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    Okay guys, this is a stupid question, but what exactly is "Gain?" Many people use the word when referring to distortion/overdrive, but I always thought it had more to do with headroom and power. Whats the deal?
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    I've always thought of gain as the ratio of output over input. the increase of voltage/ signal intensity caused by the amp. I think gain is just another word for amplification itself.

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    Technically, gain is the result of amplifying a signal. It is not overdive or distortion, but the two are related. The more gain you add to a signal, the greater its amplitude, and the less likely the circuits are to handle the voltage efficiently, resulting in some overdrive or distortion. In the case of guitar, it's simply a volume increase that often results in more compression and distortion, but gain in and of itself actually is completely separate from those byproducts.
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