What Is A Good Amplifier To Go
Choosing a guitar amplifier requires a little
more thought when first starting out. There are 2 main components that
make up a guitar amplifier.
The first is the actual AMPLIFIER
itself. The amplifier is the control box. This is where the electric's
are. It is the power source, the head unit. It controls the volume, bass,
treble, middle e.t.c.
The second are the SPEAKERS. These are
just circular cones, which pump out the sound. They are all controlled
entirely by the amplifier. The bigger the speakers, the more volume they
Guitar amplifiers need both components to work.
You can either buy both amplifier and speakers together, or you can buy
them separately. It all depends on what you are looking for.
Guitar Amplifiers can be broken up into 3
sorts. They are as follows:
|First type of guitar
If you are a beginner, the best thing to go for is
a small 10-Watt amplifier. Again, there is no need to go for a big
brand just yet. Small amplifiers are often referred to as practice
amps. The diagram across shows what a small practice amplifier looks
They are not big in sound, but are ideal for
home practice. One tip is to look for a practice amplifier with 2 inputs,
so 2 people can plug in and play together. Also try to look for an
amplifier with at least one effect built in. Whether it is reverb, chorus
or distortion, this will give you something to play around with when you
are practicing at home.
|Second type of guitar
The diagram illustrates a middle range amplifier.
This sort of amplifier is around 15-20 Watts. It can still be used
as a practice amplifier, and even on stage at live events. It is a
lot louder than a practice amplifier, and normally has a lot more
features to offer. These amplifiers usually have different channels
as well. What channels allow you to do is set each one on a
particular setting and switch between each while playing. So you
might set one channel on distortion, and another on clean for
Third type of guitar amplifier
third is the biggest sort of amplifier to go for. They are huge, and are
often referred to as a "Stack." These amplifiers are so big that they come
in 2 separate pieces and have to be stacked one on top of another. The
Amplifier head contains a lot of high voltage electric's. You sometimes
have to even warm them up before you begin to play. Also equipped with
their own fuse, these guitar amps are made for stage performances. The
speakers are referred to as the 'Cabinet Unit" and often have anywhere
from 1 to 9 speakers put in. Usually around the thousand-dollar mark. The
following diagram represents a Stack.
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