Music Information

Things To Know When Shopping For A Guitar Amplifier


Guitar amplifiers are a major part of your tone. Some amps can do many things well, while others excel at producing specific tonal qualities. When shopping for a guitar amplifier, you will have to choose between a Tube or Solid-State model, and whether you want a combo, or separate head and speaker cabinet.

Tube based guitar amplifiers use old fashioned vacuum tubes to produce their power and process the guitar's signal. They are very loud, and generate a large amount of heat during operation. Generally, tube amps provide a warm tone that when pushed hard will produce a natural, overdriven distortion that is very sought after by many guitarists. Tube amplifiers will require maintenance as the vacuum tubes need periodic replacement.

Solid-State guitar amplifiers rely on transistors and integrated circuits to amplify and process the guitar's signal. Although they can't match the raw power and smooth, natural distortion of a tube amp, Solid-State amps tend to be much more versatile. Modern electronics are often used to produce a broader range of tones than found in most tube based guitar amplifiers. They also run cooler, and are relatively maintenance free.

Choosing between a combo or separates is often a personal decision. Combo guitar amps use a single cabinet to house the electronics and speakers. They take up less space, and are generally easier to transport. Separates give you greater flexibility with respect to speaker size and type. Since there's more room for components, some argue that separates are built to higher standards than combos, but this is not always true. One really big advantage of separates is that the head can be isolated from vibrations produced by the speakers, extending the life and reliability of the electronic components.

Whichever type of amp you choose, keep in mind that your guitar and amp work as a team. Plugging an expensive, well voiced instrument into a cheap amplifier won't allow the instrument to reach its full potential. A good amplifier will last you for many years... so don't skimp!

Written By: Michael Casamento

Michael Casamento is the founder of Guitar Pages Online - a comprehensive resource for guitars and guitar related merchandise on the Internet.

For more information visit:http://www.guitarpagesonline.com

This article may be freely reproduced so long as the above resource box is included in its entirety.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


9to5Mac

HomePod can play purchased iTunes music, podcasts and stream Beats 1 without Apple Music subscription
9to5Mac
Apple today announced that HomePod goes on sale February 9. Whilst HomePod works best with an Apple Music subscription, allowing users to ask Siri to play any of the 40 million tracks in the Apple Music catalog, it does not require a subscription to ...
Apple Details HomePod's Gesture Controls for Siri and Music PlaybackMac Rumors
HomePod arrives February 9, available to order this FridayApple Newsroom (press release)

all 164 news articles »


Billboard

Grammys Reflect Country Music's In And Out-Of-The-Box Thinking
Billboard
This year's Grammy slate reaffirms what Music Row has said about its best-known genre for some time: The creative possibilities in country music have widened exponentially. "If you look at the different sounds, it's because no one wants to repeat what ...
Best music events in honor of the Grammys' return to NYCMetro US
GRAMMY Awards: Three Unforgettable Moments in Country Music HistoryRadio.com Music and Entertainment News

all 54 news articles »


Washington Post

Oscar music nominations: A crowded field
Washington Post
But can anyone beat John Williams? He has won five Academy Awards, been nominated 51 times, and the music he composed for the first movie to appear in the “Star Wars” franchise has been called the greatest movie score of all time. “The Last Jedi,” his ...

and more »


Pitchfork

Luca Guadagnino on the Music of His Movies, and Why He Had to Have Sufjan Stevens for Call Me by Your Name
Pitchfork
Luca Guadagnino makes sumptuous movies, and so he needs sumptuous music for their soundtracks. The Italian director has used the works of Sufjan Stevens, the Rolling Stones, and, often, American composer John Adams to elucidate the emotions his ...

and more »


Martha's Vineyard Times

Homegrown music
Martha's Vineyard Times
30, anybody can hear these talented Island musicians and others during nighttime jock Alison Hammond's “Local Music Café” show on MVY. It airs Tuesday nights at 9 pm, and then is rebroadcast on Sunday evenings at 8. Hammond and Laurel Reddington ...

and more »


1968: The Year that Music Changed
Financial Times
Each month FT music critics and contributors discuss the story of a song, from its origins and early recordings through cover versions good and bad. Formerly called FT Arts. yesterday. Your browser does not support playing this file but you can still ...



Phoenix New Times

A Field Guide to the 2018 Oh My Ears New Music Festival
Phoenix New Times
Over the last four years, Oh My Ears has hosted ambitious musical events in the Valley. In addition to putting on concerts throughout the year that spotlight the works of experimental ensembles and modern composers, they also put on an annual "marathon ...

and more »


UPROXX

How The Grammy Awards Routinely Get Country Music Wrong
UPROXX
Imagine trying to reconstruct the history of the last twenty years of country music by looking at the genre's main two Grammy awards, Best Country Album and Best Country Song. The result would be a universe where artists like Brandy Clark and Sturgill ...



USA TODAY

News & Views: Why #MeToo hasn't taken off in the music industry
USA TODAY
The #MeToo movement is transforming the entertainment industry. Yet, for all the big-name Hollywood players whose alleged misconduct has been recently exposed — Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Dustin Hoffman, Louis C.K. — the number of ...

and more »


cleveland.com

Jonah Koslen returns with music from Breathless, Heroes, Michael Stanley Band
cleveland.com
... a songwriter and life is pretty much time in the laboratory. "I always put personal stuff in my music,'' said Jonah Koslen, the Beachwood High graduate known for his time here as a solo act, as frontman for Breathless and especially his ...


Google News

home | site map
© 2006