7 Tips to Getting a Great Amp Sound, Plus Demo of the Meteoro Atomic Drive 20 Amp

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Check out the 7 amp tips… At the 3 or 4 minute mark, I demonstrate this new amp.

2 years ago, I went on a mission at NAMM (biggest guitar conference in the world) in search of the best guitar amp. I literally tried dozens of amps. One of them blew my mind. I couldn’t believe how much TONE came from these small, inexpensive amps.



Hey, guys. Claude Johnson here from guitarcontrol.com.
A lot of people have asked me over the years about amps,
amp settings and that’s what I’d like to cover today.
I’ve got seven tips on how to get a great sound from y
our amp. Also, I’m going to demonstrate the Meteoro
Atomic Drive 20, which is a new amp that I’ve been using.
I’ll demo that for you guys and also hook you guys up
with a great deal if you’d like to pick one up, too.

First, let me just get on my soapbox for a few minutes
and just give you my seven tips on getting a great amp
sound and then we’ll get into the demonstration.

Tip number one, try skipping the pedals. Now, I’m not saying
pedals are always bad. Sometimes I use pedals, but I’d say
the videos that I’ve done in the last couple years, I can’t
even think of one where I was using a pedal. People always
ask, you’ve got to be using some kind of pedal. But I
really believe that going right into the amplifier
will give you usually a better tone.

This brings me to tip number two, which is really obvious, really
basic, but have a good amp. Like the engineers say, garbage in,
garbage out. You’re not going to get — if you don’t like the
sound of your amp then no amount of fiddling with the knobs is
going to necessarily change that. You need to invest in a good amp.
Also, what’s a good amp for one person might not be a good amp
for you. It really depends on the style that you’re going for.

Tip number three, use the right tool for the right job.
If you’re playing heavy metal, don’t try playing through
like a Fender Blues amp or something. You need the right
tool for the right job. And even if you pick an amp that’s
appropriate to your style, you’re going to have
different songs that require different settings.

Tip number four is listen to your ears and listen to others’ ears.
Now if you hear something you can tell if it sounds good or if it
doesn’t sound good. Always trust your ears and listen. Also,
trust the opinions of your band mates, your friends. Maybe not
some of your friends. Trust your band mates or other musicians.
For example, if you’re playing with your band and everyone’s saying,
yeah, you’ve got too much treble. Turn down the treble. You might
want to just like listen. It’s always good to get other people’s
opinions. Even when we’re playing, that’s why people have producers.

Tip number five, don’t overdo it with your gain, reverb or volume.
More is not necessarily better with a lot of these things. Let’s
start with gain. You sometimes need some gain to get yourself like
a nice lead tone, but too much gain makes you sound muddy. It’s
going to ruin the clarity of your notes. Try to find that sweet
spot; don’t overdo it with the gain. Same with reverb. Reverb
can give you a nice sweetness to your sound, which I’ll demonstrate
in a minute. But too much and it just kind of — it’s just too much.
Same with playing loud. Like Albert King said, if you try to play
too loud or too fast sometimes people can mistake what you’re
doing for a big hole in the air. Just watch. Don’t do the classic
beginner mistake of just putting everything on 10 on your amp.

Tip number six is boost the mids to cut through the mix.
What this means is when you’re playing with a band,
whether it’s on stage or in a studio, you’ve got to find
that right sonic frequency where your guitar stands out.
As musicians we’re always kind of competing so that we can
all be heard. Well, with a guitar you don’t want to crank
the bass because there’s already a bass player, probably.
So that’s not going to work. A lot of guitar players try
boosting the high frequency, but it just doesn’t really
cut through as well as sometimes boosting the mids.

Tip number seven, last but not least, watch your bass setting.
On a lot of amps there’s way too much bass, a lot more than you
need. I guess it’s good for certain things, maybe certain jazz
styles if you’re playing solo. A lot of times you just don’t
need that much bass. I’ll have my bass on three or four.
It depends on the amp. Watch it because the amps
an just be very different that way.

So now I’m going to demonstrate the Meteoro Atomic Drive 20
amplifier. If you’d like to get one of these for yourself, I
definitely recommend it. It’s a great little amp. It sounds great.
I’ll give you a great deal. Just go to guitarcontrol.com/atomic
and you can get one of these for yourself.

You’ll notice I’ve got a microphone in front of the amp.
That’s because I’m recording the audio for the amp with
a direct mic so you can really hear what it sounds like.
Usually I just use the camera mic for my videos, but
I really want you to hear the sonic quality of the amp
as clearly as possible. So I’ve taken the extra time
today to do a separate audio line.

Anyway, let me zoom-in on the controls here so you can see
how I’ve got my amp set. Okay, from left to right, the first
knob is the gain. I’m going to start with my lead tone,
because that’s just what my amp is set-up for right now.

Now let me just dial the gain back a little bit here,
actually, a lot. We’re just going to go for more of
a crunch sound. Now, when you dial-back the gain
you’re going to want to kind of bump-up the volume
a little bit. So let’s see how that sounds.

That’s one thing about a good amp, is dynamics.
You should be able to play soft or louder
and it should all sound good.

Now let’s go to the clean channel. I’ll just turn
my drive select on the clean setting and we’ll
just see what that sounds like. I’ll probably
turn the volume up a little bit here. I’m also
going to add a little more reverb, too.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed today’s video, the
demonstration of the Meteoro Atomic Drive. If you’d like to
get this amp for yourself, I recommend it. You can get it at
guitarcontrol.com/atomic. So go there right now and check-out
the deal. Thanks for watching and I’ll catch you next time.



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