#1
I have a VOX AC30 and the headroom before it starts to break up into "distortion" is too high. I really have to crank the thing to serious Spinal Tap volume. I wonder if there is a good pedal that will get the amp to break up at lower volume levels. I set the output bias to the right level so I am now looking for a nice pedal to lower that headroom. What pedal goes great with a Vox?
#2
Umm, if you mean actually power tube saturation then you want an attenuator. If you're just wanting to get some preamp gain then an OD, fuzz, or treble booster is what you're after.
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#3
Quote by Kevin Saale
then you want an attenuator.

Yeah, I already checked out those attenuators. They go for $300 bucks apop! Plus I thought you can only use them if you have a head going into a cab. I have the AC30 combo. I wish I could get the amp to blitz out at lower levels for when I just practice alone. She wasn't made for that so I'm thinking of a simple Boss OD/Distortion pedal.
#4
Quote by CasinoEpiphone
Yeah, I already checked out those attenuators. They go for $300 bucks apop! Plus I thought you can only use them if you have a head going into a cab. I have the AC30 combo. I wish I could get the amp to blitz out at lower levels for when I just practice alone. She wasn't made for that so I'm thinking of a simple Boss OD/Distortion pedal.


I highly recommend an Ibanez Tubescreamer. FANTASTIC overdrive, you can get so many different sounds just by tweaking the three knobs. Not too expensive either, only $99. Hope this helps!
#5
Nope, you got it all wrong, all you need is this:

https://taweber.powweb.com/weber/minimass.htm

You can use it with a combo, just plug the amp to the attenuator (where the speaker is plugged in) and plug the speaker into the attenuator. Best 100 bucks I've ever spent, period.
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#6
Thanks, I have to check those out. The Tubescreamer seems to be the way most people go. That attenuator looks interesting.
#7
Quote by CasinoEpiphone
Thanks, I have to check those out. The Tubescreamer seems to be the way most people go. That attenuator looks interesting.



They work great too. I know the low price may scare you, but in all honesty they are extremely simple. The THD hotplate and marshall airbrake are just extremely overpriced.
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#8
You can't really reduce headroom, your best bet is to just get an OD pedal that gets close to the sound of the cranked amp. Check out the fulltone OCD.
#9
Quote by al112987
You can't really reduce headroom....

Thanks. I thought there might be a way -- attenuators or something.
I probably will just get an OD pedal so the amp breaks up a bit earlier.
#10
well I mean, it's not the amp's natural breakup but the OCD does a good job on getting a very similar tone of a cranked amp. it works especially well with vintage style Vox and Marshall amps and can get pretty convincing cranked AC-30 or JTM45ish tone when being used with the correct amp.