Guitar Pusher Weekly Newsletter | Amps: Tubes And Solid State
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TONE TALK AMPS | TUBES and SOLID STATE
Looking for an amp can get overwhelming when you see all the different types of guitar amps out there. With so many different brands, shapes, sizes, and features, it can be difficult to decide what is the right guitar amp for you.
In this issue we'll take a look at the different types of guitar amps out there and find which one might be right for you.
There are a few main types of guitar amps: tube, solid state, and hybrid. Each type of amp uses a different type of technology to produce your tone. All types of guitar amps also come in different configurations of speakers, which play a big part in shaping your tone.
For many guitarists, tube amps are the pinnacle of amp technology and produce the best sounds. Tubes were used in all amplifiers before transistors were invented, but many guitarists still prefer to use a tube guitar amp today due to the warm tones they can produce.
While many guitarists will talk to you about the benefits of tube amps until they’re blue in the face, don’t feel like you need to buy a tube amp. They don’t suit all guitarists and having a tube amp doesn’t guarantee the best tone.
Tube Amp Pros
Many guitarists feel tube amps produce the best tone
Tube amps are usually simple to use
Tube Amp Cons
Tube amps tend to be more expensive
Can be a bit heavy
Solid State Guitar Amps
After the transistor was invented, a new type of guitar amp started to appear. Solid state guitar amps replace glass vacuum tubes with transistors on a circuit board. When solid state guitar amps first came out, they were seen as cold and sterile. The warmth and inconsistencies that gave tube amps their character were suddenly gone when you plugged in a solid state amp.
For many guitarists, this was a step backward. For guitarists in styles like Jazz where you want a sparkly clean tone, solid state amps were ideal. The point to take away here is that different amps suit different types of guitarists. A rock guitarist might see a solid state amp as cold and sterile, while a jazz guitarist might see a tube amp as noisy and mushy.
It’s also worth mentioning that many rock guitarists enjoy using solid state amps and many jazz guitarists enjoy using tube amps. Every guitarist has different tastes and preferences in tone, so don’t let anybody tell you what type of gear you should be using.
Solid State Guitar Amp Pros
Can produce crystal clear clean tones
Can be light and relatively cheap
Solid State Guitar Amp Cons
Many guitarists don’t like the tones produced
Hybrid Guitar Amps
The last type of guitar amp worth mentioning are hybrid amps. Hybrid guitar amps are a bit of a weird type of amp. Just like hybrid cars are a weird mix of gasoline and electric, hybrid guitar amps are a weird mix of different amp technology.
The idea behind hybrid guitar amps is that they give you the best of both worlds. You have access to the sought-after tones produced by tubes and you also get access to the flexibility of solid state technology.
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