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Gibson Guitar Amplifiers
Gibson is an American manufacturer of guitars and instrumental equipment, first founded in 1902. They produce one of the world’s most famous guitars - the Gibson Les Paul. The Les Paul was their first ever solid body guitar and was made popular by the American Jazz artist, Charlie Christian.
Most Gibson products are highly collectable due to the popularity of their designs. Gibson amplifiers are well sought after because of their professional grade audio.
What is an amplifier?
An amplifier is an electronic device used to increase the amplitude of electrical signals in the reproduction of sound. Combined with a loudspeaker, an amplifier is used to increase the volume of the sound produced by instruments, particularly guitars.
Types of guitar amplifiers
There are four types of guitar amplifiers:
- Solid state (analog) - These amps use transistors for their preamp and power sections, giving them the name solid state amps. They are very reliable and rarely need to be repaired. Solid state amps are known for their clean tone and are popular amongst players looking for a sturdy amplifier to tour with
- Tube - Tube amps normally sound louder that solid state amps, and are preferred by many guitarists for their warm tones and organic distortion. The performance of tube amps can often deteriorate and the tubes will need replacing
- Modelling (digital) - These amplifiers simulate the sound of old-fashioned tube technology by using digital processors. Modeling amps have built in digital effects such as delay and chorus. Some of these amps have digital or analog outputs with speaker simulatio
- Hybrids - Hybrid amplifiers combine the best qualities of all amps, using an actual tube with the solid state power. Most hybrid amps use a tube in the preamp and solid state circuitry to create the tone of tube amplifiers without needing the power it requires