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  • Zvex Distortron into Vox AC15

    Hello everyone,

    I 'd always loved the Distorton running into my old Peavey amp but a while ago I got a Vox AC15. For some reason, the Distortron (and a few other pedals (Boss BF3, TC Corona Chorus)) doesn't sound organic anymore. I just feel that the sound is coming out of that little box and it drives me nuts. Has anyone had a similar experience? I used to love the Distortron and now and then I'll tweak for days and I can't find that beautiful JTM 45 sound I used to get. I think I'll give the JHS Charlie Brown a shot...

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    This happens sometimes. Different amps respond differently to different pedals.
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    • #3
      i've found ac15s to be a little fussier than other amps about taking certain od pedals, but others really can make it shine. maybe they just don't play well together.
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      • #4
        I would consider a Rangemaster clone alone or with the Zvex .


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        • #5
          different dirt boxes work better with different amps. a rangemaster works well if your amp is cranked, into a clean amp it isnt pleasant to me. do you like the tone of the amp by itself?

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          • #6
            The AC15 is very upper mid rangey with no bass at all. If your distortion box has a mid range bump in similar frequencies to what the amp boosts it can easily make things sound boxy and too mid-rangey. Look for a wider range, slightly mid-scooped (or at least minimally mid boosted) distortion.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by jeremy View Post
              different dirt boxes work better with different amps. a rangemaster works well if your amp is cranked, into a clean amp it isnt pleasant to me. do you like the tone of the amp by itself?
              I love the AC 15 on its own. I also found it sounds great with the Ibanez ts9 and with the Wampler Tumnus.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by GuitarStv View Post
                The AC15 is very upper mid rangey with no bass at all. If your distortion box has a mid range bump in similar frequencies to what the amp boosts it can easily make things sound boxy and too mid-rangey. Look for a wider range, slightly mid-scooped (or at least minimally mid boosted) distortion.
                Maybe a pedal with more eq settings?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Flores_68 View Post

                  Maybe a pedal with more eq settings?
                  That could work too . . . but all distortion boxes have some sort of inherent EQ built into them. Tubescreamers have a big 800Hz mid range boost, Klones have about a 1.1kHz mid range boost, DS-1 is slightly scooped at around 900 kHz with some bass roll-off, the big muff has a huge scoop that occurs somewhere between 700 - 1.5 kHz depending on where you set the tone knob, etc. You just need to figure out what kind of EQ you need with your amp and then find a box that works with that.
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                  • #10
                    Voxes are notoriously picky when it comes to drive pedals.
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                    • #11
                      The AC 15 hates Tubescreamer pedals but loves, Klons, Timmy’s and OCD pedals. I had better luck with MXR Analog Chorus and WayHuge Blue Hippo Chorus pedals. The Rat pedal works great for more distortion. I had good luck with MXR Carbon Copy Delay and the WayHuge Aquapuss Delay. In both cases, the MXR pedals are darker and the WayHuge pedal are brighter. It’s a matter of preference.

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