You really have to try and see for yourself. Basically, it will allow more power tube sound, without ear damaging volume.
Have a listen to some of the clips at this site, a great player demonstrating a power tube sound, with and without preamp distortion. An attenuator is used but not the airbrake. Can't get that sound with master volume. Simon uses a lot of slaving techniques also to get great power tube sound.
It's definitely a different dimension. I played through a Marshall 50 watt master volume for 20 or more years and always used the master volume. I play rock & blues and the Marshall's preamp always provided plenty of gain and gave me whatever level of distortion and sustain that I wanted.
My Maz Jr has much less preamp gain and it took me a while to get used to the new amp. Once I got the air brake, it just gave me an entire new tone and crunch to work with and I recognized this sound in a number of tunes.
The opening licks of Brown Sugar is pushing the power amp. And there is an opening lick in Bruce Springsteen's Kitty's Back (from the 70s) that is probably coming out of some old fender who's power amp is opened up wide. If you like some crunch, you get a whole new texture with the air brake.
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2006 18:05:33 GMT -7 by GuitarZ
West Chester, PA Maz Jr Combo & Ghia Head American Deluxe Strat, '68 Gold Top P90 Les Paul, & Martin HD-28V named Bear
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rossco: the variable e.q bypass is great because while bypassed it you get the raw sound of the amp without the e.q and everything else attenuating the signal which sounds great and a because its variable on the foot switch you can dial in to taste, 1/2 way I like
Dec 19, 2019 19:02:01 GMT -7
rossco: you don't have to fully bypass the tone stack which is great because gives you room to dial in your sound, it certainly thickens up the sound and adds nice growl/midrange growl. I don't like pedals so this replaces everything for me
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