F.A.Q.'s

Sioux Guitars Frequently Asked Questions

Why are all your pedals red? How can I tell them apart on stage?

How does Jerry Lee Lewis tell all the white keys apart? Hell Ray Charles could tell the white keys apart on a piano and he was blind. If you can't tell a distortion from a chorus, you maybe shouldn't be on stage.


Can I get an amp in black or another color?

Since the release of “Rocket 88” rock-n-roll has been synonyms with sex.  Ever since the Beatles went on the Ed Sullivan Show the guitar has been the best selling instrument in the country, and before that it was the accordion.  Rock-n-roll has always been full of peacockery.  Paul Stanley of KISS once said "all a guitar is, is a penis extension, so treat it like one."  So in a world of black amps why not stand out with a red and white one?  Stand at the edge of the stage, with your legs spread apart, chomping bubble gum, wink at the crowd and strum an open E while plugged into an amp that sounds as good as it looks, and you will understand the Sioux Guitars philosophy.  A red and white amp just screams rock-n-roll and is loud before you ever plug it in and turn it on.


What is your connection with the Great Sioux Nation?

None.  We actually named Sioux Guitars after our hometown of Sioux City, Iowa.  Our guitar pedals are all named for Sioux City landmarks or events and our amps are named after historic Sioux City packing houses which was the industrial driver of Sioux City for most of it’s history.  

 

 

Do you ship internationally?  

Yes, just use our shopping cart feature and it will take you through the shipping steps and it will be adjusted for where you live.


What speakers do you use?-Why don’t you use the same speakers set ups as the famous British amp company?

Looking for killer tone? Often overlooked is the one piece that actually delivers tone, your speakers. Over the years people have been seeking deeper, fuller tones and have sided with heavier gauge strings, drop tunings, 7 and 8 string guitars, baritones, etc., all while continuing to insist on the traditional 4-12” cabinet made famous in the late 60’s from a British builder that uses speakers designed for mid-range punch.

Let’s think about this. If your speakers are designed for mid-range sound, how do you suppose you’re going to get a full bodied sound out of it? If you want a fuller sound, then the cleanest and best way is to use a speaker designed for full body sound and not just mid-range. The other important factor is the size of your cabinet. In building a sealed speaker cabinet the most important factor is to match the air volume that cabinet holds with a speaker or speakers that can be like Goldilocks, not too big, not too small, but just right.

Here at Sioux Guitars, we’re willing to look past tradition and find the right speaker solutions for every players’ situation. We are big fans of 4-10” cabs and really love the sound of a 1-15” or 2-15”. In searching for tone, don’t just assume that your old 4-12” cab is doing you service while you switch heads, effects, guitars, strings, pickups, etc.  Depending on the players’ application we usually go for Jensen Jets for a more aggressive sound or Jensen Mods for a cleaner sound.  

Some times people ask why manufacturers use certain things, like the original tires on a new car.  Typically what tires Detroit puts on new cars, what they want is for them to be round, black, and cheap, if they hold air you got a bonus.  Kind of like why does the famous British amp maker use the speakers they use?  Because they were cheap and available, not necessarily because they sound the best.  We have tried them all and prefer to use Jensen Speakers because to our ears they just sound the best.  We can get Fane speakers, and they do sound good, but they typically jack the price up $1,000-$1,500 more for a speaker cabinet than a cab loaded with Jensen’s.  Yeah the Fane’s sound great, but in our mind, we couldn’t justify a $1,000 difference.