Watch the Amplifiers online guitar lesson by Stu Hamm from Stu Hamm U: Bass Basics

You’re only as good as you sound, and a good amp is essential to getting the tone that you want. In this section we’ll talk about amps - combos and component rigs, which are made up of separate speaker cabinets and heads. Cabinets come in all different sizes and the main thing you’ll want to do is figure out if you like the sound of 10”, 12”, 15” speakers, or a combination of speakers and cabinets. Then we’ll talk about heads, which amplify the sound and send it to the speaker cabinets. I’ll let you hear the difference between a solid-state and a tube amp, and walk you through the controls and EQ, which will vary greatly depending on what amp you use.