Re: electric sound
- From: Jim <askme@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2007 14:33:13 -0800
I have a cort electric and a marshall prac amp (MG15dfx),but i play/practice acoustic almost exclusively,the idea being that if i had to drag out the amp and leads everytime i practice i probably wouldn't bother.
My problem is,on the rare occasions i do noodle about with the electric,i usually find the sound disagreeable and put it away,turning back to the acoustic.
This is probably a combination of bad form and bad setup,but as far as i'm aware my gear is "reasonable quality"
i.e. the little marshall is at least a known brand
Unfortunately, the name "Marshall" really doesn't guarantee anything. They sound very SS and buzzy to me.
The good news is that there are a couple of cheap tube amps out. I have not tried the Blackheart, but recommend you try it and the Epiphone Valve Junior head into a decent cabinet.
and i bought the guitar sight unseen as i have a cort acoustic and liked the build quality for the money.
You can take ten cheap guitars like a Cort, and one may stand out in the crowd, most will probably be okay, and a couple will probably be dogs.
...obviously it would have been better to play the guitar before i bought it,but the nearest one was a couple of hours drive away..
That's why it's good to buy with a return policy, and actually return it if it isn't up to snuff.
i find that my "acoustic chords" just don't sound that good on the electric and even the few power chords i can manage don't leave me that impressed.
Is it possible i'm just not setting the amp correctly,or using bad technique?any ideas?
I'd have to play it myself to know. If you are using distortion on that amp, I'd suggest rolling back the high frequencies and emphasizing the mids. Then set gain to a moderate level, not full distortion.
There are decent overdrive pedals that you could use into the clean side. For the money, I have two suggestions. Digitech Bad Monkey if all you want are lower gain tones. Digitech DF-7 Distortion Factory if you want the full range from low gain OD to insane gain metal distortion. Then set the amp for a good clean tone, and fine tune your tones on the amp to match best with the pedal.
I like the Vox Pathfinder 15R for a simple no-frills practice amp. I would suggest the VR30, but they are no longer being built. If you want amp modeling technology, check the Vox AD30VT. ...but check the used market. There seems to be a lot of them available used, lately, and I suspect it's because they are moving to amps like the Valve Junior. You can buy a 5W class A Epiphone Valve Junior with the matching cab for $260, new.
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