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Electric Guitar Combo Amplifiers
Welcome to the Worcester Guitar Centre Electric Guitar Combo Amplifier shop! Here at WGC we have a wide selection of the biggest brands, including Marshall, Ibanez, Orange, Fender plus many more. We've got one of the most comprehensive selection of amps in the UK, with expert advice and full in-store demo facilities to help you make the right choice.
With the wide selection of Electric Guitar Combo amplifiers available, it can be a daunting and confusing process to pick the right one, especially if you are a beginner or new player. We have something available for every situation, whether it be a small practice amp for the home, a studio recording amplifier, or for the big stage. It's important to select the right amp depending on the tone you want to achieve, the volume required for your environment, and any other features like built-in Effects, EQ and connection types to use with other equipment.
A Guitar 'Combo' amp combines an amplifier and one or more speakers in a wooden cabinet. Combo amps are considered less bulky and more convenient than combining a separate amplifier 'head' and cabinet, so they can be transported easily and take up less room than a full-size rig.
Electric Guitar Combos come in various different formats, varying in their components, circuitry and design. Including Vacuum Tube (aka Valve), Solid-State and Digital Modelling amps.
Tube / Valve Amps
Due to the higher costs involved with manufacturing Tube amps, only a select few companies still make them, but we've picked out the best of the punch as part of our wide range of amp choices.
Tube enthusiasts believe that tube amps produce a "warmer" sound and a more natural "overdrive" sound. Typically, tube amps use one or more dual triodes in the preamplifier section to provide sufficient voltage gain to offset tone control losses and drive the power amplifier section. For the warm, 'vintage' valve sound preferred by seasoned guitar players, and don't mind paying a bit extra in your budget, then you'll want to go for an authentic tube amp!
Solid State Amps
Solid-State amps provide players with a range of 'cleaner' tones, typically as a more affordable option than a tube equivalent. These amps are called solid-state because they use transistors for their preamp and power sections They are very reliable and seldom need repairs. They often have a very clean tone, although many come with a “distortion” or tone controls also. These amps are popular with players looking for a sturdy, reliable touring amp. Most lower cost “practice” amps are solid state.
Digital Modelling Amps
Modeling amps use digital processors to simulate the sound of old-fashioned tube technology. Using the latest cutting-edge technology, manufacturers have been able to incorporate modern features like Effects, USB connectivity, and software-based tone generators to closely replicate the sound of hundreds of amps inside a single combo amp. For players that want the versatility of multiple tone options all in one package, consider a Digital Amp!
Hybrid amplifiers combine the the use of a tube in the preamp section and solid state circuitry in the power section to create a tube tone without requiring the use of power tubes. This is a great way to get the best of both worlds!
Typically, the bigger the speakers used in the amp, the higher the wattage required to power and move the air through the amplifier. Practice amps are usually solid state or modeling combo units featuring low power (10-30 watts) and small (8″ or 10″) speakers.
For rehearsal and playing smaller venues, consider tube and modeling combo amps with power ratings averaging about 50 watts and 12″ speakers for fuller sound. For larger venues or for performing loud, expect power to average at 100 watts and up. You can use “twins,” or combo amps that have pairs of 12″ speakers, but this is where a separate head and speaker cabinets (a “stack”) are most effective.
Most amplifier combos will use corner protectors to prevent them getting banged up while travelling from gig to gig. They won't affect the vibration of the cabinet or affect your tone, but should help keep them going that little bit longer.
Orange typify what a British-made manufacturer is all about. With a rich heritage in build amps since the 1960s, Orange Combos sound fantastic but also offer that extra bit of stage presence with a striking colour scheme.
The Orange Crush series are a great choice as an affordable home or rehearsal amp, with the full valve and tube sound available in the Rockerverb and TH series amps.
If you watch any iconic guitar performance since the 1960s, chances are you'll see the 'Marshall' logo sprawled across a giant stack of amps at the back of the stage. Marshall has been the amp-of-choice for the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend, renowned for their trademark 'crunch'.
The new Marshall CODE series are a revolutionary digital amp design that combines authentic modelling of classic and contemporary Marshall tones with professional quality FX.
Also check out Marshall's DSL40C - an all-valve combo that delivers timeless tube tone. The popularity of the DSL40C lies in its feature-packed capability, versatility, its volume-to-size ratio, and its value for money.
While traditionally renowned for their massive range of electric guitars, the Ibanez amp line-up is equally as impressive. We're proud to stock the Ibanez Tubescreamer Combos well suited for a wide range of players. The Ibanez TSA has long been the name people think of first with overdrive pedals, and TSA tube amps come with the legendary Tube Screamer circuit built in. Each cabinet is designed to match the TSA amp featuring the popular CELESTION speakers. The TSA amps can create natural clean sounds, fat crunch tones, and even warm smooth overdrive tones with the modified TS9 circuit built right into the amp. You can enjoy the warm and familiar over drive sound of the Tube Screamer any time you want.
Stagg's range of affordable guitar amps are great served as a cheap home practice combo, or for your first setup. The Stagg 10 GA electric guitar combo is the perfect gift choice for budding guitarists. Featuring a standard 3 Band EQ, volume & gain controls and overdrive switch for a versatile distortion sound. Slightly bigger and louder amps in the GA series are available if you want that extra bit of power!
As always at Worcester Guitar Centre, if you're unsure about the right amp for you, simply call us for advice or pop into our friendly and inviting store for a demonstration. Buy your Electric Guitar Combo Amp from The Players!