RE: [Harp-L] That great "Bluesy" stage sound


That's great to know and will greatly help.  Thanks.

Jeff DeGregorio

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Subject: Re: [Harp-L] That great "Bluesy" stage sound

"Degregorio, Jeffery" wrote:
<Hope everyone's having a good day... This may be a simple question, but
I'd like to know through <experience how that "bluesy" rash sound over
an amp can be attained.  

I don't know what a "rash" sound is--I have had rashes in my life, but
as I recall they were silent.  

Anyway, this page on my website explains various options for getting an
amped sound:

The problem you're going to have is getting that sound for $50-$100. The
Digitech RP155 amp modeler is in that price range, but out of the box
it's not going to give you that tone--you'll have to find settings that
work for the harp, which takes time. If you can find a used Digitech
RP250 or RP255 for less than $100, you can buy my patch set (also at my
website) for another $25.  (I see several RP255s selling for under $100
on eBay now.)  The RP255 will work with your Peavey amp just fine.
(You'll also need a second 1/4" guitar cable with this setup, so figure
that into your budget.)

Another alternative is to buy a small modeling amp like the Vox DA5,
which can be found for under $140 new, and maybe less on eBay. I doubt
you'll find one for under $100.

Most small tube amps sell in the neighborhood of $150-200 new, and not
much less than that used.  That's the traditional solution, but it's
above your price range.

The only thing I can think of that's totally in your price range, unless
you get really lucky on eBay, is a Digitech RP200, which you can buy off
eBay now for under $60 (shipping not included).  You can buy my patch
set for that device for another $20, and it'll take you about an
hour-plus to enter the patches by hand. (As per the other digitech, you
need a second guitar cable with this one.)  Plug that into your Peavey
and you'll have plenty of rash in your sound.

That's about it.  If you can add another $50 to your budget, you get a
lot more options.

Regards, Richard Hunter 

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