The MESA Bigblock 750 has a built-in overdrive channel. The Mesa M2000 has a high gain switch that can be engaged with a footswitch. The Marshall MB450 head and combo bass amplifiers have a tube pre-amp on the "Classic" channel that can be overdriven. The Ashdown ABM 500 EVO III 575W Bass amp head has a built-in overdrive effect. Overdrive is also available on many Crate bass amplifiers. The Yamaha BBT500H has three types of built-in drive effects: overdrive, distortion and fuzz. The Ampeg B5R Bass Amplifier has two channels: clean and overdrive, with the ability to combine the two. The Orange has introduced a new line of bass amplifiers(OB 1 series) with a built in fuzz.
Placing the Treble and Bass around 3 o’clock, the Middle at 9 o’clock, and the Bright switch on, the Archon is capable of a surprisingly accurate blackface approximation. Playing Tele and running a Tremolo and Reverb in the loop, It could easily cover country and surf. Dialing the Treble and Bass back to noon and cranking the Middle to 3 o’clock creates a more British sounding clean tone.
Cranking the Clean volume and Master volume makes a sound that made me think of Pete Townsend and his Hiwatts. The tone has a little power tube grit to it, but it’s big, rich, and percussive.
The clean channel is excellent and also takes pedals very well.
The Lead channel starts out in hot-rodded Marshall territory and quickly works its way up into modern high gain tones. As long as you keep the Lead volume below noon, you can always clean things up with the volume knob on your guitar. If you crank the Lead volume beyond noon, totally higain.
With Helix ® Native, you get the power and tonal accuracy of award-winning HX Modeling technology in a plug-in format. Just like the Helix Floor, Helix Rack, and Helix LT hardware guitar processors, the Helix Native plug-in provides the sound of vintage and modern amps, speaker cabs, mics, and effects, along with broad signal-routing functionality and a straightforward user interface.
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