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Preamp, Power Amp Or Speakers – What's Really Making The Difference In Your Guitar Amp?

Published 15 Mar 2024

"Round 1: we mix'n'match bits of a classic Marshall and a Mesa/Boogie to hear what’s doing what

Welcome to the show. Please note your amp[s] need an effects loop to do this…
So then, ever wondered what one amp’s preamp might sound like through another amp’s power section? Or speaker? Or multiple combinations therein? Today we delve into that a little bit, following a conversation about slaving amps. The concept is simple enough – use your effects loop to separate the pre- and power amp sections of a couple of different amps and connect ’em up for new combinations. And then try different cabs too!
Let’s see what we learn… Enjoy the episode!

Pedals & stuff in this show
• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-200 Turbo Tuners

• Dinosaural Cogmeister

• Free The Tone Future Factory
UK & Europe:

• Palmer PD106 Attenuator
UK & Europe:

Guitars used in today’s show
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster - Dan’s video here:
• Gibson Custom True Historic ’57 Les Paul Goldtop, Murphy aged - no specific video but it’s on the channel a lot!
• 1961 Fender Stratocaster - Mick’s video here:

Amps used in today’s show
• Marshall 1987X
• Hughes & Kettner 212 Cab with Celestion G12M Greenback speakers
• Mesa Boogie Lone Star Classic with 2x12 Mesa/Celestion C90 speakers

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