A question about tube preamps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by lo-end, Aug 11, 2001.

  1. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    If you have an amp with a tube preamp in it, or just a tube preamp by itself, can you get distortion or overdrive by turning up the gain? Is this bad for the tubes or the amp? Does it work?
  2. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    someone please answer!! I know theres plenty of you with tube amps out there!!
  3. Matthew West

    Matthew West Guest

    Sep 7, 2000
    Richmond, VA
    Yes, it works. No, it's not bad for the amp. It helps if you have a hot signal going in.
  4. merlin

    merlin Guest

    You can overdrive tubes. We do on my dads 1966 Fender. I must say it is a very crisp overdrive tho. So if you're looking for a phat sound, double it with a distortion pedal.