Alexander "Howard" Dumble is a man celebrated around the world for creating the most sought after amplifiers in the guitar market: the Dumble Overdrive Special and Steel String Singer. While we all love Dumble and the killer tones he brought into this world, he made ONE mistake that is constant throughout seemingly all of the amps he made: a passive effects loop.
In today's video, we'll dive into this issue in detail, talking about the negative impacts passive effects loops have on your tone, and talking about some of the solutions both Dumble and other manufacturers came up with! We'll also show you a tutorial of how to use a Dumblelator-style effect to turn your passive effects loop into an active one!
00:01 - Intro
00:39 - What did Dumble Get Wrong?
01:55 - The Dumblelator
03:56 - Modern Solutions
05:45 - Using a Dumblelator-Style Effects
08:36 - Outro