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comment Save money when buying a guitar / amp?
Tube amps do sound better, but yes, they are much more expensive than solid state. There are however some hybrids out there that are not that much more expensive than solid state amps and still give you the warm sound of a tube amp.
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answered Glossary of Guitar Effects
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comment Using an electric guitar with GarageBand
I should also mention the option of a firewire soundboard, but I am not sure if Garageband will be able to make use of it. The Alesis model comes with Cubase though (www.alesis.com/multimix8firewire). There is also a USB version available (www.alesis.com/multimix8usb20)
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comment Using an electric guitar with GarageBand
DI boxes are best for making an amplified signal into one that is safe for a standard line in. This will let you run the guitar through pedals before plugging into a standard line in jack on a computer (though this will typically require an adapter to a 1/8" connector, and probable reduction in sound quality versus a USB sound card capable of accepting amplified signals on a 1/4" connection). For one on a budget though, it is an excellent option.
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answered Using an electric guitar with GarageBand