Tube Amp Myths Part III


All Vintage Fender Amps are Clean Amps:

Fender has a reputation for  making amps with great clean tones so many people do not know that Fender also built amps with  quintessential v over-driven  tones.  The Tweed amps and some of the Brownface/Blonde series amps have great over-driven tones. Heck even a cranked up 60's Fender can have great grind.   Marshall amps which known for great overdrive are offshoots of the Western Electric circuit found in the 5F6A Tweed Bassman and 5F8A Tweed Twin.


Amps need Effect's Loops:

I cannot enumerate the amount of times customers have asked if I can put a effects loop in one amp or another. The fact of the matter is they are only really effective (pun intended!) in amps with lots of pre-amp gain.  An effects loop is placed between the pre-amp and power amp to avoid the effects form being distorted by pre-amp distortion. This especially useful with reverb, delays and other time based effects .


Many vintage designs do not have enough pre-amp distortion for an effects loop to be beneficial.  Vintage designs often rely on power tube overdrive so this negates the usefulness the effects loop because the loop would be placed before the power section.