first of all HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! 2011!
Anyways, a few years ago i bought an amp, the crate XT120R because it was cheap and i had no job, i do not remember how much i paid but after owning it for years i can see that it was the worst amp ever created.
When i first bought the amp i was under the impression that it had the “flexwave” technology that simulates tubes but apparently it didn’t. The amp sucks big time by itself pretty much.
What i have been doing to compensate for the really bad ugly sound this amp has is using effect modelers/processors. I have been using Digitech for a lot of years, i started with the rp-100, then moved to the rp-200 and currently using the rp-2000. The sound of the latter could be better but does the job for this horrendous amp.
The idea is simple the effects processor is being used as a preamp to boost the tone and sound quality of the solid state using the insert, send/return connections. This works but it’s better if you have an actual tube amp or a good solid state amp.
Lately i’ve been considering using individual stomp boxes instead of an effects processor and been pondering how to compensate for tone. The possible solution i came up with is to buy a preamp that uses a tube (mainly used for vocal work), already stared gearing up with some effects pedals and hopefully it works. I will make another post to see if the preamp idea works.
I want to give a piece of advice to everyone, although kind of too late. Whenever you see the Crate XT120R for sale on Craigslist.org, pawn shop or any other place please do yourself a favor and don’t buy it. The money you will have to invest to get it to sound good plus the cost of the amp is already enough to get a tube amp or a solid state like a Peavey brand that will perform better. Later i will make another post to see how the preamp idea works on tone and volume for solid state amps.