Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Amplifiers Part 2
During the 1950's through the 1970's no one seemed to come across the idea of miking the amplifier. We all thought bigger and more powerful was better. All the rockers had stacks of Fender Dual Showman and then moved to Marshalls. I salute the genius that decided to put a microphone in front of a Fender Champ amp and run it through the public address system.
The Yamaha is a solid state amplifier that is good at playing clean. Blues players would hate it. Shredders would hate it. However, clean is what I like, since my playing style is finger picking. Instead of having a master volume and a volume control, this amp has a volume control and a distortion control. The distortion functions like a fuzz tone. I do not use that feature. The amp was designed and manufactured in Japan and was even signed by one of the amp technicians on a sticker inside the cabinet. G50-112 denotes that it is a 50-watt amp with one 12" Yamaha Special Design speaker. It probably weighs around 50 lbs. This is my favorite amp.
The Piggy was designed for rock and roll and over driven tube distortion. Turn up the volume and you can clear a room. I keep mine quiet and it sounds great. You can just plug into this amp and go. There are no effects, just amplification. It's 40 watts into a 10" speaker that can handle 80 watts. It has more bottom when I plug it into a one 12" speaker cabinet.
The other amp is a Squier 25 Champ. It’s similar to a Fender Champion model that was being sold at the time. These are solid state amplifiers.