In related news of progress, the transistor has rendered tubes useless.Lawrence has a vested interest in stopping progress as it would cost him a bit in R&D.
I find the treble cut tone controls rubbish, I want more mids and volume from my bridge pickup in certain circumstances.
Factors One and Two are the root of the "Tubez!" crowd, some of whom will loudly proclaim that all solid state amplification is inferior without acknowledging that their fuzz and tube screamer and the FOH power amps are all solid state amplification.
Your post makes some excellent points, however I will offer a counter to this one point above.
For FOH amplification, solid state is almost undeniably better. More power, more headroom, less distortion.
Distortion and Compression through, are what most of us love about tube amps for guitars. It’s the interaction. The amplifier is acting as a signal processor of sorts. You’re not trying to cleanly amplify the guitar signal without color. Most solid state amps attempt to recreate the tubelike interaction with built in compression and overdrive circuits and this is where they fall short.
I guess what I’m saying is that it’s not an apples to apples comparison because we are talking about two very different ways to use amplification.
Same with pedals, as tube screamers and fuzz faces are designed to be run into, and interact with, tube amps and generally sound their best when doing so. A fuzz face into a SS amp is not a very good sound, at least in the majority or guitar player’s opinions.
Yes, absolutely. The richest guitar sounds are a result of multiple styles of overdrive and compression: Pedal, preamp tube, power tube, output transformer, speaker, mic preamp and outboard gear, analog tape (remember that stuff, which saturates in the most musical way which is totally impossible to replicate via digital?). Too much of any one will sound harsh, fake, or otherwise unpleasant, but used tastefully, in combination; magic can happen.I agree with this entirely. The best sounding distortion combines solid state and tubes, and plays with the interaction between them. And is further amplified by big clean SS amps to go to FOH.
I’m still amazed that there aren’t more guitars with active tone controls in Strats and Teles.
I remember them coming out in Ibanez guitars in the 80’s and they were well received. The only thing I can remember is a booster being fitted to the Clapton Strat.
While people will say use an EQ pedal, I think an EQ for a particular pickup is a nice touch, this isn’t so hard in a Strat as it is in a Tele.
What are your thoughts?
when I get a fine acoustic in for some kinda work and I see a hole cut in the side with a cheep plastic housing full of sliders, a battery etc... I just cringe.... Particularly in something like a better Martin, Taylor, Gibson.... etc... God... just mike that thing... don't leave a legacy of someone that condones hacking a hole in the side for convenience...
Some day in the future, your GrandSon is gonna say, "Yeah, my whacky GrandPap did that... we erased him out of our Ancestry.com tree because of it . . damn him... didn't he have any idea that a 9v Battery would be banned around 2049... "
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