How to connect two guitar amps together

Written by ezekiel james
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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
  • Y-cable
  • ¼-inch male-to-male instrument cable adaptor

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Connect a ¼-inch instrument cable into each amplifiers ¼-inch input jack.

  3. 3

    Connect the ¼-inch instrument cables from each amp into a ¼-inch female end of the Y-cable.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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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