what features would the ideal amp have as foot-switchable?

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  1. music321

    music321 Member

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    By this I mean built into the amp as foot switchable. For instance, it's easy enough to buy an A/B box to change channels. So, what other features would be good to have on the ideal amp? thanks.
     
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    Solo boost... Best feature EVER for a guitarist in a live situation.
     
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    Ilduce And now for something completely different! Supporting Member

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    Mid boost, reverb, effects loop and mute.
     
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    I like the foot-switchable options my Quinn TKT183 has:

    * FET preamp on/bypass
    * OD on/bypass
    * Volume boost on/off
    * FX loop on/bypass

    So, the possibilities depend on the amp design. In this case, my Quinn has an FET input preamp and an FX loop that can be turned on or bypassed, while many other designs don't have these features.
     
  5. guitarman3001

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    Obviously channel selector, then some kind of lead boost whether it be a flat volume boost or a mid boost or a volume+gain boost or something like that.

    With an amp that has footswitchable channel and lead boost I can play a gig with just guitar+amp and absolutely no pedals.

    Unfortunately, out of all my amps only one of them has a footswitchable lead boost.
     
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    thiscalltoarms more gadgets than Batman. Gold Supporting Member

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    Reverb, channel select, boost.
     
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    Channel
    Effects loop
    Solo volume boost
    Maybe voicing if the amp has that feature
     
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    I have a soft spot for switchable effects loops.
     
  9. music321

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    Solo boost seems to be the most desired. What would the advantage of this over a boost pedal that can be turned on/off with the foot be?
     
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    A boost in front of an overdriven amp provides almost no volume, just saturation where a boost post preamp, pre power amp increases output. I think this is how amp boosts work.
     
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    A help me play well button
     
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    I'd like a new cabling paradigm to replace the 1920's 1/4 inch mono plug for something that routes multiple signals to and fro your guitar, pedals, effects loop and amp input. Maybe even Bluetooth?
     
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    Dumble did it best: Clean/OD and boost option for either.
     
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    Winner!
     
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    Reverb, trem, boost, channel switching
     
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    For simplicity and functionality, my favorite and most requested is a Marshall type amp that you can footswitch in the extra gain stage to go between a 1987 and a 2204 and dual footswitchable ppiv master volumes.
    Two gain levels, two volume levels could get me through a gig if I forgot my FX unit.
     
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    Tone controls bypass - this has probably already been done.

    I wired a volume control bypass into my Ampeg R12R using a DPDT relay. Click and it switches the signal from the pot's wiper to its full-up terminal. This is only practical on an amp that you can reasonably play wide open.
     
  19. music321

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    how about a split/shared cathode switch on a marshall type amp? I wonder how useful this would be.
     
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    The Tech 21 Trademark 60 has switching for channel, boost and/or reverb, and loop on/off.

    Boost switch option on the amp can also be set to turn on/off reverb, along with the boost.
    Set boost to zero and the switch becomes a reverb only on/off.
    Or you can just leave the reverb on all the time and adjust with knob.

    Nice features!!
     

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