Category: Amps

Tube Amplifiers and Guitar Pickups

Good sound with an electric guitar has a lot to do with pickups and amplifiers. One is responsible for converting your playing into an electrical signal, and the other is responsible for amplifying that signal and shaping its tonal characteristics. The two can work together to create stunning tones and textures, and different combinations will […]

Amplifiers and Speaker Cabinets

Tube amp heads can sound really great; when made in the right way and with just the right amount of care and attention with regard to component selection, they can blow pretty much any transistor amp out of the water from a tonal perspective. Part of the reason for this is just how well such […]

How To Achieve Natural Tube Distortion

There‚Äôs a huge difference between distortion obtained in a natural way from overdriving a tube amplifier, and distortion gained through digital modeling or simulated patches. One is alive, responsive and warm, while the other is generic, bland and cold. Despite huge developments in sound modeling, post production editing and digital effects, there remains a tangible […]

What Makes A Great Practice Amp

Tube amps are fantastic on a big stage in front of a huge audience. Everything about them is epic. The wooden frames, metal grilles, huge speaker stacks and glowing tubes all contribute to a feeling of pure tonal power. They look the part, they are tried and tested staples of good rock guitar bands for […]