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Old 03-14-2023, 02:30 PM
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My board features a Sovtek 12ax7 loaded ART Tube Preamp and a Whirlwind IMP2 DI. I mostly go ampless.
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Old 03-14-2023, 02:34 PM
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I haven’t used a real amp in years. I used Amplitube almost exclusively until recently when I picked up a Boss IR-200 which I’m really liking.
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Old 03-16-2023, 07:24 AM
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Bought my first acoustic guitar amp I ever owned recently. Played sole through "my" schlepped PA for over 40 years.

I was PA owner, hauler, sound man. I was the only one concerned enough to spend the money on quality sound.

As technology improved. Sound system components multiplied. And training became necessary.

Bought the cheap Fishman Mini. I figured anything I buy will pale in comparison to a mid-sized format PA. So why spend a bunch of money on one.

If I want quality sound, I can haul the PA out.

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Old 03-16-2023, 07:59 AM
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I have the POD Go which has the basic Helix patches, and an ALTO TS312 powered speaker. The Helix amp and cab models sound very good and the effects are top notch but it still isn't the same feel as I get through my Princeton or Deluxe Reverbs. There is something about the way a great tube amp pushes air that it just can't reproduce, but I'm sure for 99% of gig situations it would work fine with a monitor.

I've also gone direct with just some basic stomp boxes and the Joyo American Sound as my preamp. That works very good also. An inexpensive way to eliminate the need for an amp at a gig, also great as a backup incase an amp takes a dump on you.
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Old 03-16-2023, 08:29 AM
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Having spent too many years lugging amps around.. over this winter I went ampless....... man this is so cool... any one else here doing this?.. I gig a few times a week and being able to walk into a venue of any size with just a guitar and a pedal board is truly wonderful. Currently running a board that ends with a Mooer Radar set up as a '67 Fender Twin Reverb.For the bigger gigs we do carry some empty cabinets so it at least looks like there are amps The whole band is ampless, including bass
When one of the bands I've been in started playing larger clubs I did the "only need a guitar and pedalboard" thing. The first time we worked a club that had their monitor system out of order for the night I learned to ALWAYS carry a small backline amp. Sooner or later you'll see the need for this.
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Old 03-16-2023, 11:50 AM
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When one of the bands I've been in started playing larger clubs I did the "only need a guitar and pedalboard" thing. The first time we worked a club that had their monitor system out of order for the night I learned to ALWAYS carry a small backline amp. Sooner or later you'll see the need for this.
As long as they have speakers no amp is ever needed,, I carry a small hotone loudster on the pedal board.. thats 75 watts of amp right there. we always have monitors in the van
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Old 03-16-2023, 08:56 PM
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I think I'm a candidate for ampless..I'm so tired of trying to find a decent-sounding amp..
I find more happiness with a Zoom G1-Four but even that needs an upgrade because it's not all the way there for me..
So I'm watching this thread for pedal board ideas
I'll be running it into a JBL Eon One Compact
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I think I'm a candidate for ampless..I'm so tired of trying to find a decent-sounding amp..
I find more happiness with a Zoom G1-Four but even that needs an upgrade because it's not all the way there for me..
So I'm watching this thread for pedal board ideas
I'll be running it into a JBL Eon One Compact
I run:
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Mooer Radar set to '67 Twin Reverb with parametric EQ and 6L6Tubes
(Second Preset on that is an AER Three acoustic model custom IR)- I use this IR for the shorter gigs.. for longer gigs ( i.e over one hour) is just switch to acoustic guitar
sitting at end of board is the Hotone Loudster 75 Watt PA pedal
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As long as they have speakers no amp is ever needed,, I carry a small hotone loudster on the pedal board.. thats 75 watts of amp right there. we always have monitors in the van
A friend who totes a Marshall half-stack to gigs showed me his Hotone backup amp. I stopped laughing when he plugged it into his 4x12 cab!!
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A friend who totes a Marshall half-stack to gigs showed me his Hotone backup amp. I stopped laughing when he plugged it into his 4x12 cab!!
I get that a lot
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I've got a Zoom G1-Four and A1-Four I could make due with on a pedal board..but the IR thing has me intrigued

Is there any IR multi-effect units that have more than one channel so I can set it up for Electric and Acoustic? or will I need a A-B switch
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I've got a Zoom G1-Four and A1-Four I could make due with on a pedal board..but the IR thing has me intrigued

Is there any IR multi-effect units that have more than one channel so I can set it up for Electric and Acoustic? or will I need a A-B switch
The HX Stomp is stereo and supports 2048 coefficient IRs too.
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As long as they have speakers no amp is ever needed,, I carry a small hotone loudster on the pedal board.. thats 75 watts of amp right there. we always have monitors in the van
I believe that qualifies as carrying your own amp.

"We always have monitors in the van"

I think you're doing exactly what I recommended, bringing along your own backline.

For years I carried the same Peavey Minx 110 bass amp that was a true workhorse. It took care of any stage monitor duties I ran into, and even served as emergency seating when I played lap steel in a new venue that didn't have an armless chair in the whole building.

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I get the feeling that many commenting have never owned and regularly gigged with a great amp.
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I’ve had a Helix since they came out. Have a Kemper head then stage. Quad Cortex is finally at a point that I can gig it and I’m trying to since it’s so light weight. Had. Fractal FM9 that sounded great but the user interface was too much for me, even in simple mode. They made things more difficult than they needed to be. Sold that one. I have some amazing amps, but my last 2 bands have been amp less with in ears.
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