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Offline evenkeel

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Re: Amp now bought, asking for suggestions re: NOW what?????
« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2017, 08:05:17 AM »
Before you hit reply try highlighting the entire text, then copy (Control C).  If you get the "fails to respond", you'll at least not loose what you wrote.
 

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Re: Amp now bought, asking for suggestions re: NOW what?????
« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2017, 02:13:12 PM »
Before you hit reply try highlighting the entire text, then copy (Control C).  If you get the "fails to respond", you'll at least not loose what you wrote.

Yeah...that works on a computer, but mine is crashed so I am doing the old "Hunt and Peck" thing with my iPhone...one finger and one letter/digit at a time. It's been an ongoing issue, though.

What I had tried to post was that it doesn't surprise me that I got a "less than desirable" product and overpaid for it...I had no idea what price would be reasonable because here in this desolate area there are no opportunities to comparison shop. Within a 100 mile radius there are three towns that would be large enough to support a music store...I saw "would" because at one time all three had music stores, but now there is only one, the store where I bought the amp. There is a music store in a town 175 miles east, but they service ONLY the marching band market. Other than that it's either Wichita (240 miles east) or Denver (300 miles west). The round trip costs of traveling those huge distances (when all I really went shopping for was a 10-hole blues harmonica) would drive the price of a used amp up to the point that "overpaying" like I did would have been the end choice, anyway. This area of the U.S. really IS desolate and the best way I can accentuate that is to mention that the nearest WalMart is 100 miles away. Yep, most people have one within 10 blocks of their house, but it takes a 200 mile round trip to go shopping at Wally-world in these here parts..... :o

Craig's List????? Not a chance, not here, not on your life.....unless you look for Craig's List in Wichita...then we're back to a 500 mile round trip journey to get anything, again. Amarillo, maybe....220 miles south. Going north there is probably not much before you get to the Canada border.

Anyway...for now this is much more amp than I will ever need. My main goal was to avoid having to buy two amps, one for vocals and another for my instrument...mission accomplished...maybe????? I did plug the Peavy mic into the two outputs and it may not be the best option, but how would I know?  I do get vocals from both channels and I can get both guitar and vocals at the same time, although I am still not knowledgeable enough to use the controls...and, of course, add in the controls on the guitars themselves and you can see how confusing it can be to someone who has had ONLY acoustic guitars all of his life...and, of course, nobody else with whom to play in the area, so nobody to help me understand how to set the controls.  There are some recommendations in the manual I downloaded, but they are all for solid-body electrics (of course, Fender would recommend their own brand of guitars), so if you have any one of about half a dozen strats you can find recommended settings for those.

All is not lost, though...I am plugging away and have finally gotten some "decent" sound out of my Epiphone Dot. The WGO26SCE doesn't sound quite right yet, no matter which channel I use...but being still somewhat overwhelmed with the multitude of controls on the amp (not to mention all those on the guitars) I am taking that "discovery" process slow. My 2005 Takamini LTD does sound pretty decent. I wouldn't know good vocal quality from this amp it it bounced off the wall and slapped me in the face, though.

It'll be a long learning process...but, as you can imagine, the "entertainment" options here are few and far between, so there is nothing to distract me from the task, so I shall plug along (no pun intended).

Cheers, Keel! Thanks for the help (seriously...I mean that sincerely...this has been a frustrating endeavor and your advice has been well appreciated, and followed to the best of my abilities).

Cheers!

Dugly 8)
« Last Edit: May 22, 2017, 02:21:42 PM by YerDugliness »
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Re: Amp now bought, asking for suggestions re: NOW what?????
« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2017, 04:02:33 PM »
Good luck with it all Dugly.

If you decide you want to try a few other options here are some good pieces of equipment that will work well.  I would not hesitate to buy this kind of stuff online.  It's pretty cookie cutter and any of these options will perform a lot better than what you have.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fishman-Loudbox-Mini-PRO-LBX-500-60-Watt-Acoustic-Amp-FAST-FREE-SHIPPING-/252940063353?hash=item3ae4671279:g:G3wAAOSw-3FZGeJr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Roland-Cube-ST-Cube-Street-Battery-powered-Guitar-Combo-Amplifier-Black-New/331794821593?_trksid=p2045573.c100505.m3226&_trkparms=aid%3D555014%26algo%3DPL.DEFAULT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20150817211623%26meid%3D341f478c37264cf3991836f5def0d812%26pid%3D100505%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26

FWIW I own a street cube and use it for farmers markets gigs when electricity is not available.  It works really well.  Great sound, good effects and runs a long time on 6 aa batteries.  Also runs on standard 110 volt.

For a bit more you can get a bigger version, also battery power as an option.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Roland-AC-33-Battery-Powered-Acoustic-Guitar-Amp-Used-/182585690873?hash=item2a82f48af9:g:xYsAAOSwX9FZIat4

and one more good option from Peavey.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Peavey-Ecoustic-E208-Acoustic-Guitar-Amplifier-2-Channel-30-Watt-2-x-8-Combo-Amp-/201811902772?hash=item2efced4134:g:NugAAOSw3v5YsLtl
 

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Re: Amp now bought, asking for suggestions re: NOW what?????
« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2017, 04:52:55 AM »
Dugly, you seem to have forgotten Rule #1 of guitar amplifiers .....

... WHEN IN DOUBT, TURN EVERYTHING UP TO 11 !!

You're welcome  8)

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Re: Amp now bought, asking for suggestions re: NOW what?????
« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2017, 12:15:58 PM »
LOL!!!! I guess I never did know Rule #1...but I won't forget it now!

I did figure out that I need a heavier pick to get a decent tonal balance...my light gauge picks do not produce enough of a "treble" signal, for lack of a better term, when I play it in a manner similar to which I play my acoustic guitars; however, when I play one of my electric guitars (an ES335 copy by Epiphone, called a "Dot") focusing more pressure on the treble strings the tonal balance improves.

It is going to be a long avenue of discovery ahead, I can tell that...but I'll always remember to turn it up to 11!


Cheers, Dave!

Dugly 8)
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Re: Amp now bought, asking for suggestions re: NOW what?????
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2017, 12:28:34 PM »
Good luck with it all Dugly.

If you decide you want to try a few other options here are some good pieces of equipment that will work well.  I would not hesitate to buy this kind of stuff online.  It's pretty cookie cutter and any of these options will perform a lot better than what you have.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fishman-Loudbox-Mini-PRO-LBX-500-60-Watt-Acoustic-Amp-FAST-FREE-SHIPPING-/252940063353?hash=item3ae4671279:g:G3wAAOSw-3FZGeJr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Roland-Cube-ST-Cube-Street-Battery-powered-Guitar-Combo-Amplifier-Black-New/331794821593?_trksid=p2045573.c100505.m3226&_trkparms=aid%3D555014%26algo%3DPL.DEFAULT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20150817211623%26meid%3D341f478c37264cf3991836f5def0d812%26pid%3D100505%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26

FWIW I own a street cube and use it for farmers markets gigs when electricity is not available.  It works really well.  Great sound, good effects and runs a long time on 6 aa batteries.  Also runs on standard 110 volt.

For a bit more you can get a bigger version, also battery power as an option.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Roland-AC-33-Battery-Powered-Acoustic-Guitar-Amp-Used-/182585690873?hash=item2a82f48af9:g:xYsAAOSwX9FZIat4

and one more good option from Peavey.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Peavey-Ecoustic-E208-Acoustic-Guitar-Amplifier-2-Channel-30-Watt-2-x-8-Combo-Amp-/201811902772?hash=item2efced4134:g:NugAAOSw3v5YsLtl

Thanks, Keel! I like the option of battery power, there is a local water recreation site near my home that does not have any regular form of electricity, so a battery powered amp would allow me to perform in what is a quite nice natural ampitheater-like geological formation. I have often thought that might be fun! Lots of high school and college kids frequent the place, so there would be  ready audience on almost any weekend! A friend had a "Pig-nose" amp (does that sound right?) that was rechargable, but I have lost touch with the guy and in all honesty would prefer to buy new, anyway.

Cheers!

Dugly 8)



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