One of the biggest challenges for musicians some years back was the issue of sound amplification. Electricity had not been discovered and therefore electric sound amplification could not be used to help musicians entertain large crowds. Musical houses or entertainment buildings were specially designed to help amplify the sound through acoustics. However, the halls and theaters could still not hold very many people.
The discovery of electricity and the discovery of ways that the electricity could be used to amplify sound led to one of the most transformational changes in the music world. Finally musicians could entertain huge crowds at a go. The sound amplification was not only for the vocals but also for musical instruments.
The sound of many musical instruments cannot carry very far. Instruments such as the flute, the fiddle, and the guitar could only be used to play for people within a short radius. With the introduction of electric amplification, more people could enjoy music from the musical instruments.
The guitar, being one of the most common musical instruments in the world, gained a great deal from the introduction of electric amplification. Acoustic guitars were fitted with amplification mechanisms or were played close to microphones to amplify their sounds. Musicians were usually going around performing to people in different places and with guitar amplification they could be able to perform to larger crowds.
The introduction of electric guitars was another monumental step in music. The acoustic guitar was already enjoying a lot of popularity among people around the world due to its rich pleasing sound and the electric guitar took this to another zenith. The electric guitar produces a greater variety of sounds that can be modified in different ways to give very exotic sounds.
These new sounds have been very instrumental in changing music and even creating new genres in music.
The electric guitar depends hugely on electric sound amplification to produce its sound. Originally, electric guitars were using amplifiers that used tube technology. These guitar tube amplifiers helped produce high quality sound even when the output was very high. Later solid state amps were discovered but they have never been able to produce quality as good as that of the tube amplifier.
Tube amplifiers were, and are, very expensive to buy. Being that these tube amplifiers also fail at a high rate, they are also very expensive to maintain. Tube amplifiers are also quite bulky and fragile. This is a huge let down for musicians who are on tour.
On the other hand, solid state guitar amplifiers are much more affordable to buy. They are also much less costly to maintain since they do not fail often. Solid state amps are also much less bulky and therefore they can be easily carried around. They are also built in such a way that they can withstand rough handling. This factors have made the solid state amplifiers very common with travelling musicians especially starting musicians who cannot afford the more expensive tube amps.
The difference in sound quality between the solid state amps and tube amps usually goes unnoticed by the untrained ear.