Getting the right amp for your practice is one of the best ways to make sure that you are going to get the best results out of your guitar practice. This is because a good amp will behave similar to a performance standard amp, while a bad amp will distort you and make it seem like you aren’t progressing. With a good amp you can correct for problems that you already have without worrying that they won’t be corrected when you work with other amps. This is why choosing your first practice kit is particularly important and why there are so many choices as well.
The first thing you want to look into when choosing an amp is the wattage which really affects how it sounds as a whole. A practice amp is going to be much smaller than a performance one, but going too small will make your playing sound buzzy and may actually make it hard for you to play. This is why you need to pick one that has decent wattage but is still going to be reasonably priced and can be moved around in your practice space without too much hassle. For most people this means trying out a few different amps and then choosing the one that makes their guitar sound the best.
The standard for practice amps is going to be around 15-20 watts, not something super impressive, but something that you can use without distortion. They can usually be swapped around between friends and should behave well with pretty much any guitar. This means you won’t have to purchase a different amp for each guitar and that you won’t have to worry about compatibility if your friend gets a new instrument and wants to spend the day jamming out with you at your home.
The speakers are going to be kind of small, usually under 10 inches, but that doesn’t mean that they are going to have bad sound quality. These days a lot of focus is put on the speaker quality and many have gone digital to ensure that the best possibly quality is preserved. Looking at reviews will help sort out options that sound too wimpy or have that weird tinny tone that seems to ruin everything.
The final thing that you will want to take into consideration is choice. It’s normal to want the cheapest equipment possible if you are just going to be practicing, but this isn’t going to get the best quality. Instead, you should look at the prices for the bottom tier and then look a bit above that to really get something good. Many of the cheapest options are mass produced in factories that don’t test them. This means that you are going to get a product that could or couldn’t work, just to pay 10% less.
Overall, checking these few things before you go and buy a guitar practice amp will ensure that you get the best possible sound out of your jam sessions.