Know Your Amp: Different Kinds of Tubes

If the transformers are the heart of your amp and the preamp is the brain, then the soul must be the tubes. But the thing is, there are so many tubes available, how can we discern the differences?

Buying A New Amp

When you’re looking for the right amp you need to consider many factors, and it can be a daunting experience. Let’s take a look at what some features and specs mean, what they do for you and some other factors you may want to think about when going for your new amp purchase.

Cage Match: Non-Master Volume vs. Master Volume Amps

Amplifiers have certainly come a long way. Actually, a lot of things have, if you check out the picture above. Notice how Son and Dad are playing a game the girls clearly can’t understand as they wash the dishes in the back, smiling at how much fun the boys are having. Try getting a picture like this past any modern marketing department now!

Reader’s Choice Metal Amps

When the question “What’s Your Favorite Classic Rock Amp” was posed to Seymour Duncan readers a while ago, some very clear choices arose. So it seemed the next logical extension would be to detemine readers favorite amps for metal. We knew there might be some crosstalk between lists, but for the most part metal is its own beast, and prefers an amp capable of something way more assertive and aggressive than anything that could be considered “classic.” Some amps are just versatile enough to cover both territories. However, rather than just do another “Top 4” list, and since readers mentioned multiple models from various manufacturers, we’ll try to expand on many of the amps mentioned in the “metal” realm. Still, it’s no surprise the first choice was the…

Make Tracks: Recording Electric Guitar

When you get down to it, there are three things a guitarist can do: play alone, play for an audience, or record. Of those three, recording is perhaps the least intuitive. Practice and performance are both simple and natural aspects of music – you plug in, turn up, and make magic happen. Recording is not so simple.

Voices of Metal – Katatonia

The year was 1991, when two teenagers named Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse decided to have a go at the extreme metal scene. Death metal was at its peak and although they were comfortable with that style they felt an urge to incorporate something more beyond just the brutal aspect. They searched for the elements…

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