Can we talk "low-tech" for a minute?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by dmunson, May 11, 2019.

  1. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    At times. I’m far from being into effects, but I do have a number of reverb and delay pedals which I use because two of my favorite amps have no reverb built in.

    Yesterday, we had a simplified band practice. Our drummer is away, out of town, so it was just the bassist and I, trying out some new tunes. I plugged straight into my Winfield Elizabeth, which has excellent onboard reverb. It was a nice, simple rig.
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  2. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Sometimes it's just a combo of enough channel volume and master volume..
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  3. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    I've wanted one for the longest, but needed to get the right guitar (53 jet) and amp ( non master vol pro reverb)
    I really cant crank it up like i'd want but I'm sure the brain will still round out my sound nicely
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  4. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Yep, at times, a good Martin is "heavy metal" heaven. Only need for an amp is as a guitar stand.

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  5. My ideal set up would be guitar into amp. I have never been completely satisfied with that combo though. Either the amp needs to be too loud to get the sound i want, or it doesn’t have reverb built in. When I step back, it’s probably me, and not the dozen or so amps I have gone through. My 57 twin reissue needs a tweak up front to get a decent little break up at lower levels. At times i stop looking for the amp that does it all, then i start right back up again. It’s a vicious cycle. So like some here, i go acoustic most of the time.
  6. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    I plug my guitar straight into the amp . . . All my pedals are in the fx loop.

    Just being silly, lots of pedals and I'm too lazy to use the fx loop.
  7. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    But i like echo...
  8. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
    Cable to the amp, nothing else matters
  9. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    It has been me, my guitar and my pedals, zero calories....all the flavor;)

    What I didn't mention was the "rip your face off" onboard drive channel with an added boost switch, for even more dirt!:cool:
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  10. Filtertronico

    Filtertronico Gretschie

    Aug 26, 2014
    I mostly practice only with the guitar, rarely use an amp at home, mainly because a) it takes a while to set it all up and I don't have a lot of time left to play and b) I have three small kids sleeping upstairs:)
  11. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    I do that a lot, especially if my lovely wife is in the house. When she’s gone? Crank it up, baby!
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  12. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    I am strictly a mainliner, straight into and out of the amp. But I come out of 40 years playing acoustic, so that’s a big influence on how much distortion I can handle (which is only what my amp can provide).

    Great topic, BTW.
  13. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    yeah I also love my delay, wah, fuzz and univibe :)
    But we don't always need them and I also like going direct into amp sometimes.

    It's also a good idea to unplug the pedal board occasionally and go direct to amp to make sure you're not getting tone suck through the pedal board :)
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  14. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Not exactly straight into the amp but only through a Hall of Fame 2 reverb. Doesn't really count as an effect (?)
  15. Chris MC

    Chris MC Gretschie

    Oct 27, 2014
    Orange, Aus
    Direct in, most of the time. I just practice by myself and I have a few loopers, but 90% direct. I think thats my holy grail of tone, a guitar that sounds good plug direct into a good amp. Btw, I have really been enjoying the clean sound of my 5420 plugged into to Jazz Chorus.
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  16. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    I can see your reasoning.
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  17. GAMBLER1234

    GAMBLER1234 Gretschie

    Jan 18, 2018
    Henderson Nevada
    It depends

    Other than occasional delay it's strait in with this one.

    Not as versatile as the Mesa but maybe one of the best pedal platforms around.

    This one's basically a pedal board in a cabinet.
    Last edited: May 13, 2019
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  18. Andrew Griffin

    Andrew Griffin Synchromatic

    Oct 22, 2015
    I've got a couple of pedals- reverb and compressor- but I usually just play acoustic or electric straight into the amp. I respect all the players that can coax incredible sounds using pedals but for me, I'm still working of getting my control down and being as direct as possible seems like the most natural way to do it. I've got a great guitar and a great amp and they sound good when I practice.
  19. dmunson

    dmunson Gretschie

    Dec 19, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    I just want to make it clear that I have no problem with pedals, or the folks who use them.
    When I started playing, 1958, there were no pedals around. And when the 60's started generating things like the fuzz, the echo, the wah wah, I did get into it a bit. But the reliability back then was terrible and I just refused to keep putting money into them.
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