How To Use More Than One Amp
Published on 19 Jun 2015
Who doesn't want to use two or more amps?
In this video, Daniel and Mick demonstrate and explain the things you need to think about when using more than one amp.
First off, using two or more amps can sound FANTASTIC, but when you do it there are a couple of things you need to do, namely making sure the amps are electrically isolated from one another – to eliminate ground loop hum – and also that they are in phase.
Plugging into a Marshall JTM45 (reboxed), a Fender Tweed-style Lazy J J20 and a vintage Vox AC30, the guys explain how these classic staples of the amp world can work together to give you a whole new level of tone and inspiration.
In addition to talking about complementary tonal, gain structure and compression characteristics, Daniel and Mick move on to basics of a wet-dry-wet setup: using effects in two 'left' and 'right' amps while keeping the centre amp dry.
If you've never thought about using more than one amp, this video will encourage you to give it a try - c'mon, you know you want to!
Daniel is playing his Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul reissue and Mick is playing his Fender American Vintage 1962 Stratocaster.
The overdrive pedal used throughout is a JHS Angry Charlie.
Delay and reverb from a Strymon Timeline and Big Sky respectively.
The amps are mic'd individually and recorded into a Zoom H6 portable recorder. Post production and mixing for the left-right splits is done in Logic.
As ever, TheGigRig G2 is handling all the switching effortlessly.
For more on TheGigRig see www.thegigrig.com