- Feb 22, 2009
- Reaction score
A good master volume control can do a lot. And while a tube amp doesn't necessarily need to be cranked to sound good, the sound does flourish when it gets turned up.I bought a Blues Junior 3 probably 3 years ago, and after a while it just didn't sound quite right. I stopped playing it and instead used an old Marshall solid state amp i have.
I took it into my local guitar shop, and they were about to buy it from me but after extensive testing in store they decided it wasn't right and needed a service. The aged rocker type that worked there gave me a lecture about how tube amps don't like being played at bedroom volumes and they need to be cranked up or they start to play up. So . . is there any truth to that? I took it out once for the one and only time i ever took it to a bar with my guitar teacher and i think it toppled over in my boot . . i would think that's probably the root of the issues. When i turn it on now it has got worse and one of the tubes glows pink and that's about it . . so i know it needs a few new tubes at least.
Was he talking rubbish then?
The Blues Junior might just be the wrong amp for the sound you want.