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Old 10-07-2008, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought an AC30 Custom Classic head and a 2X12 cab. I also use a big muff pedal for solo's or leads etc. When I use the big muff the amp completely kills the tone of the pedal. Now I have played with it and it seems to do it only at high volumes but thats what it has to be at to play with my band. I have had the tone (amp overdrive) all the way down and it makes almost no difference.The muff is kinda essential to the songs I play. Any ideas?
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Old 10-07-2008, 02:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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that's really weird.

so basically, the louder you turn up the amp the less effect your pedal has on your tone right? not really sure what would cause that, weak batteries perhaps. might need to run your pedal into a preamp prior to the actual amp in order to maintain signal strength.
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ok ill give that a try! thanks.
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I just bought an AC30 Custom Classic head and a 2X12 cab. I also use a big muff pedal for solo's or leads etc. When I use the big muff the amp completely kills the tone of the pedal. Now I have played with it and it seems to do it only at high volumes but thats what it has to be at to play with my band. I have had the tone (amp overdrive) all the way down and it makes almost no difference.The muff is kinda essential to the songs I play. Any ideas?
Sell it and buy a preamp.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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do you run the pedals through your guitar or do you have an in and out for effects on your amp. i prefer to run effects through the amp itself but i have a friend who prefers to run them through right through the guitar plug in in the front. Although the differences in tone are not as severe, running the effects through the amp itself usually makes the pedals work better.

.... i basically just restated what mr dave said although not as well... i think?
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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not quite the same as a preamp. i always heard that the effect loop on amps was for rack mounted units that used a different level of power than regular stomp boxes. wouldn't hurt to try though (if it's even possible with the AC30)
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If its not batteries, than its probably just an unavoidable issue between the pedal and the amp. I used to use both a big muff and an electro-harmonix octa-fuzz... The big muff worked a lot better with my bass setup, but I didn't like it with my guitar rig either. However, my octafuzz sounded fantastic with my guitar setup but sounded terrible when used for bass.

You should try pedals with your setup before committing to them..
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