"One of the best things about being a guitarist or bassist in this day and age is the seemingly endless range of amps and effects to choose from. Regardless of your musical tastes or playing style, innovative companies are continuously working to meet the demands of today's musicians. From Fender and Marshall to Line 6, Boss and countless others, these names are consistently championed thanks to their exceptional quality, durability and ease of operation.
If you're new to the amp and effects game, the best way to make your decision easier is to look at what your favorite artists use. After all, certain amp brands have their signature sounds while various pedals specialize in different tones, pitches and effects. So whether you're trying to mimic Joe Satriani's smooth resonance or want to re-create Geezer Butler's classic low-end growl, researching the gear of your influences will give you a better idea of what you'll be the most satisfied with.
One of the best-selling effects pedals in this catalog is the Electro-Harmonix XO Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker Distortion guitar effects pedal. The original Big Muff Pi is legendary in itself, with a sound that can be heard on recordings by Nirvana and Sonic Youth, and popularized in the last decade by The White Stripes and The Black Keys. This updated version includes a wicker switch to open up 3 high-frequency filters for a gruff, sustaining distortion with top-end snarl. For original Big Muff crunch, simply switch off the wicker and turn on the tone.
Now, if you're on the prowl for a new amplifier, the Orange Amplifiers PPC Series PPC2120B 120W Guitar Speaker Cab is a compact design that packs a huge wallop. Featuring an open-back and 12'' 60-watt Celestion Vintage 30 speakers, this amp is ideal for anyone who's after '70s classic-rock bite. For bass players, check out the Gallien-Krueger MB500 Ultra-Light Bass Amp Head. Weighing in at under 4 lbs., this portable head boasts 500-watts of thunder and GK's well-known 4-band active EQ and contour control. Additionally, the preamp section has a foot-switchable boost channel with an independent volume control.
As any experienced musician will tell you, nothing makes the playing experience more enjoyable then having gear that perfectly reflects your personality. After all, over anything else, playing music is supposed to be fun, and with technology constantly improving, the possibilities of what amps and effects can do for your performance is growing as well."