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Behringer V-Tone GM 110 amplifier

Behringer gets bashed a lot by guitar snobs. Overall they make great gear for guitarists on a budget. In the years I ran a music store, the guys who bought Gibson Les Pauls, PRS, or American Fenders were all doctors, lawyers, engineers, and other professionals. The musicians were the guys who were putting their change together to buy the lead guitarist an E-string for the gig that night. Therefore I am a fan of budget gear. If you can find something inexpensive to do the job, especially if you are a hobbyist or a gigging musician, that's the gear I want you to know about. One of those piece of gear is the Behringer V-Tone GM 110 combo amp. Essentially what Behringer did is clone a much more expensive amp made by Tech 21. The amp features analog modeling that helps you get the characteristic sounds of other amps in a little practice combo amp. I used to keep one of these in my lesson studio at a community recreation center and one in my home studio. Back in the day, you could bu

Tech 21 Comptortion Pedal

Tech 21 made/makes some great products. The SansAmp was huge in the 1990s-2000s for bass players. They made a great little modeling combo guitar amp that used analog controls to shape the sound without a whole bunch of menus and offered a built in direct box that sent the modeled sounds directly to the PA. Among their offerings was this pedal: the CompTortion. If you have never played guitar with a compressor, you have missed out. Compression is useful as a studio effect for recording and mixing, but it is the secret to having a controlled guitar sound on stage. Compression helps your guitar sit in the mix without huge spikes in volume or getting washed out if you are playing quietly. It adds snap to and sustain to clean guitar parts and, when used with a saturated gain sound, adds high harmonics into the sound as long notes fade away. Many guitar players put compressor pedals into the signal chain, but the challenge is controlling noise. When you run compression and distortion t