#1
I've narrowed my search down to three amps, each of which I've been able to try out. However, I want to get some unbiased ears - complete strangers who have no idea what it is I'm plugging into, so they can give unprejudiced feedback on which sounds the best.

I have uploaded 18 short sound clips (9-28 seconds each, with most under 20): three amps, three pickup settings (bridge, middle, neck), two channels (clean, drive). Each clip is me playing my own licks on my own guitar, with my own (and only) pedal, so there's absolutely zero guesswork on how well such-and-such amp will mesh with my gear, my playing, my style.

Here is the full set of clips: https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/sets/amp-clips

Here are the individual clips:

https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/001-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/002-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/003-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/004-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/005-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/006-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/007-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/008-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/009-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/010-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/011-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/012-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/013-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/014-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/015-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/016-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/017-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips
https://soundcloud.com/dumbness/018-1?in=dumbness/sets/amp-clips

Feel free to skip around; by no means do you have to listen to all 18 if you don't want to! (They add up to 5 minutes, 19 seconds). If you hear anything you like, let me know; if you hear anything you don't like, DEFINITELY let me know.
#2
I liked 002, 006, 009, 010, 014 and 015. All the rest of the clips were "meh", in my opinion.
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#3
Were there any that stood out as bad, or were the rest just kind of average? (I'm counting "no" votes as well as "yes" votes).
#4
To be very honest, I thought they all sounded bad. I don't know what kind of sound you're going for though, and I don't know if what I dislike is because of the amp, your playing, your guitar, or just the recording equipment/process. I thought they all sounded very weak and raspy/harsh.

Out of them though, I thought the best were 1, 2, 6, 9, 15 & 18

4, 10 & 11 were okay.

7 and 13 were horrible.
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#5
I must be honest, this is stupid and has pretty much no point. Why does it matter if I like a clip or not? How does that impact what amp you will like for your situation?
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#6
Quote by Offworld92
To be very honest, I thought they all sounded bad. I don't know what kind of sound you're going for though, and I don't know if what I dislike is because of the amp, your playing, your guitar, or just the recording equipment/process. I thought they all sounded very weak and raspy/harsh.

Out of them though, I thought the best were 1, 2, 6, 9, 15 & 18

4, 10 & 11 were okay.

7 and 13 were horrible.

I think it's a combination of recording equipment and taste. All I have available is a cheap laptop mic, and at the moment I don't have access to what I or any musician would consider a good recording space (acoustically speaking).

That being said, you're probably also picking up on a deliberate tonal preference on my part - I really don't like a lot of bass, and always go for a "thin" sound. The crappy mic aside, that accounts for a good deal of what you term weak.

Marking "no" on 7 & 13
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#7
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I must be honest, this is stupid and has pretty much no point. Why does it matter if I like a clip or not? How does that impact what amp you will like for your situation?

How constructive of you.
#8
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How constructive of you.


About as constructive as this thread.
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#9
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About as constructive as this thread.

Your involvement aside, I'm actually finding this very helpful. I'm not sure where your normative statements are coming from.
#10
Quote by Kevin Saale
I must be honest, this is stupid and has pretty much no point. Why does it matter if I like a clip or not? How does that impact what amp you will like for your situation?

+1

These kinds of threads usually do not work out to well.

TS - try this:

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1387138

That's how we roll around here. It is much more constructive.
#11
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+1

These kinds of threads usually do not work out to well.

TS - try this:

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1387138

That's how we roll around here. It is much more constructive.

Eh, I've tried that kind of thread multiple times and it didn't do much for me, so I'm trying something else. I've gotten good feedback from two people already that's been very constructive for me; if anybody thinks this thread isn't constructive for them...oh well.
#12



You should pick the amp you think sounds best.

What does it matter what I think? I have no idea what you are going after, and my tastes probably aren't aligned with yours.
#13
I listened to a lot of them. They all sounded really thin to me.
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#14
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I listened to a lot of them. They all sounded really thin to me.

Were there any that sounded noticeably worse than the others?
#15
No not really. You said you only had a crappy mic. Hard to do much with that
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#17
I like the idea of the thread with the blind aspect of it, but without some kind of reference tone that you're shooting for, it seems less useful (purely subjective). It might make more sense to have a short clip (even on youtube) of some song/riff that you want to emulate, then do your best with the amps you have. That doesn't account for the laptop microphone... not the best platform for this.

I think I liked 17 the most, it seemed to be the fullest sounding one to me, which you indicate is not what you're looking for. 4 and 10 were also ok. 13 was bad/harsh, 1 and 2 were both a bit harsh and thin. 7 had too much string noise (guitar too close to the mic?). The laptop mic could be the cause of the harshness when there are a lot of high frequencies.
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#19
Clips 2, 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 17 sounded good. The rest either seemed too muddy or had a weird high overtone. I've gotta say though, this thread is a pretty great idea.
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#20
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I like the idea of the thread with the blind aspect of it, but without some kind of reference tone that you're shooting for, it seems less useful (purely subjective).\


+1, big reason why I answered seriously in the first place. It's a good idea, but yeah, could have been executed better.
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#21
Quote by Offworld92
+1, big reason why I answered seriously in the first place. It's a good idea, but yeah, could have been executed better.

Yeah, crappy recording equipment...bleh...

What's a good, affordable mic?
#22
Audix i5 & Shure SM57. I haven't personally used an i5, but I hear they're good for accurately reproducing what you actually hear. 57 is good just because it is the industry standard - it has it's own EQ, but it gives you a good idea of what to expect in comparison to every other amp demo out there done with a 57.

Do you have an audio interface?
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#23
And we know that you can dial in an amp because? After owning the amp for a while it will sound different because you will learn how to dial it in.
Nice concept but no, just no. Those clips tell us jack shit.

This:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1387138
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#24
i don't see a real point to the thread either like kevin, and R45VT had a good point too. get what you want, you know what you want.

if you want better results go for something specific. i don't care if its nirvana or lamb of god or anywhere in between. or at least play the same thing every time.

what were you using? maybe we could help you tweak something better than what you have.
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#25
GLS Audio ES-57 is supposed to be a very good SM57 clone. Some people actually prefer them claiming they have slightly better clarity and are brighter.
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#26
I didn't like the tone on those Youtube clips. Not at all. Your tone was similar to those, so I guess in a way, you've been successful. There's my $.02
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#27
Out of tune guitar, poor quality recording.....seriously, there's no way I'd judge blind from these. Great idea but you'd need much better execution to pull it off.


Quote by kindadumb
Eh, I've tried that kind of thread multiple times and it didn't do much for me, so I'm trying something else.


The impression I get from your previous threads is that you're trying to build your rig around a pedal.

Stop doing that, it's a waste of time. Get an amp with the sound you like, and then use pedals to complement it. Stop messing about with this 'clean amp with a fuzz pedal in the FX loop' idea, and just buy an amp that makes the sound you want in the first place.
Last edited by kyle62 at Mar 18, 2013,