A guitar amplifier is an electronic sound device that uses to amplifies the sound of an electric / acoustic guitar for better and louder sound volume. It is similar to the audio interface that most singers use. It picks up the sound inputs from the guitar directly, and interfaces and amplifies its audio outputs base on the settings of your guitar amplifier setup unit.
If you are a singer who always needs to sing and play guitar for live performance, I am sure that you may have many chances to use the guitar amplifier often. Therefore, it is essential that you have to learn how to deal with the guitar amplifier setups.
Step By Step Guide How To Set Up The Guitar Amplifier
Different Guitar Amps might probably have different sound characters/tones and control interface arrangement. And you have to be very familiar with its interface and knob arrangement So that you can setup and adjust it to fit your desired tone whenever you want to.
Finding the correct guitar amplifier setup as well as putting up the guitar amp’s sound is often a complicated process for amateur guitarists who have no idea concerning the functions of the different knobs. A particular setup exists that I advise many of my students for an electric guitar to use; it will be great if you are looking for a sound that is bluesy-pop-rock. Therefore, you may be needed to change the settings more so as to achieve the tone you desire, but the following should be able to get a good sound. Furthermore, there are some basic steps you must know that will works with almost every type of guitar amplifiers.
Step 1) Turn On Your Amp
There are tube amps and solid state amps. For both of them, the power button is normally located at the front of the amp with a label beside it. But, for some models, the power button is located at the back or top of the amp.
For Solid State Amps: This kind of Solid State Amps utilizes the flip-switch for its power button. And it’s more straight-forward compared to the Tube Amps.
For Tube Amps: The Tube Amps are the type of amplifiers that use tube circuitry. And it normally consists of 2 switches, The first one is the “Power switch, ” and another one is the “Standby” switch. Firstly, turn on the “Standby Switch” to allow the amp to have some short moments to warm up before using. And Turn on the “Power Switch” when you are ready to amplify the sound.
Step 2) Amp Settings For Bass, Midrange and Treble Tones
All guitar amps consist of combinations of EQ (equalization) adjustment knobs. The knobs range from treble (high frequencies), Midrange and Bass (Low frequencies). You should adjust all the EQs to “ZERO”/ Twelve O’clock by default to acquire its natural tone prior any setting. And start by adjusting the EQs one by one after that to find your right tones.
• Press on the amp’s gain button to turn it on.
• Put the settings of the amp’s gain level up to 4-5. If this gives out much overdrive (a lot of metal sound) play the gain level knob around. The required level of the sound’s overdrive we are trying to work with comes whenever you pluck a single string; you do not hear a crunch. However, whenever you pluck two strings at once, you can be able to hear it somewhat stronger, but not very strong. In the instance that you hold one whole chord and strum it, the sound coming from it will be messed up, but you will still be able to differentiate the single notes. As a point to note, this guitar amplifier setup will not be the best incase you want to pluck chords, because the instrument’s overdrive will kill all the single notes. If all you want to do is strum your electric guitar or practice chords, just turn the gain off and make use of the clean sound.
• Put the settings of the treble tone up to 7
• The settings of the middle tone should be at 5
• Set the bass tone to 3 – Adjust the bass and treble controls to acquire the right balance bass. You can adjust throughout the midrange to try the sound effect. And identify the one that will fit you.
• Put the settings of the bass tone up to 3
• The settings of the reverb to be up to 3-5
Step 3) Volume Adjustment
More simple Amps will have only one volume knob. But, Most of the Amps on the market right now will have two knobs (“Pre” & “Post”) or (“Drive” and “Master”). The first knob is responsible for the signal prior entering the power amplification stage. And the second knob is in charge of the signal volume after the power amplification. You can adjust across both knobs to find you desired master volume.
Step 4) Adjust Your Guitar Settings
• The settings of the pickup selector switch should be set at the treble or the instrument’s pickups (middle position).
• The settings of the knobs on your guitar should be at max
The guitar amplifier setup above should have decent sound, but as mentioned earlier, you will probably have to tweak the guitar settings so that it can synergize with the amplifier.
Getting the correct tonal settings is a process that never ends for all guitarists who play professionally as well. I have also found just the right the tone for me an estimated 100 times. It depends on your preferences at that moment, what you are currently listening to, what is popular and so on. Hence, just play with the settings of your amp around one-by-one so as to get a feel of each of their function and the effect it has on your tone.
The tone of the guitar you hear in popular songs are usually filled with effects that are hard to replicate using a simple setup of the amp. This is not to imply that you should find another pedal for digital effects yet, just know that it will be difficult to reproduce the same sound that you hear from the experts without it. You can think about buying one to use in a guitar amplifier setup after playing for about one year or two and are now at a steady intermediate level.
Do You Need Amplifier Setup For Acoustic Guitar Too?
One basic difference between the acoustic and the electric guitar is that the method to produce sound is different on the electric guitar. The word electric itself suggests that this instrument can be plugged into an electrical socket and that it will need an amplifier. When you pick the string, the sound will be amplified, and you need to control the volume. The touch on the string has to be much lighter when compared to an acoustic guitar.
Guitars are available in different sizes, shapes, and types. The acoustic guitar comes in different types to suit all genre of music, and there is the electric guitar. The acoustic guitar has a hollow body and does not need an amplifier or a power source. However, some acoustic guitars have pickups mounted on them for playing through an amp for a better volume.