- Guitarists – home practice amp
I’ve had a vox valvetronic vt50 for ~ 10 years.
It’s got a valve and an attenuator for valve drive at neighbour friendly volume.
Enough sounds amp models and effects I’ve not bought any pedals.
My bands guitarist borrowed it for a few gigs and it was Lound enough to keep up with a loud drummer, bass, keys and a second guitarist. We couldn’t tell the difference between it and his vintage vox valve amp. He said it was close in sound.
Still ace 🙂Posted 5 months ago
For home use I like a modelling amp with lots of amp models, effects pedals and boxes built in. I’ve got a Vox which is OK and several Fender Mustangs which do just about everything I want.
When I switch on an amp it’s nearly always a Mustang, my valve amps just gather dust most of the time, even playing live the Mustang with an extension cab gets used more than the valve amps – simple (one box with two foot switches), reliable, sounds good at any volume. At the volume a valve amp starts to sound good (even a small one) I’m rumaging for the -20db ear plugs.Posted 5 months ago
then a Boss Katana 50 is £180.. again programmable valve sounds and available at any volume level.
Great amp the Katana. Got loads of rave reviews and plenty of YouTube vids to look at before buying one. I had one for a year before upping to the Nextone.
Posted 5 months agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
I’ve got an old Vox VT50 too, and a little Fender Champion 600 5 watt valve amp.
The Vox is sooo practical.
Self contained, built in effects, headphone socket, loud enough to play with a drummer…..
But the Fender sounds so much better, I tend to use that (with a pedal in front of it for dirt), at least when next door are out. 5 watts in a valve amp is surprisingly loud.Posted 5 months agoRockhopperMember
Perhaps a daft question but how do a i get a nice distortion sound whilst keeping it quiet? I have a Boss Katana with some patches I’ve downloaded but even on the half watt setting its too loud and if i turn the guitar down it just cleans up. I’ll admit that i don’t fully understand guitar amps and effects!Posted 5 months agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
With the Vox you can keep the gain at a reasonable level, turn the master volume up to get a reasonable facsimile of a driven valve power amp and control the overall volume with the power attenuator.
The controls vary in effect depending on which amp model you choose.Posted 5 months ago
It’s complicated, another reason I usually just use the simple Fender.
You should have bought a Fender, Cube or Vox instead. They all have nice Marshall type and Peavey type crunches on the appropriate amp models right down to zero. If you are using the Fender flat out you can turn off/change the cab simulator so that natural speaker break up replaces the simulated speaker break up. I’ve replace the original speakers in two Mustangs, V30s in juniors cab to give it a bit more metal honk and either a Cream back, 75/80 or V30 in my Mustang 3. Or I plug it into 4×12 greenbacks which are my personal favourite speaker.Posted 5 months ago
Perhaps a daft question but how do a i get a nice distortion sound whilst keeping it quiet? I have a Boss Katana
You bought a good amp there. No need to buy any other brand unless you want the real Valve tones, then just buy a Nextone and be done with it.
Not sure what Edu ^^ is on about, for the fact that good tones can be had out of the Katana without wrecking your eardrums or annoying the neighbours.
Its tricky I’ll admit. Firstly distortion doesn’t really work well at super low volumes on the Katana at 5w. Have you tried the distortion on the middle watt setting then turning the master volume down?
Youtube is full of Katana owners who are in the same position as you.. play loud distortion or quiet clean.
I play super clean, so can’t help further but Boss does have a good forum and decent coverage on YouTube.Posted 5 months ago
Here’s the Mustang 3 at a volume I can sing along to without a PA, so quiet. It’s Oasis so the gain is wound well up on “British Watts” which soulds like Noddy Holder’s Hi-Watt for the verses, on the solo (about 1:33) it’s “British 80s” which sounds much like my JCM 2000 on the crunch channel. The lack of bass is down to 1/ the camera microphone 2/ the Strat with the tone pot nearly on maximum. It’s sounds OK honest, but records badly. Edit: listening again I realise the camera is picking up a lot of the guitar sound direct form the guitar rather than the amp which is why it sounds so jangly.Posted 5 months agoseosamh77Subscriber
Perhaps a daft question but how do a i get a nice distortion sound whilst keeping it quiet
Gain controls the level of dirt in whatever setting you are using, so gain up, volume down. Then fiddle with the EQ till you get a good sound. basically, my usual strategy there is just to turn all the EQ up to 10, then start rolling back on the bass then middle then treble if need be.Posted 5 months ago
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