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Tips for Testing a Pre-Owned Guitar Amplifier at a Pawn Shop

Last updated 2 years ago

Enhance your musical collection with a gently used amps from the pawn shop. For a fraction of the usual cost, you can purchase instruments that allow you to jam with friends or enjoy playing as a hobby. When you find a pre-owned amp at the pawnbroker, use the following tips to test it out: 

Talk to the Staff

  • Before you start to test the amplifier, talk to the pawnbroker about your plans. The staff can help you get the equipment ready to be tested. They might even bring you to a separate room where you can try out different volume levels to make sure it meets all of your sound requirements.

Prepare the Amp

  • Before you plug it in, make sure all of the volume knobs are turned down low. If you accidentally leave the volume too high, you will not get a good sense of the amp’s true clarity or sound quality. Plug the equipment into a live outlet and turn it on. If there is a guitar available nearby, plug it into the amp so you can truly test the sound quality and its connections.

Test the Controls

  • You want to test out the tone, distortion, and volume before you buy the amp. Make sure to twist each knob and listen as you do so. Before you start to play the guitar, return all the knobs to their midpoints. Once there, play a few chords on the instrument. After a few tries, adjust the volume and tone and play again. The entire time that you test the amp, listen closely to the sound to make sure it is at the level you desire. Once it passes all of your tests, you have successfully found a new amplifier.

Not only is Gem Pawnbrokers the best gold buyer in New York, but also offers a great selection of gently used products for sale. Whether you want to buy an instrument or sell your gold, we can help. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (718) 225-5436.


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