The Guitar Signal Chain: Amplifiers


Right, it's time to delve into the heart of your guitar rig – the amplifier! If you've been obsessing over getting your guitar just right, you're in the right place. Let's unravel the mystery of amplifiers and discover how to make your guitar scream or whisper with equal glory!


1. Why the Amplifier Matters

At its core an amplifier does what it says on the tin - it amplifies your guitar signal. But it's also an incredible tool for shaping your guitar tone. It's not just about cranking up the volume; it's about finding that sweet spot where your guitar comes alive.


2. Choosing Your Amplifier

When it comes to choosing an amp, whether it's real or software, referencing your favourite tunes can be your best friend. Remember, it's not about copying someone's tone but finding your own voice in that same ballpark.

Also, avoid what we call 'gear loyalty'! Just because you bought a new amp doesn't mean it's right for every song. It's about finding what works, and that might be something different from day to day.


3. The Many Faces of Amplifiers


Tube amps, Transistor amps, Heads, Combos: Choices, choices, and more choices! But don't stress. It's all about finding what resonates with you. Each type has its own charm.

Amp Modeling Software and Pedals: No right or wrong here. Modern technology gives us incredible flexibility. Don't consider using plugins as a second-rate option; they might be exactly what your sound needs!


4. Matching Your Guitar to an Amp

Different guitars sound completely different on the same amp setup. Experiment, experiment, experiment! And don't shoehorn one guitar sound into every track – diversity is the spice of life!


5. Finding the Sweet Spot

Every amp has its own sweet spot where it sounds best. Finding it is an art form in itself! Stay tuned for some hands-on videos coming up soon!


6. Amp Tones Explained

Straight Amp Tone: Think Angus Young. Just your guitar and your amp!

Augmented Amp Tone: Almost there, but need a little extra? Pedals and processes are your best friends here!

Pedal Platform: A clean slate with a focus on crafting your unique sound with pedals.


7. Real vs. Plugins

Real amplifiers, plugins, modellers - they're all tools in your arsenal. The same techniques apply, and the lines between them are blurring more day by day.


Conclusion: Let's Plug In!

So there you have it, folks! A complete overview of amplifiers and how to make them work for you. The world of amplifiers is as diverse as it is fascinating. The key is to keep an open mind and be willing to explore. Now, it's time to plug in and make some noise.

See you next time!