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CAB or TUBE AMP Distortion?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Son of Bovril, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. How do you tell the difference between your cab distorting and your tube power amp distorting at high volumes on the low B string?

    I have the signal quite compressed too, could that be causing the distortion?
  2. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    power tube distortion = yummy

    speaker distortion = flatulence.
  3. I think it must be the cab then... It's only if I ploay pretty hard on the open B string? could be my pickups though (they've done that before when they were too high...) I'll have to check it out further...

    Ps. when you say yummy, do you mean like a mild sorta overdriven distortion, cause the one I'm getting is pretty harsh!
  4. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    An overdriven amp tends to distort across the bandwidth, a speaker just in the low end, unless it's really cranked.
  5. Thanx bill

    Although It only happens when I really play hard, so it could still be that I'm only just clipping the amp when I do that? It is not a pretty sound though, so I'm guessing its probably the cab... damn it!