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Offline nutsandfrets

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Tube vs trad head unit?
« on: April 19, 2018, 07:39:54 PM »
Been debating on starting to slowly build my rig for a while now... Have a pedalboard and a simple amp. Was curious about your experience with tube amps compared to a head unit/speaker set up.

Btw, your clips you upload @the_buddha are high quality. Did the guitar sub move?

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Re: Tube vs trad head unit?
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2018, 03:06:05 PM »
The main Voat site is down - but you can find us on

Depending on what the main site is doing, we'll have the guitar thread on the preview site. If the main site is up, we'll host it there. Either way, there will be a guitar thread tonight and many of the regulars know that it's going to be there - so we should be just fine.

By the way, on there's a spot to put your name and email address into the newsletter. I cheated and used it to tell the other goats that the preview site is up and working so that we have a place to go. I need to write an official privacy policy, but I won't trade or share your information with anyone.

I'm a big fan of tubes - but there's some high quality solid state. I guess it really depends on what you're trying to accomplish and what sounds you're trying to get. Today, you can get tube-less amps that work just fine and can create any sound you want. Much of the work is done in effects pedals. It's easier to get that raunchy punch with a tube driven amp, but you can get that same sound with a "regular" amp.

There's some benefits to either. The tube amp is less reliable (assuming same levels of quality) as the tube will eventually die. But, they're much easier to fix - usually. An old amp can be maintained indefinitely with just a little know-how and a soldering iron (and a good trip to an electronics supply store). There's a bit of an art to maintaining the older stuff, but it's worth it. There's also new amps, still made today, with tubes.

I can't really think of too many sounds I can't just replicate in pedals. The level of processing is so good that we can get pedals that do all sorts of things - including some that are programmable and those that offer a whole host of effects (with varied qualities).