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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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Most harmonic-full amp?

I like a nice harmonic rich tone, and looking for a very harmonic friendly amp.

any suggestions?
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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 10:57 AM
 
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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

Not quite sure what you mean by that.
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post #3 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

Well, i mean, like.. erm

great response to harmonics?? Some one should have a fair idea of what i mean!!!!!
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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

I've played crappy solid state amps that get hard core harmonics very easily so I'm not really sure what you are wanting to find out. I would say any amp that is capable of high gain but your axe must be intonated correctly and have decent pups to get good hamonics. not sure if this is what you are talking about......
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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

Just what I was going to say bones

High gain + proper intonation = squeaky harmonics

Just make sure your technique is good too, I can get decent artifical harmonics out of my nephews 1/2 size spanish guitar.
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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

Check out Komet amps, especially the Concorde..... No, it's not your typical multi-channel amp, just "old school" technology. It's an amp that has to be "played" or "milked"..... very touch sensitive and responsive to both player touch and guitar volume. These amps are loud though.

Here's some Youtube clips.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB76UqCYxgs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgKPwtcey_s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKkFb5HQwxo

All this guy is using is a hotplate to tame the volume.

Komets have great harmonics and pure amp tone. However, If you're looking for that "chainsaw" tone or the typical "chunka ckunka chunka"...... not gonna find it in a Komet.

These amps keep the natural guitar tone coming through even when opened up to get those "harmonics" you're looking for. They are not a "forgiving" amp either.... if you're a sloppy player it's going to let you know along with anyone in ear shot!
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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

Thanks for the suggestions guys.

A great example of what im looking to sound like is this:

http://www.seymourduncan.com/audio/s...er/Track61.mp3
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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

That's quite middy. Bump up the mids on whatever amp you're using. Maybe try a pickup such as a Fred. Plenty of amps are capable of that kind of sound. To me, it sounds like it's in the pickup and the EQing, mainly.
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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

Thanks. but im sure theres an amp that has a really good response to harmonics, and dynamics.
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Yeah, generally very good tube amps are the best for this, from my experience. I used to have a nice Marshall 100W head that was very harmonically rich. I haven't had the same effect from any solid state amp.
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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

What model was it?
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post #12 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 06:39 PM
 
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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

I prefer Mesa's. Tube amps are far more dynamic than solid state and far more 3-D (depth).

The JCM800 series seems to be popular with Marshall guys as well as the DSL and TSL's. I'm not as familiar with the Marshall stuff myself as the Mesa - just my personal preference.

EQ, pickups and proper intonation should enable you to get rich harmonics from most any good tube amp. Just my 2cents.
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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

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Just what I was going to say bones

High gain + proper intonation = squeaky harmonics

Just make sure your technique is good too, I can get decent artifical harmonics out of my nephews 1/2 size spanish guitar.
I don't think he necessarily means pinch harmonics, rather just harmonics in general in the tone.

As Dee said, tube amps are definitely the way to go if you're looking for a harmonically rich tone.

If you're looking for the whole hot-rodded Marshall sound (Van Halen, George Lynch, early Vai, etc...), a Splawn Quickrod is the way to go definitely. If you like more modern metal (or you just like the Mesa voicing in general...not as raspy at the EL34 driven Marshalls for most cases) I'd go with a Mesa (some Mesas, such as the Mark series or the Lonestar, can do the whole clean/blues thing really well too).

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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

Overtones or actual harmonics? Harmonically rich is a phrase that sounds like it means "3-D" with lots of brilliance or "life" to the tone but I must be missing something.
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Re: Most harmonic-full amp?

I was under the impression that the OP was referring to overtones (also considering that there are no pinch harmonics in the clip he linked to).
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