HXDA

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  1. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Excellent! No one should miss out. ;)
     
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    Question I'm purchasing a HxDa head and cab I've heard it doesn't take pedals very well is this true thank you
     
  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    A recording is better than 100 words...

    On this recording, I used a buffer pedal, an overdrive pedal, an EQ pedal, a chorus pedal, a delay pedal, and a reverb pedal, all at once, and all on throughout the track. The HXDA doesn’t have a loop. All pedals went straight into the front of the amp.

    I named the track Pedaland because I used 6 pedals on it. In fact, I wrote the tune to test my pedalboard a few months ago.

    You decide if the HXDA takes pedals well:

    https://soundcloud.com/lschefman/pedaland-4

    The HXDA is a Plexi. Like all amplifiers, some pedals work well with it, and some pedals don’t. Try running a fuzz face into a Twin. I find it horrid, yet the Twin’s a good pedal amp. Now run the fuzz face into a Plexi, like Hendrix did. Different, right? Most people would like that combination.

    Understand what an amp does, what its tone character is, and you can pick pedals that match up well with it. If a person can’t figure that out, and pick pedals that compliment an amp, then no amp will be a good pedal amp. If you know what you’re doing, and how to get the most from an amp, it’s a different story.

    PM me when you get your amp, and i’ll share my settings. One thing to understand is that a Plexi is old-school. Ideally, you control the gain with your guitar’s volume control. Set up the amp for a mild crunch with the guitar volume a little past halfway up. Roll up for gain, down for clean.
     
    #24 LSchefman, Jul 15, 2018 at 11:27 PM
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    Half of the fun of owning an amp is discovering the pedals that compliment it. Luckily, there’s about 50 years of discussion and reviews of what works with a Plexi. :D
     
  6. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    Yeah, good posts on the topic so far. Some pedals are versatile enough to work with a lot of amps. Many aren’t. Fuzz pedals are the weirdest of all, like Les said. It’s almost hard to believe at times how bad my Fulltone 69 can sound with the clean channel of many amps (as I have them set normally, anyway) but boy, flip it over to the gain channel and it sounds great.
     
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  7. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Couldn’t agree more! And lots of the best options were discovered by Hendrix, so Fuzz, Wah, Univibe (which is just a type of chorus), etc., are always gonna be killer choices. But heck, nothing’s wrong with Eddie’s phaser, a decent boost, Laurie Wisefield’s always-on compressor, and of course there are many more, though these are the usual starting points.

    My guess is that whoever’s telling John Sullivan that the HXDA doesn’t take pedals well has never used pedals with a good Plexi, and/or simply doesn’t know how to work with one.

    This is perhaps just me, but I love fuzz into an overdriven amp with a fat midrange. Put it into a clean amp, especially with a scooped midrange like a Blackface Fender, and it sounds like a can of angry bees.
     
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    DreamTheaterRules Archon owning member

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    Oh no, it's not just you. I've played with everything from mild breakup to high gain and and can dial the 69 to be great with most of it.

    And yes, if you have a brighter sparkly tone on your clean channel, it's a can of bees. With the ATMA, I turn the tone knob way over towards the "Tweed" side of the EQ and it's better and better the farther you turn it. Go back towards the Blackface side of the EQ and it gets bad quickly.
     
    #28 DreamTheaterRules, Jul 16, 2018 at 5:07 PM
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