Amps, Amplifiers, Racket Makers. Whatever you want to call them, they’re all awesome! Where would we be without these amazing things? In a state of boredom, that’s where!
For those of you who are not familiar with what an Amplifier is, it’s pretty simple to explain. Pretty much what an Amplifier (Amp) does, is what it is named. It takes whatever sounds you put through it, electrically, and amplifies that sound. Be it coming from your Guitar, Microphone, Bass, etc… That being said, let’s continue.
Amplifiers really are pretty amazing. They have been used in music since the 20’s, but became popular (especially with the guitar) in the 30’s in Hawaiian music (if you can believe that). Since then, Amps are used in pretty much 99% of all types music that involve electricity. Throughout the years there have been phenomenal leaps and bounds in technology, so there is a multitude of things you can do with an Amplifier. Think about it, you can pick and choose:
- Different Types of Amps (Tube, Box, Stacks, etc…)
- Different Sizes (Bigger is always louder)
- Different Controls that are already on one (Gain, Bass, Mid. Treble, Reverb, etc…)
- Other Electronics you can plug into it for various effects (Pedals, Effect Processors, etc…)
- Not to mention whatever Instrument(s) you would want to plug into it.
- The list goes on…
A combination of any of these is going to give you many, MANY options to choose from to create and play whatever you’re wanting to. They give you so much room to breathe and expand your “Music Horizon.” I’ve been playing for over 20 years now and I’m still learning about new and creative things you can do with an Amp all the time.
So in conclusion: Go and check out all the different type of Amps you can and find one that (you feel) is totally right for you. And if you already have your own amp and are happy with it, that’s awesome too! Check out what else you can use with it and never quit playing.
At the very least, I hope reading this made at least 1 person out there become more enthusiastic and has opened there mind to the possibilities that can happen with music.
Thanks for reading and Keep Rockin!
Jerrick (J-Rock) S.