Re: Amps and Mics and Stuff
> Hmm... I don't know much about new fender amps, but I can say
> that distortion/overdrive/crunch whatever delivered at low volume on a
> fender amp is impure. Fo' this reason. The distortion you're getting
> with a "master-volume" is intentional, and reminiscent of a
> super-champ/super-trasher metal pedal or what have you, but it's not
> power tube distortion. Power tube distortion is _much_ warmer, and much
> shaggier, a looser less fuzzy distortion pedal fuzz or master-volumes.
Absolutely right. The distortion from a mastervolume or gain channel
comes from the pre-amp, not the power amp, and it doesn't sound as good.
However, at low volumes, this is the *only* way to get distortion from a
big amp, short of a pre-amp pedal like a Tube Screamer that does the same
thing with solid-state circuitry.
That's why having a high-gain channel can be useful, particularly when
you're playing at home. And note that it's a *channel* - it can be
switched right out and you can crank the amp and get that good ol power
amp distortion (which I also prefer - I do several things when I gig out
to make sure my power amp can be nice and cranked without moving into the
Dreaded Feedback Zone).
On Saturday, my band played in a tiny, tiny bar - a place too small for
my Bassman reissue. I used a Fender Super 60 tube head and a 2X10 cabinet
with some old Jensens in it....and I used the high-gain channel to get a
little edge, because I had to keep the amp cranked down or I would have
murderized some of the patrons :)
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