Turn Your Amp Around

By Phil Ockelford

Turn your amp the wrong way around; better still, point it at a wall/reflective surface. Why? Firstly, no-one is now in it’s direct line of fire, so they won’t get their face peeled off as you thunder away. This has the added bonus that you can now turn it up louder than you would normally do. What’s more, the reflective aspect of the wall helps spread the sound, again, preventing it from being too uni-directional. Happy audience, happy band, happy guitarist. Failing that, and if you have much spare cash, do what Joe Bonamassa does and surround your rig with screens…

6 comments to Turn Your Amp Around

  • In fact, I read that’s allegedly how Robert Johnson would play in juke joints. Some said it was so no one could copy his licks, but another explanation would be this. Sweet advice!

    • joe

      Actually, Robert Johnson never played an electric guitar. But there is a theory, promoted by Ry Cooder, that he made his recordings while facing into an alcove for the reflection and compression effects.

  • As his guitar sounded quite light, he was recorded facing a corner because the reflected sound would build up the bass response as picked up by the mic (this is known as proximity effect).

  • Oinkus

    If you ask me I would say with good PA and sound guy you shouldn’t need to turn your amp up that high to require it to face away.It is always the SRV wannabes that do that from what I have seen.

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