I Can't Remember Where I Read It But.....

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  1. purpleplexi

    purpleplexi Well-Known Member

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    Someone in a recent thread said that instead of jumpering channels they used a Y cable. So I bought one and gave it a try. I never thought my plexi clone had a muddled sound but suddenly I can hear the bass, mids and treble so much more clearly - it's like the eq works better. I'm currently floating on a little cloud in tone heaven - this could be the missing link. Whoever it was that posted that thank you Sir!
     
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    http://www.marshallforum.com/threads/1987x-or-1959.105432/#post-1780831


    PP, I have been incorporating that Y cable the past decade. You start getting ideas of good usable and tweakable sounds, then you start coming up with creative ways to tweak your 4 holer. You start thinking what if I throw a pedal inbetween that Y cable & Vol 2. - Delay/echo, reverb, EQ, OD or boost / YMMV... ;-)
     
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    purpleplexi Well-Known Member

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    Marshallmellowed I thank you.
     
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    JacksonCharvelAddict Well-Known Member

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    i have never had the pleasure of playing an old 4 holer. It is still fun reading about all the tricks that players have been using with them.
     
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    marshallmellowed Well-Known Member

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    Sure thing, just passing on useful information. I picked it up from a video on Youtube. I like going into the upper left and lower right inputs with the "Y" cable.
     
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    purpleplexi Well-Known Member

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    Yep. That's my preference too. Just to give it a little body.
     
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    Interesting! I have to give this a try!! A "Y" cable, huh? Cool!
     
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    Crap....now I gotta go buy another four holer to try the Y cable solution.

    You guys are expensive. :jam:
     
  9. coyote

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    I used to do that with my Major. Sounded fantastic.
     
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    purpleplexi Well-Known Member

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    Yep. I reckon internet forums (fora?) drive the economy more than anything.
     
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    dro Well-Known Member

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    Made a little short Jumper out of George L's cable go from lo input 1 to high input 2
     
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    marshallmellowed Well-Known Member

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    That's one approach, the typical channel jump method. The "Y" cable approach retains slightly more of the signal and sounds a little better (IMO).
     
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    So how do you use it? Plug guitar into 2 inputs? Or jump 3 unused holes together?
     
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    Plug one end of your "Y" cable into Vol I Ch 1 (preferably the high input), and the other into either Ch 1, or Ch 2 of Vol II. Set your Vol I as you normally would, then blend in Vol II's channel volume to taste.
    Tweak you Bass knob. You'll need to decide if you prefer the cab on the floor or on its casters, as it will lend to Bass frequencies that can either muddy, or fatten up your hard earned tone. YMMV
     

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    marshallmellowed Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Using a "Y" cable, I've gotten the best results from all of my 4-holers by going into the top left, lower right inputs. This provides a good strong signal to the "Treble" channel, and the "Normal" channel seems to stay more focused at higher settings. Just my experience, of course.
     
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    Interesting. Wonder what would happen if you did the Y cable thing on a vertical input 2204 style head. One way to find out I guess
     
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    marshallmellowed Well-Known Member

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    I think I tried that on my 2203x, but don't remember the result. Must have sucked in some way, as I've never done it since.
     
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    You can’t run both inputs on a Master Volume Marshall - only the low input signal will get through, because the extra gain stage of the high input is disconnected as soon as you put a jack in the Low socket.
     
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    junk notes Well-Known Member

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    Without getting into the particulars, here is a little help in visually understanding why.
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    They are internally shared and are wired together.
     
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    I just got around to trying this.The "Y' cord changes the tone of the amp,and I'm really not sure why,but it is pretty cool.It's not really blending channels like a jumper,but the amp is more alive than ever.Beautiful harmonic tone,very balanced.This is truly the most simple thing you can do to really hear your plexi's true voice.It also seems to cut out some side FX fizz caused by the attenuator.A huge thanks Marshallmellowed!
     

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