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Achieving a decent jazz guitar tone at low volume using hi-fi? Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 5th April 2009
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Achieving a decent jazz guitar tone at low volume using hi-fi?

Here's the dealy:

After about 20 years of not playing guitar, i've decided to spend some of my free 10 minutes a day at home picking it up again.

The tone i'm looking for is something like Kenny Burrell or Grant Green

I will need to be playing at really low volume so as not to wake the kiddy or disturb the wife, so a regular guitar amp is out.

So what i'm wondering is, could i get a decent tone playing it through my hi-fi system? (i have a pretty decent hi-fi system)

I have a semi-acoustic jazz guitar so that's a good start.

The first obstacle will be low passing the signal to emulate a guitar amp. I will also need to be able to apply a very small amount of distortion. I have no idea what to get for this distortion. I checked out the Electro-Harmonix site, but all the demo videos feature rock / metal type playing, and even when the pedals are bypassed the sound is distorted as hell so i found it impossible to judge the distortion.

So basically slutz, what i'm asking is for someone to suggest a signal chain to get a half decent jazz tone at low volume thru my hi-fi.

What i'm thinking is DI, distortion unit, EQ (with low pass and tone shaping)

Budget is not really a problem, i don't mind spending a few hundred or even a bit more. It doesn't have to be pedal stuff, 19" rack gear is also ok.

Thanks! - I.R.B.
Old 5th April 2009
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You can study this to death, but this is what works for me...what I'm saying is consider this approach but you don't have to do it.

My amp is a five watt Space Tone from Swart Guitar Amplifiers. It sounds very good in a household environment and I use with a Gibson jazz box as well as solid body guitars. It's supposed to be based on the Fender Champ.

There's a web site out there devoted to the benefits of low wattage guitar amps. Its called AMPTONE.

Guitar Amp Tone and Effects Placement

Of course you might be able to use a direct box and go into a mixer...but usually the non guitar amp sounds too clean.
Old 5th April 2009
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Why not just pick up a used polytone mini brute for $125.00 and call it a day?
Old 5th April 2009
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The Polytone makes sense. Many of those guys used them.

All of the guys I work with that go for that sound go direct. I usually will use a tube pre .

Or maybe look at this: Mesa Boogie V-Twin Pedals

I love what it does for a natural guitar tone.
Old 6th April 2009
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Thanks for the advice.

I took a trip to my local guitar emporium and, after trying a few amps out, walked away with a Fender Blues Junior:

.:: Fender®.com ::.

Capable of subtle distortion at low volume and a nice onboard 3 band EQ.

I.R.
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