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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmcoleman View Post
    I've DIed electrics a lot using pod xt. Sounds decent but won't beat a real miced amp.
    We don't have an amp yet, so we're going to have to DI it either way. Just wondering if the GT-2 would be better than a straight DI box.

    I may even try the RP90 rather than buy more gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diggy_dude View Post
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    Excellent post indeed, James.

    What do you think about using a SansAmp GT-2 as DI on electrics?

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    Cheers Erm, I've only ever DI'd guitar a couple of times just through a normal DI box. They sounded okay for a clean sound, not great and probably too clean for a vintage sound. I'd just say give it a try and see what it sounds like.

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    The GT-2 is a vintage amp emulator (California/British/tweed) that can be used as a DI.

    TECH 21 - SANSAMP GT2

    (Better photo here.)

    We have a TS-9, DOD Juice Box, and another Boss distortion pedal on hand to run into the DI. I think the GT-2 would sound closer to miking an amp than a DI box.
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    DI boxes tend to sound pretty "honkey". You really need something else. So if you have no amps GT-2 would probably be better than DI. I've never used one, but I know DIing a guitar usually sounds awful. Even with the pedals in front it's not going to be great. I would say try it and see if you like it, but that's probably a waste of time. If your options are DI or GT-2 I'd go with GT-2.

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    James,
    to get the right 'vintage' sound on an amp, what would be a rough guide line on how to achieve that sound? Levels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JakJak View Post
    James,
    to get the right 'vintage' sound on an amp, what would be a rough guide line on how to achieve that sound? Levels?
    Erm, it depends what sort of sound you're going for. The vintage sound I usually go for is that 60's choppy sound like on early Beatles records or other records from the period. I usually use a telecaster on the bridge pickup, volume and tone wound up full. I run it through a Fender Blues Deluxe with the bass set around flat, maybe slightly boosted, and the middle and treble boosted. I turn the volume up quite high to overdrive it slightly. It really depends on what amp your using so I'd say just set the tone controls to flat and play around with them a bit without doing anything too major like scooping the middle.

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    If you're going for an overdriven sound it gets a lot more complicated (IMHO). I usually set my tele to the bridge and use the overdrive channel on my Blues Deluxe with the gain set about half way and the EQ fairly flat, slight treble boost. Again though, just play around with what you've got.

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    Cheers James,
    I really appreciate the support.

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    For overdrive without driving the amp, I use a tube screamer pedal all the time. It has a nice slightly overdriven sound, to pretty heavy. It's good for older blues sounds and versitile enough to get some modern tones too.

    From the music you seem to like, I think a tube screamer in front of any good amp will help you out.

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