Multi-Amp Rigs 101

In our unending quest to forge a guitar tone that sounds like somebody opening the Ark of the Covenant inside a tyrannosaurus, many of us will eventually find ourselves considering the possibility of using more than one amplifier. As the more mathematically astute amongst you will doubtless be well aware, employing just one additional amplifier will…

Why Does My Amp Sound Different At High Volume?

Have you ever sat at home and basked in your “lion riding a motorcycle” guitar tone, only for it to end up sounding all “duck chewing on a balloon” at your next gig or band practice? I know I have. If you’re the kind of bats-for-breakfast, skulls-on-mic-stand, brutal guitar warlord sort for whom LOUD is life, then you’re probably cranked 24/7 and have no idea what I’m talking about. However, for those of us who cut our teeth on modelers with headphones or amps turned down to law-abiding levels, having to adjust to being audible over a drum kit can be a very frustrating experience.

The Jam-To-Record Transition: 5 Tips to Recording Electric Guitar

Virtually every guitarist alive has a go-to sound that they enjoy jamming with on a daily basis. While there are no limits to the sounds we guitarists can come up with, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind when we cross the line from jamming to recording. Before we go any further, this…

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

If you’ve overheard your special someone talking about a specific pickup set they’d like, or your spouse has left a print-out of one of the Seymour Duncan web pages with the words “I want this!” written all over it, please do yourself – and that special someone – a favor and get them a set of the best pickups around. For everyone else, here is the official Seymour Duncan Holiday Gift Guide.

Designing An Amplifier: An Interview With CMW Amplifiers’ Chris Winsemius

During my blogs I predominantly discuss guitars and pickups but all would be pointless without an amp (and cab!). In this blog I will introduce you to an amp builder, amp tech and friend of mine. Chris Winsemius is the founder and owner of CMW amps. Founded and based in the Netherlands, he has build…

A Big Argument for Small Bass Amplifiers

Here’s an actual conversation I had with a friend (and fellow bassist): Him: I just got a 1,200 watt head and 4×12 cabinet for my band. Me: Don’t you have PA support? That seems like overkill. Him: No way, it’ll be awesome. Two months later: Me: How’s that new amp? Him: I can’t turn it…

Creative Solutions To Control Feedback

One of the worst noises known to the ears of a guitarist and fans is to hear the high-pitched scream of feedback emanating from the amplifier’s driver – unexpectedly and undesirable.

Conventional Wisdom and the 100-Watt Amplifier

Sometimes you feel like the whole world has gone crazy. At least, that’s how I feel whenever I come across a person on an internet forum repeating the increasingly-prevalent diatribe about the supposed impracticality of the 100-watt tube amp.

Hearing is Believing: Getting a Better Tone From Your Rig

We guitar players are strange creatures, aren’t we? We exhibit a lot of habits, behaviors, and superstitions that other people – even other musicians – find odd. We use weird descriptive terms like “woody,” “dry,” and “icepicky” to describe sounds. We say to each other “tone is in the hands” while spending fortunes on equipment. We believe in mojo.

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