#1
Im looking to buy a new guitar and amp..
What is Gain, Distortion, Clean??
What do those mean??

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#2
Alright well clean is exactly that clean amped version of your guitar. Distortion is like the dirt or edgy tones in most hard rock and metal. Gain is kinda involved in Distortion and its sorta like the sustain that is dirty i know somebody is gonna yell at me for that but you just kinda gotta hear it.
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#3
Clean is what your guitar sounds like through the amplifier with nothing else. Distortion is what you hear in almost all music today. It is that fuzzy sound. Gain is basically how much distortion you want.
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#4
From wikipedia: In electronics, gain is a measure of the ability of a circuit (often an amplifier) to increase the power or amplitude of a signal.

the other two are pretty self explanatory, i think
#5
Clean is pretty much what you think, its clean, just ur guitar amplified basically, Distortion is like a rock sound, where the guitar is distorted, gain is simply the amount of distortion basically
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#6
okay ive got an idea unless you live in the middle of nowhere, go to guitarcenter or your local guitar shop and try out an amp any non tube and that will have all three for shure, then you will pretty much know what they are.
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#7
Clean=Nothing added to it.

Distortion=That 'shhhhhhh" fuzzy, scratchy sound.

Gain= Amount of distortion.

Clean:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jedJ6XY_m74

Distorted:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3fM1FDQ_oc

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#8
gain is volume that comes during the preamp stage and when it is up too high, the clean sound turns into a distorted sound
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#10
Go on youtube and type in "phaser demo" or "wah demo" and you can hear what it sounds like
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#11
Quote by sportmac49
From wikipedia: In electronics, gain is a measure of the ability of a circuit (often an amplifier) to increase the power or amplitude of a signal.

the other two are pretty self explanatory, i think
Technically speaking "gain" is exactly what it says here. It's amplification. If you turn up the volume, you increase the gain of the amplifying circuit.

However, in guitar vernacular gain is often meant as a reference to driving the amp's circuitry into distortion. A high gain amp refers to an amp that supplies lots of distortion. If you were say "high gain" in a reference to normal electronics it would mean simply that the circuit increased the amplification a lot, and would have nothing to do with distortion. To be knowledgeable it's important to realize that gain means more than one thing and you can distinguish the meaning from the context of the conversation.

So wrt guitars gain frequently means both increasing amplification AND driving the amplification into distortion. That's why the input gain is labeled "gain" and the output "gain" is labeled "volume". Because when the input gain is increased it drives the input circuitry into distortion. But when the output gain is increased it mostly just increases the volume.
#12
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yea.. thanks..

How bout Pedals, Phaser, Wah, Reverb, Delay.. That stuff..


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