When using the 1/8" headphone jack does the pickup's volume level act as an amp's gain stage before the headphone jack's volume control?

Looking to find out if there is any overdrive potential when using the built in headphone jack, if it is strictly a clean tone with no EQ controls, or what...

  • Asked by Jim R from Aliso Viejo
  • Nov 12, 2012
  • Asked about:  Squier by Fender® USB Stratocaster …

1 Answer from the Community

  • Answer

    Hi Jim,

    The pickup volume level determines the input level that goes into your app. This works just like it would when plugging it into a real amp.

    The headphone volume control on the guitar controls the overall output volume that comes from your iOS device or Mac.

    Please keep in mind that the headphone output jack works in iOS/USB mode, meaning the headphone amp is a amplifier and needs to be powered. There will be no output of the headphone jack if it's not plugged into a iOS device or Mac.

    Hope this helps!

    • Answered by Ken P from Scottsdale
    • Nov 17, 2012