Amplifiers & Effects

The guitar is a delicate instrument, with a sound that can be overwhelming, but that does not have a powerful volume. Even taking into account its evolution already explained in previous articles, this instrument needs help to be heard with quality in large rooms, in places with ambient noise or where it is complemented by other instruments.

Acoustic Guitar Amplifiers

Electric Guitar Amplifiers

Bass Guitar Amplifiers

Guitar Effects

Electric Guitar Effects


Bass Guitar Effects

Acoustic Guitar Effects

Power Amplifiers

Keyboard Amplifiers

It is common to consider what type of amplification to use, and specifically, what type of pre-installation in our instrument. A preamp is a pre-amplification system in miniature, which transforms the vibrations, the sound, in order to amplify it.

You can get a quality sound through microphones, but these have to be high-end to get a good result and also produce many discomforts, such as couplings or difficulties to place them correctly.

An amplifier to tubes will take a little more time to produce sounds, since the tubes take a little time to warm up. The standby switch is useful to keep the equipment warm and ready to use during pauses while playing your instrument.

Sometimes, the power button is on the front of the amplifier clearly indicated by a label. At other times, it is on the top or even on the back of the computer.

If you have trouble finding the power button on the amplifier, inspect both the front and the back in a well-lit area.
If you are going to play at a concert and you must install your equipment on the stage before the presentation, only activate the power button. In this way, the amplifier tubes will warm up before you start playing. Once you’re ready, simply activate the standby switch.

Equalize the tones of your gruitarra

All guitar amplifiers have some type of equalizer (EQ), often in the form of low, medium and high frequency knobs (possibly labeled “bass”, “middle” and “treble”, respectively). Experiment with the EQ to find a tone that you like. The best way to get an idea of the natural tone of the amplifier is to place all the knobs pointing “at 12”.

“At 12” means that the knob points directly to the center and up. This is a term taken from the hands of the clock.

Some amplifiers simplify the equalization with a single tone knob (possibly labeled “tone”). Adjust the knob to the highest level to produce a higher frequency and give your guitar more brightness.

Move the knob to a lower level to emphasize the low frequencies that give the instrument a warmer and deeper tone.

There are different types of guitar aplifiers

Before choosing a team, it is a good idea to visit a music store and try several amplifiers. Each model and brand has a unique sound that is worth experiencing. For example, you will notice the difference between the “American sound” of the Fender brand and the “UK sound” of the Marshall and Vox brands.
Some guitarists even prefer to play with a bass amp.
Determine if you prefer the sound of an amplifier to tubes or that of a solid-state amplifier. Keep in mind that the tubes give your instrument a more classic and warm tone, but require additional maintenance and care.

Once you understand the needs of your guitar, you can invest in an amplifier that works for you. If you currently have a small amplifier to practice, a good option to improve your equipment would be a tube amplification combo. If you get this type of combo, just one of a single speaker of 30 cm (12 inches) will suffice, but many prefer the noisier cousin of two speakers of the same dimensions.

The Marshall, Fender and Vox brands offer amplification combos to classic tubes. You can also improve your equipment and get a guitar head (or bass) and a cabinet with two to four speakers.

On the other hand, using a previous one we obtain much more autonomy since when we connect the guitar with the cable, we have more mobility and we only have to worry about the quality of the amplifier to which it is connected.

A preamp consists of a small control panel, through which bass, treble, volume, etc. are regulated, and a pickup (also called a piezo or pickup), usually includes a tuner and, in some models, a microphone.

Guitarras Alhambra offers

Within the range of previews available, Guitarras Alhambra offers the possibility of installing several models, a choice that is conditioned by different factors to be taken into account. The type of guitar and where we are going to play will directly condition the system to choose.

If we are going to play with a group, in principle it is discouraged that the previous one incorporates the microphone, because the music generated by other instruments can interfere in ours and produce unwanted sounds.

By means of an anti-coupling or by lowering the volume of the microphone, some environmental noise could be eliminated, but it is advisable to install a system that only has the pickup, and to work the mix as much as possible using a table, as well as using a high-quality amplifier to get the best sound result in our instrument.