Best Guitar Amp Reviews

Best guitar amps

May we present to you a selection of the best guitar amp reviews on SoundReview. If you’re starting out, hitting the big stage or just want a bit of practice, there is an amp waiting for you.

The MicroCube GX is the perfect example of a practice amp suitable for bedroom guitar playing. Since its so small, it becomes very portable and transports well. With this in mind, street performers should be drawn to amps like this as it will not hinder the practically of travelling from place to place. For the purpose of playing in small venues such as pubs, you’re going to want something in-between like the Orange Tiny Terror 15W Tube.

In the event that you like going large, there’s always the option of a cabinet to add to you ‘amp head’ of choice. This can leave you with a powerful combination, giving the desired effect for bigger audiences. For larger stages, well a setup like the Marshall 2555X will give plenty of volume to cut through to the back of the room. Of course it all depends on the PA system for larger gigs, at that point the amp is just for the sound.

Have a read through and see if you can find the best guitar amp for you!

Guitar Amps Reviewed

Ashdown OriginAL HD-1 bass amp head
Ashdown have created an excellent modern amp here for a very reasonable price. Read full review
95
Negatives
Hard to fault it at this price!
Positives
Huge, modern tone
Easy to record at low volumes
Light and portable
Good value for money
Marshall 2555X Silver Jubilee amp will exceed your expectations. It is something every guitarist desires to have. Read full review
93
Negatives
No mains selector switch like the original.
Positives
Sturdy construction
Appealing design
Improved connectors
High voltage and temperature resistant wiring
Classic 80s tones
Very low hiss in Lead channel
Responsive EQ
The Orange Crush 12 packs big sound in a small, portable package.Read full review
91
Negatives
No reverb
No aux input
Positives
Classic Orange tone and look
12w is plenty for the bedroom
3-band EQ
CabSIM technology in headphone/line out
Feature filled, modern amplifier head with integration of analog and digital electronics allowing guitarist to produce the tones he craves for. Read full review
90
Negatives
Not beginner friendly
Positives
Plenty of features
Loud and clear
Can generate any possible tone with some adjustments
Inbuilt DSP modelling
4 effects at once
Excellent build quality
Speaker cabinet that you might want to keep for your entire career as a guitarist. Read full review
90
Negatives
High price
Positives
Rugged body
Loud speakers with low distortion
Can handle 240W of power
Mids and the Lows are mind blowing
Quality equivalent to the hyped Marshall and Mesa Boogie
A nice little lunchbox sized amplifier that is meant for those heavy metal heads which is apparently a lower power version of Orange RockerVerb 100 with all its features inherited in this tiny box. Read full review
90
Negatives
Requires noise gate at high gain
Too loud for bedrooms
Positives
Dark, deep, crunchy tones
Easy to use controls
Quite loud for a 15W amp head
Clean channel is clean
Solid practice amp that won't break the bank.Read full review
87
Negatives
No onboard reverb
Can't switch channels with a foot switch
Distortion leaves something to be desired at high levels
Positives
12 watts gives a little more than the usual 10
Stereo auxiliary input
Headphone out
2 channels
3-band EQ
Virtually indestructible construction
Marshall Code 25
The Marshall Code 25 is a great digital amp that is both affordable and portable. For the price, you get a huge amount of sonic options. Read full review
87
Negatives
Optional footswitch isn't cheap
Code 25 control scheme is cut down compared to bigger amps
No effects loop
Positives
Great value for money
Light enough for portability
Huge variety of customisable tones
Effects and modelling implemented well
User-friendly Gateway app
USB recording option
Roland Cube Lite is a great product for a professional as well as a Novice, alike.Read full review
86
Negatives
No bluetooth connectivity
Price is slightly on the higher side from a novice's perspective
Positives
Super clean channel
Full set of controls identical to pro grade gear
Compact form factor
10W output suitable for bedroom practise
Good, attractive build
Roland Micro Cube GX front
The Roland Micro Cube GX offers a range of features in a convenient and affordable package. The quality of the tones and effects vary but there are a number of nice options included. The construction of the amp is solid and well-suited to the intended portable use. Read full review
85
Negatives
Not all of the effects are usable
The overdrive sounds are somewhat lacking
Tuner is frustrating to use
Positives
Range of amp models and effects
Sturdy construction
Designed for ease of use and portability
Features are well thought-out and useful
For $200 Blackstar HT-1 is well worth buying, especially for those guys who are just starting with the strings. Read full review
83
Negatives
Price is slightly high
No effects
Traditional type Equalizer is not present, replaced by ISF
Positives
Superior construction
Good choice of tubes made by Philips
All the necessary controls similar to high power amp
Good for bedroom practise
Compact and portable
Clean channel is superb
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