Ah yes, that age-old spat among guitarists: What’s better, a valve amp or a transistor amp? Although there are good reasons cited by advocates of both types, the main bone of contention between the two camps is, obviously, the sound.
Can you guess which is which?
In the video below, Brian Wampler and Travis Feaster have a riot playing three amps, all through the same cabinet. Two are tube amps, one is a transistor amp. And they sound different, of course. But what is the archetypal “tube sound” – compared to the quintessential “valve sound”? And, more importantly, can you tell one from the other?
Test your ears
If you ask three people about their ideal guitar tone, you’ll probably get three different opinions. And everybody is right. The fact is we all like different things in guitar amps. But can you guess which amp is the solid state one in the video below?
It quickly becomes apparent that these three amps sound very different and cater to very different tastes. But you get a good approximation of both types of guitar amps. Although some commentators have said that there’s too much bass for the mic to handle.
Try it and see if you can guess which is which. Comment below with your results!