Solving Noise Issues When Using 2 Amps - Ask Zac 164

April 17, 2020

As soon as I got a second guitar amp in High School, I began experimenting with running both of them at the same time. In 1990 this usually meant a stereo chorus splitting the signal. An unwanted side-effect was that I found that my noise floor went way up, and sometimes, with certain pairings of amps, it seemed like my sound got smaller instead of bigger. It was not until almost two decades later, in 2002, I learned about the grounding and phase issues that have to be dealt with when running two amps simultaneously. Here, I show how to overcome these issues with an easy-to-find signal splitter that incorporates phase reversal controls, and safe ground lifting using an isolation transformer.

Amazon link to Lehle P-Split III

Book Nook Link - The Fender Archives, by Tom Wheeler

The Stratocaster Chronicles, by Tom Wheeler

Gear used:1982 Kubicki body, 2022 Danocaster Neck, Glaser Convertible Bender, 80s Duncan middle, Ron Ellis 50/60 Tele pickup set.

NYXL 9.5-44 Strings

1965 Deluxe Reverb with 12" Eminence GA-SC64 speaker

Link to 12" Eminence GA-SC64 speaker

2023 Headstrong Lil' King with 12" Eminence GA-SC64 speaker

Effects used:

1981 TC Chorus

Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay

Truetone CS6 power supply

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