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Driving an Ampeg VR

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by NAS Bass, May 4, 2019.

  1. NAS Bass

    NAS Bass Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    London, ENGLAND
    I've asked this in a thread in the effects forum, but feel its worth asking here.

    I'm looking for recommendations for an OD to use in front of my Ampeg VR for smaller gigs when i cant wind it up to around 11 o'clock + on the volume. So, it would be an always on pedal for those gigs.

    Anyone got any experience or thoughts on this? I've tried this with a few others - SFT, Beta, UD but all a bit to 'gainy'. All i want is my driven VR tone but when the VR can't do it on its own, if that makes sense??
  2. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    I use a VTBass pedal.

    A pedal that overdrives the input without adding a lot of dirt works well. A treble boost can do this. You have to watch the settings and find the right balance between the pedal and amp input gain.
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  3. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Look for a “transparent” overdrive. Something to add a little hair and girth without too much of a baked in sound. I like a Timmy for this, but everyone has their favorites.
  4. jdubbass38


    Mar 20, 2009
    I run the Ampeg SCR-DI in front of my Ampeg v4b’s and SVT-2pro for that nice break up when I’m not able to turn up loud enough. The v4b is also a nice option to get the grind at lower volumes.
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    My two favorites are the Ampeg Scrambler and Tech 21 VT. VT is nice because it has a speaker sim built in, but the Scrambler has a very cool sound that sounds a lot like cranking an SVT to crazyland.
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  6. rickdog

    rickdog Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2010
    You could even try just a clean boost in front of it. This would let you overdrive the preamp tubes before the volume control.
  7. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Only thing about that is what do you do if you need a clean tone? Can't have your OD boosted so hot that your clean sound disappears. That's why I use pedals. Sure, I'd rather have tubes blazing, but I can't even turn up a PF-50T that loud, let alone an SVT!
  8. rickdog

    rickdog Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2010
    Good point... but OP said "it would be an always on pedal for those gigs." So it would work for that, but not if some songs need to be clean and some need some overdrive.
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