Choosing a guitar or bass amp depends on the level of the musician’s skill. For example, professionals who sell guitar or bass amps prefer to offer only highest quality amps. For example, if you are Hadley Hockensmith, Dweezil Zappa, Dean Parks or Adrian Belew, you want a guitar amp with a hi-tech guitar processor with amp simulation for world class effects and unparalleled flexibility, not to mention, unrivaled power and real amp feel. To these axe men, the amp is more than just a vehicle through sound is produced.
For beginner guitarists, sound should be free of distortion and offer optimal volume ranges. Bass amps need good output through speakers and greater sensitivity to low range distortions in order for musical balance to occur. The choice of guitar or bass amp depends also on the type of guitar or bass in use, the style of music, the volume of amplification required and need for compatibility with PA systems. Amp wattage is also a factor to consider. These are the guidelines on how to choose a guitar or bass amp.
Which Guitar or Bass Amps are Best?
In the music industry, professional musicians know the best brands as well as they know their own instruments. The top names in guitar and bass amps include:
. Mesa Boogie
. Trace Elliot
Marshall Amps are known for their excellent sound and durability. The design and manufacture of the British amps known for their “crunch” sound which creator and designer, Jim Marshall, added to Marshall amps at the demand of the early 1960s and 70s heavy metal musicians. The Marshall JCM2000 range of amps is the two and three channel series with dual and triple leads and a 100-watt four-channel head preferred by musicians like Joe Satriani.
For 60 years, Fender amps have served professional bassists with lasting durability and excellent quality. The Fender Super Bassman is the number one choice of today’s biggest names in the music industry.
Mesa Boogie bass amps deliver maximum wattage from the Mesa Boogie Walkabout Scout Bass Combo with 300 watts to the Mesa Powerhouse with 1200 watts, 4 ohms, player control network and custom Powerhouse speakers. The Mesa Powerhouse can handle the biggest amp heads.
Matchless amps range from the DC 30 with 30 watts to the 15 watt Spitfire, Nighthawk and Lightning models. Matchless also offers a Thunderman bass amp with 45 watts power, 3-rotary position and reverse speaker phasing.
Trace Elliot bass amps are available in 7-band and 12-band pre-amplifications. The AH-1200-12 Head has 1200 watts, valve drive circuits, output mute switch, left and right line outputs and custom designed, electronically balanced XLR DI outputs with Pre EQ and Post Preamp Left & Right modules. Trace Elliot is a UK specialty bass amp designer and manufacturer since the 1970s. With uniquely designed circuitry and excellent tonal performance, Trace Elliot bass amps are a top choice for celebrity touring bands like the “Who.”