Positively an electric guitar amp is something critical to have. Be that as it may, it is additionally essential to know how to amplify an electric guitar without an amp.
Here and there you simply need to pick between getting the best beginner electric guitar now and sitting tight for an amp, or spending a similar cash for two pieces — and trading off on the quality of both.
For the individuals who have confronted this inestimable battle, realize that you have elective methods for amplification accessible to you that won’t cost so much as a quality amplifier. You may even have the technology at this moment and not realize it.
Plugged-in/Unplugged: What’s the difference?
Attempt this: connect an electric guitar to an amplifier and stand near the amp. Strum a chord – then adjust the amp until the point when a portion of the sound is feeding back.
Can you feel it? On the off chance that you are like me, the fortified vibration between the amp and the guitar feels interesting and astounding.
Now adjust the amp so the sound sustains – play with the volume and the gain until the point when the feedback turns into a consistent tone – not building and yelling – just there, similar to a steady drone.
When you build up that automaton, perceive to what extent you can prop it up without contacting your strings once more.
Now kill the amp and play a similar harmony. Nothing happens right? You get a little, tinny sound from the instrument.
Obviously you can utilize a couple of earphones and any number of different gadgets to tune in to your playing – a large number of them will create satisfying tones from your instrument, and even let it sounds like what you heard playing through the amp – however without the physical communication between the guitar and the amp, that steady feedback that you heard and felt won’t be conceivable.
On the off chance that, rather than playing through earphones you play through a PA framework, or studio monitors, or even the stereo speakers on a PC, you can recover a portion of that genuine, physical input, however, it will be extraordinary.
Furthermore, every amp gets diverse tones, various types of feedback and distortion and fuzz.
Contingent upon the quality and intensity of your speakers, it might be better, or worse than the sound through your amp.
So the short solution to your inquiry is yes, you can play an electric guitar without an amplifier, however, it will be an unexpected instrument in comparison to it would be connected to a decent Marshall stack.
Having said that, I’d urge you to investigate and choose what works best for you.
There are some pretty good electronic alternative options to amplifiers out there.
For example, I frequently utilize my iPad with a guitar interface and a product application called Amplitube to practice or record music from my guitar.
One of Amplitube’s greatest offering focuses is that it includes a wide assortment of amplifier models.
Those amp models attempt to duplicate the sounds of mainstream amplifiers (through earphones or a PA framework).
You can interface your iPad or PC to an active speaker and add some genuine physical feedback to your playing.
It’s not precisely the same as an amplifier, but you can get a proper sound, or you can utilize the effects, loopers and different highlights of the application to make new sounds that aren’t at all like what you would get from an amplifier.
Numerous manufacturers offer foot pedals that element amp modeling as well – Boss, Digitech, TC Electronics, Roland just to give some examples.
There are likewise guitar synthesizers which are an entirely another thing through and through!
So keep a receptive outlook, and investigate the alternatives.
Connecting to a home stereo
On the off chance that you connect your electric guitar to the AUX of your home stereo, you can escape with not purchasing an amp by any stretch of the imagination. All you require is an inexpensive connector that you can buy at any electronic or music store for under $3.
The connector is only a metal or plastic-covered fitting that has a female quarter-inch jack toward one side and a male RCA (at times called phono) plug on the other. (Simply advise the sales representative what you need to do, and he can supply the right unit.)
Numerous boom boxes have inputs also but utilize a 1/8″ connectors, so for one of these, you require a female quarter-inch jack toward one side and a male 1/8″ stereo attachment on the other.
Ensure, on the off chance that you purchase your connector at a place other than a music store, that the connector’s female end is mono; that is the end you connect your guitar line to.
Before you go connecting anything to a stereo, ensure that the volume control on the receiver is way down. This precautionary measure prevents any sudden pop or surge in the framework, which can possibly harm the speakers.
After you’re connected, turn your guitar’s volume up full. At that point gradually turn up the receiver’s volume handle until the point when you hear sound at an open to listening level. You can modify the recipient’s tone controls to better shape your sound also.
Due to the scaling down of everything electronic, you would now be able to get full-sounding, genuine guitar sounds from a unit the measure of a disposable camera — as long as you hear it out through earphones (implying that it has no speaker or power amp of its own).
These battery-powered miracles accompany belt cuts for untethered honing (awesome for checking your stage moves in the mirror).
For all intents and purposes, all earphone amps offer a full menu of dists, EQ, reverb, and a large group of other advanced effects, huge numbers of them at the same time. So an earphone amp can typically serve as a multi-effect processor, which is very nice.
Earphone amps additionally give various presets — sounds prearranged by the manufacturer — in addition to full stereo sound (particularly viable over earphones).
Earphone amps are awesome for playing in a moving vehicle, at the shoreline, in a hotel room, or in the air terminal parlor, and they can even yield the signal to tape or disc, appropriate for recording.
They begin at around $200 and are certainly justified regardless of the cost if versatility, privacy, and credible tone are imperative for your training schedule. The Korg Pandora, Scholz Rockman, Ibanez Rock’n’Play, and Zoom 9000 arrangement are only a few models available.