#1
Hey guys, this is my first post.

I'm not sure but I think I'm encountering some problems with the sound quality of my guitaring.

I own a BC Rich Virgin VG1 Guitar. £200
I also have an Acoustic Solutions JE21 20W Amplifier. £40

I like to play 60's-90's classic rock songs (well try, I started playing a month ago hehe) however when I'm playing them... they don't turn out how I like.

My guitar is in standard tuning, I checked them with an electric tuner. My amps are on a decent setting when I play the songs that I am (well learning) as I checked them up with internet settings.

However I am worried that my amp isn't very good for an electric guitar.. I was wondering if you guys could check it out? The problem I have with it is when I play power chords they don't turn out right. Also when I play songs they turn out... meh not distorted (for some) and not as sharp and they don't have as clean and as crisp sound as they do in the tutorial videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc6QQy17zzI

A basic smoke on the water - I find the amp settings and play it exactly the same, however the sound is 'flat'

Also my amp has 'Drive' 'Level' 'Treble' and 'Bass' and Overdrive switch but all other amp settings have things called 'mid' and 'gain' which I don't have - which is why I think that my amp isn't suitable for an electric guitar.

Also when I try playing 'Enter Sandman' by Metallica.. and some other classic heavy metal songs.. I feel my amplifier doesn't distort enough even when it's on the right settings, and overdrive is on... I think it's still too clean. Also it only distorts when I put it on a high volume... but even then it's not that much.

I hope you could respond and help me out. I thank you for reading this and I appreciate it's quite long xD

Arron
#2
i think the clue's in the word acoustic, i'm right in assuming that's an acoustic amp right? they're not meant to distort in the same way as a normal amp
#3
Im no expert on equipment, but your amp has "acoustic" right in its name
I assume that's the problem
#5
dude you have a very basic beginners amp. you can't expect to get pro quality tones from something like that. you need a way better amp. the other thing is that if you have only been playing for a month you can't really expect to nail anything. even if you plug into a pro rig chances are it won't sound "right" due to your lack of skill. keep your epectations realistic and life will be better. take some more time to learn to play and be able to get it right then move on to worrying about getting great quality tones. a month is nothing in terms of learning to play guitar. making yourself nuts at this point will just discourage you from playing.
#6
Quote by teh_goon
i think the clue's in the word acoustic, i'm right in assuming that's an acoustic amp right? they're not meant to distort in the same way as a normal amp


I'm not sure to be honest, thats one of the things I'm trying to find out..

It doesn't have 'mid' or 'gain' like all the amp settings for classic rocks songs..
#8
Quote by monwobobbo
dude you have a very basic beginners amp. you can't expect to get pro quality tones from something like that. you need a way better amp. the other thing is that if you have only been playing for a month you can't really expect to nail anything. even if you plug into a pro rig chances are it won't sound "right" due to your lack of skill. keep your epectations realistic and life will be better. take some more time to learn to play and be able to get it right then move on to worrying about getting great quality tones. a month is nothing in terms of learning to play guitar. making yourself nuts at this point will just discourage you from playing.


Lol... you didn't read my post properly.

I played 'Smoke On The Water' - Single Chord to test this out, and that helped me come to this conclusion. You can learn that in 30 minutes for your first time playing..
#9
Quote by K Reyn
What you really need is a new amp.


So is this amplifier just bad quality.. or is it specialised for acoustic guitars?
#10
Acoustic solutions is just the manufacturer of the amp it's more than likely an amp for an electric guitar. You arent gona get amazing tones from that amp but when, for example you say it doesnt sound distorted enough, forget about the settings you found on the internet put the distortion up!!
#11
When I started playing I started with an acoustic guitar. No knobs to mess with or anything, just tuning and technique, really. But try not to depend on the internet for getting your sounds right. Learn to tweak it yourself to get what you want out of it. You'll learn more that way than from just looking it up on the internet.

About your amp, you need an amp that's made for an electric. Just a small amp, really basic.
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#12
That amp is not an acoustic guitar amp. But it is a crappy amp that is really just intended to make some noise until a teenage guy either quits guitar or buys something better. If you want an amp that sounds good you need to spend at least three or four times what you paid for that amp.
#13
Quote by JediArron
Lol... you didn't read my post properly.

I played 'Smoke On The Water' - Single Chord to test this out, and that helped me come to this conclusion. You can learn that in 30 minutes for your first time playing..


you said you'd been playing for a month in your 1st post if that's not what you meant then it's not my reading ability that is the problem.

get a good amp