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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Your amp. On the floor, not on the floor? And why...

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P90's, 11's...

Volume set to "Stun".
Jul 3rd, 2019 09:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I find that if you're loud enough, then it just doesn't matter.

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The Escalator
Jul 4th, 2019 05:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

^ loud wisdom ^

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El Californio

Jul 4th, 2019 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Any audiophile will tell you...
Highs are directional and best appreciated when tweeters are exactly at ear level (or tilted at ear level.) Lows just don't care.

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The Escalator
Jul 4th, 2019 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

We don’t need no steenkeen tweeeeeters!

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Jul 6th, 2019 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

On the floor. My main amps just lose something when they are decoupled from the floor. I like the room sound. If I'm play them on an amp stand I seem to lose something.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Jul 6th, 2019 10:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not sure I get the point of turning the amp around if it's in an open back cabinet.

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Shreveport, LA

There I was one night...
Jul 8th, 2019 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

On a table facing me directly when I'm sitting in front of it. I obviously don't have Vox ac15 volume turned up high.

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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Jul 8th, 2019 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Not sure I get the point of turning the amp around if it's in an open back cabinet."

Because treble content beams from the front of the speaker, not the back.

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Western Pa.

I'm an old guitar hassler
Jul 8th, 2019 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

After reading the suggestion a while back (I believe from Peegoo) to have the amp face the wall, I put my Fender Super Champ x2 on a tilt-back stand. I placed it directly in the corner of the room, facing the walls, about as close as practical.

Right off the bat, I like that you can turn up the volume a bit, since the speaker isn’t pointed right at your face. This lets the amp be closer to its sweet spot, without peeling paint. I don’t know if the tilt-back helps or hurts the tone (haven’t experimented), but I like how the front panel controls are more easily accessible.

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The Escalator
Jul 9th, 2019 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

In retrospect I believe I like my amps on the floor because I like the extra bottom end it seems to create. I’m mostly a Marshall guy, so the bottom end is part of that joy.

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Jul 14th, 2019 02:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mine is on floor near a wall because of the floor it is too tinny souring

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I tried to think

but nothing happened!
Jul 14th, 2019 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use most of mine on the floor except the AC-15. I have one of the chrome tube stands and it's just too cool not to use! Still sounds good.

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Home of the Goodyear blimp
Jul 15th, 2019 03:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Depends on the amp. My DRRI and Marshall sit on the floor. They sound great. My 68 Princeton Custom is off the floor on one of those tiltback stands because it can be bass dominant and not in a good way. Off the floor it sounds great.

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El Californio

Jul 15th, 2019 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Because treble content beams from the front of the speaker, not the back."

This is why I invested $15 in a weber beam blocker for my DRRI. It dulls the ice-pick in a pleasing way w/out sacrificing the highs.


(This message was last edited by archiestone at 03:50 PM, Jul 15th, 2019)

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Jul 29th, 2019 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good post!
and blocking the dust cap area is very interesting. I'm sure there's many other ways to go about that including putting some free standing and small about a foot in front of the amp. Even if it blocks a larger area it's still diffusing the highs. Great post for us tele guys.


Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Jul 30th, 2019 02:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

On the floor sounds best to me. I've tried amps on stands, tilted up, behind me, on the side, in front of me angled up as a monitor (my least favorite way), but sitting it on the floor behind sounds best to me.

Unfortunately our sound guy has the final say as we like to keep a low stage volume so he has control. What matters most is what the crowd hears, so I don't always get to put my amp on the floor behind me.


Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Aug 1st, 2019 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

people say I sound best when my amp is on the floor, facing the ground.

go figure..



Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Aug 1st, 2019 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Depends on the amp.....

My Fender SRRI, with it's tilt-back legs, LOVES being on the floor.

My Fender Blues DeLuxe Loves being on top of my 2x12 open back cab with Vintage 30's, when it's plugged in and sounds BIG, VERY VERY BIG.

My new Boss NextOne Artist prefers being on top of that of that same cabinet, even though it's NOT plugged in.

And my Fender Acoustic Pro 200 watt amp sounds WONDERFUL on the floor.

Every amp has different sonic/resonant properties, and the only way to find out is to experiment with them.

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USA/Taos, NM

Aug 1st, 2019 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...people say I sound best when my amp is on the floor, facing the ground..."

And don't forget a mattress over the whole thing.


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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Aug 9th, 2019 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use tilt-back legs on all my bigger amps for gigging. We don't mic and we don't monitor so I need to hear myself a bit over the band without overpowering everyone else.
I bought a Gator tilt-back stand for my smaller amps. I've used it when the house mic's the amps, and for band practice.
At home, the bigger amps are standing on the floor, since I'm sitting in front of them. The smaller amps are stacked on top of the big ones.

Works for me.

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