The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Acoustic Amplification

Thread Tools
Old 04-01-2013, 07:02 AM
pshambroom pshambroom is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 200

The Redeye Twin has most of what you want-A/B switch, DI, boost, loop. It has no EQ, just treble on each channel. It is very compact though, so you could add an EQ pedal to the loop and still have a small footprint.
Paul Shambroom
New Insect Overlords
PKA: Cruel Haiku, Standard Deviation

Eastman E10D
Seagull S12+
Voyage-Air VAD-04
Dobro wood roundneck Model 55, 1929
Regal RD-52 Black Lightning square neck reso
Fender Musicmaster II 1966
Airline lap steel
Traveler Guitar Pro Series Acoustic-Electric (rigged as lap-steel)
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 07:19 AM
ljguitar's Avatar
ljguitar ljguitar is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: wyoming
Posts: 41,068

Originally Posted by 1948Gibson View Post
I'll check those out. Any love for a tube pre?
Hi 1948G...

While I love their warmth in studio, they are fragile. Knowing how we pack around gear, I'd have to build a protective housing for it. Cheap tube preamps are least the 4 or 5 I've had hands on with are.

I've not found enough compelling difference in direct sound through my tube preamps (and I tried them) and my small stand alone preamps to even consider them for live play.

Tubes tend to reinforce warmth, and my K&K setup is already there.


Baby #01
Baby #02
Baby #03
Baby #04
Baby #05

Larry's songs...

…Just because you've argued someone into silence doesn't mean you have convinced them…
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 08:00 AM
lschwart lschwart is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 2,746

I don't use a stand-alone tube preamp, although I tried a few when I was first trying to figure out how to get a sound I liked on stage. My acoustic combo amp (a Genz benz Pro LT) has one, and I like the sound of it very much, but unless the amp is actually what I'm using for sound reinforcement, it's a lot to drag to a gig for what's in the end a pretty subtle effect. And it's an effect that I don't even like on my nylon string (too warm and fuzzy), so I when I use the amp I have to either turn the tube down or create a separate signal chain for that guitar. The stand alone units I tried offered a similar sound, but though they were smaller, they still required complications in terms of set-up (cables and gain setting) that just didn't feel justified given the subtlety of the difference they made. And as Larry notes, they're comparatively fragile. Also, the really good ones are expensive. I suppose it's all about the trade-off between fragility and complications, on the one hand, and the subtle warmth on the other. For me the deciding factor was how little difference the subtlety made in the context of an actual live gig. I enjoy the sound on my voice and on my steel string guitar when I use the amp, but mostly I just use my solid state preamp. To my ears, at this point in my experience, getting the gain structure and EQ right for the pickup, style of play, speakers and room are all more important that what you get with a tube in your signal chain.

Reply With Quote

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Acoustic Amplification

acoustic preamp

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:44 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=