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Hoping you can share your wisdom and advice. My friends and I recently
released our first EP. Normally, at live gigs I just play through a 58
and the PA. But for the EP we slapped a bit of distortion on my harp
in post production. It was like night and day.
I already own a Blues Blaster and an Epiphone Valve Junior tube amp
and I fiddle around with them at home. Sounds so nice. But I have had
a bit of a problem with feedback, and it has made me super reluctant
to use this set up for anything other than my own personal
Is it a matter of me just taking the time to sit down and figure out
the thing? Should I just keep the volume low and then set up a 58 in
front of the amp and just steer clear of standing in front of it?
Also, do you think the problem is with the mic, the amp, a little bit
of both, or something else entirely?
I'd really like to reproduce that dirty, gritty sound. I am
considering getting a Line 6 POD, but if I can get a good sound out of
the gear I already have, I'd rather not spend the $$$$. Or maybe I
should get some effect pedals. I don't know.
If you're interested (or just bored) you can hear the whole EP for
The last track especially ("Show Me A Good Time - Good Time Reprise")
is what I'm gunning for for live shows.
The Epi is a great little amp. I did a lot of gigs on my Combo model
awhile back when it was my only amp. It is a little prone to feedback,
especially with a Blues Blaster which has less bottom than my vintage
Green Bullet CM. I did a couple of things to fix that.
First, I used a Green Bullet instead of a Blues Blaster - every amp/
mic combination is different and unique...my Blues Blaster works
better on my Kalamazoo, my Green Bullet works better on my Epi.
Second I kept the volume low and mic'd the amp to the PA...just hang
your 58 in front of the amp and let the PA carry the sound. Of course,
don't stand right in front of the amp or too close. The disadvantage
of low volume is you don't get much tube amp distortion until you get
past 12:00 on the volume.
Third, I found a Sabine Solo Feedback Eliminator on eBay for $30 (sels
new for $300) which helped me get the Epi's volume up to where it
could really start getting some more crunch.
Fourth, and this may be the most important, I learned how to properly
cup the microphone to lower feedback - you need a very tight cup,
especially with a Blues Blaster (http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Fifth, I swapped the 12AX7 preamp tube for a good quality 12AT7 - my
first amp mod. Then I started learning more about mods and added a
tone control...when you turn up the bass, down the treble you reduce
feedback. I eventually added several mods, one designed specifically
to reduce feedback. It's not expensive and turns the Epi into a
serious amp. This guys webpage is a good place to start leanring about
Valve Jr. mods: http://duhvoodooman.com/VJr/VJr_mods.htm