Guitar Amplifier Buying Guide for Beginners

Most often the focus of the guitar player’s attention is on how the guitar sounds and looks and more often the guitar amplifier qualities are forgotten especially by beginner guitarists. This is something that is happening and the guitar player does not notice the importance of a good amp until the sound he makes is not what he wants. In reality, a fair guitar will sound nice with a good amp. No matter how expensive the electric guitar is when it is played with a bad amp the sound will be awful.

Price is often the first consideration when buying an amp. Guitar amplifiers cost from under $100 to thousands. The most common choice for an amp is the Fender Frontman 15G which is 15-watts. Check Out the prices of Fender Frontman Amplifiers on

Fender Frontman 15G which is 15-watts

Guitar masters, however, discourage the use of inferior quality amplifiers. For one thing, these amps will never sound good and will only add to the frustration of the beginner guitarist. The sound produced will be inferior and the player will think that it is his guitar playing when in fact it is the equipment that is the problem. These amps also do not provide the volume range that is needed. What if the player will be doing a gig with a band? He needs an amp that will be heard over and above the drums or other equipment.

Thus it is concluded that price should not be the sole consideration because you might be buying an inferior amp that will cause problems in the long run. It also does not mean that you buy a $1000 amp. Set your mind in getting something affordable and you might end up with something that really meets your needs. The Fender Pro Junior is a good model to start with. It is low cost and yet some professionals use it. What this amp lacks is the lack of EQ and reverb but it produces good tone and sound quality.

For modestly-priced amps, it is ideal to look for at least a 3-band EQ control (low,mid and high), a clean channel and an “overdrive” channel, reverb and some sort of “presence” control. There are also 2 types of amplifiers, the tube and the transistor. Both types are widely used with the tube amps more expensive and more problematic at times.

Always test the amp before anything else. Do not buy an amplifier without trying it with your electric guitar. Play some tunes and observe how the amp performs. Is it something you want to hear? Use the controls. Play with different volumes. Play with or without overdrive. Experiment on the versatility of each control and volume and see if they satisfy your need. Research on what amps are available and if they are suited to your budget and need.


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