#1
I wasnt planning on doing this but I have to. I went through all the sticky's and could'nt find any sticky explaining GAIN. I have mainly played acoustic guitar for a long time unplugged and only recently bought a amp. N i want to know in detail what exactly does gain do.
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#2
Gain is the "power" of the sound. The less gain you have, the less powerful the sound is going to be, the more gain, the more powerful it will sound.
#3
Gain in technical terms is the amplification power. However nowadays, it's got a different meaning too. In old tube amps, if you increased the gain you'd get distortion. The term gain has become synonymous with distortion by now. Many Fender amps have the distortion/overdive knob labelled as "gain."
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#4
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Gain is the "power" of the sound. The less gain you have, the less powerful the sound is going to be, the more gain, the more powerful it will sound.

...what?

Gain is a clean signal being broken up (like pink said: by today's terms). Its the same thing as distortion. Or in some cases 'Sustain'.
#6
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im sorry to inform you, maker of this thread, but you are pretty retarded

Hmm lemme think about that for a second.

Yup. Youre a jack ass.

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what do you think of the Marshall AVT50HX 50 Watt Amp Head?????
??

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i just want which is the best out of these three. that doesn't me give me a bunch of bull crap about how i should save up my money and by a frickin tube amp. thats good advice, i know, but considering that im about 3 seconds away from throwing my crate amp out the window, i really cant wait. so just give me your best opinion on which of these i should choose, and that would be great.

Behringer GMX1200H V-Tone Analog Modeling Guitar Amplifier Head
http://www.zzounds.com/item--BEHGMX1200H

Line 6 Spider II HD75 Guitar Head
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/prod...58&src=3SOSWXXA

Fender FM100H Guitar Amplifier Head (100 Watts)

http://www.zzounds.com/item--FEN2317000000

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im wondering what the best amp head you can buy for two hundred bucks is. i play mostly blues rock influenced metal on my gibson les paul studio. ive been looking at some brands but i really dont know. behringer, line 6, fender?

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i play blues rock influenced metal and i was wondering if anyone knew of a good heavy metal type guitar head. i was considering bbuying a line 6 spider 2 head and running it through a marshall cab, but when i told them, they flipped out like someone had hit them in the head with a bat and insisted that i not buy it. the only problem is i didnt get any better suggestions, which is why i made this thread. please help!!!!!

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doyou know a distortion pedal that sounds most like the line 6 amp metal setting?

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i am looking to buy a spider 2 line 6 amp head but im an idiot when it comes to stacks because i only have a practice amp. i was wondering if you could run any cabinet you want through any amp head. if so, does anyone have an opinion on the spider 2 being run through a marshall cab? (when i say opion i mean do you think it would sound good). please help me i am stuupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Pretty much sums it up.
#7
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#8
OWNED!!!!!!

Gain is the signal strength feeding into either the preamp or power amp (not sure which it is) basically the signal that comes out of your guitar is pretty low, by adding gain your buffering that signal and incerasing it's strength (measured either in decibal or k's output). I think in more modern amp gain is basically just increasing the signal strenght before getting it to the preamp, which are lil tubes that distort under pressure and then that signal gets fed to the poweramp, an overdrive will increase the gain of your guitars signal, and clip it a bit, so that the preamp tubes distort faster.
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#9
Quote by kurdtkobaign
Hmm lemme think about that for a second.

Yup. Youre a jack ass.


Pretty much sums it up.

I love you.

Haha.

And in simple terms, gain is basically distortion.
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#11
Originally Posted by Metalcomesfirst
doyou know a distortion pedal that sounds most like the line 6 amp metal setting?


That ones my favourite
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#12
kurdtkobaign, you are my hero.
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#13
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Hmm lemme think about that for a second.

Yup. Youre a jack ass.


Pretty much sums it up.

As a veteran of pwning noobs in such a fashion, I grant you my seal of approval for your pwnage.
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#14
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As a veteran of pwning noobs in such a fashion, I grant you my seal of approval for your pwnage.


where's the seal?
#17
Lmao, Metalcomesfirst got pwnt.
And he also got warned!

What a n00b!


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#18
Quote by suicidalmoose
OWNED!!!!!!

Gain is the signal strength feeding into either the preamp or power amp (not sure which it is) basically the signal that comes out of your guitar is pretty low, by adding gain your buffering that signal and incerasing it's strength (measured either in decibal or k's output). I think in more modern amp gain is basically just increasing the signal strenght before getting it to the preamp, which are lil tubes that distort under pressure and then that signal gets fed to the poweramp, an overdrive will increase the gain of your guitars signal, and clip it a bit, so that the preamp tubes distort faster.

On a multi-channel amp, gain controls the power saturation of the preamp tubes.
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#19
Ok u guys have been a gr8 help.
Metalcomesfirst got pwned so bad man! L-O-L

See the reason for this thread is bcoz I hacve learnt everything on the acoustic guitar only. Reason being I cant afford a decent electric guitar. I never had any knwledge of amps. I just purchased a micro cube to which I connect my acoustic f-cut with my external pickup(transducer). I get confused with gain, the moment I put it up it creates feedback. The manual says gain is the sensitivity of the guitar cord jacks.

Another reason being: THERE IS NO STICKY FOR GAIN!!!!!!

Im clearer now, I guess I'll be more clearer with experience.

edit: Thanks to Sanitarium as well!
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invincibleneo - you are one of the only people in this thread that talk sense.
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#20
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Ok u guys have been a gr8 help.
Metalcomesfirst got pwned so bad man! L-O-L

See the reason for this thread is bcoz I hacve learnt everything on the acoustic guitar only. Reason being I cant afford a decent electric guitar. I never had any knwledge of amps. I just purchased a micro cube to which I connect my acoustic f-cut with my external pickup(transducer). I get confused with gain, the moment I put it up it creates feedback. The manual says gain is the sensitivity of the guitar cord jacks.

Another reason being: THERE IS NO STICKY FOR GAIN!!!!!!

Im clearer now, I guess I'll be more clearer with experience.

Acoustics don't handle gain well. Their hollow bodies make them very prone to feed back. The only way to stifle that is to stuff the body with polyfill or t-shirts or something along those lines. But you'll still have that problem with anything over a bluesy clip.
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#21
dude i feel really stupid and yes, i will NEVER live those line 6 spider threads down till i die. congratulations for catching me being an asshole haha. one question though............
howd you find every single one of those old blogs???
#22
^LOL YOU REVIVED YOUR OWN PWNED THREAD LOLOLOLOLOL.


erm. Sorry, but I found it quite funny.
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#23
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