How to Split One Guitar to Two Amps

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How to Split One Guitar to Two Amps
The Edge splits his guitar signal between two Vox AC30 amplifiers. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Guitars typically have a single output jack that connects to an amplifier. If you want access to more than one amplifier's sound without unplugging the guitar to make the switch, you can split your guitar signal and send it to two contrasting amplifiers.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Signal splitter box
  • 3 instrument cables

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect a 1/4-inch instrument cable to the output jack on your guitar.

  2. 2

    Connect the other end of the cable to the input jack on the signal splitter. You can use a dedicated signal splitter or any stereo-output pedal that has a signal-split function.

  3. 3

    Connect a second 1/4-inch instrument cable to "output 1" on the splitter. Connect the other end of the cable to the input jack on the first amplifier.

  4. 4

    Connect a third 1/4-inch instrument cable to "output 2" on the splitter. Connect the other end of the cable to the input jack on the second amplifier.

  5. 5

    Turn the master volume on both amplifiers to zero to prevent unexpected feedback or noise when you turn them on.

  6. 6

    Turn on the splitter.

  7. 7

    Turn on the first amplifier. Tweak the tone dials until you get an undistorted, or clean, tone that you like. Add a little reverb for ambience and adjust the master volume dial to a suitable level.

  8. 8

    Turn on the second amplifier. Tweak the tone dials to get a sound that you like. Adjust the gain on the amplifier to a level that creates distortion.

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