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At the Arts Music Store you’ll be able to find the ideal amp for your musical genre and style of playing. We have new and used amps for all ages, budgets and skill levels and are pleased to provide amps from the top manufacturers in the music business such as : Beaver Creek, Blackstar, Boss, Fender, Fishman, Line 6, MarkBass, Marshall, Mesa Boogie, Orange, Roland, Traynor, Vox, Yamaha, Ampeg, Hartke, Hotone, and Supro.


Electric Guitar Amps

The sound of most guitarists relies a lot on their amp since each model and brand basically provides its own unique sound and tone. There are basically two types of electric guitar amps which are combo amps and amplifier heads. A combo amp consists of the electronic amplifier and the speakers and they are built into one convenient cabinet. These can be found in a variety of sizes. On the other hand, amp heads are separate pieces of equipment which work in concert with external speaker cabinets. Portable Combo amps can also come with built-in effects and/or spring reverb. Separate amp heads and speakers are often used by guitarists who like to experiment with various combinations with find specific tones. Solid state/transistor amps provide clear and crisp tones and are usually easier to maintain since they consist of fewer pats. Tube-based amps offer warmer and thicker tones with natural distortion.

Bass Guitar Amps

Amp for bass guitars are designed specifically for the instrument. They differ somewhat from guitar amps and generally consist of larger and more powerful speakers designed for lower frequencies. Some of the higher-end models come with built-in effects units to help cut down on unwanted distortion. Some models can be plugged directly into a PA system or mixing board. Even though combo amps are ideal for practising, many combo models are powerful enough for smaller venues. If you’re looking for more flexibility, amp heads enable you to use any speaker cabinet you like. This allows you to use different setups for practicing and playing.

Acoustic Guitar Amps

Acoustic guitar amps are somewhat akin to keyboard amps as they provide a flatter frequency response and a cleaner sound while preventing distortion. Basically an acoustic guitar amp just boosts the sound of the instrument and doesn’t affect or alter the sound of it. Some models are equipped with a basic mixer which blends signals from a microphone and pickup. You can also find acoustic guitar amplifiers which supply built-in digital effects like compression and reverb. The power in watts of the amp needed will depend on where you’ll be using the amp. For instance, 20 to 30 watts may be fine at home, 50 to 60 watts if playing at a small venue and more than 100 watts at large venues. The amps are bigger and heavier depending on the amount of wattage you’re looking for. Amps with a direct outputs are ideal for plugging headphones into it as well as plugging into a mixer or recording device. Multi-channel amps enable you to plug more than one instrument into the unit.

Micro Practice Amps

Micro practice amps are basically mini guitar amps which are ideal for home usage. These vary in size, wattage and weight etc. For instance, you can find models that are small enough to attach to your belt and large enough to produce 100 watts of power. The specific practice amp you choose will depend on how much volume you’re looking for as well as size and portability. Of course, the sound you’re after will also influence your decision. Many models come with headphone jacks and possibly overdrive controls.

Frequently Asked Questions About Guitar Amps

The two common guitar amplifier configurations are: a combination (“combo“) amplifier that includes an amplifier and one or more speakers in a single cabinet, and a standalone amplifier (often called a “head” or “amp head”), which passes the amplified signal via a speaker cable to one or more external speaker cabinets.

A good guitar amp for a new player is something solid-state with a speaker in the 8-12” range. These amplifiers can be a lower wattage (between 10 to 40 watts) which is more than enough for most beginners!

Some amplifiers feature an “Aux” input which allow for a 3.5mm connection for playing music though the speaker. Not all amplifiers will feature this however.

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