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Differences Between Tubes and Transistors: Why Valve Amps Wipe the Floor with Solid States

VS Musicians and sound engineers alike often comment on the differences between resultant audio when processed by tube amps and transistor-based alternatives. While this issue is a long-running debate, with much support on both sides, it is generally accepted that

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Review: Ibanez Tube Screamer Overdrive (TS808 Reissue)

When Ibanez released the tube screamer guitar overdrive pedal, I bet they never would have thought that it would eventually become one of the most revered overdrives of all time. Used by a great number of professional players over the

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Famous Guitar Amplifiers: Fender ‘The Twin’ (Red Knob)

Huge companies like fender have been around for decades, bringing fantastic products from the world’s most recognizable electric guitar to some of the finest amplifiers ever created. Fender’s glory days as far as amplifiers are concerned is generally considered to

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Bring the Noise: Amp Overdrive or Effects Pedals

Rock music is one of those genres which benefits a lot from a good distorted tone, whether it’s rhythm guitar riffs or in-your-face all out soloing, cleans are just not strong enough for this style. That being said though, not

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Amps and Effects: Putting It All Together

So, let’s say that you have a decent tube amp that’s the perfect size for your regular gig, and a great set of pedals to put into a board. What’s the next step? Unfortunately, there are many ‘wrong’ ways to

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Amplification Part 5: Sound Reinforcement For Guitar Amps

As has been touched upon in my previous articles on guitar amplification, different powered amps will naturally break up and clip into overdrive at different volumes, and each overdrive will sound different as a result. Personally, I am a fan

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Amplification Part 4: Choosing the Right Tubes

If you have read any of the previous articles from my amplifier series you will have noticed that I am particularly fond of the vintage tone which can be attained from a real valve amplifier. For me, they are the

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Amplification Part 3: Power and Headroom

Hello and welcome to part four of my guide about all things amp! So far we have looked at the main differences between valve and solid state amps, as well as the different stages of guitar amplification. This post will

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Analogue Vs Digital

As time goes on, one thing is certain; it is an undeniable fact that technology grows and develops alongside humanity. From horse power came steam power. From steam power came oil-based fuel and from that came electricity. We now live

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Pedals Guide Part 1: Overdrive and Distortion Pedals

Before getting into reviewing and writing about my personal experiences with specific pedals and amps, I thought it might be a good idea to write in general about different kinds of effects for guitar, the ways in which they can

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