I know that the most important thing is to plug in and test drive it, just like you do when shopping for guitars. But what should I look for when I’m plugged in? And what kind of features do I look for? I have a good ear for pitch but not for tone, so it’s often difficult for me to tell what kind of difference various knobs and settings make.
I’ve done enough research to know most of the basic amplifier effects and features, like gain, equalization, and reverb. I know all about the effects loop, the difference between the pre-amp and the power amp, and the difference between tubes and solid-state. However, there’s a lot more that I’m (mostly) clueless about, like presence and clean/dirty channels and tuner/aux outputs and such. I don’t have a good idea of what’s important or how to evaluate them.