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ricknasty1985

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Distortion pedal to a SS amp
« on: November 27, 2016, 07:23:10 AM »
Hi guys, brand new here and unfortunately brand new to the game. I recently moved into an apartment so you guessed it...

I have an artec distortion pedal that I absolutely love and adore... I used to use it as my gain/distortion in bigger tube heads and now just into an ms2... it's got an organic sound and feel I can't replicate

I was wondering if it's possible to use the distortion pedal as a base for a single channel SS head around 30 watts? Sorry about my complete lack of knowledge here

J M Fahey

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Re: Distortion pedal to a SS amp
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2016, 05:23:13 PM »
Of course: build a good clean guitar preamp such as Rod Elliott´s P27, plus a 30/60W amp using an LM3886 , add a speaker you like, Jensen MOD are killer sounding and reasonably inexpensive or you could get a used 12" guitar speaker pulled from, say, a Fender or Peavey amplifier by somebody who upgraded to a more expensive one; those can be had at Craigslist or similar for $20/30 .
You´ll end up with a good clean combo perfectly suitable for jamming or playing in a Club and you hit it with yor pedal when you want crunch.

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Re: Distortion pedal to a SS amp
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2016, 10:17:03 PM »
Ahhhh thanks so much for taking the time, that's a great idea but my problem is I want to eliminate pedals and have just that single channel based on the pedal alone? Is it possible to create an amp based on the pedal?

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Re: Distortion pedal to a SS amp
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2016, 11:52:22 PM »
Sure, why not?  ;)

Ibanez even sells an amp with their Tube Screamer pedal "built in".

http://www.ibanez.com/products/u_amp_page16.php?year=2016&cat_id=5&series_id=141&ampl_id=5

Sorry, I guess that doesn't really help you,
but it shows that what you want IS possible.

Integrating the pedal you like into an amp will require some skills tho.
Not a project for a newby.
What's your amp building experience?
If it ain’t broke I’ll fix it until it is.

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Re: Distortion pedal to a SS amp
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2016, 12:36:28 AM »
Ive used my ibanez turbo tube screamer as a preamp to use with a 386 power amp before.

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Re: Distortion pedal to a SS amp
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2016, 01:22:43 AM »
Do you have an amp with an FX loop?  If so, plug your pedal into the FX return jack.  That way it only goes through the power amp and speaker - which is exactly what you propose.  You can hear how well it works or not.

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Re: Distortion pedal to a SS amp
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2016, 09:37:51 PM »
Just curious, WHICH Artec pedal are you talking about?
There´s a ton of them.

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Re: Distortion pedal to a SS amp
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2016, 08:07:19 AM »
Thanks Enzo, great idea... I'll do this over the weekend, thanks so much, for the info, I have no building experience at all

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Re: Distortion pedal to a SS amp
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2016, 07:31:47 PM »
Fair enough,

Enzo's suggestion is the best!  8)  :dbtu:

(wish I'd thought of that, seems so obvious now)  :lmao:
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