overdriven amplifier

overdriven amplifier

[¦ō·vər¦driv·ən ′am·plə‚fī·ər]
(electronics)
Amplifier stage which is designed to distort the input-signal waveform by permitting the grid signal to drive the stage beyond cutoff or plate-current saturation.
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There is no comparable threshold problem if an overdriven amplifier is used as a harmonic generator; however, both the output power and DC-to-RF efficiency are likely to become impractically small for large values of multiplication N.
The legendary guitarist-singer, who pioneered the technique of guitar feedback with overdriven amplifiers, had headlined the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
His classics include All along the Watchtower, Hey Joe and Purple Haze and Hendrix pioneered the technique of guitar feedback with overdriven amplifiers.