How To Connect An Electric Guitar To An Amplifier

If you're new to playing guitar, you may be wondering how to connect an electric guitar to an amplifier. Assuming you have the three necessary items—guitar, amplifier, and cable—you should have no trouble getting started. In just a matter of seconds, you'll be ready to play.

  1. Decide on a cable. Before you figure out how to connect an electric guitar to an amplifier, you'll need to figure out which cable to use. Music stores carry many different brands of guitar cables, and you'll come across a number of choices. Try to pick a right-angle cable that is less likely to come unplugged or break off from your guitar while you play.
  2. Locate your guitar's output jack. Your guitar has a hole either on the front of the body or along its underside. This is called the output jack, and it's where you will plug in the cable. Insert one end of the cable into this jack, and you're halfway to figuring out how to connect an electric guitar to an amplifier. Be sure to use the right-angle end of the cable if your output jack is on the underside of the guitar body.
  3. Locate your amplifier's input jack. Usually found on the front face of your amplifier beside the preamp (all those little knobs), you will find a hole that is labeled "input." If there is more than one input jack, you will see two or more holes labeled "input 1," "input 2," etc. Just choose one of them and plug in the other end of your guitar cable. Be sure to plug it in all the way. Don't plug the cable into any hole that isn't labeled "input," or else you won't hear anything when you try to play. If none of the holes are labeled or you're using an old amplifier where the labels are scratched off, just plug the cable into every hole until you're able to hear sound coming out of the amplifier when the amplifier is on.

Now you've discovered how to connect an electric guitar to an amplifier, you're prepared to play into the night.


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