#1
Hello, what does a preamp do, and if I added one to a half-stack, would it improve sound quality (distortion/tone)? Thanks
#4
Amp lesson:

A fully functioning amplification system for an instrument has three basic parts. A pre-amp, and power amp, and speakers.

A pre-amp is basically what shapes your tone. All the EQing and whatnot.
A power amp is what boosts that signal and drives it through the speakers so it can be heard.

Getting a new pre-amp will really only help if your amp is bad. Or if you want a different sound.
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#5
Quote by acdcrocks0323
It is one half of an amp. It doesn't do anything to tone. It is needed for any kind of sound. Let me guess. You have a crappy Marshall MG halfstack and you want better tone? Get a new amp.


tool.

I don't know the best answer for your question, but I'm fairly confident thats not the right one. Google or Wikipedia have plenty of information.
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#6
Quote by maggot2011
The power amp is where most of the tone comes from so... no.


Wrong.

The preamp, soundwise, plays a very large part on your tone, it will INDEED (if of good quality) improve tone. Drastically? Yes, it's possible.
#8
Quote by DiMeTiMe
Wrong.

The preamp, soundwise, plays a very large part on your tone, it will INDEED (if of good quality) improve tone. Drastically? Yes, it's possible.


Ah, sorry about that then. When you're wrong you're wrong.
#10
Quote by acdcrocks0323
What I meant is that ADDING a preamp wouldn't really help. And I found out by reading another of his threads that he has a Flexwave halfstack so he definatly wants a new amp, not just a new, cheap, slighty better preamp.


Maybe he's not talking about a 'slightly better' pre-amp. Maybe he's talking about a Mesa Triaxis, or a Bogner Fish, or an Egnater M4.. all of which run upwards of $1500.
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#11
Quote by Doodleface
Maybe he's not talking about a 'slightly better' pre-amp. Maybe he's talking about a Mesa Triaxis, or a Bogner Fish, or an Egnater M4.. all of which run upwards of $1500.


Then he might as well get a new amp .
#12
Quote by MoFly41
tool.



ya but the tool is probably right

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Yeh the SICK! bit sounds a bit stupid.

#13
I can say from personal experience that a preamp can help the guitar signal. I started using a preamp to simply put a clean boost on my guitar signal before my normal effects and it does wonders for sustain. I can hear that a boosted signal allows more of the tone to come through as well. It's stronger and a bit more harmonic. Thick, rich and buttery, too.

I use the Baggs preamp in my sig which is a high impedance input FET buffer preamp for acoustic pickup signals but it also works nicely on electric guitar and bass.