How to dial in a guitar amp

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You’ve got the gear you need, now here’s how to dial in a sound. Start with your guitar amp’s volume low, then raise the gain from zero until you like what you hear. 

More gain puts you in rock and metal territory; a low-gain ‘clean’ sound is better for funk, folk and softer music in general. 

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