A Guide on How to Use Your First Guitar Amp

Are you new to guitar amplifiers? Learn the absolute basics of how to use your first guitar amp from the professional’s guidelines. 

First Guitar Amp

Hunting for a good guitar amp can be tricky and confusing for beginners. If you are still looking for one, consulting advice from guitarists you know and experts through online sources is a massive help. Guitar amps can get expensive for rookies. If the initial cost of a guitar amp is quite expensive for your budget, try to learn how to build a guitar amp from scratch. DIY guitar amps allow you to get started exploring your skills without spending a lot of cash.

If you already have one, the next step is to learn the basics of how to use a guitar amp.

#1 Gather the Essentials

It is impossible to begin your musical journey without these pieces of basic equipment. Collect all these essentials to start exploring music.

  • Guitar

Of course, you couldn’t start learning without an electric guitar.

  • Amplifier

Get your guitar amplifier. You can buy one at any physical store that sells musical instruments and guitar accessories or build one from scratch.

  • Guitar Lead

The guitar lead connects the amplifier and guitar. It is also known as the jack-to-jack lead plugged from the guitar and the other end is connected to the amplifier. Although new guitar amp versions have a built-in Bluetooth feature that allows wireless connection, physical connectivity is always better due to less disruption. Moreover, physical connection supports a balanced audio signal transfer.

#2 Explore and Familiarize Guitar Amp Controls

Before firing up your new amplifier, take time to familiarize the device including its controls.

The power switch is often located on the front and sometimes at the back. Most amps have a ‘standby’ feature that keeps the valves warm while the speaker is turned off.

The volume control allows you to adjust the sound level of the amplifier. The gains control the level of input the sound device obtains from the guitar.

Guitar amps have EQ which is a selection of dials (low, mid, and high) that control the tone and range of frequencies.

Other standard features of guitar amps you need to take note of are reverb, FX, tuner, and line out.

#3 Setup the Guitar Amp

Plug the guitar into the amplifier. Set the controls of the guitar according to your choice and move to set up the guitar amp controls. Make sure the amplifier’s volume and gain are down. Remember not to immediately switch on the guitar amp while the volume is at maximum level, as well as the reverb and FX, or else you’ll damage your ears. After checking, power on the amplifier.

Test the clean sound of the device by turning the main volume up at an average level. Check the gain, overdrive, and distortion of the amp. Experiment with different levels of gains to find the combination that is suitable for your playing style.

Once you get the combination you prefer, you’re ready to play! Feel free to play with the rest of the amp’s features. You can tweak each control to add color to your sound and make each of your performances unique.

Don’t hesitate and stop exploring your sound for artistry knows no boundaries.