There is lots of sentiment expressed about guitar amps, especially the tube variety, which have been knocking around (and knocked around) since the 1950s. Ever since Leo Fender designed the initial commercially available power guitar amplifiers, guitarists have developed a love affair with tube /valve guitar amps, which on the face of it appears to defy logic or reason, but why should logic or reason apply to artistic expression. The essential style of tube amps has evolved hardly any since those early designs in the fifties and sixties, Shanling CD3.2 tube CD Player yes however the basic principles are the same.
As you article put it:…”So, just how will it be that a 1950’s design got it so right that it must be still relevant today? Was it luck? Or were they designed by geniuses of the day? I love to think it’s a bit of both…the majority of players prefer valve designs for his or her guitar amplifiers, and there are a few reasons for this particular”
Will it be really so monochrome, did they get it right first time and haven’t been able to boost onto it since or exist other aspects worth taking into consideration. Whatever they did was build amps making use of the only technology available at the time. The guitarists of the time pushed the technology towards the limits and beyond, developing their SOUND. Once the guitar amp didn’t satisfy the guitarists expectations they modified or added enhancements to accomplish their sound (such enhancements including making holes within the amp speakers) When the electronic revolution that was the solid state amp arrived inside the late sixties, there is no competition, the warmer richer sound from the valves was preferred by the Mingda Tube Amplifier towards the “harsher” or even more “brittle” sound from the transistor guitar amp.
It’s well known that there was still an absolute audible distinction between tube amps and solid state amps, especially when a tube amp was pushed hard and being played with a blues guitarist. The soft clipping overdrive “tone” of any tube amp was most noticeable with a blues guitar players’ particular type of playing. Although it may be next to impossible to differentiate the clean setting of any tube guitar amp (with no overdrive) spanning a solid state amp, or perhaps the high gain setting of the tube guitar amp with this of a solid state amp.
Audible differences apart will it be also not the case that many serious players developed “their sound” on the tube guitar amp and unless something came along which sounded a lot better than a tube guitar amp their preference vsyzzc always be for that tube amp. These guys could afford the additional expense and for that reason the sentimental attachments. Thinking about the rate of advancement of the microelectronic industry (they are able to put 2 billion transistors into a place smaller compared to a guitar pick) has the time not arrived if the tube amp might might finally be superseded.
Speaking to the younger emerging players of today there appears to be a preference for that latest modeling guitar amps. Of course expense is definitely a consideration and emerging artists are usually strapped for money, but similar to their guitar heroes in the sixties and seventies, they’ll improvise, develop their sound, but unlike their heroes they’ll be able to store that sound and perhaps a few others at the press of a button. The XIANGSHENG 728A Preamp enables the guitarist to produce multiple sounds replicating the sound of a number of different guitar amps. One guitar amp is now able to designed to sound like any vintage tube guitar amp and also the setting save and implemented in the press of the mouse. The article quoted earlier also stated:
“Whenever a new design becomes available that sounds better than a good guitar plugged direct into a good valve amplifier, guitarists will buy it and move ahead”