Posted by Don Mackrill on 12th Jun 2015
Here's a video from Robert Renman that uses the Mack Gem guitar amp to show how to get good blues tone from a small amp.
Robert is a Mack Endorsing Artists, a fantastic guitarist and has become a very well known and respected guitar educator. You can check out Robert's clear and very useful lessons here: http://www.masterguitaracademy.com/.
As you will see, Robert takes the viewer through a series of tweaks and pedal moves to dial in excellent blues guitar tone at very low volume. Yes, it can be done!
Note that unlike most small amps, the Gem is very flexible with lots of clean headroom if you want it and a wide range of its own overdriven tones. It can also be switched from 4 watts to 0.4 watts. 4 watts doesn't sound like much, but it can provide lots of volume if you crank it! Conversely, 0.4 watts is perfect for playing at home along with recorded music.
I believe that a guitar amp doesn't need to have more than 50 watts of power... ever!Heh! I can hear the clicking of many keyboards preparing their rebuttals to that comment!It's never wise to make such a sweeping generalization. But there is some sense behind my comment - at least I think so! [...]
It's been a few years since we've last had an active blog. We are pleased to be once again writing informational pieces for our customers, fans and readers.You can expect a regular publishing schedule of articles about guitar tone, Mack Endorsing Artists, technical pieces related to electric guitar amps and more.If you have an idea [...]