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Picking The Right Guitar Amplifier

Aug 17, 2007
Amplifiers are as important, if not more important, than the instrument itself. Guitar amplifiers are no exception. People often put so much of their time and efforts into choosing the guitar that is right for them that they often don't have any money or time left to find the perfect amplifier for their needs. By doing a little research, though, finding the amplifier to fit your musical needs can be less of a daunting task than you thought.

Amplifiers are categorized into four types. The first type is the solid-state amplifiers. These kinds of amplifiers do not use tubes for the power, but rather transistors. This is probably the most durable of the four types of amplifiers.

Many traveling musicians choose this type of amplifier because they hold up best when going to going to different gigs across the country. The sound that these amplifiers produce is crisp, but you also have the option of producing a distorted sound with the push of a button.

Tube amps are the loud amps that are used for their high distortion and fat tones. These tube amps have different channels that can change from clean to a distorted sound and everything in between. Unfortunately, the tubes in these amps can wear down easily, so you will need to keep the extra expense of changing the tubes in mind when you buy a tube amp.

A modeling amp is also known as a digital amp. These amps use digital technology to simulate the sounds of the older amps that are harder to find. The modeling amp uses software that allows it to "model" sounds of other amps, and this lets different sounds to fit into one box.

These amps are the most complex. They come with different features that are programmable, and they have special effects such as a delay and chorus option. These amps come with a digital output that can go directly into a recording mode or hook into a PA system.

The last of the amplifier choices is the hybrid amp. This amp is a combination of all three amps put into one. These amps use the tube system as well as the solid-state amp system. However, when you go for an amp that can do everything you will be funding more for the amplifier.

Do your research before spending any money on an amplifier. You don't want to buy more amplifier than you will need because that is just a waste of money. On the other hand, you don't want to buy less of an amplifier than you need because that could just prove to be costly or embarrassing. When you decide which amplifier to purchase, it doesn't hurt to haggle with the sales associate at your local guitar center.

As long as they are still making money on the transaction, they might be willing to make a deal. After all, the worst that will happen is they will refuse the deal, but you'll still be able to buy the equipment.
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