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I always wanted to know the importance of a good amp for a guitar. Do I rather need a 50w tube amplifier that sounds like heaven, or is it already enough if I get a good pedal? Or do I need both? I want to get a better sound when amplifying my electric guitar.

My amp is the Nux Mighty 15 DFX and I play an Epiphone SG 400

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Unfortunately this question is very subjective - it all depends what sound you prefer. –  Dr Mayhem May 15 '13 at 18:37
A good amp is super-important. The best guitar in the hands of a skilled player will turn out a crappy sound that nobody wants to hear if the amp isn't any good. If you think that an amp can "sound like heaven", you've already pretty much made up your mind that amps have a sound, and that it can be good (which means that it can also be bad) and of course, that is important! –  Kaz Jun 14 '13 at 23:58

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Some amps may be more versatile, some amps may have a particular sound you want or open new opportunities. If you like the sound you are getting and it is loud enough for your current needs, then you don't need a better amp. You might want a better amp, but that is something that never goes away, no matter how much you spend or how fancy your amp is.

If you've never tried an actual tube amp, it's worth checking out. They tend to have a different feel than solid state or digital amps and many prefer the sound of tube amps.

Also, unless you are gigging or playing with a loud drummer, you won't need a high wattage amp. There are some absolutely amazing amps in the 15W-25W range.

But in the end, the best amp is the one you have.

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Woow, that really opened my eyes! Thank you so much! –  muffin May 15 '13 at 19:18
You're welcome. –  cadmium May 15 '13 at 19:42
Unfortunately, for many players, the best amp is forever the one they DON'T have. The last line is for those lucky few who are completely satisfied with their equipment. –  Kaz Jun 14 '13 at 23:59

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