Plug it in, turn up the
volume and you'll get just the sound you wanted, right? Well, not
always! Guitars, pickups, effects and anything else in the input chain
are only the beginning. You have the basis of what you're looking for
but things can change radically when you make it louder.
There are many types of
amplifiers and making the right choice to suit your ear and budget
can be a hard one, especially if you play a number of different styles.
Our professional staff is experienced in 'real world' applications and
can help you. They know how the amp will sound both at home and on
We know guitars and we
also know the amps you want to use both for practice at home and
monsters for the big stage. Here is some information that might get you
started on the path of getting the right amplifier for your needs.
Early amplification of
audio signals was accomplished with tubes and sometimes referred to as
valves. Guitar amplifiers soon came onto the scene and also followed
the progression of technology. There are three categories of guitar
amplifiers; tube, solid state and modeling.
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- Tube powered amps are the standard by which all others are judged.
Players have loved the rich tonal range since they came onto the
scene. We still love them. They're difficult to emulate effectively.
Watt for watt, they seem louder than solid state and are heavier. The
cost is higher as well as maintenance, but that's true with classic
cars... or anything classic, for that matter.
- Solid state refers to transistor technology used to run the pre-amp
and power sections, coming to market in the late 1960ís. Some players
would argue they create clean tones better but lack the classic
distortion that built rock and roll. They're also low maintenance,
lightweight and have a reputation for reliability on the gig.
This breed uses state of the art digital technology to recreate the
sounds of tube amps. Internal software allows you to replicate many of
the great guitar sounds of history. They usually have effect models
built into them and can cover most sounds players get from pedal boards
or racks. They're an excellent choice for guitarists who need a wide
range of sounds on their gigs.