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So, now that ive had my two cabs (4x12 celestion vintage 30s and a 2x12 texas heats eminence), I though of delving into the world of stereo guitar, but im not sure exactly what it is....

with the band being a trio, placing one speaker on either stage side would be nice, but im wondering what stero does exactly and how to achieve two similiar yet different tones between the two speakers...or is this something u need two amps for? any help or links to answers would be swell!

(also, if running it is mono, both cabs are 8 ohms, so im pretty sure i need to set my head to 16 ohms to run both speakers right?)

my head is a peavey XXX, so the ohms are switchable between 4, 8, 16 :)

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If your using both cabinets with the peavey head your running Mono. If you had one head connected to one speaker cabinet and another head connected to the other cabinet this would be a stereo setup. Same would be if you had a Multi-effects pedals and run the left into one amp and the right into another amp, this would also be stereo. To answer your question yes you'll need two amps and two cabinets.


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I'm not sure it would technically be stereo simply running two amps and cabinets unless you used a stereo effect, otherwise it's just the same mono signal going through two amps instead of one...they would sound different, but still identical source signal.

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Most multieffects boxes have a mono output and another called stereo. If you run cables out of both jacks to different amps the processor will output sound slightly out of phase. Not sure if phase is the right word but the sound will be slightly different if you're using say chorus, reverb, etc. When listening with headphones I can get a swirly left to right and back sound that would happen with a stereo amp setup.

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