The sound of music is important to me. I have been playing guitar for more than 10 years now, and I am always looking for the right sound when plugging in my electric guitar. I have tried many different amps and many different effects, but none of them ever sounded quite right.
That’s why I decided to build my own amplifier. The first thing that came to my mind was a modeling amp; the VOX Valvetronix series seemed to be the most promising. So I took my time and tried all the models they have on offer. The problem with them is that they are digital amps: The sound is produced by digital processors and then converted back into analog signals again, which results in a lack of transparency and a metallic tone.
The only good thing about these amps is that you can get a lot of effects for a small price, so I decided to buy one second hand for about 200$. Then I got myself a multi-effects pedal (Boss GT-6) for another 200$. This way, I had all the effects at my fingertips without having to spend too much money.
But still, something was missing – the heart of an electric guitar amp: tubes! So here comes the most expensive part of my little project: A tube
The choice of guitar amplifier is very important when it comes to creating the perfect sound. In this article we will look at some of the things that make a good amplifier. This review will cover three different types of amplifier: solid-state, tube and hybrid.
The first thing you should consider when buying an amp is the size. This is because amps come in many sizes, from small to large and they all produce a slightly different sound. Smaller amps are generally used for practicing while larger amps are used for live performances. The size of the amp affects how loud it can be and how much power it can produce. It also affects how much space it takes up in your room or house!
This review will cover three different types of amp: solid-state, tube and hybrid. Solid state amps are less expensive than their tube counterparts but do not have as good sound quality; hybrid amps cost more but provide both types of sound (solid state or tube) at once so they are ideal for those who want both styles without having to buy two separate amps!
The next thing you should consider when buying an amp is the type of speaker it has inside. Speakers come in different sizes and there are two main types; cone shaped speakers which produce high pitched sounds (
Don’t let the name fool you. This amp is not just for guitar. My first experiment with the Fender Super Sonic 22 was to plug in my bass and turn it up to 11. The amp has a rich, warm sound that gives basses a thick tone but never gets muddy or flabby. Imagine a big stack of warm, buttery pancakes smothered with sweet blueberries and syrup, and you’ll get an idea of how nice this amp sounds on bass.
For guitar, the Super Sonic 22 performs even better. I plugged in my Fender Thinline Telecaster, cranked it up, and went straight into “Manic Depression.” Everything came through cleanly, with no distortion – just enough overdrive to push the sound out of the speakers like a freight train coming out of an old Western movie. Then I switched on my Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive pedal and kicked it up a notch (or four). This amp can handle it all without breaking a sweat – distortion, overdrive, fuzz…you name it! It’s one of the cleanest amps I’ve ever heard. It’s not what you’d call versatile – it doesn’t have tons of different effects built in – but if you want your guitar to sound like a
There is a small but growing community of guitarists who are beginning to recognize that they may need to get more than one amp if they want their live sound to be up to snuff. The basic dilemma is that no single amp is going to give you the tones you need for rock, blues, jazz, and country. Nowadays, guitarists are expected to be able to cover a broad range of styles; in fact, it’s often the case that players working in Top 40 bands must be able to handle several different styles within the course of a single set.
The following are some general guidelines for guitar amplification.
1. Levels, or gain, should be kept at the lowest possible setting that results in no distortion or overdrive from the amplifier itself. If high levels of gain are used, turn down the volume of your instrument to compensate and use the amp’s volume control to set the output level.
2. The sound should be very clean without any background noise or hum.
3. Able to handle a wide range of dynamics from very soft to very loud without noticeable distortion.
4. A balance between clarity and warmth, which means that individual notes stand out while still sounding rich and full rather than thin and brittle.
5. Frequency response free of odd peaks or dips (some manufacturers design their amps to have certain “signature” sounds).
6. Acceptable sustain with no excessive breakup or crackling noises when played at normal volumes (overdriving an amp can result in this as well as distorted sound).
It’s finally happened. After more than a few false starts, I’ve found the perfect amplifier. No, it didn’t come from one of the usual suspects: Mesa, Hughes and Kettner, Soldano or Peavey. It’s from [http://www.fender.com Fender].
The Pro Junior is a bare-bones 15W class A amp that sounds better than anything I’ve ever played through — and believe me, I’ve played through some pretty sweet stuff in my time. For the past two years I’ve been using a ’68 50W Marshall Super Bass with four 10″ [http://www.celestion.co.uk Celestion] Greenbacks; before that I used a ’59 50W Marshall Major with two 12″ Greenbacks and a ’60s [http://www.voxamps.co.uk Vox] AC30 with two 12″ AlNiCo Blues and an RCA 6L6GC tube weighing in at 500g (the heaviest production tube ever made). No amp has ever left me completely satisfied until now — there was always something missing (usually the ability to achieve different tones at different volumes).
The Pro Junior lacks reverb and tremolo but makes up for this by sounding
Listening to music on a computer has never been a pleasant experience, and it’s only gotten worse over the years. As recently as five years ago, even the most ambitious PC users had only two options: the small, portable speakers that came with their computers or a pair of cheap headphones. But today the choices have multiplied rapidly.
The Philips SHO8801 headphone is a lightweight, circumaural design that fits comfortably over your ears, taking advantage of its circumaural design to provide superior bass response. The large earpieces also feature high-resolution 30mm drivers that make them ideal for use as gaming headsets. These headphones feature soft ear cushions and an adjustable headband for maximum comfort during long gaming sessions. They also come with a detachable microphone so you can use them for VoIP applications like Skype.