Please try to explain to me, as if I were a child, how amplification works in regard to pre-amp, amp, etc. I've been reading about jerry amps and reading everyones responses, and I have realized that I am absolutely clueless about amplification. I play Bobby through a Boogie DC50 using an AD200 and a UE400, and I really don't know why other than Bob used the FX units and I liked the way the Boogie sounded for a small, easy to tote amp. I'm always just turnin knobs and f'n around with everything trying to get tone that sounds good to me, yet by the time I get there, I think I'm just setteling cause I'm tired of f'n with it. I think its cause I don't understand why something is doing what its doing, and before screwing with effects of any kind, I need to understand how to get the most and various tones out of the amp. So, WTF? What is the preamp? How does it relate to the amp section? Why would you run a seperate amp like a macintosh? Someone please break it down in idiot terms from a-b-c...z; using Bob's rig as a reference whilst breaking this down for me would be a huge, appreciated, bonus. Thanks in advance, E
Here is the basics:
Guitar input > first gain stage of the preamp tube >
tonestack which basically cuts your signal >
secondary gain stages from subsequent preamp tubes >
an FX loop if your amp has it >
Reverb & tremolo if your amp has it >
-------end of preamp---------
phase inverter (first part of poweramp but a preamptube) >
poweramp tubes > output transformer > speaker
The Mesa tonestack is slightly diff than Fende or vox whereby it cascades meaning the higher you have the bass cranked the less impact the mids and high knobs will have, etc... and so on down the line.
UE400 Ibanez multiFX unit which allows you to run FX in any order with a loop which is assignable in a spot. This allows you to run some FX before the preamp and some after the preamp. Or you can run a tuner first and run everything before the preamp like Jerry did.
AD200 Delay unit. Last piece of your chain.
I'm not sure I understand the question though so I hope this helps.
Basically it sounds like you are confused with all the cool gear you've got.
Are you looking for gear101 or help setting up your rig?
As far as order here is what I'd do assuming you don't have a loop:
Guitar > tuner > wah > UE400 for the FX in the order on the box > AD200 > amp input