Originally Posted by rschultz
Yes, I understand that. Like I said, they will be the last to go. My acoustic amp has a line out that I use, it sounds fine. Guitar -> amp -> DI -> snake. I have run with the amp speaker off... although I generally need it on to hear my guitar. Same goes for the electric, use the amp to create the sound and send it out the back... but turn the speaker off and use IEM for monitor.
Like you suggest, all this won't happen at once. It will be a process, one thing at a time. But the goal is to reduce the stage noise as much as possible.
*facepalm* It doesn't work like that.
Your goal of reducing stage volume is admirable, but the guitar amp and its associated loudspeaker
are an integral part of "electric guitar". Electric and acoustic are inherently different. Acoustic (and electric piano too) rely on clean linear amplification: the amp, when there is one, simply makes the sound bigger. Electric, however, the amp and cab are as much a part of the instrument as the strings and the frets. The sound of the instrument, its distinctive character, come from overdriving the grids in the amplifier stages, and how that reacts with the cab. The sustain of an electric is also from an acoustic-feedback path between the cab and the strings that the player manipulates as he plays.
Tube amplifiers don't work without a load; they have to have a load of the right impedance.
It's a fundamentally different creature than any other instrument (Rhodes excepted, because it's essentially the same thing). You can't treat it like bass or acoustic or piano.
Put a mike in front of the cab. That's how everybody else has learned it has to be done.