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Master Volume

This refers to a feature sound on many modern tube amplifiers (and some solid-state and modeled amps, as well). Essentially, it allows guitarists to turn the volume control up to overdrive the preamps, producing a sweet compressed sustain, but without the high output normally required on stage. By setting the amp’s volume high and its master volume low, guitar players protect their hearing, but without compromising overall tone.

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