Tube amp sag and preamp vs power amp distortion explained


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Many of the most celebrated guitar sounds in history have been those where a tube amp is being pushed to its limits. It’s that addictive tube-driven crunch that fuels our rock star dreams and inspires us to seek out the best gear possible in that never-ending quest for tone. But what causes our amps to […]

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The best way to control your guitar’s volume onstage: the power soak


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It’s commonly accepted knowledge among guitarists that a full stack is too loud for most stages. These days, thanks to improved technology and PA systems, a smaller amp setup will do the job in almost any circumstance – except, perhaps, if you want to look cool. But even diminutive tube amps can be too loud […]

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Your essential Rock on Stage gig gear checklist


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When everything comes together at a show, the sound is great and the crowd’s loving your skills, there’s no better feeling. But behind every great gig is a bunch of preparation. Your guitar and amp are delicate, sensitive objects that need looking after, and there’s plenty more little bits and pieces you’ll need to succeed […]

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Building the perfect studio guitar amp


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If you could only use one amp for all your guitar recording fun from now on, what would it be, and what features would it have? That might sound like a tough question – stupid, even, given the huge number of options there are to choose from these days – but if most of us […]

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What’s your home amp of choice?


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We get a lot of great feedback from you Blog Of Tone readers, and one theme seems to be recurring a lot at the moment: namely, that we guitarists want smaller, lower powered tube amps that we can crank at home to get those amazing tones at manageable levels. This, as usual, got us wondering […]

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How to approach a gig as a stand-in guitarist


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It’s happened to many a guitar player at one time or another. You’re at home one Saturday afternoon, quietly minding your own business, when suddenly the phone goes. It’s your mate, and he’s in a bind: his band’s rhythm guitarist has had to cancel the gig, and they need a last-minute replacement. So, if you […]

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Should you record your music at home or in a ‘proper’ studio?


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Technology has given us musicians the freedom to record our masterpieces from home, and for little money. With nothing more than a guitar, amp, microphone, computer and a few connectors, it’s possible to bring whole pieces of good quality music to life from the comfort of your bedroom. What’s more, this home recording lark is […]

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