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Introduction to Solid State Amplifiers


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Country Tone: Amplifier Setup

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This lesson is a brief overview of what we'll be looking at when discussing the features of a solid state amplifier.

First and foremost, know that solid state amplifiers are meant to emulate the sound of tube amps. They are seldom used in the classic country sound for many reasons. The old touring country guitarists used the tube amplifier in simple setup. The glory days of music row still favored the tube sound but also experimented with the direct-to-board sound. In modern country music, there is a tendency to lean toward the classic rock gear in the arena format, or the classic sound, which of course brings us full circle back to the tube amp. There was a period in country music when certain solid state manufacturers would give endorsements to particular variety shows and the gear would be seen on Hee Haw, the Statler Brothers Show and many more.

That being said, the solid state amplifier has become closer in its attempt to replicate the tube sound. There is also much to be said for its road-worthiness and ability to take a lickin'.