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Rainbow Music Shop's Guitar Amp Guide for Guitar Newcomers

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Music Shop - Amplifiers by Marshall and Other Great Brands

Look anywhere on the Internet and you will see an abundance of different options to choose from when you need to buy a new amplifier for your favourite guitar. In this post we are going to give you some advice on selecting the best one for you! Read on to discover the factors that you will need to consider before you even narrow things down to a particular brand or model, when buying an amp from a music shop like Rainbow Music, online or in the shop!

Output Power!

Orange Crush - A small 25W Bass Guitar amp

First and foremost, you need to ensure that the power output is high enough for the use you are going to be putting it to. Blackstar's FLY 3 isn't going to cut it at Wembley! Stick a Marshall 1962 Bluesbreaker combo in the front room of your terrace and wind up the volume... you aren't going to be seen as an up and coming star: you'll probably have the police and a posse of angry neighbours knocking on your door!

In basic terms, the output is roughly equivalent to how loud the music can be pumped out. 100 watts will be enough for BIG parties and sizable gigs, whereas 10 watts is meaty enough for average listening in your front room. You will also want to choose a good brand, with Marshall, Fender,Orange and Blackstar amplifiers all being popular choices.

Getting the Right Connections

User Reviews

Read reviews! It's good to see what previous customers have had to say about the amplifiers they have bought and used - it's often a lot more telling than the manufacturer's blurbs!. If you come across a large number of negative comments, you know to reconsider your selection.


From the technicalities of THD + N to power output, and even the look of the kit on stage there are a stack of factors that will guide your buying decision. Perhaps the best way to decide; is to get your guitar hooked up to an amp in your favourite music shop. At Rainbow music we are always on hand and ready to give sound advice.

Use this mini guide, as a starter to get your thinking processes going, do your research into the amps that suit your guitar style... and then start shopping at Rainbow Music (preferably) today to find the perfect amplifier for you.