#1
Hi, I've been playing guitar for around a year, the first amp I ever bought was a roland micro cube, but I recently upgraded to a tech 21, I always had trouble with trying to play fast "shred" on my old amp but on my new one its so much easier and the notes come out so much clearer! I was just wondering, what is it about small practice amps that gives them a good rhythm tone but a terrible lead tone?
#2
I'm not sure that's actually true, but the micro cube is rather small and probably just had muddy distortion, which is especially a problem if you were pushing the volume or using tons of gain.

What Tech 21 did you upgrade to?
#3
Quote by unbornsea1
what is it about small practice amps that gives them a good rhythm tone but a terrible lead tone?


that is one way to see things i guess. i don't think this blanket statement applies to everything.

small, cheap practice amps in general are made with cheap parts and don't use the best construction techniques. the purpose of most beginner/practice amps is to provide some amplification for a guitar at a price point that is readily accessible to a young/beginner guitarist.
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#4
It all depends on what style you're playing. I have a 10 watt Kustom practice amp that I love. The distortion sounds like roadkill, but I've never heard another amp that sounds just like it.
#5
Its all relative to the speaker size I would have to say, and then after that how the amp actually distorts and stuff. Being solid state they don't saturate and distort like a overdriven tube amp they use digital clipping to produce a similar effect. When you deal with small practice amps especially combo amps they tend to have really small speakers even little tiny 3-4 inch speakers depending on the size of the amp. Such a small speaker wont sound bad when being mildly pushed but when you push it hard under a lead situation it will probably start having a hard time. Not all amps will have this problem, and sometimes you can do stuff to fix it, its a practice amp so you can't expect the world from it.
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#6
Quote by gumbilicious
the purpose of most beginner/practice amps is to provide some amplification for a guitar at a price point that is readily accessible to a young/beginner guitarist.


This is how I've always looked at it.

A practice amp isn't really designed to get an amazing tone, but more so the player can simply hear what he's practicing at a reasonable volume and be affordable.
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