Guitar & Bass Amplifiers
A Pick of Great Guitar and Bass Amplifiers around. Marshall, Peavey, Ampeg, Orange, Fender, Trace Elliot and many more.
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While you may not think it, finding the best guitar amp for your needs is one of the most challenging - and important - gear decisions you're likely to make. Luckily it's also one of the most fun - especially if you like to get nerdy about your gear. Your choice of guitar amp drastically impacts your overall tone, and if you choose wisely, you'll unlock tonal possibilities you never knew were possible.
All rock and metal fans know the Marshall name - it has, after all, adorned the stages of some of the biggest names in rock'n'roll for decades. But while the iconic script logo is perhaps best known on the front on amps, the audio firm also produce some of the best speakers on the market, so we've picked out a selection of the best Marshall speakers currently available right now.
Choosing the best guitar amp is not a decision to be taken lightly. More than any of the other parts of your signal chain, the sound of your amplifier will define your overall tone. Of course, there are plenty of other factors such as your pickups, and of course the age-old adage of tone being “in your fingers”. But where do all of these components end up? Coming out of the speakers of your amplifier of course.
Besides your guitar itself, a decent guitar amp is one of the most significant purchases you’ll make as a guitarist. Indeed, your amp is arguably more critical to your overall tone than the guitar! Of course, your first 'proper' amp is likely to be based on something that your heroes play, but you'll soon want something that better fits your own playing style, and that's where our expert guide to the best guitar amps comes in.
Orange took the popular bi-amp system, using both bass and guitar amps for a wide range of tone and cool overdrive tones, and shoehorned it into a single 2U, rackmountable unit. The OB1-500 sports a 3-band Baxandall EQ so you can dial in the perfect low-end tone. Gain and blend controls let you add overdrive to your sound and mix it with your original signal.
From late 1962 to late 1963, when the 18" Foundation Bass unit came into being, T60 cabs were the only cabinet expressly made for bass by Vox. And of course, production of T60 cabs continued, in hand with T60 amplifiers, all the way through to the end of 1966 / early 1967. Care is needed in assigning possible dates to cabs based solely on the type of logo affixed. As with control panels and components in amplifiers, there is a good deal of overlap between types of logo, speakers, and so on.
Built in Great Britain! Only 25 available in the U.S.! What makes the Orange Rockerverb 50 MkII head so versatile yet so distinctive? Start with the power plant. This 50-watt firebreather comes equipped with two EL34 tubes ("valves," as the Orange folks call them). These tubes are capable of producing pristine clean tones, and they give the Rockerverb 50 MkII a nice, tight growl at high-volume settings. They're perfect for this amp.
Siegmund Guitars & Amplifiers’ Sound King 300B is a Class A guitar amp with 25 watts output using 300B output tubes and 6SL7/6SN7 preamp tubes. Its circuit has true-bypass reverb, EQ bypass, Mercury Magnetics transformers, low-impedance effects loop, Spraque TVA filters, Vitamin Q paper/oil tone caps, Allen Bradley carbon-comp resistors, and cloth wiring.
The Diamond is a resonating tube amplifier for acoustic and electric stringed instruments. Its unique design allows natural musicians to experience their own gift of harmony in ways that re-define inspiration. Guitar players often dismiss high fidelity amplifiers, because they are simply not intended to interact with the dynamic range of guitar signals.
Where most traditional guitar cabinets are designed to project a sound in a live performance situation, these incredibly resonant and lightweight beauties are designed to radiate the immediate space with 3 dimensional, lively, and complex tone. Great for recording! Highest quality solid mahogany is dovetail constructed into a thin (1/2") shell. The baffle is precision joined to be integral with this shell for maximum resonance.
We're guitar players and we appreciate that unmistakable Marshall tone. We've had everything from a Super Lead Plexi and Super Tremolo to JCM 800's in our shop. We try to always have a couple of vintage Marshall Heads or combos on hand. We also carry several brands that recreate that unique vintage Marshall sound. Marshall believed amps are really fine instruments so he paid attention to amp quailty and detail. Decades later his amps are still some of the best gear our there.
The AFD100 absolutely nails the Slash tone, no question about it. Some of the best Marshall sounds ever. Ever since, for over 20 years now, Guns N' Roses' seminal Appetite For Destruction album has been one of the great benchmarks of modern electric guitar tone, catapulting the Les Paul/Marshall combination back into pole position, where it remains to this day.
Decades ago, practice amps were effectively no-frills versions of their bigger brothers. Even so, those little amps of yesteryear became something magical in the studio. From Jimmy Page and his Supro to Joe Walsh and his Fender Champ, getting big sounds from little amps became the stuff of legend and a go-to approach for recording. Crimsontone Amplifiers embraces this philosophy in a big way—only two of the seven amps the company offers are 20 watts or more.
Imagine a 200 Watt head that can fit in your backpack. The Quilter Labs Tone Block 202 amp head is all that and more. Quilter’s patented tube behavioral replication technology pushes the powerful notes and note clarity that you expect from a 200 Watt head without any bulk.
Rack-mount gear has become somewhat of a lost art for guitar players since the late 90’s. Nonetheless, rack gear is great for people who want programmability of preset tones, the ability to interchange components, and those who love seeing bright lights flicker as all of your gear goes to work!
High gain; full bodied sustain, 30 watts, Custom Mesquite Cabinetry Point-to-point wiring Tube complement: 3-6SL7GT, 2-6L6GC Choke filtering (LC) Single channel with volume, bass & treble (Baxandal) Center off; Power standby switch Speaker out with ohms select: 4, 8 & 16 Cathode Bias High gain
These are pretty hard to find these days because they've become something of a secret weapon for amateur engineers & home-studio guitarists alike. The low wattage means this thing can run blistering, distorted tube-crunch at a levels that are perfect for both processing or playing with.