Blowing It – Guitar Amps & Fuses

Music Ministry, Tech
I learned a few things about guitar amps and fuses this weekend that I wanted to pass along.  I picked up a used Bugera V5 guitar amp not too long ago that's been fantastic for playing in a worship service.  My setup on electric guitar at Holy Trinity is very close to the congregation, so having great tube tone, but at a low stage volume is important.  Before that, I was lugging around my heavy Fender Frontman 212r that I modified into a cabinet and was playing an Epiphone Valve Jr. through the custom speakers I'd installed.  The problem was that while "Junior" was only a 5w tube head, I still ran it through a 2x12 which was more volume than we needed considering that we mic the cabinet and…
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Guitar Amp Review – Fender Frontman 212r

I have a love-hate relationship with the Fender Frontman 212r.  I used to have a small Marshall practice amp that I ran my Boss ME-25 pedal through and mic'd it into the PA.  The church I play electric guitar in seats about 1400, so it's important to have an amp with good tone that can run through the PA rather than just leaving it out of the mix.  When the Marshall went out on me, I decided that I wanted something that could be an "all things" amp.  When I've played at retreats in the past without a mic, the 25w Marshall couldn't keep up, so my thought was that if I got this 100w powerhouse, that I wouldn't need anything else. This was a good idea, but at the…
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