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  • Guitar Amps & Effects

    by Dave Hunter

  • Guitar Amps & Effects For Dummies

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  • Contents at a GlanceIntroduction ................................................................ 1

    Part I: Getting Started with GuitarAmps & Effects ........ 5Chapter 1: The Concept of Tone for CreativeGuitarists .............................................. 7Chapter 2: Making Your Signal Chain Work for You ................................................... 17Chapter 3: Aural Delights: Variety in Tone ................................................................... 29

    Part II: Grab a Guitar: Its Your SignalGenerator ......... 39Chapter 4: Understanding the Major Electric Guitar Designs .................................... 41Chapter 5: Guitar Pickups and Electronics ................................................................... 71Chapter 6: Guitar Hardware ........................................................................................... 97Chapter 7: Caring for Your Guitar ................................................................................ 117

    Part III: The Amplifier: More ThanJustLoud .............. 133Chapter 8: Looking Inside the Major AmpDesigns ................................................... 135Chapter 9: Choosing the Right Amp for Youand Your Music ................................. 161Chapter 10: Understanding Tube Types andTone.................................................... 181Chapter 11: Going from Amp to Ears: Speakersand Cabs ........................................ 201Chapter 12: Tips, Tricks, and Basic Amp Maintenance ............................................ 217

    Part IV: Effects Pedals: Fuzz, Filth, Wobble, and Echo .................................................... 235Chapter 13: Discovering the Major Types of Effects ................................................. 237Chapter 14: Rack Units, Stand-Alones, and Multi-Effects.......................................... 263Chapter 15: Setting Up and Using Your Effects .......................................................... 273

    Part V: The Part of Tens ........................................... 291Chapter 16: Ten Classic Rigs ........................................................................................ 293Chapter 17: Ten Iconic Tone Recordings.................................................................... 301

    Index ...................................................................... 305

  • Table of ContentsIntroduction ................................................................. 1

    About This Book .............................................................................................. 1Foolish Assumptions ....................................................................................... 2Icons Used inThis Book ................................................................................. 3Beyond theBook ............................................................................................. 3Where toGo fromHere ................................................................................... 3

    Part I: Getting Started with GuitarAmps & Effects ......... 5

    Chapter 1: The Concept of Tone for CreativeGuitarists . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7The Sound Chain: Your Sonic Team .............................................................. 8From Classic Tones toTotal Originality ....................................................... 8It All Begins withYour Guitar ........................................................................ 9

    Variations inguitar designs ................................................................ 10Pickups and electronics ...................................................................... 10Hardware............................................................................................... 11

    Amps: Your Tone Machines! ........................................................................ 11Inside guitar amps ............................................................................... 12The right amp forthe job .................................................................... 12Tu-be or not tu-be ................................................................................ 13Speakers and cabinets......................................................................... 13Amp use and maintenance ................................................................. 14

    Effects Pedals: Shift It, Spin It, and Fuzz It Up ............................................ 14Different effects types ......................................................................... 15Rack and stand-alone effects .............................................................. 15Using effects ......................................................................................... 16

    Chapter 2: Making Your Signal Chain Work for You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17Chain ofTools: What theSignal Chain Is .................................................... 17How It All Works Together ........................................................................... 18Understanding theBuilding Blocks ofthe Signal Chain ........................... 19

    Electric guitar ....................................................................................... 19Effects pedals ....................................................................................... 20Guitar amp ............................................................................................ 21

    Gathering Accessories: Every Ingredient Matters ..................................... 23Strings.................................................................................................... 23Cables .................................................................................................... 25Guitar picks........................................................................................... 26

  • Guitar Amps & Effects For Dummies viChapter 3: Aural Delights: Variety in Tone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

    Classic Tones: Sonic Variety inLegendary Recordings ............................ 29Spicing Up Your Music withTonal Variety ................................................ 31

    Achieving variety inyour sound ........................................................ 31Sounding likeyourself ......................................................................... 32

    Gathering theRight Tools forthe Job ......................................................... 34The Swiss Army knife rig..................................................................... 34The beauty ofsimplicity ..................................................................... 35Theres no one best anything .......................