Before you buy an electric guitar amplifier, consider a few things. First, are you going to play mostly by yourself or in the studio? Or will you be playing with a band? If you are playing solo, a small guitar amp (10 to 15 watts) should meet your needs. For a band, the best guitar amp for you will be one that can be heard alongside the bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. Vocals carried through a live sound speaker can be particularly loud, so you will need an amp that won’t get lost in the shuffle. Best Buy carries both large (120 watt or more) and small amplifiers for guitars.
Other factors to think about when buying an electric amp include the types of effects and channels. Most small and large amplifiers have different channels, in which your amplifier can deliver a smoother or crunchier sound. Larger amplifiers often have built-in effects, such as distortion. With most amplifiers, you can plug in effect pedals (sold separately) so you can create different sounds with your electric guitar.
Bringing Your Guitar Amplifier Home
When playing at home, you may want to pair your amplifier with a set of studio headphones. Plug these headphones into your amplifier and play guitar without bothering the neighbors. Of course, be careful with the volume. Certain rock musicians have blamed their own hearing loss on listening to studio headphones at high volumes for long periods of time.
While many guitar players learn to play by ear, there can be a great advantage to learning to read sheet music. If you prefer to use charts, sheet music, or tablature during practice and rehearsal, think about getting a music stand. This way, you can more easily see your music while playing. All in all, you can also find a wide selection of musical instruments and studio gear at Best Buy.