Solid State Amps
Historically, to achieve all the wonderful things listed above guitar players had little choice but to go with a tube amp. However, there are many solid state and digital amps that do a good job of replicating all the good stuff about a tube amp. Solid state amps don’t use valves, instead they use transistors to control the flow of electrons within amplification circuits. They are very reliable and seldom need repairs. Solid state amps often have a very clean tone, although many come with a two channels so can also produce overdriven sounds. These amps are popular with players looking for a sturdy, reliable touring amp. Most lower cost “practice” amps are solid state. This amp style uses transistors and printed circuit boards in its technology. This is one of the most popular type of amp, and many performers actually prefer its tone — including the distorted sound. Basically, solidstate amps are light, reliable, consistent, inexpensive, and provide a wide range of tonal and effects possibilities.