How Small Amps Got Big - Ask Zac 102

April 17, 2020

Ever wondered why the amp world shifted from 100-watt amps to 20-watts or less? The short answer is the advancement of P.A. systems. In the not-so-distant past, they were only capable of handling 2-3 vocal mics. Because of this, the guitar amp, and it alone, had to make the guitarist heard in whatever venue or situation they were in. This was most often the case all the way up until the 1980s when it began to become more common for instrument amps to be reinforced through the then more advanced P.A. systems.

A Celestion Blue Alnico speaker is in the amp for the entire video.

Gear for this video:

1957 Fender Esquire with an added neck pickup. Restoration and aging on the body by Dan "Danocaster" Strain. Bridge pickup re-wind by Ron Ellis

Strings: D'Addario NYXL 10-46

Pick: D'Andrea MH 351

Amp: Fender '62 Princeton Amp - Chris Stapleton Edition