#1
I have a 65 Super Reverb Reissue. I've put Weber speakers in it, and it sounds really good.

I'd like to be able to push the tubes to overdrive, but I can't do so without making the neighbors mad. So far I've disconnected two speakers, pulled the V1 tube for the clean channel, put the the 12ax7 tube from the vibrato preamp circuit into the V6 phase inverter socket, and took the 12at7 tube from the V6 phase inverter socket and put it into the V2 vibrato channel preamp socket. This is all per Fenderguru.com. And, of course, I have a TS9 Tubescreamer attached.

Any other suggestions as to how to get the tubes overdriven without annoying people on the other side of town?
#2
Sounds like a job for an attenuator.
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#4
Now why didn't I think of that? I asked in a thread weeks ago about an attenuator.

Thanks.
#6
Might not be the option you're looking for, but buying a nice overdrive pedal with the sound/amount of gain you want is what I'd do
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#7
You can get some decent drive with the volume turned down if you are pushing the preamp hard enough. I do it all the time with my non-MV amps.
An EQ is a great way to do it because you can also compensate for the different frequency response resulting from turning down the volume.
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#8
power scaling or vvr might be a better plan than an attenuator if you're trying to get down to home volumes. that involves modding the amp, though, which probably isn't ideal.
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#9
The Bad Cat Unleahed is about the best attenuator there is and it will also make your small amp into a 100 watt monster by reamping the signal. Check em out they are badass
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#10
Thanks for the replies. I already have two overdrive pedals. I've decided to go with a Weber Mass 100 attenuator. Still haven't decided on the MASS 100 or MASS 100 Lite. They seem to have had good reviews here on UG, and I like Weber's quality.

Someday if I have ample cash, I'll look at an EQ. I think I should concentrate on learning to play well more than buying gizmo's, though.
#11
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Thanks for the replies. I already have two overdrive pedals. I've decided to go with a Weber Mass 100 attenuator. Still haven't decided on the MASS 100 or MASS 100 Lite. They seem to have had good reviews here on UG, and I like Weber's quality.

Someday if I have ample cash, I'll look at an EQ. I think I should concentrate on learning to play well more than buying gizmo's, though.

The Bad Cat is better at not coloring your sound than any other attenuator right now
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2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#12
The Bad Cat is better at not coloring your sound than any other attenuator right now


I"m getting a good price on a used Weber. If I find that it's coloring the sound, or if I find I need something more, I can sell it for what I paid and step up to a Bad Cat. The price tags on some of the attenuators are pretty steep.
#13
Yeah weber makes a good product for sure. The Bad Cat is a pretty cool piece of equipment.
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Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#14
You will find that when you start attenuating you'll lose your higher frequencies. My Weber Mini Mass has the option to dial back in treble, by either a little or a lot. I've tested the attenuated tone to the full volume tone and found it pretty hard to see too much change, especially after setting the treble switch. Most Weber attenuators have that from what I've seen so your tone shouldn't really suffer a whole lot.