Music is great when someone plays music with an acoustic sound. The guitar is a popular instrument to play with that style. However, on the other hand, there is much to be said about a guitar hooked up to an amplifier. The music is so much better and people cannot help but stop and listen to who is playing the music. Without the amplifier, the guitar would be unable to produce sound through a large speaker and really make the music spread to great lengths.
The guitar amplifier was first designed for use with an acoustic guitar. They first were used in the 1930's and were much bulkier than they are today. The amplifier became popular during the rise in popularity of Hawaiian music in the 1930's and 1940's which also lead to the amplified lap steel Hawaiian guitar. The first amplifiers were simple and did not have many options for altering music. This alteration came around in the 1950's when guitarists started experimenting with their amplifiers to alter their music. Custom made amplifiers were first produced in the 1960's by Fender. The amplifier continued to be altered into what we known it as today: a device that can not only boost sound but also alter music in countless ways.
There are five main types of amplifiers available on the market today: vacuum tube, solid state, hybrid, modeling, and acoustic guitar. The vacuum tube amplifier remains popular because many guitarists prefer the "warmth" and tone of the sound over what other amplifiers offer today. Solid state amplifiers are the most inexpensive types of amplifiers. They are lighter than tube amplifiers and tend to be more durable. Hybrid amplifiers are a combination of tube and solid state amplifiers. Many people who prefer the sound of the tube amplifier but want the reliability of the solid state amplifier, prefer to use hybrid amplifiers. Modeling amplifiers are more technology driven as they incorporate digital effects within the amplifier. The acoustic guitar amplifiers are built for specific use with the acoustic guitar. They produce a clean sound that is popular in country, folk, and bluegrass music. All of these types have benefits for their use. The type that you choose should be based on the guitar you are using, the sound you want, and how much flexibility you are looking for. Trying a few before purchasing should help you make an educated decision.
There are several popular manufacturers on the market today. Some of these are Marshall, Fender, Vox, Dean Guitars, Mesa Boogie, Peavey, Line 6, Orange Amps, Laney, Roland, and Randall. There are countless others but these brands are the most popular on the market. Each manufacturer has several models to choose from and carry most, if not all, of the types of amplifiers. Shopping around can help you find the perfect amplifier for your needs and wants. Try out a few brands as well as models prior to making your decision.