Getting the right electric guitar tone is a hobby for some and a lifelong obsession for many. It requires the ability to experiment with a wide range of guitar amplifier settings. Connecting two guitar amps together is a technique that many veteran guitar players use to expand their sound. This technique allows you the ability to use two different-sounding amplifiers to create a fuller guitar tone.
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Things you need
- ¼-inch instrument cables (three)
- Two guitar amplifiers
- ¼-inch male-to-male instrument cable adaptor
Buy a Y-cable with ¼-inch male end and two ¼-inch female ends. You can purchase these cables anywhere music instruments or audio connectors and adaptors are sold.
Connect a ¼-inch instrument cable into each amplifiers ¼-inch input jack.
Connect the ¼-inch instrument cables from each amp into a ¼-inch female end of the Y-cable.
Connect a ¼-inch instrument cable to your guitar's input jack, then connect the other end of the instrument cable. Then connect the other end of the instrument cable into the male-to-male ¼-inch adaptor.
Connect the male end of the Y-cable to the available end of the male-to-male ¼-inch adaptor, set the volume knobs on the amplifiers to one or two, then turn on your amplifier to test.
Tips and warnings
- Before turning your amp on, be sure the volume knobs on your amps are turned down low. This prevents loud feedback and protects your speakers from being blown.
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