What guitar amplifier should I go for?
Generally there are two ways to go about this, firstly, is it for Home use? Lastly, is it for Live/Studio (Recording) use? Amps will come mainly in two different styles, Valve or Transistor.
Transistor amps are excellent for the beginner/intermediate level, they’re generally recommended for those who are starting out because of their versatility. Models such as the Roland Cube GX series are a fantastic example of this, they have excellent clean sounding tones and built in effects such as Distortion, Chorus, Octave and many more, they also have an Auxiliary input which allows you to play backing tracks and a headphone input for silent practice (Can play at all hours).
Valve amps are a slightly different ball park, not only in terms of their construction but also the way they sound. Valve amps have a richer and clearer sound and are preferable to more experienced players and gigging musicians. This is because, in their case, they have specific music tastes and may have Pedals to suit their playing style. Of course this doesn’t mean that valve amps are exclusively for experienced players. Depending on what make/model of amplifier you go for, you can get models that have a few effects built in but not to the extent of which the Roland CUBE’s can, amplifiers such as the Hughes & Kettner Tube Meister has built in Overdrive as well as the standard clean tone. In addition to this some valve amplifiers will also have Reverb settings built in as well.
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