Would you consider a Trainwreck Express a High Gain, or a High Distortion amp?

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  1. midnightlaundry

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    High Distortion, as in 100% real power tube distortion. When I think High Gain amps there's this massive headroom 100w monster that gets most of its gain from cascading preamp tubes/diode sections in the preamp. The Trainwreck Express is one of my favorite amp circuits ever!
     
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    Yeah man. I haven't owned an amp where the sound came from total power clip.

    Now that I have a Wreck, I totally hear the power clip on classic era recordings. Those guys played so loud back then.
     
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    Yep, and it's STILL all about playing loud if it sounds good!
     
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    Sure. What's there to discuss?
     
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    i think it is both. the express starts to break up at around 9 oclock on the volume. the fact that the V1 is so sensitive tells me that it is also relying on input from the preamp. i think that the express slams its preamp into its power amp simultaneously , so you get both an overdriven pre amp into a power amp.
    I believe that ken called the express a "high gain " amp . I dont think you can call a power amp section "high gain". I could be wrong here, but i think an express is closer to an amp like a fender deluxe than a high gain amp like a S.L.O. From my experience the express responds more to input than output meaning that a tele will offer way more headroom and control than a les paul.
    the amp also runs around 100 volts on the plates less than the average EL-34 based amp if that means anything.
     

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