Old Know It All
- Dec 30, 2012
- Paonia Colorado
I'm just the opposite.I haven't had a chance to gig mine yet, but the thing I'm planning is to use a pedal to, shall we say, "underdrive" the HDRX 20. I'll set the master volume up for my lead sound, then use a pedal to cut the volume down for rhythm work but still keep some dirt. The "roll back the volume" thing doesn't work for me, volume wise. Tonally, yes, absolutely, but I need a solo boost. The pedal I'm thinking will do the job is my Wampler Pantheon, some OD's sound lo-fi and pedal-ish if they aren't pushing an amp a little, but the Pantheon has a nice, wide, amp-like sound, even when cutting down the volume. Probably will also have a front end boost option for pushing the saturation up a notch on those solos, but that's easier to do with a wider range of pedals. Horsemeat, Friedman Buxom Boost, Fender MTG, Wampler Tumnus are all things I have on hand that would work well for that.
It's a technique I've not tried, but I think it could be cool, in an old school way. Also have considered getting a Tone King Ironman II, which I would use very much for its load box function, but also could use the footswitchable attenuation levels for a solo boost. I was totally against it before I had the HDRX 20, but now... might be worth it. Just depends on what volumes I end up playing at. It's one heck of a loud amp, but I might be able to get it cooking enough going light on speakers with a 1x12 cab. It loves my open back 1x12 with an Alnico Cream.
I set mine up for a great clean or "rock clean" tone because I'm as much of an acoustic guitarist as electric guitarist and clean or semi-clean tones are what I want to hear when I'm playing chords and rhythm.
Doesn't make sense to compromise my chord and rhythm tone that I use for 90% of a song, just so I can take a fuzzy solo for 20 seconds of a song.
I have three overdrive pedals and a compressor/boost. With this amp, that's where my overdriven tones come from. It's fun!
But that's not the way i play live. I just bring my Deluxe Reverb and my Wampler EGO for a little boost and compression.
I use a lot more overdrive when I'm home and just having fun!