What Are the Basic features of Marshall guitar amplifiers

Marshall are one of the most successful brands of guitar amplifiers (they were founded in 1957 by Welch Pendulum and are still going strong today thanks to their ability to market both the expensive vintage models and the more affordable models aimed at the lower end market).  Early pickup designs were often misshapen and this helped give the company a design aesthetic that has been highly influential for the vast majority of guitar audio amplifiers sold today.  Although the mistakes were meant to be, Marshall amplifiers have been creating an unmistakable body style for nearly half a century now.  It also helped that they had a heady track record in creating high quality studio equipment (Marshall were the first audio amp company to produce gain stage potentiometers and the first to designthingBut wait, there’s more!  While Marshall was creating these great pieces of audio equipment, other companies were building similar but cheaper systems and simply selling them as part of the Marshall brand.  Eventually this made Marshall the dominant player in the amplifier stakes and bass players were having enough to say about the weight and size of these must have amplifiers.

Neck [No pun intended].

Neck is one of the newer companies on the block and created their first serious amp models in the late 1950s.  At that time, Folder and Fishman were already making amps, but these manufacturers weren’t selling as many units as expected.  So the mute pedal era began, guiding the companies into developing their own misnamed product lines.  One of the reasons for the success of Neck is that they were the first company to manufacture a V wired head.  Cases were hard to make and the wires ended up being too long to be practical.  The Neck company managed to get a head made, but it was waisted with poor audio quality.  The TV and Radio guitar players of the time wanted accessible amps, not cutting edge technology.

Washburn [no pun intended].

Washburn is another company that was in the middle of the pack.  They were successful in their patient product range, which was fine because they had all the high profile names.  They had solid state electronics, which were beginning to take off, and they were pioneer amplifiers.  And they had top notch amps with no inlays, which was a big progression from the fishman amps.  They are still going strong, because Washburn amps are excellent and they always continue to improve.

Akroy [no pun intended].

Akroy was one of the early companies to produce solid state electronics.  Their amps are very good and they have a great line of amplifiers that have been favorites of players like Alnico.  They also make a line of bass amps.  If you play bass, you need to look into these guys.  They have a line of bass amps that are very good.

Vox ( basics).

Vox has been around since the 60s, but they didn’t become popular until the 90s.  They have a line of jazz and rock guitars that are good, but the custom guitars are the best buy.  This company has become more popular in the last few years, but it still has good amps that you can find used.

active (step-up).

This term refers to amps that have a built in switching AC input. They are named this way because they have the ability to come with either a transistor amplifier or a purely solid state amp. These amps are largely super fed in the sense that they have to draw a lot of current from the power source since they are DC. When you visit this site for the first time you will see that these amps come with a switching power supply. The reason for this is that they are DC and do not need to draw from the power source to operate successfully.

Get ready for the fundamentals:

So what are the basic features?  You have to know the types before you can get a feel for any particular amp.  Here are the major features that you need to know in order to choose a good amp:

  1. Type of amplifier
  2. AC input
  3. DC input
  4. Built on board effects
  5. Loudness
  6. Bass boost
  7. Middle Vocals
  8. Ride Cymbal
  9. Topping Vocals
  10. Other features
  11. Type of amplifier: This is major step in determining the type of sound that you will be able to create with the amp. There are 4 types of amplifiers,`salt,so you have to know which one is right for you.
  12. Types of amps,they are: Solid State, Valve,Semi,Tube,Acoustic,Digital