Best Guitar Amplifier Brands

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The Top Ten

1
Marshall
Used more than any other amp model by professionals. These amps deliver pure tone whether its through an amp head or through a cabinet, they can really perform no matter what genre of music you play.
I've only been playing guitar for 3 years but it seems like no matter what I do no matter what pedal I use I just can't get that real band sound like the heavy rock bands do on recording but when I tried a marshall that all went away. Marshall has the perfect distorted sound (overdrive) and for the price ha you just can't beat it. I'm getting a mg100fx half stack and it all totals out to only $400 plus this amp can get so loud you can play in a bar or club with only half volume
I want a Marshall. I'm poor and am thinking of buying an AVT 50 WATT amp. I have a line 6 30 watt amp and I do not love or even like the amp whatsoever. It sounds like a walrus taking a dump with a bunch of other walruses taking a dump. I plugged a grunge pedal into it and now it sounds okay. Marshall is number one. Best sound ever. No matter what amp amp you use from that company. Not made in China either. I like that too ^. ^
[Newest]Hands down the best. Best investment you could make.

2Fender
Line 6? they suck compared to all the other ones. Fender is amazing, with great sound and amazing quality. I have a Fender and a Line 6 and the FEnder is so much better, that I am so mad when I play the Line 6
I have a fender mustang 2... Cheap, good, and sturdy... Great quality, and nice tone
Obviously there are much better amps out there, but for the price fender gives great amps
What is wrong with peoples minds, #6, I meen marshall is best and vox deserves to be up there but fender should get at least 3rd. I have been playing guitar for over 10 years and I am always amazed by the quality in all of fenders amps marshall is a little bit better and you could argue that vox is, but its miles above line six. When I do gigs I use my marshall, but for my students I always recomend a mustang.
[Newest]Classics are classics for a reason. My Fender Twin Reverb rocks the house, with the 25/100 watt switch for indoors/outside. I hear there were a few "bad years" for Fender, but I see a lot of Twins in use and there is a good reason for it.

3Mesa Boogie
Why is Mesa Boogie so low?! Have Mesa Boogie ever made a bad amp? Look how many guys endorse their gear. Have you ever tried a Dual Rectifier or Mark V? It will tear you to shreds. They are AMAZING amps. Best part, they're all tube. Line 6, why the hell are they fifth. Why are they in the top 15? They are nothing but crap digital rubbish. Play a real amp like a Mesa Boogie, line 6, pft. Mesa Boogie is the best amp brand by far.
Mesa Boogie should be first in this list, or second at least. I mean, line6 makes crappy amps that are all digital. Try a mark V. Once you've tried this you're never gonna play a line6 again
I've played a long time and owned a lot of amps. Mesa is the best. Great company with great products. The versatility of Mesa amps is amazing. Plug into a Roadster and see for yourself. Not even in the same category as inexpensive digital amps mentioned. I'd put Marshall and Fender in a battle for the two slot based on what style of music you prefer.
[Newest]Mesa is far better than any Fender amplifier, and line 6 should be way down the list to make room for the other great amplifiers

4Vox
I have a vox valvtronics amp I bought a while ago it has a real preamp tube and loads of very accurate effects great reverb 3 kinds good modulation effects awesome distortion and tube overdrive and very important it is easy to adjust effect level and a power knob that lets you adjust output 1 to 60 watts like a pr attenuator its great so you don't loose that sound of a cranked up amp when you don't want it to loud it also has a easy to use tuner this amp is very user friendly unlike some modeling and effects carrying amps and you can easily adjust effects levels with separate knobs no confusion also a pedal to control effects is available for about 50 dollars is a great studio or small gig still amp and saves a lot because all of the effects it offers its like having a vox tone labe on top of a amp exactly you can sound like van halen led Zeppelin pink floyd lady gaga or the beatles and more and the price is very competitive to all others in its category
I got the big one for christmas and the effects are AMAZING! The sound is a lot better than my old amp too. It also isn't too heavy for it's size. Then add the fact that it is super duper loud too!
Absolutely amazing tone, especially for bass amps. I have a fairly small 10 inch vox bass amp and it sounds fantastic. There's so much you can change with the tone of these.
[newest]
They just make me cream...

5Peavey
Good enough for Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani, good enough for you
I just bought a Peavey classic 50/410 tweed amp. This amp is the best I have
ever owned! All tube powerhouse, pedal friendly and great for any style. Love it!
I just got done playing around with many amps at guitar center and an old, beaten up Peavey sounded 100x better than a new fender mustang 2 and marshall mg30fx. My friend has a massive line 6 that sounds great on its own but sounds like a cat that just got its tail run over by a truck when you jun pedals to it.
[Newest]Peavy Bandit is the BEST solid state amp I have ever heard I am going to buy one right now and gig it until it dies (i have seen ones from the 1980s still running). No tubes no hassles.

6Line 6
Line 6 have produced some of the best amps with amazing built in effects like the spider IV its an amazing amp I play a spider II and I absolutely love it sounds great for my style just cause most line 6 amps aren't tube amps doesn't mean they're not good amps.
I have a 75-watt Spider and it is the best amp ever. Really loud, great manual and preset effects, easy looping, and you can also use it as a speaker for your iPod or computer.
I have one of my own and it has to be better than my marshal by slot so I think this should be at number1 or2
[Newest]Line 6 amps have great metal tones built in!

7Orange Amps
Brilliant amps and should definitely be further up. They are all tube bringing with that the beautiful, warm, and powerful sound that is shared in a similar way with many Mesa Boogie amps, only for about a third of the price. I would strongly recommend this brand if you're into Coheed and Cambria, Iron Maiden or Metalica.
Great amps! These amps are very versatile, and can play just about anything you want. They are made with great materials, and will last nearly forever. Even the cheaper, smaller models are built with solid wood. Orange amps should definitely be higher up on this list because they sound great, are built well, and are affordable
This company far surpasses any amp I've played. I play punk, metal, grunge and classic rock. This amp is great it does everything I want it to. They don't cut corners either. The are truly my favorite.
[Newest]Orange are a great amp brand I think they should be further up they produce an excellent sound

8Laney
OFC! Laney one of the best amplifier brand, most of famous band in our country used Laney next to Marshall. Small gigs, Big Events etc.
Laney amplifiers have awesome sounds... can be very clean for soft songs and can have crazy distortion for meatal... deserves it's place in the top 5!
Why not.. I've got two of them.. been using them for 5 plus years.. never got me worried when using them.. best thing to do is go to a music store and audition one.. hear it for your self.. save some bucks.

9Roland
It's usually integrated with BOSS system effect and of course its portability. Although its small power consumption but its enough to make whole your house get 'bang'! And so the neighbour!
I have a roland cube 20 xl n its awesome man every thing of world in a nut shell
Amazing quality and versatility!
[newest]
Roland amps are great. I have the cube 80xl and its sounds great. The JC chanel works great with my boss gt 8.

10Randall
I have a rg75g3 plus amp and it has to be one of the best amps I've used, I also had a blackstar amp but the randall was far better in terms of build quality and overall tone. Plus they were used by dimebag. Why aren't they higher up the list?
Randall Dime use by Dimebag Darrell PANTERA n Randall KH use by Kirk Hammet Metallica, this two model amp is the very best sound amp guitar in world...
Try the new Randall Satan guys...
[Newest]Two words- Nuno & Dimebag

The Contenders

11Blackstar
I can't believe this! Blackstar are designed and built by retired Marshall professionals and they have every last bit of knowledge on tube amps, heads, and combos. I own a Blackstar HT-1R, it is 1w but it feels like 100w just the way the Blackstar team have combined their ideas and structures and balanced it out with tubes. And line 6 is further up the list? You are mistaken bro. Another thing. These are bloody expensive and aren't very well known but Two Rock make probably the GREATEST amps ever made and I would kill to fire one up!
Just can't believe Blackstar is all the way down here. They should be way further up. Blackstar delivers incredible tone and value in all of their amplifiers.
I own the blackstar series one 100. It's one of the best amps I have come across! Top quality amp for any genre! Most headroom, tons of gain, amazing miss and tight bottom end! Should Definitely be in the top three!
[Newest]Much better than the rating it received here.

12Divided by 13
Best amp I've ever used. C 9/15
Tons of big name pros use this, it's such a great studio amp (very common in the studio, all though quite a lot of people don't know about them). Your probably hearing them, but just don't know.

13Crate
I have played crate amps for years they are reliable and are a key part of my tone. But when it comes down to it the best amp is the amp sounds good to you and that you feel comfortable playing.

14Krank
The high gain high-rollers, not ahead of a Mesa, but near the same level. Krank's power level is over 9000!
I've played a krankestein+ and It rocks! Very warm with good cleans. Perhaps I need to try another krank reference to be more accurate, but krankestein+ sound give a good reference of this brand.

15Ibanez
They're not that great but my neighbor has one- I played through and its pretty good
I live to love them

16Dime

17EVH

18Bugera
Their amps sound great and their new infinium technology has fixed their issues. I really don't care that their amps are just half priced versions of pricier models. The way I see it, if I can get a great tone, the ability of a Peavey Triple X II, and at half the price, I'm going to go for it.

333XL-INFINIUM for the win!
I just purchased a Vintage 55 HD... And plugged this baby into my 6505. I can't begin to tell you how great everything sounds... Amazing!
I have the 333 Infinium Head and it is simply amazing how good it is. The TONE is so great on EACH of the 3 channels. I have it since 2 years now, I travel a lot with it.

19Engl
Built to last with their own signature sound
They aretone monstes. Not too many amp s say it has a clean channel and it really does. I have a ritchi blackmore and it has major tone and very verstile. And I can trust the amp. It has never let me dow yet. The buil quality stands alone. Hey I have oher amps that feel the same an I keep these babies.
Why is ENGL so low? There amps are of a much better quality than line 6. Line 6 is just a computerised electronic unit with a speaker, whereas ENGL has the balls and umph of a real amp. My ENGL Powerball is amazing, quality build, built to last, and an amazing amount of tone versatility. I cango from 80s thrash to prog metal to blues easily with this amp, without losing that real sound and feel of valve. Very underrated amplifier company, highly recommend! And line 6 are for retards, an abundance of effects does not mean it is a good amp, its about the real vntage tone!

20Hughes and Kettner
I have one at home and its so good!
This is the amp anyone should have!
So good, I love it!
Number 21, seriously? Try these amps! They are top 5 at least!

21Soldano
The best, wort the money. hard to find a used one, if you buy one you'll keep it. there's nothing better than Soldano.

22Ulbrick

23Belcat
Alright! Because belcat is belong to the top ten best amps! Rock on!

24Behringer
Sounds like... you're inside your ears :D

25Diezel

26Traynor
I stumbled onto a 1970's Traynor YBA-1 and it soon became my favorite amp. I still have my trusty old Fender Quad Reverb and a Traynor YVC-40, but the YBA-1 just seems to make my guitars sound so much better.

27Bogner
I have the Bogner Shiva Combo plus Reverb and it has the best possible created sound someone can ever listen to... Excellent for Blues, Rock
Hard Rock...

28Two-Rock
Bloody amazing. You got a real piece of machinery when you got one of these. They may not look like much but when you plug them in...
I would recommend this more than almost anything if you got the money.
Damn expensive yet somehow they still seem cheap for the value. Nothing like it, so versatile and barelyno sound you can't make with one.

29Hartke

30Egnater
Recently I was in the market for a low watt 1x12 amp. My local music store had a good selection. I grouped an old Vox AC15, Fender Deluxe, Orange, and a PV around me. I used a PRS Custom 22 to try them out. After about an hour I decided on the Fender. The sales guy suggested I try one more amp. It was an Egater Rebel 20 head with an Egnater 1x12 cab. My reaction was instant! If you have not played one of these you owe it to yourself to check them out! I bought it and also a Rebel 30 1x12 Combo a few weeks later! They SING!
Using a Rebel 30w for rock and country. Sounds great and is very durable.
Got a rebel 30 watts Head with a traynor two celestion green backand it's do the job and it's very versatile.

31Jet City
İ think the best pure amp

32Ashdown Engineering

33Rivera
I haven't listened to all the amps on the list but found the Rivera Knucklehead blew away every Fender, Marshalla and Mesa in the shop when I was testing things out for the clean blues with a PRS. My daughter playfully plugged in a Gretsch baritone, cranked up the gain and Three Days Grace came screaming out with the finest quality. She agreed the Knucklehead was a win.

It doesn't mean it is "the best amp" since for the blues I might want a Fender Blues Deville 4x10, but that won't handle the broad requirements.

What I have at home... Peavey Bandit (good), Crate V5212 (basically a dual V50, disconnected the effects board, very good. ) Rivera is great. There was another Mesa that was great for the blues as well...

No Dumble fans here?

34Fryette
I have experienced all the flagship brands and their best amps, but when I tried the pittbull ultra lead there is no compitition hands down.

35Dean Markley
DMC-130-C Sounds pretty good for an old-school solid-state amp. These things are dirt cheap when you find one. Nice sounding speaker. Good clean sound. The internal boost is OK combined with external drive pedals. Nice country, blues, latin and jazz sound in a lower powered amp.
CD60 is all tube and sounds amazing! A $699 Boogie killer!

36Acoustic
I got one at guitar center f$&@ing amazing. One of the best brands out there if you don't have one you should try one out I love it
My church just bought an Acoustic lead guitar series G20 20W 1X10 combo, the tone is amazing for such cheap amp ($89.99). Only time will tell how long will last.
Acoustic has never had much of a following amongst guitar players, but they made (original company out of business) some of the best bass amps that were ever made. Advanced solid state construction and creative speaker design finally gave bass players something besides Fenders lame sound and Ampegs wall of mud. To top it all, they are durable, ask my 30+ year old 360. Mosrite and Gibson basses and Acoustic amplifiers, life just doesn't get better.

37VHT

38Bad Cat

39Budda

40Kustom

41Van Weelden

42Laboga
Really versatile, extrem quality build, neutral
My experiance with great MR. Hector sound.

43HIWATT
Hello point to point, hand wired, Pete Townsend, David Gilmore etc etc etc may be a little expensive but blows away the other British high wattage stuff eg. Marshall, Orange, Laney etc
Handmade in the UK, Used by artists like: The Killers, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and many more!

44Playmate
This 1 in india

45Squier
I have a squire. Sounds great on my riffs.

46Matchless
Blows any amp I have ever played totally out of the water. Pure tone with just the right amount of compression. Yes, they are a bit pricey, but it is the only amp you will ever need! You will spend 5 times the price of a Matchless on amps in your playing career & still won't get the tone you really want. Over drive, oh yeah!
Simply amazing. Cleanest I have ever played through. Not a bright sound but crisp clean sound. I bought a Matchless 15/30 with only one knob, master. A great amp to compliment my pedals to.

47Yamaha

48DAR

49B-52

50Ark Amps
As a co-founder of the company I would say these are pretty great amps;>)

51Epiphone

52Wizard

53Victoria
It's always hard to rate amps when mixing high gain with vintage, boutique amps and the mass produced monsters, but including S.S. and digital technology seems to be a unrealistic stretch. That being said, this manufacturer is making some of the best sounding vintage type tube amps I've heard to date. their lineup of vintage Fender style amps are all excellent, and considerably more affordable and reliable. If you are a fan of the tweed, black and silver faced gems, you have to give Victoria a try. If you prefer something with a unique spin they make their own unique creations as well and they are all serious tone machines. In so far as tube amps go, these guys are definitely in my top five. Speaking of boutique, where is Carr?
By far the best

54Tech 21

55CBE 20

56Carvin
The Carvin v100... The most VERSATILE amplifier I ever came across.
The brand is endorsed by Steve Vai.

57LAB

58Guyatone

59Maven Peal

60The Valve

61Honeytone

62Boston

63Ampeg
Can only think that ampeg is not higher because no one has ever owned one

64Kendrick
The best sound I ever heard

65Mako

66SX

67Dr. Z

68X Trek

69Savage

70Schecter

71Fargen
Hand made in California. By a master builder. I have owned 1/2 of the amps on this list, including Mesa boogie, Orange, and high end Marshall S... I love the Fargen amps best... My last amp for sure

72Sound King
It's cheap but good :D

73DigiTech

74Kraig

75Music Man
Post Fender amps made by Leo Fender after leaving them. Great clarity and power. Wish I still had the 410 model. Exceptional!

76XITS
These amps are shockingly good.

77Morgan Amps

78Silvertone

79Greedtone

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