- Are tube guitar amps any "cleaner" than solid state units?
Main Question or Discussion Point
I am certain this has been answered...but I missed it. Why do so many guitar players swear by TUBE amps? My son-in-law says they just sound better. Because I was a TV/Radio service tech for 20 years with a degree from Elkins Institute, he asks me why? My guess was, maybe amplifying a signal through a vacuum is "cleaner" than amplification through a solid device. Many amps clean up the signal by clipping some frequencies and it could be good stuff is also lost. I graduated in 69 and got out of the business in 89...asking me tech questions is like asking Henry Ford about today's computer-controlled FI systems and smog devices.