Running two little amps.

Discussion in 'Amp-a-ridifiers' started by Smith357, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. Smith357

    Smith357 Squier-Meister

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    So I have two small 5 watt tube amps and Fender and a Crate. They are not at all similar in tone, the Fender is smooth and creamy and the Crate is bright and twangy. Using the left and right outputs in my Amplifi FX100 floor board I have a left and right amp, I'm running the board naked save a touch of reverb. Running them together this way they really seem to compliment each other with a full rich room filling sound that is better than either amp played solo. Does anyone else run two dissimilar amps at the same time or am I just a whack job with too much time on my hands?
     
  2. mechanic1908

    mechanic1908 Squier-Meister

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    You aren't a whack job. ( or we both are)
    I have a 5 watt valve jr and a 20 watt Kustom 20 watt solid state( with a 12" speaker) and I run them both off my vamp3 outputs. Sounds 10x better than either one solo.
     
  3. fuelish

    fuelish Squier-Meister

    Not at all strange.....just fleshin' out the sound, I often use a Valve Jr with another amp, perhaps my Tweaker or my Rumble 25 (Rumble works well with with my guits)
     
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  4. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    Feb 16, 2018
    North Central NC
    Robin Trower, at least at one time, ran one of his Marshalls overdiven and another one clean, at the same time. I have two speaker cabinets that are the same, but with two very different speakers in them, and I've found they do what you discovered... sound really good together.
     
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  5. Tconroy

    Tconroy Squier-Nut

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    I have been wanting to do this also but with an ab/y box. Problem is most of those boxes have bad reviews such as bleed over and real noisy. don't need noise,what is it you have that splits to two amps?
     
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  6. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    Allot of people run 2 amps. Sometimes I run my Champ and Blues Jr and it sounds awesome.
     
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  7. Ralph124C41

    Ralph124C41 Squier-holic

    Feb 10, 2016
    I've done that very often.

    For guitar I used to have a Fender Blues Jr. (15 watts) and a Vox Pathfinder 10 (so, 10 watts). I don't know if my Blues Jr. was ailing or one of the tubes was failing but it didn't do trebles well ... which is sort of Fender's wheelhouse, right. So I used the two together as the Blues Jr. did the bass and mids well and the Vox, with it's mighty 6.5-inch speaker, was all highs, a little mids but little bass at all.

    For bass I had a couple tag teams: Sometimes I ran my TC Electronics BG250 (15-incher and a tweeter) with my tiltback Hartke 10 (10-inch speaker). Even the speakers were different compositions as the Hartke had an aluminum speaker. The BG250 had 250 watts while the Hartke had 120. But with the two amps I had a mini "rig" encompassing one 10-inch speaker, one 15-inch speaker and a tweeter. I would elevate the Hartke and use the tiltback feature.

    Howver with running two amps together you have to look out for a ground loop hum or other problems. I never encountered those, however.
     
  8. Ralph124C41

    Ralph124C41 Squier-holic

    Feb 10, 2016
    As a splitter I went "cheap" and just used one of those double connectors you could buy and I brought along an old EQ pedal and connected that to one of the outlets. I think I may have used also some pedal, such as a chorus, that has the stereo outputs. I've also used my old DigiTech BP 8 which is set up to split the signal. The BP 8 has an interesting option which allows me to split the bass notes to one amp and the treble to another amp.

    Again I realize my setups were not ... except for the BP 8 ... the "right" way to work but they worked.
     
  9. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    I run 2 amps - big's and smalls - and not the same - different speakers also - really great full sound ! three of my pedals are stereo - the last in the chain is a stereo reverb !
     
  10. Tconroy

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    UPDATE! I just went down stairs and found out that I have had a splitter all along and didnt even know it. It is a Belkin 5 to 1 splitter for headphones so 5 people can listen to the same songs without disturbing others. I had the 3mm to 1/4 trs jack adapters and plugged in 2 amps and it works great! No noise and sounds totally different even at very low volume. I have 3 amps and might even hook em all up and see what that sounds like. the fender champion 100 has 2 channels so I actually do have 3 different channels. Just another idea to keep me motivated and want to play more! Thanks for posting this Smith 357. Been a good day so far. I learned this, have the weekend off and just made $250 on a C.L. deal. Paid $35 for what I sold for $250, so that was a $215 profit, SCORE!!!
     
  11. corn

    corn Squier-holic

    Feb 27, 2013
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    Years ago I used to play through a Twin Reverb and a Pro Reverb, I split them with a stereo delay pedal
     
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  12. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    I used an ABY switch and ran my big Fender amp and my Fender Deluxe together..I had the Deluxe set for dirt and the big one set for ultra clean..
    Sometimes I ran them both together..
     
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  13. Smith357

    Smith357 Squier-Meister

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    I just tried swapping out one of the small amps for my Hartke KB12, after tweaking the EQ I am very pleased. The big bottom really sounds great with the shimmering highs. Thanks for the idea.
     
  14. 5thumbs

    5thumbs Squier-holic

    Dec 19, 2009
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    Like Papa I sometimes use my Marshall and my Egg. Or Marshall and Fender Blues Jr. Via ABY
     
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  15. corn

    corn Squier-holic

    Feb 27, 2013
    San Diego
    This is what I played through now, one is 14 watts has reverb , the other is 7 W and has tremolo . Once again I split them using a delay pedal it sounds so cool with tremolo it makes it sound like both amps have Tremolo and reverb and the delay bounces between the two
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  16. Jay Jackson

    Jay Jackson Squier-Meister

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    when I have 2 amps I use 2 amps some times stereo some times Not It has more to do with the Guitar and if I can set it up stereo. You can Get some very nice sounds with 2 amps
     
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  17. Luvs2yoko

    Luvs2yoko Squier-holic

    Jan 19, 2014
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    image.jpeg Works for Jeff.
     
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  18. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    Though I didn't do it while live gigging, I would do a lot of messing around with different ideas with two or more amps at home..
    One was setting one up with a Ross compressor at a high setting and the other amp dry..( using a splitter)..I would get the attack on one and infinite sustain on the other..I could play a note, go have supper, and it would still be sounding when supper was done with..
    Another one, that gave me great pleasure, was placing one amp at my extreme left and the other extreme right..Stereo..Then messing around with different settings on each one..Just had to careful not have them facing each other and canceling out the sound..
     
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  19. jvin248

    jvin248 Squier Talker

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    About 9 minutes in a good discussion of two dissimilar amps and an ABY pedal.
     
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  20. mikesr1963

    mikesr1963 Squier-holic

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    I run through a 25R Fender Frontman through a 4 x 12, and a Crate XT120R and have been for a few years. It's the only way to fly.
     
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