#1
I was jamming a little bit today, and messing around with my sound, and I came across a question. I have never really gotten overdrive naturally from cranking my amp because its just too damn loud for my family while I play. But I unplugged my pedals latley and started doing it anyway, and it sounds awesome. But in order to get clean tones, I now need to turn down the volume on my guitar.

So my question is, how do you guys get your blues clean and overdriven tones, with a loud amp and control on the guitar, or with a quieter amp that gives a clean tone and an overdrive pedal?
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#2
Quote by GD_GC
I was jamming a little bit today, and messing around with my sound, and I came across a question. I have never really gotten overdrive naturally from cranking my amp because its just too damn loud for my family while I play. But I unplugged my pedals latley and started doing it anyway, and it sounds awesome. But in order to get clean tones, I now need to turn down the volume on my guitar.

So my question is, how do you guys get your blues clean and overdriven tones, with a loud amp and control on the guitar, or with a quieter amp that gives a clean tone and an overdrive pedal?


if its a tube amp you could use a hotplate
#3
grab a volume pedal
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#4
I keep the MV low and I have a clean channel. I crank it when I'm home alone, so I get just the smallest amount of breakup then.
#5
Take a clean boost pedal and when you need cleans roll the volume down on your guitar and push the boost pedal so it's the same volume but not overdriven...if that makes any sense.
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#6
Just wondering why don't you buy a volume attenuator or a device to reduce the volume, and connect it between your amp head and your cabs? Then you will be able to crank your amp without bothering your family.
Though I'm not sure if that's possible .
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#7
Well I have a combo, so I don't know how it would work without a head and cabs, and I really don't know much about amps or any of this kind of technical stuff. I know how to plug into a tube amp, crank it, and play. But I am considering looking at some volume or boost pedals now that everyone here has mentioned one.

Thanks for the replies guys

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gone." - J.Lansdowne
#8
Quote by GD_GC
Well I have a combo, so I don't know how it would work without a head and cabs, and I really don't know much about amps or any of this kind of technical stuff. I know how to plug into a tube amp, crank it, and play. But I am considering looking at some volume or boost pedals now that everyone here has mentioned one.

Thanks for the replies guys


Also in combos the head is connected through a cable to the speaker. Often allowing you to disconnect it without cutting the cable. You may want to read this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_attenuator_(guitar)
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#9
Don't you have a Blues Deluxe or sommat?
#10
I rarely crank my Deluxe reverb, even if I'm with a band. But if I do, I'll use the volume control on my guitar to go down to clean tones. Otherwise for overdriven tones (which I don't utilize much anyways) I'll go with a TS-9.
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#11
Yeah I've got the Blues Deluxe, and what aetherspear is exactly what I've been doing. And my tone has been amazing. My parents just keep telling me to turn it down
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#12
I'm kind of sick of a analog pedal orverdrives, which is kind of why I usually play clean. I never get a chance to use amp overdrive.
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#13
I barely even get a chance to crank my Blues Junior (Even at Band Practise ) so I feel your pain. I usually use the amps overdrive with a TS-9 with a solo boost anywayts
#14
I crank the amp and use the volume knob for cleans. If I have to play quietly I use a rat distortion pedal.
#15
My amp is pretty quiet for a tube amp, its only a 15W. And when im jamming i always have the problem of being able to be heard. So usually for overdriven tone i have my ts 808 on and the volume knob and 6,7,8. And when i kick it off i turn the volume knob to 10.Usually i dont like my tone to be to "clean" and "sparkly" so i like having the volume knob on 10 so it still has a little kick to it without losing any volume and i can still be heard.
#16
I do a few things to get certain tones, depending on my mood. I use a Digitech Screamin Blues overdrive, and a Big Muff.

I have a Crate V33, and I usually use channel 2 for all purposes, dirty and clean. Clean= roll off volume knob.

I use the SB as a clean boost, but more like an EQ of sorts to shore up the low end that the amp has while keeping it's darker voicing. The muff is for various things, and if I roll volume off with the muff on, it gives me an old school sound, like Hound Dog Taylor

That's at low volumes, but for me, the same applies at high volumes.
#17
amp has a knob that turns down the master volume, like i'm sure others do. So I use that.

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#18
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I do a few things to get certain tones, depending on my mood. I use a Digitech Screamin Blues overdrive, and a Big Muff.

I have a Crate V33, and I usually use channel 2 for all purposes, dirty and clean. Clean= roll off volume knob.

I use the SB as a clean boost, but more like an EQ of sorts to shore up the low end that the amp has while keeping it's darker voicing. The muff is for various things, and if I roll volume off with the muff on, it gives me an old school sound, like Hound Dog Taylor

That's at low volumes, but for me, the same applies at high volumes.



^ I basically do the exact same thing, just substitute a Delta Blues for the Crate and a Boss BD-2 for the Screaming Blues

the clean channel is the only channel I ever need, that, and copious amounts of reverb


I forgot goolz, do you have the russian or american muff?
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#19
I had to sell my Marshal half-stack a while ago (I miss you plexi, I miss you soooo much) so now I'm working with a Blackheart BH-15H running through a custom 4x12 cabinent. I usually just crank it and get more distortion from that. If I need more gain I'll either use my MonteAllums modded Boss Blues Driver or my EH LPB-1, depending on how much gain I need. To go between clean and distorted I either use the knob on my guitar or use a switch I added to my guitar (I replaced my tone pot with a volume pot and I keep one pot at full volume and the other one at a much lower volume to get a clean sound, my switch I installed then switching between the two volume pots).

If you're looking for a good OD pedal that responds well to dynamics and your volume knob I would highly suggest the Boss Blues Driver. You MAY want to mod it, because it tends to get a little brittle and toyish at louder volumes, but other then that I'm pretty happy with it. I would also highly suggest the Blackheart BH-15H for it's wonderful cleans and smooth overdrive. Infact it has the best cleans I have ever heard. Infact the cleans, I would say, are better then both my old Marshall plexi and my original issue Fender Bassman.
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#20
I agree with the clean boost pedal idea. As far as cranked amp tones, sometimes I like to set my amp on 35 watt mode, use Tweed Power, turn my channel volume all the way down, turn my master all the way up, and then use the channel volume and gain along with the guitar's volume knob to tweak my tone.

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