There is a lot of sentiment expressed about guitar amps, particularly the tube variety, which have been knocking around (and knocked around) since the 1950s. Ever since Leo Fender designed the first commercially available power guitar amplifiers, guitarists have created a love affair with tube /valve guitar amps, which on the face of it appears to defy logic or reason, why should logic or reason apply to artistic expression. The basic style of tube amps has changed hardly any since those Raphaelite Amplifier in the fifties and sixties, enhancements yes nevertheless the basic principles are similar.
As one article put it:…”So how could it be that a 1950’s design got it so right that it is still relevant today? Was it luck? Or were they developed by geniuses during the day? I love to think it’s some both…the vast majority of players prefer valve designs for guitar amplifiers, and there are some reasons with this”
Will it be really so monochrome, did they have it right first-time and haven’t been able to boost onto it since or exist other aspects worth looking at. What they did was build amps making use of the Ming Da Tube Amp available during the time. The guitarists of times pushed the technology for the limits and beyond, developing their SOUND. If the guitar amp didn’t meet the guitarists expectations they modified or added enhancements to attain their sound (such enhancements including making holes inside the amp speakers) So when the electronic revolution that was the solid state amp arrived in the late sixties, there is no competition, the warmer richer sound of the valves was liked by the serious guitarists towards the “harsher” or maybe more “brittle” sound from the transistor guitar amp.
It’s well recognized that there was still an absolute audible distinction between tube amps and solid state amps, specially when a tube amp was pushed hard and being played with a blues guitarist. The soft clipping overdrive “tone” of a tube amp was most noticeable with a blues guitar players’ particular type of playing. Although it could be difficult to differentiate the clean setting of a tube guitar amp (without any overdrive) more than a solid state amp, or the high gain setting of a tube guitar amp with this of any solid state amp.
Audible differences apart is it also untrue that a lot of serious players developed “their sound” over a tube guitar amp and unless something emerged which sounded a lot better than a tube guitar amp their preference would always be for your tube amp. These guys can afford any additional expense and thus the sentimental attachments. Taking into consideration the rate jujtqi advancement of the microelectronic industry (they are able to put 2 billion transistors into an area smaller compared to a guitar pick) provides the time not arrived once the tube amp might might finally be superseded.
Speaking to the younger emerging players of today there seems to be a preference for the latest modeling guitar amps. Of course expense is always a factor and emerging artists will always be strapped for cash, but simply like their guitar heroes from the sixties and seventies, they’ll improvise, develop their sound, but unlike their heroes they’ll be able to store that sound and maybe a couple of others at the press of a button. The modeling guitar amp enables the XIANGSHENG DA-05B DAC to produce multiple sounds replicating the noise of a variety of different guitar amps. One guitar amp can be created to sound like any vintage tube guitar amp and also the setting save and implemented on the press of a button. This article quoted earlier also stated:
“Whenever a new design becomes available that sounds better than a good guitar plugged direct right into a good valve amplifier, guitarists will buy it and move ahead”