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A question about tube preamps

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


  1. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    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

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    someone please answer!! I know theres plenty of you with tube amps out there!!
     
  3. Yes, it works. No, it's not bad for the amp. It helps if you have a hot signal going in.
     
  4. 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.

    Merls