This page focuses on Solid State Guitar Amplifiers that have a unique circuit design and tonal range. These amps are cheaper to make than valve guitar amps and tend to have a cleaner tone range. Popular with jazz guitar players and in fact there are many solid state amps that are design and advertised as jazz guitar amps. Use this page as a gateway to choosing a new solid state guitar amplifier. Below there are links to choose between either solid state combo guitar amps which have the amplifier circuit and speaker within the same cabinet and solid state head guitar amps which have only the amplifier section within a smaller, easy to transport, cabinet. When buying a solid state guitar amplifier a seperate guitar amplifier speaker cabinet will also be required.
Solid state guitar amplifiers use silicone chip technology including transistors, diodes and ic’s to modify and amplify the guitar pick up signal to audible levels. If designed correctly, Solid state guitar amplifiers have a particularily clean tonal quality. This clean tone, without distortion, makes them popular with Jazz players and other guitarists who prefer to use guitar effects pedals to modify their sound.
The overall tone of a solid state head guitar amp is different to that created by a more expensive valve head guitar amp. Our web site features all types of guitar amplifier and if you are unsure about the differences we have written a brief explanation about each type on our guitar amplifiers explained page.
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Use the links shown below to choose wither Solid State Head or Solid State Combo designs.
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Solid state technology, when used in guitar amplifier manufacture, became popular in the 70’s. With the mass production of solid state components like transistors, diodes, integrated circuits etc it allowed guitar amp makers to replace the previous valve circuit technology and greatly reduce manufacturing costs. Despite being popular in the 50’s and 60’s by the mid 70’s not many companies were manufacturing valves (or tubes). This meant that sourcing components became costly. Also, some people considered the old valve circuits to be unreliable and costly to repair. By changing guitar amplifier design to solid state technology allowed for smaller amplifiers, increased reliability and a cleaner sound to be achieved.
Unless it is a specific design feature of the guitar amplifier, solid state guitar amplifiers feature a much cleaner circuit design. This is prefered by some guitarists who either want the overall clean tone or prefer to use guitar effect pedals to shape there personal sound. For instance, solid state guitar amplifiers are popular with many Jazz guitar players due to this ultra clean tone. In fact some guitar amp manufacturers designed solid state amplifiers purely for Jazz players. By including effects like reverb and chorus into the guitar amplifier circuit design it gave Jazz players the sound that suited the musical style. In the early 80’s these original jazz amps became popular with new wave players who liked to use effects. A typical model that is much sought after these days is the Roland Jazz Chorus 100W (2×12) guitar combo, as used by Billy Duffy of The Cult. Solid-state amplifiers vary in output power, functionality, size, price, and sound quality in a wide range, from practice amplifiers to combos suitable for gigging to professional models intended for session musicians who do studio recording work.
Popular models of Solid State Guitar Amp to look out for.
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- Roland JC-22 Jazz Chorus Combo Amp
- Roland JC-40 Jazz Chorus Combo Amp
- Fender Champion 40 – 40W Combo Amp
- Fender Mustang GT-100 Combo Amplifier.
- Laney LX15 15W Combo Amp
- Marshall MG50FX 50W Combo Amp
- Orange Crush 35RT 35W Combo Amp
- Vox Pathfinder 10 10W Combo Amp
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