Vintage guitar amplifiers have a unique look and feel. The vacuum tubes used in vintage guitar amps also produce an unmistakable warm sound, which is completely different from the sound produced by transistor amps. Whether you want to achieve that sound on your new guitar or complement your classic guitar, you'll find a large selection of vintage guitar amplifiers here at buyvintageamps.com.
When buying anything used or considered vintage, make sure you know what you’re getting before you pay for it.
- Many vintage amplifiers use vacuum tubes and capacitors instead of solid-state transistors. The difference in sound is similar to the sound difference between a tape and a CD. Vintage amps might not sound as crisp or clean, but they have a warm, rich tone. You may need to replace vacuum tubes periodically.
- Like most Amplifiers, vintage guitar amplifiers come in many different configurations.
- Combo amplifiers: Single-cabinet amplifiers are called combo amps. The amplifier and the speaker are together in one cabinet.
- Piggyback amplifiers: Piggyback amplifiers separate the amplifier (also called the head) from the speaker.
- Amplifier stacks: A stack consists of two speakers mounted on top of one another with the head on top.
- The quality of a speaker can make or break the quality of a vintage guitar amplifier. Popular choices include Celestion speaker cones, Bulldog speaker cones, and Jensen speaker cones.
- Vintage guitar amplifier cabinets are usually made out of tweed or black Tolex.
- Pioneers such as Leo Fender and Jim Marshall focused on their circuits. If you're a purist, you'll want original circuitry. Always ask if the vintage guitar amplifier contains replacement parts and determine if having them matters to you.