#1
I have a roland cube 40XL, a friend of mine is offering to sell me an MXR Zakk Wylde overdrive pedal for about $40. The rectifier setting on my amp is good but could use more distortion, gain, overdrive or whatever its properly called. Anyway, questions are... Is it worth boosting a solid state amp like mine? Or is that only reserved for tube amps?
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I have a roland cube 40XL, a friend of mine is offering to sell me an MXR Zakk Wylde overdrive pedal for about $40. The rectifier setting on my amp is good but could use more distortion, gain, overdrive or whatever its properly called. Anyway, questions are... Is it worth boosting a solid state amp like mine? Or is that only reserved for tube amps?


you can't really boost a solid state. at least not like you would with a tube amp. with a tube amp you are boosting the signal going into V1, on a solid state i am not positive (read this as: wait until somebody more familiar with SS amp comes along), but it doesn't work.
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#3
It won't really work on a modeling amp. Modeling amps are really best left alone, just guitar straight into the amp.
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#4
ive had success boosting a solid state amp, but it was just for fun because i had my friend's amp and my tubescreamer laying around. i dont know if it's a good choice to go out and buy one. if the amp model doesnt have enough gain, maybe you're using too much gain...
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Boost the transistors. Heard they sound better warmer more so than cold.
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I can't see how you could want more gain out of a rectifier model. But boosting a tranny amp will lead it into break up, but this break up is very harsh and doesn't soft clip like a tube amp.

My evo in the bridge of my S470 played hard puts my Vox VT100 into clipping. With the 6505 model it sounds very good, but on the clean channel it sounds very choppy and horrid.

It does work, but it doesn't distort nicely. But with your recto model, you might not notice. But you may be better off getting a dedicated distortion pedal that you liek the sound of and using your clean channel.
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#8
I've boosted a solid state amp with an Art mic preamp


it actually didn't sound bad. It was a Peavey Rage 158, and it boosted it just enough to add some more gain. If I boosted it too much, there was some nasty artifacts, or it could have just been the actual tube breaking up in the preamp. I'm not sure.
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I've boosted a solid state amp with an Art mic preamp


it actually didn't sound bad. It was a Peavey Rage 158, and it boosted it just enough to add some more gain. If I boosted it too much, there was some nasty artifacts, or it could have just been the actual tube breaking up in the preamp. I'm not sure.

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#10
solid state amps can be boosted although you have to be careful not to clip the input stage otherwise it'll sound shit - some amps clip a lot more easily than others so it really depends entirely on the amp.

i much prefer to run a compressor into a solid state than to boost the signal - you need less boost that way because the overall signal will be more even.
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#11
If the r-fier model doesn't have enough gain for you - either the amp is defective or your ears are.
#12
@julzius & 667: boosting an amp is not the same thing as just adding/turning up the gain.
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#13
This is probably the biggest myth on UG.

In the case of your Cube Xl 40, no, you can't, as that's a digital-modeler and not a true analog solid state amp.

But with a true analog SS, such as the Randall RG100es, YES you can indeed clean-boost it. But not with a TS or any other overdrive pedal. Instead with a Boss MT-2. Set the gain at 0 on the pedal, set the level at midway, and leave the EQ balanced. This will make the dry, lifeless tone of the RG100es thick, warm, and juicy.

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