That Pedal Show – Pedal Sized Amps: EHX Magnum 44, Seymour Duncan PS170 & Vox MV50AC

Published on Aug 25, 2017

In this video we try out some alternatives to a traditional guitar amp head and ask how they feel and sound.
You might need such a product as a spare or emergency contingency should your main amp go down; you might want to base a (physically) tiny rig around one; or you may want to augment your existing setup with wet/dry or even wet/dry/wet capabilities. We discuss of the above.
Any one of these units is small enough to be mounted on your pedalboard… as long as you have a speaker cable long enough to reach your cabinet.
We try each of the tiny amps with three common types of front end/OD: a standard overdrive pedal; a dedicated valve preamp; and a non-valve pedal which is a mix of the two.

PLEASE NOTE: The Vox MV50AC gets some criticism for not having much clean headroom. It should be noted that we're using it at the 16-ohm / 12.5 watt power setting. For the full 50 watts and (presumably) more clean headroom, you need to use a 4-ohm speaker load.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: This video is NOT about speaker emulation or playing direct. It’s about using pedal-sized alternatives to an amp head. You still require a speaker for what we’re talking about today.

Thank you for watching… Please enjoy the video!

Pedals in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One:

• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe:

• Kingsley Constable

• Van Weelden Royal Overdrive
UK & Europe:

• MXR Phase 90
UK & Europe:

• TC Electronic Flashback 2
UK & Europe:

• Empress Reverb
UK & Europe:

• D’Addario Chromatic Pedal Tuner
UK & Europe:

• Electro-Harmonix Magnum 44
UK & Europe:

• Vox MV50AC
UK & Europe:

• Seymour Duncan PowerStage 170
UK & Europe:

• The GigRig G2:

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro: 0:00
- Victory V40 Deluxe: 1:00
- Who needs an amp anyway? 1:23
- Today’s non-‘normal’ amps: 1:50
- But what about the BluGuitar Amp1? 2:45
- What are these things for, really? 4:50
- Today’s cabinets: 6:48
- Today’s Drive Pedals/Preamps – D&M Drive: 8:35…
- … Kingsley Constable: 9:45
- … Van Weelden Royal Overdrive: 11:45
- D&M Drive / Victory / EHX Magnum 44 comparisons: 13:30
- What about volume and natural OD from the Magnum 44? 18:25
- Constable / Victory / EHX Magnum 44 comparisons: 19:40
- Royal Overdrive / Victory / EHX Magnum 44 comparisons: 22:43
- Vox MV50 AC intro: 26:18
- Mick in cynical mode: 28:45
- And at last some MV50 comparisons: 31:13 (33:38)…
- MV50 / D&M Drive: 33:27
- MV50 / Constable : 34:37
- MV50 / Royal OD: 35:37
- Seymour Duncan Power Stage 170 comparisons: 38:49 (41:07)
- D&M Drive / Powestage: 43:24
- Seymour Duncan Powerstage 170 for clean tones? 44:30
- Yeah but this isn’t totally ampless, right? 49:27
- Wet/Dry with the Victory and Seymour Duncan Powerstage: 50:47
- Could you explain that clearly please? 52:42
- Adding tremolo to the Wet/Dry setup: 54:42
- Closing thoughts: 57:52

‘Normal’ amps in this episode
• Victory V40 Deluxe & V212VC cabinet
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Guitars in this episode
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – watch Mick’s video at
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – watch Dan’s video at
• Duesenberg Bonneville –
• Nik Huber Kratster II - watch Dan’s video at
• Duesenberg Paloma –

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