Getting crunchy distortion sounds from the amp without guitar effects

Discussion in 'Pro Audio' started by groundhog, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. groundhog

    groundhog Guest

    In the middle of recording guitar type music in a reasonable studio
    and interested to know peoples comments on this subject

    I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom, Boss GT6 effects and Laney VC30
    amp (single speaker).

    For cleanish sounds I find the tone far superior by only using the amp
    - as opposed going via the GT6 to the amp

    As for distortion I find it difficult to get the crunchy sounds
    without using the GT6 and amp (or even a Line 6 POD which sounds
    better than the GT6 I reckon)

    The engineer mikes up the amp with one mike close to the speaker and
    another room mike (Shure- so I assume they are good quality)

    Any tips on getting a crunchier sound - or is my guitar and amp that
    is the problem ...?!!!

    I've obviously tried different guitar pickup settings, different drive
    volume and tone settings but crunchiness ain't easy to find without an
    effects unit.
     
    groundhog, Oct 12, 2004
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  2. I don't know the Laney VC30, but if that's your only option and the amp
    won't do it (you've tried cranking it all the way?) then you need something
    to either hit it harder or introduce distortion before the amp.

    You might try a Tubescreamer such as an Ibanez TS-9 or 808, Maxon OD-9, Boss
    OD-1 (basically the same as a TS-9, but w/ asymmetrical clipping) or other
    overdrive pedal (Voodoo Labs Sparkledrive, Frantone Brooklyn, Jaques Tube
    Blower, etc) or if it's almost getting there, but you just need to throw it
    over, possibly a boost (Keeley Javaboost, MXR Microamp, etc).

    I think *any* of those would sound better through a good amp than a GT6 or
    POD.

    -jw
     
    John Washburn, Oct 12, 2004
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