Best Guitar Amps

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1Marshall

From Richie Sambora to Slash, from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Randy Rhoads to Zakk Wylde, from Yngwie Malmsteen to Joe Satriani, from Jeff Beck to Angus Young... And many many many more are Marshall users. So am I! - Nirmal1991USA

For whatever reason, Marshalls have always stood out to me as the most natural sounding amplifiers. When distorted or clean, they are clear and articulate. With the right guitar, Marshalls can do anything from the Beatles to Metallica and do it well.

Yeah, I've got a Marshall too and I am fond of it, I mean you can jack anything in it, from guitars to keyboards, cd players, computers etc. They sound excellent too, and they are so clean to look at!

Solid, dependable, clean or dirty Marshall does it all. Best amp for resale value. Best amp for replacement parts.

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2Mesa Boogie

Mesa sounds as well as it is made the best of both sound and engineering in one package. I can get a very good clean sound on one channel as well as a modern distortion with the power to blow the balls of a charging rhino at 50 feet.

Extremely versatile and reliable amps. My Mark IV is second to none. Also, this company has great customer service and parts for everything they ever made at a reasonable price. This is something that Fender and Marshall can't even come close to.

I have a Triple two channel, Mark IV and IV. The best Mesa amps I've ever used! I've had many amps in the past and Mesa just keep delivering the goods!

Just a hands down awesome sounding amp!.

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3Fender

Clean and dirty sound is top drawer, even in the smaller amp range. The Fender Princeton is the best for studio and small gig work, Twin Reverb for anything bigger or if you want the best "blues" out of your Tele or Strat... Or 335 etc etc.

Best amps ever and obviously the best clean amps and best over driven amps though the super sonic has the best distorted amp sound I have ever heard

I play blues, rock and almost all kinds of music, my fender has a way of expressing the sound in the way I have tried to create it. I do not use many pedals (tuner, distortion, treble boost, wah, looper) and the foundation is set for my interpretation of music.

I really like my fender hot rod deluxe limited edition tweed amp. It has it all. (1-400)

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4Orange

Warm clean sound and unbelievable natural overdrive,. Amp needs no effects to sound great

Simplistic and versitile at the same time. Worth the high cost

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5Vox

Vox amplifiers always seem to have a clear distinctive tone no matter what you may be playing and even their pathfinder series seems to deliver the excellent tone you get from top end amps.

Everyone is always looking for that sound, the sound of the great music from the 60's-70's. Most of the groups at this time used Vox for their amplifiers. Some of the most beloved and coolest songs of the last century were recorded using Vox amps.

I have a AC 30 Super Twin. It has served guitarists for 48 yeras, and will certainly serve a 100 more. Sold build anyone?

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6Peavey

The 5150/6505 is a great series amp. The cleans are mediocre but it does every type of distortion exceptionally well. Ignore the "better than a Line 6" line as EVERYTHING is better than a Line 6.

Peavey Masterpiece 50 is the best amp on the market at this time. The craftmanship, style, components, cascading gain with infinite tone settings, quality, service and reliability make this the best boutique amplifier on the market. Yes, I own one and will be buried with it.

Best amp I used can really make any guitar sound awesome! Best amp I ever used better tben line 6

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7Blackstar

Great brand especially for the money. Blackstar amps are very good quality and the sound produced is fantastic.

This company was started by four guys that worked for Marshall. Your dam right they make great amplifiers.

I own a Blackstar HT5-R and Studio 20. Excellent Amps for the money...nothing can touch them for tube amps in this price range. Very versatile, lots of dirt. For clean playing I use a Vox ac30c2...excellent chimey amp for old rock and blues but compared to Blackstar, the price is prohibitive.

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8Randall

I have been playing the Rg80 series for more than 10 years live every weekend. This amp was built for the road. All it needs is to be turned on.

9Line 6

I have one great for metal and rock music and affordable and so much different channels that you can save and it even has 250 different presets

Why aren't these number 1? These guys have more cool effects than all the other amps

Line 6 a lot of different sounds but not good quality but marshall has the best quality if I got a stack of amplifiers id put line 6 as my head and marshall on the bottem

not the best but affordable and good sounding

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10Engl

Very underrated amp... excellent! Go to your nearest engl distributor and give it a test run, I guarantee you will not be disappointed

The ultimate in modern rock and metal sounds. I've owned Marshall, Diezel and line 6 but Engl is the go to for premium sounds and plug and play.

I've owned everything from mesa to fender to kustom. The Engle 530 preamp is the BEST!

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The Contenders

11Hughes & Kettner

The best, the H&K Matrix 100 solid state is better than every other SS on the market. Also the Tubemeister, Coreblade, and Switchblade tube heads dwarf every other amp head on the market, and are half the price of most Engl amps.

If you haven't played through a newer H&K then you don't know what you're missing. I have a Coreblade and had played a Tubemiester and both are outstanding! By far some of the best sounding amps ever.

Played the above listed top four. Simply can't hold a candle to the H&K lower wattage head units. They excell with the lower watt amps.

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12Diezel
13Fame
14Laney
15Roland

If you want quality sound like no other and and simply the best effects on the market like boss get yourself a Roland cube. Like the gx40 or gx80. All cube amp by Roland come with the best boss effects and so much more

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16Dr. Z

The only Musical Amp, sounds like your guitar, not the other way around, made to be played loud and it'll rip your eyes out and kick you in the nuts!

17Carvin

I'm incomplete as a musician without my carvin 2 x 50 watt sweat clean channel and monster fully valved overdrive dripping lusious tones.
I've owned Fender twin reverb & pro reverb and many Marshalls and even been sold the Blackstar, and nothing can tough mt ever faithful Carvin!

Been playing over thirty years and have used them all... Carvin has tone as is built to last. Did I say Tone!

Hard to tweak your way into a bad tone with the V3. My Marshall now lives in the basement with Grandma.

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20Rockman

SR&D were way ahead of their time. If you like compression, Rockman is the way to go! And the effects are top notch! Maybe a one or two trick pony, but they're nice ponies! A little difficult these days to put together a complete setup for a reasonable price, but if you have the time and the money, it's well worth it!

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