People often underestimate the huge impact that an amplifier has on the overall sound quality of a guitar.
Spending thousands on a guitar that will end up being combined with a cheap, tinny amplifier simply won’t do.
It’s for this reason that we have prepared this short advice article to help you get the sound you want whilst playing.
The first thing to remember is that maximum output is not the most important trait of an amp. It’s all very well being able to burst an eardrum or two, but this is no use when an audience can’t hear the music at the same time. Similarly, spending huge amounts of money on equipment just because it has a brand name attached is usually a mistake.
Instead, you should assess what exactly you intend to use your amp for. A solid-state amplifier (which is fully electronic) is usually the most economical option for anyone who wants to practice, but they often lack the correct tones for playing live. If you intend to perform in public, it might be worth opting for an all-tube amplifier which will cost considerably more but will produce the warmer, more resonant tones you’re looking for.
Effects are also a point to consider when making a purchase. Amplifiers come with varying amounts of channels, sound effects, control knobs and sometimes headphone jacks. Some people will want to play only using the original sound, but for others there may be added emphasis on reverb effects etc.
Lastly, choose an amp that suits your guitar. If you have a bass guitar, there’s no point in buying an amp that specializes in high notes. Just a thought.
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