The world of guitar amps is very diverse, but in some ways it’s also like a small group of planets in a solar system. There’s the custom built hand wired amps that cost a mint and then there’s the foreign made amps that sound great but won’t hold up on the road. Too often these imports are put in bus cargo bays and bounce from city to city. Even in a good road case, the solder joints just can’t hack it. You get to the gig and the amplifier craps out and your $500 tube amp is in for repair. You’ll likely drop $125-$200 to get it repaired. Do that a couple of times and you can buy a new one. The hand wired ones cost up to five times more and hold up better, but still require TLC. Let’s look as some of the best guitar amps under $1000 that will serve you well.
- October 26, 2016
- Guitar Amps
For the guitar novice, trying to pick out the best guitar amps could be like trying to pinpoint the most delicious Skittle in a 14 oz. bag. With so many options, it can be hard to know what you’re looking for.
There are small combos with 8 or 10-inch speakers, loud 1x12 combos, big 2x12 combos, 5 watt,15 watt, 50 watt etc. heads with 4x12 cabinets, 100 watt heads with 4x12 cabinets and tons more options.
So what’s a combo versus a head? In case you don’t know, a combo is an amplifier with the amp and speaker built in one cabinet. Meanwhile, a head is the amp part put into a separate unit and a speaker configuration is hooked up to the head with a speaker cable. That’s it. Now, what are the best guitar amps? Let’s look at a few of the best. There are so many.