To modulate sound signals by rhythmical amplitude fluctuations was a technique that has already been used in the 1950s and became famous again through grunge music. Besides the first DeArmond tremolo effect, about which I already wrote in this article, there are many other possibilities to produce a tremolo effect. Continue reading “Tremolo effects”
The sound of a tube amplifier pushed into saturation is unique. And although sometimes I play clean, my favorite amp-sound is never totally clean. I adjusted the amp in a way that it shows soft colorations and starts to compress when I dig in harder. This is the reason why so many prefer the supposed clean-sound of a tube amp instead of the sound of a transistor amplifier. Continue reading “Bedroom Level Amp”
In many forums all over the world guitarist are searching for the “transparent overdrive”. But what is meant by this and does a transparent overdrive make sense?
Tubscreamer and similar overdrives place great emphasis on the mids. This kind of overdrive is appropriate as an additional booster to an amplifier that is already overdriven. By creating haunting mids the sound of the guitar becomes more assertive and will be perceived much more in the context of the band as a whole. Continue reading “Transparent Overdrives- The perfect Low Gain Sound”
There is a lot of speculation about the vintage guitar sound of a Gibson Les Paul. The modern models are not able to sound like an original 1950s Les Paul. Of course there are uncountable reports about the wood, the pickups and the stop-tail-pieces and this is why I do not want to concentrate on these topics in this text. Continue reading “Vintage guitar-sound”
Many guitarists want to change the sound of their amplifiers in a certain way: more bass, more output or a more vintage-oriented sound. But most of the modifications are expensive and difficult to be done. In this case, to try out a new speaker could be a cheap and easy way to transform the sound of your amp. Continue reading “Speaker – Easy modifications to change the sound”
My Silverface Fender Princeton Reverb was humming as soon as I turned on the Reverb. I could exclude numerous sources of error. Then I found out, that the mass-copperplate did not have sufficient contact to the chassis. By tightening the nut of the input I could eliminate this fault. This is the video:
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