Some guitarists like the level of control and consistency you get with amp simulators, but a little bit of wild energy in the room from a live amp can go a long way in terms of inspiring a great performance. For example, out of a real amp, when I palm mute power chords, I can hear (and feel) a lot more low-end rumble on the initial attack. The decision to use amp simulators instead of a real amp is up to you. Try both, and see which one gives you the tone you’re happy with. + Join our email magazine, Soundfly Weekly, a weekly review of the best in music learning and inspiration, all focused on helping you learn one new thing a week. In other words, tons more stuff just like this. Sign up here.