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using a preamp with a pre/power amp head? bypass?

Is there a way to bypass the preamp of a head so you could use a seperate preamp? Could you do this by plugging into the effects return? Is there any easy wayto do such a thing? perhaps use the clean channel of the amp and put the seperate preamp in the effects chain?

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Plugging into the effects return is the way to go.
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what are the advantages of using a seperate poweramp? do they have controlable dynamics?
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You can mix and match preamps with poweramps to get the sound(s) you want.

I use a standalone power amp because all of my preamp sounds come from a digital modelling box.
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If you dont mind me askign darren, what do you use to process your sound before the poweramp? How do you set something like that up?
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do you need to do anything special before it gets to the poweramp? what poweramp do you use?
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I use a Boss GT-6 plugged into a Peavey Classic 50/50 all-tube stereo power amp, then out into a Genz Benz G-Flex 212 cabinet. I also have a BBE Sonic Maximizer between the GT-6 and the power amp, but that's purely optional. Other than that, it's pretty much plug-and-play.
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verry interesting. Ive never heard of that before. Do you think it would work will with a POD XT pro into a tube poweramp? Do the tubes in the poweramp ballance out that digital processed tone?
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Yes, i think a POD XT Pro would work very well with a tube power amp.

Lots of people tend to prefer tube power amps because they give the sound a bit more depth and "life" than solid state power amps. I was a naysayer up until about 6 months ago. I was happy with the tones the GT-6 was giving me, and just wanted pure, clean, uncoloured amplification of the sounds i created with headphones on. But i struggled to get a pleasing amplified tone.

Then i played my GT-6 through the clean channel of Dual Rectifier head that another guitarist graciously let me use onstage during a gig. The Mesa clean channel is just so lush. It's really hard to describe in rational terms. I was hooked.

After that experience, i was really close to buying a Mesa, but couldn't justify the expense for occasional weekend gigs. But the Peavey is great bang for the buck in a stereo tube power amp, and it really kicks.
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I think after playing for 5 years hell bent on an all tube set up... after reading the thread you just posted and doing some serious contemplating, I might be ready to go with something like this.

Pod XT Pro w/ pedalboard -> Power amp -> 2x12 cab.
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