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Fred Rogan


From:
Birmingham, AL USA
Post Posted 12 May 2017 1:35 pm     Reply with quote

I was playing my steel through a 13 watt tube amp and above the 15th fret the notes sound almost like I have an effect on them and not a very nice effect. Hard to describe but it sounded like something computer generated, not very musical. Below the 15th fret, it sounded good.
Is what I am hearing harmonic distortion? Is it a factor of the frequency at the 15+ fret plus the amp being underpowered? I can play through this amp with my Telecaster and it sounds great at any fret. Is it the hotter PSG pickups?
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Lane Gray


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Topeka, KS
Post Posted 12 May 2017 8:40 pm     Reply with quote

Try plugging it into input 2, which attenuates the signal a bit.
Also try lowering the pickup a bit.
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Fred Rogan


From:
Birmingham, AL USA
Post Posted 17 May 2017 5:02 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Lane. This is a Samamp and does not have but one input. I'll play with the pup.
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Lane Gray


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Topeka, KS
Post Posted 17 May 2017 5:21 pm     Reply with quote

I wonder if a light-duty transformer stepping down the voltage wouldn't prevent saturating the input.
I also wonder what effect it'd have on the pickup load.
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