Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Kilometers Davis, Sep 18, 2019.
Using my guitar volume knob to clean things up.
Actually using the volume and tone knobs on my electric guitars. I stupidly went through a long period of 10/10/10.
Getting an overdrive pedal around 1990 after decades of trying to force big amps into distortion for rock sound.
Now I do not rely on amp od and can use any decent clean amp and pedals.
There were a lot of side trips before that got figured out, though.
Getting my technique together. Gear does not matter as much anymore.
volume and tone knobs on the guitar.
This. I now have a 1990's-era pre-war Yugoslavian-manufactured EI 12AX7 in V1 of every amp I use.
The tones accessible in this little box are so good, it's stupid.
For me buying a 2555SL
Slash Jubilee ended my quest !
Running an EMG 81 into a Boss Metalzone. Just connect that baby straight into a IR with a little room reverb. Sounds incredible. No amp, no other effects needed.
Getting a decent amp. I spent years chasing tone on several mass market amps. In 2010 I bought a Carr Rambler. Game over.
Disclaimer: This amp works for my ears, my guitars, and my playing style. Your needs may be different.
Matchless C-30 with reverb, bought used here on TGP, having never been within 50 feet of one.
Same here. Getting the right amp changed my playing, how much I used pedals (I use them a lot less now), and my general satisfaction with my tone.
The best tone decision I ever made was realizing, after wasting a lot of time and $, that I love my Sig X and nothing will ever compare to it.
In the 80s: Giving up on solid state amps and pedals, buying a Marshall and plugging straight in.
In the last 15 years: Turning the gain down. I didn't use OD to cover anything up, but turning it down opened up a whole ton of possibilities in terms of the expression and tones I can get by simply controlling my touch. You just can't get that stuff when it's destroyed by the compression of hard clipping.
Discovering the fuzz face. I could plug into anything anywhere and get a jammable sound.
actually that's second place
putting pure nickle strings on my strat was a life changer.
Treble boosters! And building my own guitars and pickups.
Playing through a 1x15 open back cabinet with a Celestine Fullback.
Really getting into vinyl records for the sound and listening experience, at a time when their cost and popularity was bottoming out