plugs. Not a ton of tone loss. But I love going straight into a cranked tube amp for most basic classic rock stuff. Plus you can simulate effects by playing the same note twice for an echo, flick the toggle switch for tremolo, rock the tone real fast for wah, use the volume knob for swells, set the volume of the neck to 5 and the bridge to 10 for a volume boost, etc. Not the same, but sometimes its worth it to maintain those sweet dynamics!
most of the time straight in.. but I like a boost of some sort on occasion in front.
Just a Cry Baby that is true bypass for all my amps with a loop.
My Deluxe has a Zendrive,delay,chorus and the Cry Baby in front.
At home straight in 95% of the time.
Wow! I'm impressed with the honesty in this thread. I opened it expecting to find a couple pages of people swearing they only play through the amp with no effects or boosts.
I'm with B of H.. playing just the amp is fine at home but my gigs require more flexability. Not sure what I would do without my King of Tone pedal
My home set-up runs from guitar through a pedal board, tuner/wah/replex/rotosphere, but apart form the tuner, it gets minimal use.
In my early days playing in band, I'm going straight to the amp, cos I want to have less to think about, and don't want to ambarrass myself by getting a tap-dance wrong, so I'm the od man out.
If the band thing continues, and I get more experience, that will probably change.
At home, almost always straight in.
Jams and gigs; I add one, battery driven pedal which is a Danelectro Rock-A-Bye. It has OD/Dist and Delay and with the reverb of the amp, this is all I need for every situation. Since it is battery operated, it's just as easy as setting up an amp with a foot pedal to switch channels, etc. Great little box. I'm surprised more aren't made with OD and Delay in one, battery driven box.
BTW, I have played plenty of jams and some gigs with just guitar and amp, more for the challenge of it than anything.
I go through a pedal board, but every pedal on that board is true bypass.
Straight into the amp.
Straight in there for me. My main amp has a tremolo circuit and my guitar has volume knobs which make great boost controls. That's enough for me.