Are you currently wondering how to choose an amp? When I started looking to upgrade my equipment it became very apparent that things could get expensive quickly, especially without a good guide on what I should be buying. Over the years I have done a fair bit of research into amplifiers, and have played through a lot of different amps. Hopefully the advice here will help make the process a bit easier if you are on the hunt for an amplifier.
1) Find out which amplifiers your favourite guitarists use on their recordings, and see if there is a way of tallying up if one or two amplifiers appear a lot.
2) Research the type of amplifier you want. One way to think about this is to break it down into three categories.
3- Solid State Amps – the all rounder. The problem with all rounders? They tend to not do any one thing as brilliantly as their counterparts. A lot of people complain solid state amps do not have the characteristics of tube amps, and they do not have the clean headroom of acoustic amps. This means if you are playing acoustic guitar all the time, you would be losing out by choosing a solid state over an acoustic amp. Solid state amps have come a long way, and we have now also moved into digital modeling amps, compact floor units that require external speakers, and some of these are starting to offer convincing dirty sounds that some say are starting to compete with tube amps.