The Best Amps in the Industry

When you need to purchase a new amplifier, it can be hard to know which model is right for your application. With so many options and products available on the market, it can become quite overwhelming when narrowing it down to the right amp for you. Luckily, the team at High School Music Service Inc can help go over our inventory with you and make a recommendation based on your usage and needs.
Learn more about amplifiers below, and be sure to give us a call for more information! 

Combo Amp vs. Head and Cabinet

A head is a name for an amplifier without a speaker. You may notice that it’s common to have a head on top of a set of speakers, not on top of amps. A standalone amplifier passes the amplified signal via a speaker cable to one or more external speaker cabinets. The head drives the speaker. To fill a large space, you’ll need a high-powered stack with at least a 4 x 12″ cabinet and a 100-watt head.

Basic guitar amps available on the market typically have an amplifier and speaker combined in one cabinet. Combination amplifiers include an amplifier and one or more speaker in a wooden cabinet. Today’s combos are generally well-equipped to handle small halls and clubs. 

Solid State or Tube?

Solid state circuitry is thought to produce superior clean power at a more affordable price. Since vacuum tubes are more scarcely manufactured, the price is usually higher for these models. Due to this, some interesting hybrids have been produced, creating beautiful sound and quality. Many serious players will lean toward the tube amp, but with so many models coming out that are based on cutting-edge technology, the quality depends on the specific model you’re looking at.

All About Modeling Amps

Modeling amps are a versatile and smart amp option. Choose from a basic “practice” amp to a high-end, tube-powered combo that will deliver nearly any tone or effect you might need or want. Plus, your modeling amp will work double-duty as a great studio amp. Modeling amps provide clean rhythm tones or a full-out overdrive. You can also achieve effects like reverb, chorus, phase, flange, and delay.

Have Questions?

We know there is a lot to learn about amps and speakers. To ensure you get the best equipment for your needs, give us a call today to ask us anything! We can answer your questions and address your concerns. Here are just some of the topics we can discuss with you:

  • Types of amplifiers (solid state (analog), tube, modeling (digital), and hybrids)
  • Solid-state amps
  • Tube amps
  • Modeling amps (digital amps)
  • Hybrid amps
  • Configurations
  • Construction
  • Power and speaker size
  • Reverb units
  • Effects loops
  • Channel switching
  • Built-in effects
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