Making Music Mag visited with Christopher Ames at Guitar Center where he shares practical insights about distortion with the help of and Orange amplifier, a Marshall amplifier and a Les Paul.
When assembling your amplified setup, there are a lot of options. The best thing you can do is assess your needs and see which products best fit them. A lot of companies offer fully integrated systems, from pickups to preamps.
For wood shedding at home, practice amps are a quieter, smaller, and less expensive alternative to loud, heavy gigging amps.
Understanding Tube Amplifiers and Getting Great Sounds The Guitar Amp Handbook: Understanding Tube Amplifiers and Getting Great Sounds, Updated Edition, by Dave Hunter, brings fresh information to the table to help guitarists understand everything about what makes their amps tick and how to use them to sound better than ever. It builds on the popular […]
The ability to play at speed (at least some/relative speed) is an important part of guitar playing. Even if you don’t want to be a modern-rock-virtuoso-shredder playing a million notes per click at an ungodly BPM, continuously improving your playing speed is essential for other reasons. So often a guitarist who isn’t considered “a fast […]
Alternative tunings are a fantastic way to reinvigorate your guitar playing, songwriting, and creativity. The instantly altered sound naturally gives your mind different creative ideas, and makes you play a different way as a result. And of course, many great songs are written in different tunings, meaning sooner or later you’ll encounter material you need […]