Using Two Amps

This is Bob Hempker and I had a few replies to the last newsletter asking how to setup two amps to work together. There are actually two or three different ways of doing it. Try them all and see what works best for you.

One way is to just have a volume pedal with two out jacks. That makes it totally simple. You can try running your effects between your guitar and your pedal or after your pedal if your effect unit has two outs.

Another way of doing it is using a stereo volume pedal. Come out of your guitar with a “Y” cord. Again you can go through your effects before or after the pedal. You can do this either of two ways. You can run everything through both amps or you can run one out with your effects to one amp and one out with no effects thus creating the wet amp dry amp concept.

Finding a stereo volume pedal might be a problem. I don’t know anybody who makes one anymore. Again, you need to try these things and see which one works best for you.

The Hilton and Goodrich volume pedals have two outs so you can run a separate cable to each amp. Just put your effects after the volume pedal on the wet amp and don’t use effects on the dry amp. Use the volume controls on your amp to blend the sound to taste.

If you want to go through your volume pedal first, make sure your effects unit has two outputs. As I said, there are many ways you can do this.

You can position your amps so you can hear one in each ear. You’ll really love the full, rich, thick sound that you’ll get. Also, using two amps, you’re not going to distort as quickly as you are with one amp. Using two amps doesn’t make you sound louder, it enables you to hear yourself better.

Twin amps is like air conditioning. We got along fine before we had it, but now that we have it, we don’t really want to go back to not having it.

Vic will be on the road for a few days playing for Craig Campbell. His website is and you can hear his music there. If you can catch one of these shows, be sure you say hello to Vic.

They will be at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 24th for you players and fans living in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

On Monday, August 26th, they’ll be in Indiana, PA at the Indiana County Fair.

On Wednesday, August 28th, they will be in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ at Jenkinson’s Pavilion.

On Thursday, August 29th, they’ll be terrorizing the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg, PA.

Then Saturday, August 31st, you can catch the show at the Kearney Amphitheater in Kearney, MO.

All of these dates and more are listed on Craig’s website. Vic is always happy to meet steel players and fans on the road.

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