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So much emphasis is placed on choosing guitars that people often forget that the sound has to come from somewhere! It’s like people paying more attention to the design of a car rather than its engine. Ultimately, it’s the combination of your guitar and amp that determines your sound, and while guitars may be more visually appealing, it’s crucial not to overlook the component that makes it audible!

Your amp should complement your guitar in a few ways. For starters, it doesn’t make sense to play a $3,000 guitar through a $200 amp. The same goes for expensive amps paired with cheap guitars. They need to meet somewhere in the middle. In some cases, for an indie sound, people may prefer cheaper guitars because they have a “grungier” sound, and they may want a powerful amp to make it loud. In many instances, this rule of thumb holds true.

If you want to play jazz or blues, an old-school tube amp might be just right. This is particularly true for your Fender solid-body guitar or your vintage hollow or semi-hollow guitar. It gives your chords and solo lines a mellow quality that you simply can’t achieve any other way. Different companies produced quality amps, but it’s really the warmth of the tubes that gives amps from that era their sound. Experiment with various options before making your purchase.

If harder blues and rock are your thing, the Marshall stacks are a dream. Popularized by Hendrix, they are synonymous with loud rock played with a punchy, distinctive crunch. While the stacks have a commanding stage presence, only a superficial musician would base their purchase solely on that factor. Sound should be your primary consideration. When considering amps, conduct a blind hearing test where you solely focus on the sound.

For acoustic playing, consider what sounds the cleanest and what best complements your guitar. Martins tend to have a bass-heavy tone, and you may want to highlight this aspect. Larivees may have different specifications. Ultimately, you need to consider the sound of both components because that’s what your listener will hear. It’s a package deal.

Don’t buy an amp based solely on recommendations or the reputation of guitar brands. Bring your guitar and the cable you’ll be using to the store and test it extensively when the store is quiet. Try out a few amps and compare them side by side. This will help you evaluate similar amps. It’s not enough to play one amp, then another, and make a final decision. Sometimes the atmosphere in the store can be intimidating, or there may be another player who sounds great, making it embarrassing to play loudly (unless you’re better!). The best approach is to be patient, ignore everyone else in the store, and truly listen to how your guitar sounds through each amp. It’s also a good idea to bring a friend who is knowledgeable about these things to get another objective opinion. There’s a tendency to get excited and make a purchase or to prioritize the salesperson’s advice. But this decision is too important to be made without the utmost care and consideration. Happy playing!

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