Basic Step Using Guitar Amplifier

Guitar Amplifier – For those of you who are already in a band or who are just starting out in a band, you must be familiar with the situation in the practice studio, where we will play our chosen instrument (especially guitar) using an amplifier. For some people, using an amplifier may not be a new thing. Especially if the person has their own amp at home.

However, it turns out that there are still some people who don’t understand how to use an amplifier, especially if the amp is different from the one used at home. This can be seen based on questions from several students at Music School who often ask how to use a good and correct amp.

Actually, the simplest way to understand how to use an amp is to keep experimenting. But this will certainly take time, effort, and even more costs. In this article, I want to share the basics of using guitar amps in general that might be applied to other instrument amplifiers, because instrument amplifiers tend to work in a similar way.

When we start playing guitar with an amplifier, there are a few things we should consider before using it. Because of course, we don’t want the amp we’re using to be damaged. Because guitar amps themselves are of many types and have their own character from one another, our objective in using an amp is to become familiar with the amp we are using, from the level, gain, and all the other control knobs of the amp. the. Although each amp has a different control knob, there are still ‘basic steps’ that can be applied to all amps.

Find Below Basic Step Using Guitar Amplifier

Turn It On

The first thing that must be done in using an electronic object is to turn it on, so we must first make sure that the amp is connected to a good electrical socket. although this sounds trivial, it turns out that many people still often forget to do this hehe.

In the case of guitar amplifiers, the next thing is to determine whether the amp is a solid-state amp or a tube amp (the difference can be seen in the previous article). Because tube amps have an additional switch, namely a standby switch that we must turn on after we press the on/off switch.

Zero Position

Before connecting the guitar to the amplifier, make sure the gain and master volume knobs are in the zero (0) position to avoid damaging our eardrums.

How to use Guitar Amplifier

Make sure the volume knob on the guitar is unlocked

After the guitar is connected to the amplifier, open all the volume and tone knobs on our guitar. A little information, the most optimal guitar sound is when all the volume knobs are fully opened.

Return to Neutral Position

For most amps, the neutral position of the equalizer (EQ) knob is at 12 o’clock. This method is useful for hearing the character of the default sound of the amp we are using. That way we’ll know which knob we should tweak; whether the knob is low, mid, or high.

Clean Sound

For amps that have an independent equalizer (each channel has its own EQ), we can set the settings for each channel. But for amps that only have one equalizer knob (like the JCM 900), we may have to choose which channel we use more often, whether it’s the clean channel or the distortion channel. If we tend to use distortion channels, maybe we can maximize the clean sound by tweaking the gain of the clean channel.

basic step using Guitar Amplifier

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Distorted Sound

For sound distortion, a little suggestion from me is to start the gain setting at 12 o’clock with a normal volume level. To produce a good sound distortion, we really shouldn’t rush to spit out the gain knob, because it can actually make our sound blurry or unclear. The most effective way to produce a good distortion sound is to train the power of our right-hand picking because that’s actually the main source of the sound we produce.


After we get the gain we want, then we can start tweaking the equalizer knob of the amp we are using. Because there is no ideal about how to set a good and right EQ, it’s a good idea to know the sound we want and of course what kind of sound is needed for the whole composition.

Hopefully, the above discussion can help friends who were confused about finding a ‘good’ sound in the ear. Apart from experimenting, another way to get a good sound is to multiply the references we hear.

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