Tube Amplifiers vs. Solid State Amplifiers
Info / September 21, 2016

Share This: “You need to heat the tubes up first man, then you crank it all the way up.” These sound like the words of many people out there including people like Eddie Van Halen and Zakk Wylde who famously use tube amplifiers. The debate between tube amplifiers and solid state amplifiers is pretty much a one sided argument, most people usually favor tube amps over solid state amps. Why though? Let’s dive deeper into it. This is a very technical subject so you will hear a lot of snobs talk about this in such detail, but this post will try to make it simple enough for you to understand. Tube Amplifiers Tube amps use one or more vacuum tubes to amplify an electric signal. The tubes in the guitar amp are a lot like light bulbs, there’s a glass housing that seals the components in a vacuum. I won’t get too into it, but I’ll try to make it so that it’s understandable. There’s a cathode in the tube that produces electricity that is a lot like a part inside of  a light bulb that is part of that metal apparatus you see. The more electricity, the louder the sound…