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About Guitar Amps
Guitar amps are, after the guitar itself, the biggest factor to consider when creating your electric guitar sound. Amplifiers play a huge part - some would say the biggest part - in the production of tone. There is a vast array of makes, models and variations on offer to help create the sound you dream of.
Some guitar amplifiers are made as separate heads and cabinets. The head contains the circuits, controls and inner workings of the amp - this is what you plug into and interact with. The cabinet, or cab, is an enclosure that houses the actual speakers themselves. You need both and together they are referred to as a 'half stack'. Full stacks, like you see on the world's largest rock stages, are made up of a head and two cabinets. These are often known as 412 or 4x12 cabs since they both have four 12" speakers.
Amps can also be combos. This is the type of amp you'll find in most homes, garages and small stages. The amp 'head' section and cab section are incorporated together within one enclosure. These can be very small and portable or relatively large and heavy.
Guitar amps can be made in two main ways: valve and solid state. Valve amps are typically more expensive and have physical vacuum tubes (tube amps is another name for them). These reside and function within the main tone producing section to give a vintage, high quality tone. Solid state amps use electronic circuit boards to produce their sounds. They often use 'modelling' technology to make the amp sound like many other famous amplifier types.
At guitarguitar, we understand how important amplifiers are to each player's tone. We stock a massive range of amplifiers at every guitarguitar store. From the smallest battery powered practice amp to the most exclusive, hand-wired boutique masterpiece, we have an amp for every requirement and preference. Buy online or try out your dream amp in a soundproof booth within any of our stores. Our staff are on hand to offer assistance and expert advice so that you can leave happily with the best amplifier for your needs.