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Plug it in, turn up the volume and you'll get just the sound you wanted, right? Well, not always! Guitars, pickups, effects and anything else in the input chain are only the beginning. You have the basis of what you're looking for but things can change radically when you make it louder.

There are many types of amplifiers and making the right choice to suit your ear and budget can be a hard one, especially if you play a number of different styles. Our professional staff is experienced in 'real world' applications and can help you. They know how the amp will sound both at home and on stage.

We know guitars and we also know the amps you want to use both for practice at home and monsters for the big stage. Here is some information that might get you started on the path of getting the right amplifier for your needs.

Early amplification of audio signals was accomplished with tubes and sometimes referred to as valves. Guitar amplifiers soon came onto the scene and also followed the progression of technology. There are three categories of guitar amplifiers; tube, solid state and modeling.

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  Tube models - Tube powered amps are the standard by which all others are judged. Players have loved the rich tonal range since they came onto the scene. We still love them. They're difficult to emulate effectively. Watt for watt, they seem louder than solid state and are heavier. The cost is higher as well as maintenance, but that's true with classic cars... or anything classic, for that matter.
  Solid state - Solid state refers to transistor technology used to run the pre-amp and power sections, coming to market in the late 1960ís. Some players would argue they create clean tones better but lack the classic distortion that built rock and roll. They're also low maintenance, lightweight and have a reputation for reliability on the gig.
  Modeling amps- This breed uses state of the art digital technology to recreate the sounds of tube amps. Internal software allows you to replicate many of the great guitar sounds of history. They usually have effect models built into them and can cover most sounds players get from pedal boards or racks. They're an excellent choice for guitarists who need a wide range of sounds on their gigs.
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