There is a lot of sentiment expressed about guitar amps, especially 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 developed a love affair with tube /valve guitar amps, which on the face of it seems to defy logic or reason, why should logic or reason apply to artistic expression. The basic design of tube amps has evolved almost no since those Raphaelite Amplifier in the fifties and sixties, enhancements yes but the fundamental principles are similar.
As you article use it:…”Just 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 like to think it’s a bit of both…nearly all players prefer valve designs for guitar amplifiers, and there are several good reasons with this”
Could it be really so white and black, did they have it right very first time and haven’t had the opportunity to enhance into it since or are available other aspects worth considering. The things they did was build amps making use of the Meixing MingDa Valve Amplifier available during the time. The guitarists of the time pushed the technology to the limits and beyond, developing their SOUND. If the guitar amp didn’t fulfill the guitarists expectations they modified or added enhancements to achieve their sound (such enhancements including making holes inside the amp speakers) Then when the electronic revolution which was the solid state amp arrived in the late sixties, there was no competition, the warmer richer sound from the valves was liked by the serious guitarists towards the “harsher” or even more “brittle” sound from the transistor guitar amp.
It’s well recognized there was still an obvious audible distinction between tube amps and solid state amps, particularly 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 kind of playing. Although it could be difficult to differentiate the clean setting of any tube guitar amp (without overdrive) spanning a solid state amp, or even the high gain setting of the tube guitar amp using that of any solid state amp.
Audible differences apart could it be also untrue that a lot of serious players developed “their sound” on a tube guitar amp and unless something came along which sounded much better than a tube guitar amp their preference would continually be for your tube amp. They could afford any additional expense and for that reason the sentimental attachments. Taking into consideration the rate jujtqi continuing development of the microelectronic industry (they can put 2 billion transistors into a place small compared to a guitar pick) has got the time not arrived if the tube amp might might finally be superseded.
Speaking to younger emerging players these days there is apparently a preference for that latest modeling guitar amps. Obviously expense is usually a consideration and emerging artists are always strapped for cash, but just similar to their guitar heroes from the sixties and seventies, they’ll improvise, develop their sound, but unlike their heroes they’ll have the capacity to store that sound and perhaps several others at the press of a button. The modeling guitar amp enables the XIANGSHENG 728A Preamp to create multiple sounds replicating the sound of many different different guitar amps. One guitar amp can now be made to sound like any vintage tube guitar amp and also the setting save and implemented at the press of the mouse. The article quoted earlier also stated:
“Whenever a new design becomes available that sounds better than an excellent guitar plugged direct right into a good valve amplifier, guitarists will purchase it and proceed”