#1
Hi there, I have a '68 Silverface Fender Bassman Head. This thing is LOUD! I love the natural gain I get out of it, but unfortunately I don't get to that stage until the amp is way too loud over the rest of my band (I am using the head for guitar by the way). I have tried a few different OD pedals through it, none of which I liked through it and actually didn't really tend to make any difference except make the amp sound muddy and gross. My cousin told me about power attenuators which until recently I knew nothing about, but I am finding out about a cheaper alternative to that...pedals called volume attenuators. After doing a little bit of reading online, supposedly you have to run the volume attenuator through an effects loop but I am pretty sure my Bassman doesn't have an effects loop as it is from 1968. Would running the volume attenuator work if I just ran it straight through the input jack? If not, I am looking at the possibility of trying out a Fulltone OCD as a last resort. The only pedal I thought that sounded okay through it so far (surprisingly) is the Boss DS-1 Distortion, but that pedal is a little too grainy for my liking. If I don't like the OCD, I honestly don't know what I am going to do. Really don't want to sell this thing if I don't have to. Love the tone, it's just way too loud. I'm running it out of an Avatar 212 cab loaded with 2 Celestion V30 speakers.
#2
Few things. Volume attenuator is basically an extra volume control.

You can't use it on your set-up as you know already.


Secondly- what you are describing might be power tube distortion. An attenuator basically lets you get power tube distortion at a more reasonable volume level.

Throwing an OD pedal up front won't really simulate power tube distortion. Either get a lower wattage amp or buy an attenuator.
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#3
Quote by R45VT
Few things. Volume attenuator is basically an extra volume control.

You can't use it on your set-up as you know already.


Secondly- what you are describing might be power tube distortion. An attenuator basically lets you get power tube distortion at a more reasonable volume level.

Throwing an OD pedal up front won't really simulate power tube distortion. Either get a lower wattage amp or buy an attenuator.


So basically I would need to get a power attenuator as opposed to a volume attenuator? Also, I don't mind not having the power tube distortion sound. As long as I have a tone that doesn't sound like butt, I will be happy.
#4
He means a real power attenuator that goes between the amp and the speaker. They're not cheap. Those cheap attenuators that go in the loop are just a $5 pot in a box.

http://www.tedweber.com/atten.htm
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