Early Guitar Amps weren't designed for use with the electric guitar but were manufactured to amplify the sound of the acoustic guitar. These amps were developed in the early 1930s when rectifier tubes and electrolytic capacitors were introduced. This enabled manufacturers to produce built-in power supplies that could be plugged right into a wall socket, rather than having to use rechargeable battery packs that would weigh down the amp. It wasn't until the craze for Hawaiian music in the '30s and '40s that electronic amplification of the guitar became well-known, mainly to amplify lap steel guitars.
The first guitar amplifiers were generally low-powered and featured very simple controls, but some amps featured tremolo and reverb effects. Today, guitar players have a vast array of amplifier types to choose from. The most common types are:Traditional Tube Amps
— Tube Amps (also known as "valve amps," have always been the most popular. They are heavy, but with a great warm sound capable of being overdriven for natural distortion.
Solid State Amps — Solid State Amps provide lots of power with little weight.
Hybrid Amps — Hybrid Amps are designed to get the tube sound but with the lighter weight and convenience of solid-state technology.
Modeling Amps — Modeling Amps use digital modeling technology to replicate a variety of guitar / amp / speaker combinations as well as loads of effects, including distortion, chorus, and more.
Here at Sam Ash Direct we have the perfect amplifier to fit your musical needs. Our extensive selection of guitar amplifiers are manufactured by some of the best in the industry, including Fender, Marshall, Blackstar, Line 6, VOX, Roland, Bugera, Hughes& Kettner, Egnater, VHT Amplification, and many more. See our Electric Guitar Amp Buyers Guide to help you decide on the best amp for your needs.
Sam Ash Direct supplies musicians worldwide with the nation's largest selection of Guitar Amplifiers from solid-state amps to tube amps and everything in between, including battery powered amplifiers, practice amplifiers, guitar combo amplifiers, acoustic guitar amplifiers, guitar amplifier heads, guitar speaker cabinets and amplifier stacks. We always stock the latest in guitar amplification, everything from the smallest practice amps to the biggest stacks, and range from novice level acoustic and electric guitar amplifiers to premium professional-grade guitar amplifiers. It doesn't matter what genre or style you play.
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