These are the Best Amplifiers Under £50* (and just a little over) for when you want to make a big sound with a little budget
If you’ve only got £50 to spend and you want the best amplifiers your money can buy, fortunately there’s a few options available to you. We’ve already looked at some of the best mini amps money can buy in a previous blog ranging from less than £30 to around £400, but today we’re looking at the best amplifiers under £50 that make some great gifts for Christmas, Birthdays or just a nice gesture for a loved one!
Here’s 10 amplifiers under £50 that actually sound great, are NOT toys (although they're a lot of fun) and that will make a great gift for musicians.
1. Marshall MS-2 Micro Amp in Black
The Marshall MS-2 Micro Amp is one of our favourite amplifiers under £50, in fact it’s one of the best amplifiers under £30 too! Although its only 1 watt, it pumps out a big sound that guitarists will enjoy. There’s also a clean channel and an overdrive channel to choose from, both of which you can sculpt via the tone knob. This is a great gift for musicians, especially guitarists as the tone sounds great and they’ll actually want to use it! This is the Marshall sound packed into an amp around the size of a loaf of bread!
2. Laney Mini-Iron 3w Guitar Amplifier
The Laney Mini-Iron 3w Guitar Amplifier harks from the impressive range of Lionheart amplifiers and distils all the lush Rock and Metal tones into a 3-watt, 2 channel, battery powered option that makes a massive sound for such a small budget.
At just under £40, it makes our best amplifiers under £50 with flying colours anyway, but it’s the sound within that makes it stand out from the crowd of desktop amps as you have a 3” driver ready to bust out all the hard rock tones you need. You have simple Gain, Tone and Volume knobs, ranging from smooth distorted tones all the way to heavy, bone crunching riffs! There’s a headphone input for silent practice and you can also hook up your Android or iOS device to the amp for use with the Tonebridge App and unlock thousands of guitar tones.
It can be powered via 6 x AA batteries or an optional 9V PSU, so it’s entirely portable too! If you’ve got a metal or hard rock guitarist in your life, this is a great gift too.
3. Marshall MS-4 Micro Stack
Whilst we’re on the subject of Rock and Metal amps, we have to talk about the Marshall MS-4 Micro Stack. This 1 watt, 2 channel amplifier is a great amp for those who love the look of a life-size Marshall stack but don’t have the room - it's also one of the most popular amplifiers under £50 because it sounds so good! Again, there’s 2 channels to choose from, so you can bust out the smooth cleans or the big crunchy riffs. It’s not going to blow windows out as it’s only 1 watt, but you can certainly use it to practice and write riffs anywhere you like, whilst the headphones jack ensures you can play in silence.
4. Fender Mini 57 Twin-amp
Ok, this is just £1 over £50 but the Fender Mini 57 Twin-amp is perfect for the Fender Twin reverb enthusiasts out there and those who need a highly portable practice amplifier around £50. Believe it or not this little amp actually packs quite a punch and is unmistakably ‘Fender’ thanks to the genuine tweed covered wood cab. You have 1 watt of power coming out through the 2 x 2” speakers as well as Volume, Tone and Drive controls. A great amplifier for those who need a gift for a musician or something that they can take anywhere for when the Muse decides to strike.
5. VOX amPlug 2 Clean Mini Headphone Amplifier
The VOX amPlug 2 Clean Mini Headphone Amplifier allows you to enjoy the sound of a fully-fledged VOX amplifier whenever and wherever you want. All you have to do is connect the amPlug to your guitar and insert a set of headphones into the jack and you’re good to go!
We think this is one of the best amplifiers under £50 because it actually provides a cabinet simulation sound, so it sounds just like you’ve plugged into a VOX amp played clean – ideal for Jazz players, Country players and more. However, you also have the option to engage the Boutique OD channel which provides an overdriven sound akin to the likes of a cranked AC30. There’s also 9 different effects included Delay, Chorus and Reverb to choose from – impressive considering the small size. This is silent practice at its most convenient.
6. Orange Crush Mini 3 Watt Guitar Combo Amp
Try and find a blog anywhere regarding the best mini amps or best amps under £50 without the Orange Crush Mini 3 Watt Guitar Combo Amp in it – we’ll wait! This is consistently relied upon by professionals and beginners all over the world thanks to its small size and its massive sound. You have a clean channel which provides the classic Orange tone as well as an Overdrive channel for when you need some rich distortion. Best of all you can hook up a set of headphones for when you don’t want to disturb your neighbours. There’s a chromatic tuner built in so you can tune up whenever you like and it’s powered via a 9V battery for added convenience. Lastly, you can also hook this up to an external speaker - making it a great practice amp too.
7. Fender MD 20 Mini Deluxe EXP II Guitar Amplifier
Next up we’ve got the Fender MD 20 Mini Deluxe EXP II Guitar Amplifier which is just £1 over £50, placing it firmly in the budget friendly bracket. Again, you have 1 watt to play with, so it’s not going to get you any noise complaints (well, we hope not!) but it’ll do the job when you want to create music at home or jam out some ideas without dragging a big cab around. We think this is one of the best amplifiers under £50 as you can enjoy that unmistakeable Fender sound through the dual 2” speakers and sculpt your tone via the Volume, Tone and Gain/Drive controls allowing you to create some pretty great tones!
Best of all you can power it via a standard 9-volt battery or via the 9V adapter jack, making it totally portable!
8. Laney Mini-Lion 3w Guitar Amplifier
The Laney Mini-Lion 3w is one of the best amps under £50 your money can buy and one of our favourites here at PMT thanks to the massive sound you get out of it. This more of an all rounder in terms of sound, whereas the previous Laney amp in this blog is more aimed at the higher gain side of things, this is more based in traditional Rock, Indie and Blues tones. However, the Gain knob can be cranked should you need the extra push whilst you’re writing tunes.
There’s 3 watts to play with and two channels; Clean and Drive as well as connectivity to the Laney App – the Tonebridge App via the LSI socket so you have access to thousands of guitar tones. A great desktop amplifier under £50 that you can take anywhere.
9. Blackstar FLY 3 Mini Guitar Amplifier
Ok, it's actually £59, but its still VERY affordable! We love the Blackstar FLY 3 Mini Guitar Amplifier as it creates a sound far surpassing any expectations from a mini desktop amp thanks to the two channels, built-in tape delay and the Blackstar patented Infinite Shape feature which means you can enjoy both British and USA styled amp sounds.
This effectively mimics the sound and dynamics of some of Blackstar’s most famous valve and solid-state amplifiers and gives you a bigger sound than you might expect out of the 3 watts available to you.
It can be battery or DC powered and there’s even an extension cab available for when you need a stereo sound. In addition, the MP3/Line input allows you to play music through the speaker so you can jam along to tracks and even use it as a speaker for listening to music. Easily one of the best amplifiers under £50 and definitely one of the best amps for those who need a desktop amp that sounds great!
10. VOX AC2 RhythmVox Mini Guitar Amplifier
Last but by no means least we have the VOX AC2 RhythmVox Mini Guitar Amplifier which is a bargain at £52!
This makes a great beginner amplifier that can travel with you anywhere as its quite small but still has 2 watts of power within, so it can get quite loud when you want it to! You have 3 distinct sounds built in; Clean, Crunch and Lead to choose from, so it can handle a variety of different genres and the fact it’s loaded with an array of effects like chorus, reverb and delay makes it very versatile too.
An AUX in socket means you can play music through the speaker and a headphones socket allows you to jam in silence too! There’s also a n array of built in rhythms that allow you to practice along to – it’s alike a full band in a box. The amp is powered by 6xAA batteries so it still remains entirely portable so you can carry it to practice or those jam sessions with mates. A great gift for musicians who need an amp for around the home and easily one of the best amps for (almost) under £50.
Shop a full range of cheap amplifiers and amplifiers under £50 that make great gifts and awesome amps for those with limited space and budget. Or call in to your local PMT store today to pick one up and try a full range out!
*prices are subject to change