Poll: Which voicing do you prefer?
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View poll results: Which voicing do you prefer?
American
37 28%
British
96 72%
Voters: 133.
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#1
There are generally two voicings for amps: American and British. American voicing is very bright, clean, and chimey (characterized by 6L6s), while British voicing is darker, grittier, and more ominous (characterized by EL34s and EL84s).

Some examples...

American: Fender, Soldano, Mesa/Boogie.

British: Marshall, Vox, Hiwatt.

So which do you prefer, and why? I prefer British voicing, just for that grittier, more aggresive blues/rock tone.
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#2
I prefer British.
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#3
I love the British voicing, but the American still has a place in my heart.
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#4
Both. Depends on what I'm playing/listening.

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#5
I prefer heavily boosted British amps.
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#6
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#7
I prefer british, as a rule, but I have EL84's in my Mesa/ Boogie. I'm conflicted as to what I should vote for.
#8
I'm more of a metal guy and I haven't heard many British amps do metal good so I chose American.
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#9
Hmmm, can't decide.... Ilike both cleans, and both overdriven tones, but generally i prefer the British cleans and light overdrive, but the gain on American voicing, if that makes any sense
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#13
i prefer british voicing.
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#14
American. The first Marshalls were pretty much copies of Fender Bassmans, after all.
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#15
British. Its a darker, deeper voicing it. British amps tend to have better bass response. Likewise, the over drive is smoother. These are just generalizations, but its why I prefer the British sound. IMO though, the American sound has its strength's too; its great for funk and pop, and the cleans tend to have more life to them.
#16
both american and british cleans are sexy, but then i go with british crunch which just seems more fluid, and american hi-gain which is just... ballsier.
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#18
Depends on my mood. I love the Vox sound, as well as the tone of a good Fender.

So I'll say just New England, for now, even though I'm glad the Patriots lost the Super Bowl.
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#20


American has it's place though.
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#21
usually British voicing since I use Marshall and Vox amps, but I also like the American sound of old Fender amps a la Rolling Stones
#22
I love the American tone, like the Fender Princeton Reverb, like one of my #1 fav amps.

The thing is just that my sound is more British, like I've always grown up with it and it really is my sound, so I'm going to have to go with that.
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#23
Yeah I love Fender amps and they're chimey clean sound a lot, but a cranked Marshall Bluesbreaker combo or Plexi is just....orgasmo-tone

I guess the way I like to look at it it, the Americans did the guitars, the Brits did the amps...it makes us seems stil valued and a force to be reckoned with in the world I guess....
#24
American amps do the British tone better than the British themselves: Fender tweeds.

I still love a good Marshall, though.
#27
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Both. Depends on what I'm playing/listening.


+1

and i think it's a bit of an over-simplification to say american-voicing is "bright" etc... i'd call a recto an american voicing, and it's pretty dark-sounding.
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#29
Wow. I don't know why, but I was really expecting American to win.
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#31
American - Think of a wall of 65 Twin Reverbs, and Nugent playing Baby please don't go. That is the tone that made me pick up a guitar back in 1973
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#32
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American amps do the British tone better than the British themselves: Fender tweeds.

I still love a good Marshall, though.


But, Americans ain't as good as the Brits at doing EL84 tones IMO. The Vox AC30 is still the king in that category.
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#33
If I had to choose, I'd say British, because I LOVE the sound of high end non master volume tube Marshalls, Voxes, etc.

But all I can afford right now are amps like Peavey and Fender for tubes (Getting a Blues Jr. NOS Tweed edition soon) so I like American voicing too.
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#34
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But, Americans ain't as good as the Brits at doing EL84 tones IMO. The Vox AC30 is still the king in that category.


I know, that's what 6V6's are for.
#35
^Agreed.

I can't say British or Americans are better, they're good for different things. For what I play a British amp fits me better. But it's like choosing between a Ferrari or Lamborghini, neither is better, all depends on what you want.
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#36
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^Agreed.

I can't say British or Americans are better, they're good for different things. For what I play a British amp fits me better. But it's like choosing between a Ferrari or Lamborghini, neither is better, all depends on what you want.


Good point. I still prefer American cleans, but it gets harder to choose when it's about the OD.
#37
That's true. British amps have a way of sounding spikey when it comes to cleans. Vox has nice cleans though. But Fenders cleans are just much more full and sound way better. For od though, it's a tough choice.
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#38
im all for fender cleans, however i prefer marshall crunch to MOST mesa amps.
but im all about fender cleans so american for me
#39
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^Agreed.

I can't say British or Americans are better, they're good for different things. For what I play a British amp fits me better. But it's like choosing between a Ferrari or Lamborghini, neither is better, all depends on what you want.

Rolls Royce and Lambo....more like
#40
^Actually Rolls Royce vs. Cadillac would be more true then...
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