Guitar Amplifiers

Guitar amplkfiers are described by their overall tone and general design.

  • Blackface refers to American combos made during the mid-1960s that are loud and clean, with tight lows, and late onset of distortion. 4 x 10" combos sound sweet, with a well-balanced tone that is also excellent for creating lush, reverb-drenched chords or strident solos. A 1 x 12" combo is smooth and rich-sounding, with a high degree of detail. A 2 x 12" combo has a loud, almost hi-fi clean tone, that is also percussive, with an articulate attack; it can be crunchy when overdriven. A 1 x 10" combo is bright and open-sounding, with an extreme amount of low-end impact; it offers veery clean tones with just an edge of overdrive. A 1 x 15" combo has a clear top end with a tight, defined low end.
  • British Sound refers to combos made in the UK that have small-diameter dust caps and heavy paper cone speakers. This creates a distinctive "brash," very bright treble that is rarely harsh or shrill because of their sweet distortion and smooth, natural-sounding compression.
  • Brownface refers to American combos made during the mid-1960s that are loud and clean, with tight lows, and late onset of distortion. 4 x 10" combos sound sweet, with a well-balanced tone that is also excellent for creating lush, reverb-drenched chords or strident solos. A 1 x 12" combo is smooth and rich-sounding, with a high degree of detail. A 2 x 12" combo has a loud, almost hi-fi clean tone, that is also percussive, with an articulate attack; it can be crunchy when overdriven. A 1 x 10" combo is bright and open-sounding, with an extreme amount of low-end impact; it offers veery clean tones with just an edge of overdrive. A 1 x 15" combo has a clear top end with a tight, defined low end.
  • Plexi refers to American made amplifiers, especially those made by Marshall, manufactured in the late-1960s and early-1970s that are extremely clean, almost as clean as hi-fi amplifiers, with extended range speakers that are often the same as those used in quality PA systems. Detailed, with a late onset of distortion, a Plexi style amplifier is very versatile misically.
  • Silverface refers to American combos made during the mid-1960s that are loud and clean, with tight lows, and late onset of distortion. 4 x 10" combos sound sweet, with a well-balanced tone that is also excellent for creating lush, reverb-drenched chords or strident solos. A 1 x 12" combo is smooth and rich-sounding, with a high degree of detail. A 2 x 12" combo has a loud, almost hi-fi clean tone, that is also percussive, with an articulate attack; it can be crunchy when overdriven. A 1 x 10" combo is bright and open-sounding, with an extreme amount of low-end impact; it offers veery clean tones with just an edge of overdrive. A 1 x 15" combo has a clear top end with a tight, defined low end.
  • Small Studio Combo Guitar Amplifiers are extremely versatile amplifiers intended for studio recording use that are designed with flexible settings so that the amplifier can mimic almost any style of amplifier without having to be excessively loud. Studio style combos are also made with attention to low noise and the ability to "patch in" various effects easily.
  • Tweed refers to American combos made from the 1950s and early 1960s that have warm, complex, yet clean sounds that progress smoothly through gentle distortion to raucous overdrive as you increase their gain.