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
Been playing guitar for over 30 yrs now. And I have played them all. If your into rock. Rock n roll, hard rock, metal, grunge, thrash. There is no better amp out there. Plain and simple. You get the most massive chucking when doing rhythm and the best screaming solos and pinch harmonics from the marshall. And they are built to last a life time. Line 6 is a poor imatation of a marshall and a fender. There a amp for a youngster to play around with. How many pros on your T.V. do you see using marshall. There's a reason for it. Marshall is the best and will always be.
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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
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.
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
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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 through Marshalls and a couple of years ago used a lent italian The Valve, with great sounds and great craftmanship. It is a real piece of amp art. I recently bought a Mesa Boogie Mini Rectifier 25 and I can assure anyone Mesa Boogie is a marvel. I'd say it's hard to set a definite boundary between great sounding all-valve amps, including Fender and Vox, but my personal taste goes for Mesa Boogie as number one.
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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!
This is the best guitar amp since 1960s because I'll seen the BEATLES was using this amp
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5Peavey
Good enough for Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani, good enough for you
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.
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!
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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
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7Randall
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...
Very excellent amp, specially for ROCK ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ I recoment it ¡

8Orange 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.
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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!
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10Laney
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!
Awesome sound quality... You can't say the best but still it can be tough contendor for top5...
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The Contenders

11Divided 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.

12Blackstar
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!
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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

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.

The high gain high-rollers, not ahead of a Mesa, but near the same level. Krank's power level is over 9000!


15Dime

16Ibanez
They're not that great but my neighbor has one- I played through and its pretty good

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.
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19Engl
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!

20Soldano

21Hughes and Kettner
I have one at home and its so good!
This is the amp anyone should have!
So good, I love it!

22Ulbrick

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

24Behringer

25Traynor
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.

26Diezel

27Two-Rock

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.

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.


28Bogner
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...

29Egnater
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.

30Jet City
İ think the best pure amp

31Dean Markley
CD60 is all tube and sounds amazing! A $699 Boogie killer!

32Acoustic
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
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.

33VHT

34Ashdown Engineering

35Rivera

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?


36Bad Cat

37Laboga

38Budda

39Kustom

40HIWATT
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!

41Playmate
This 1 in india

42DAR

43Van Weelden

44B-52

45Fryette

46Hartke

47Ark Amps
As a co-founder of the company I would say these are pretty great amps;>)

48Epiphone

49Wizard

50Squier

51Tech 21

52Matchless
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!

53CBE 20

54Carvin
The Carvin v100... The most VERSATILE amplifier I ever came across.
The brand is endorsed by Steve Vai.

55Maven Peal

56The Valve

57Honeytone

58Victoria
By far the best

59Boston

60Ampeg

61Kendrick
The best sound I ever heard

62Mako

63SX

64Dr. Z

65X Trek

66Savage

67Schecter

68Fargen
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

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