Best Guitar Amplifier Brands

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 played a handful of different amps, all being about the same "size", and Marshall is the one that moved me the most. Whether I was plugged in with my Les Paul or my strat, it gave me the tone I was looking for. This may sound weird, but when I first played on a Marshall amp, I was hooked because of the feel it gave me. It just "fits" for me.

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

Marshall are king when it comes to stacks and rock where fender leads with combos. Marshall offer a wall of sound with punchy lows, strong mids and aggressive highs. But it's not all shrill highs,dial back the trebble a little and you can also get really nice cleans and some real grunt as the crunch sets in. The classic Marshall sound is so coveted that there the market is saturated with imitators. - Antmax

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2 Fender

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

People sometimes don't really know what they want and use other brands of amps. They haven't found their sound yet and kind of trying other stuff or heard someone or some artist talking of using it and try. But that is not good enough and then they try a Fender. With a Fender you can create your own sound whether you are using pedals or just using the amp and the guitar. A true wonder for every player. Fender's just the best

Definitely agree that Fender should be number one. Marshall is over rated, and fender brings the tone way better then a Marshall hands down. Marshall makes you pay for their name, fender only charges you for the amp components and the time tested fender quality. Why do you think so many amp companies try to replicate the fender tone?... Because its awesome and blows peoples minds!

The cleanest is the best

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3 Mesa 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 have owned a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier for 5 years now and couldn't be happier! Granted, the amp took a long time to dial in my perfect tone, but it was a good way to familiarize yourself with the amp. If you want cleans, crunch, distortion, and a wall of gain that is big enough to destory small islands than this is the perfect amp. Not to mention, the customer service is out of this world! About a month after purchasing the amp Mesa Boogie called to make sure everything was okay and I was enjoying the amp. They also ask you to take a questionnaire on how the sales person performed. Great company, Best amps.

I have owned Fender amps and Line 6 amps and while they have been "ok" amps, none of them come close to my newly acquired Mesa Mark V 90watt and 4� - 12 rectifier cab. Amp is super versitile and the time is out of this world. I knew I'd hit the jackpot the first time I plugged up to one. Mark V pairs nicely with my variety of guitars including PRS Holcomb sig, Fender Tele and Strat, Schecter Hellraiser, and Epiphone Les Paul. There's a tone in there for everyone, every guitar and every style of music... you just have to be willing to sit down and get to know the amp. Mesa Boogie is definitely the brand for me so I cast my vote in with them. Great company with quality amps and super friendly/helpful custom service.

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4 Vox

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!

How Mesa Boogie beats Vox, I don't know. Although Mesa Boogie is good, Vox defines the sound of countless rock bands, including but DEFINITELY not limited to The Beatles, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. Vox should definitely be in the top 3.

The amps that powered British rock from the very start and they end up voted below mesa boogie.

See this is the kind of ignorant BS that bought the end to guitar music in the charts and left us with nothing but the crap there is now. People just don't know jack about squat these days and that's how you end up with Vox at #4 and crap in the charts.

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5 Divided by 13

Boutique need I say more?

Best amp on the market. Made one at a time, point-to-point wiring. Great designs like the dual output stage combos. Take pedals exceptionally well. LOUD! A 9W will blow you everyone out in small bars/clubs. Simply the best.

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.

6 Orange Amps

Even though the Orange Amps were still neither of the Top of of all lists because the Fender and the Marshall are amongst well known amplifiers for its individual claims in both patent and innovated in each technologies, (Fender corporation claims its first solid body elecric guitar to been market in mass productions and patents, whilst the other one Marshall claims either in terms truest guitar amplifications that also in mass production, so on Marshall claims a patent innovation itself and both of them were been a major direct suppliers on every famous music artists in every decades of music revolutions, on the other hands, the top spots of their hardship innovations were be at their hands, until to theIR last steps of their innovations, let the famous artists decide their demand at their hands whilst on the other side, Orange produces amps with considering a reasonable market on its considerably fine quality products because, the top spots were be still at working, and it means, ...more

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

Best for Metal, Hands Down.

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7 Randall

Randall deserves to be up here in this list. Don't get me wrong, they've got a lot to contend with, in Orange and Mesa Boogie in particular, but Randall have always crafted excellent amps. Rugged build and vast tonal opportunities make this brand a mighty force, I mean they were good enough for Dimebag Darrell and countless others, enough said really...

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...

Two words- Nuno & Dimebag

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8 Peavey

Over the years in my travels, I've seen more Peavey amps on real working musicians' stages than any other amp manufacturer. The fact that real, everyday working musicians use and depend on them also dictates that Peavey amps are out there making more money for real working musicians in total, than any other amp out there. Yes, I know, the big act shows have huge backlines of Marshalls behind them, but they are in the minority, as there are more lesser-famed bands and musicians out there working than there are "stars". I "stepped down" to Peavey almost 20 years ago, when I was beginning to have reliability issues with my Fender amps...issues I couldn't afford to keep having while on the road. I still have my old Fender amps, but I've been gigging regularly and exclusively with only Peavey for the past almost 20 years now. I still get the tone I want and need and the reliability I expect in order to keep making a living in music. And by the way, I've been gigging since 1963.

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 love Peavey for heavy metal, I just play for fun and have a vypyr 100 and it does high gain very well. I used to have a bandit and that amp was also fantastic and the 6505 is more or less the standard nowadays for extreme metal.

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9 Roland

I have a roland cube 20 xl n its awesome man every thing of world in a nut shell

Roland makes one hell of an amp I've had my cube 80 watt for a long time works grate

Pure sound for jazz. Like it. Stronger and more reliable than any tube amp.

Its sound and features r great

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10 Blackstar

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.

One of the best and most affordable gigging amps I have ever played. Blackstar accommodates all styles and budgets and should be in place of line 6. Too many people want traditional tone, but Blackstar brings a new edge to the table and builds extremely reliable tough as nails amps with new ideas like the ID series amps, I own an ht40 and am extremely impressed. Get one.

The bass is too much in Blackstar Id core 40. Adding effects even make it more bassy. Clean settings are basically useless. Not happy with it.

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The Contenders

11 Laney

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.

Laney is great, I have an Ironheart and that's a competitor for the Pearl 6505+. The Peavey lacks so much compared to the Ironheart as it has 3 channels with 2 separate EQ's (rhythm and clean share an eq) along with a built in pre boost its super versatile and robust. Laney make great amps.

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12 Line 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.

Line 6 amps are awesome. Their spider model has amazing effects but the only thing about this amp I don't like is that pedals don't sound that good in this because of all of the cool effects it already has - Sabbath

Spider amp is the best

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13 Ulbrick

It's the only amp you'll ever need.

I can not believe Ulbrick Amps are not number 1
Apart from the Divided by 13, which I would say is a close second to Ulbrick amps, the others above are pretty ordinary. (in my humble opinion)

14 Krank

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.

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15 Crate

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.

I have played crate since I started gigging and it's durability and lasting qualities are ideal plus used by Sammy hagar Joe Walsh and Billy gibbons

Have to be in the top 10 at least if not top 5

I have two Crate amps GX65 connected in stereo via line 6 helix pedalboard, my tone is unique. Great amp for the price.

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16 Bugera

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 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.

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've owned a Bugera 333XL Infinium for 2 years and oh, my, god. Amazing tone, amazing sound. I couldn't be happier. Great amp for the price and great for heavy stuff.

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17 Hughes and Kettner

Bought a Tubemeister 18 Twelve about three years ago. Love the size, and options of this amp. Primarily use it at home. Replaced a Fender and a Marshall combo amps with this one. Really like the sound, but recently blew a power tube as well as a fuse, and capacitor as a result. Replaced the Chinese power tubes with JJ's, when professionally repaired. All seems well, but wonder about the reliability of this amp in the long run. My tech recommended changing the tubes every year or two, especially if using the power soak feature. Running it really hard by doing so. Also, read that it generates more heat inside the cab (no vents. closed back). Overall still like the amp, but after dropping $200 to repair, after spending $800 on the amp.. having second thoughts of long term reliability. Not using the power soak very much any longer, and keeping a better eye on the TSC (tube safety control)... not sure if it actually did what it is suppose to. To me... less features and simplicity could be ...more

I have one at home and its so good!
This is the amp anyone should have!

So good, I love it!

Used by tommy theyer I have tubemeister and is great on the lead channel. Best amp distortion ever! The only amp that comes close is my brothers engle fireball.

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18 Engl

Engl has to be the most underrated amplifiers on the market. I have an engl gigmaster 15 and it is pure awesomeness. No fender cleans but if you want fender cleans buy a fender. The gain section is where this thing shines. I haven't used any kind of distortion pedal since getting this amp. More gain on tap than any Marshall I've ever owned or played. Getting ready to upgrade to the ironball and can't wait. If you like metal, hardcore, punk, grunge, sludge, doom you should look at an engl. This thing will even do blues extremely well without a ts9. It will take pedals very well as this is a 15 watt amp with an effects loop. Wow, right. Won't get that with a tiny terror. Plus these are German designed and built unlike the terror series built in China.

Engl amps are maybe the most underrated amps there are. Good for everything. Cleans aren't bad but if you are looking for fender cleans buy a fender. More gain than needed. I got a gigmaster 15 and it rocks. Built in power soak. Effects loop as well. Tiny terror can't touch it.

The ENGL E 642 is the best amp head for guitar that I have ever played!.

I have an old 1964 60watt Australian Goldentone which I love and will keep. Had a Marshall 800 Lead at one time (head and quad box) when I was in a band but let that go when I stopped gigging. I tried a 50W ENGL combo as I was looking for an amp that was easier to cart around than my old Goldentone and I was blown away with the sound and the build quality. The ENGL should be in the top ten.

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19 Ibanez

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

I live to love them

20 EVH

Come on Eddie is a master at tone, and the 5150 series is incredible.

Organic cleans and big fat heavy tones

Amazing clean sound even through the distorted channel

Eddie is the best of all time

21 Soldano

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.

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23 Behringer

I have this amp and still good.

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24 Two-Rock

Since I bought my custom reverb v2 I am finally satisfied and no longer search for the perfect amp. For me this is it.

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.

Great amp great look great sound

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.

25 Traynor

They should be in top 5.

Great acoustic amp

I used a Traynor 200 watt bass amp with 6-10" speakers in the 70s. Amazing amplifier. Ran a Fender Precision bass with nylon strings through it.

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.

26 Diezel

Hagen best money can buy, very good sound

27 Bogner

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...

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28 Egnater

Been playing on a Rebel 30 head and 1x12 cab for about 2 years. Great tone and very durable. Good for medium gigs.

Have two egnater 112 cabs, great quality build, great looks and great sound!

Using a Rebel 30w for rock and country. Sounds great and is very durable.

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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!

30 Kustom

Love my 72 hardtop. Great vibrato and tremolo effects. Add reverb and you can obtain tones that are unique. Great building block to finding signature tone.

31 Victory

Just insane sounding!

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33 Belcat

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

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34 Jet City

Been playing them for years. Soldano tone for less money. Amazing amps.

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35 Acoustic

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.

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36 Bad Cat

You pay boutique prices, but you get boutique results. Bad Cats are brilliant in a studio setting. They can definitely hold their own live as well.

I've owned and played a ton of amps (Fenders - old and new, Vox hand wired, marshalls, z's, bogner, tone King, etc etc) and my 2001 Bad Cat is the best I've ever heard.

37 Dr. Z

In my opinion, the best compared with others like Marshall, Fender, Vox etc.
This is a verry great amp for the right price. I'm saving my euro's to by me the Dr. Z Wreck!

Guy Olieslagers Belgium (Europe)

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38 Matchless

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.

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40 Ashdown Engineering
41 Fryette

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.

42 Budda

If you haven't voted for Budda you've never played one. How they are not more famous is just mind boggling.

Simple, LOUD! Plenty of distortion. Expensive though

43 Music Man

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

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44 Carr

The Skylark.'ll have a big smile every time you turn it on. And the built in attenuator is really, really good. No problems getting a full sound with low volume.

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46 Rivera

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?

47 Dean 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.

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49 Epiphone
50 Victoria

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?

I've got the 20112 model and it's the best amp I've had to date. Great tone and easy to use. Volume and tone knob...that's it. This amp is definitely a keeper!

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