14 Best Beginner Guitar Amps You Won’t Need To Upgrade

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Here’s 14 of the Best Beginner Guitar Amps that you won’t have to upgrade in a hurry

best beginner guitar amps

We’ve rounded up some of the best beginner guitar amps that will last a lifetime and won’t need to be upgraded for many years - if at all! These starter guitar amps range from the small size practice or desktop amplifiers to the larger gig ready options that will accompany you on your guitar journey from beginner to gigging musician. These offerings from the likes of Fender, Orange and more prove that a beginner amp can actually sound great, will last a lifetime and when you choose the right option, doesn’t have to break the bank.

Here’s our top picks in price ascending order.

1. Laney Mini-ST-Lion Battery Powered Stereo Amplifier

Laney Mini-ST-Lion Battery Powered Stereo Amplifier

The Laney Mini-ST-Lion Battery Powered Stereo Amplifier has featured heavily throughout our best amplifier lists this year, and with good reason. This desktop amplifier, or mini amp as it’s otherwise known is a powerhouse of tone and packed full of great features.

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

You have both a Clean and Drive channel that you can flick between at the push of a button and there’s also controls for Gain, Tone and Volume so it’s easy to try out a variety of sounds. It’s loud enough for practicing guitar at home or in class thanks to the 2 x 3-watt speakers and somehow the team at Laney have managed to cram that classic Laney amplification sound into a very portable amplifier powered by 6 x AA batteries or 9v DC adaptor (sold separately).

Finally, one of the main reasons we feel this one of the best beginner amps is because of the Laney Smart Insert (LSI) which allows you to plug directly into your smartphone and connect with the Tonebridge app which then gives you access to literally thousands of classic guitar sounds – perfect for guitarists finding their feet.

2. Vox Pathfinder 10w Combo Amplifier

Vox Pathfinder 10w-Combo Amplifier

Next up we have the Vox Pathfinder 10w Combo Amplifier which is used by professionals everywhere who want that classic VOX sound, but don’t necessarily have the room for a full-sized VOX AC30 or VOX AC15 at home.

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

The Vox Pathfinder 10 features 10 watts of power, so it’s not going to blast your windows out whilst you’re noodling away and honing your skills. However, it’s still loud enough so you can rock out and jam along to your favourite tracks or create your own music thanks to the single 6.5” speaker. The 2 band EQ, gain and tone controls are perfect for sculpting your perfect tone and getting to grips with different tones. Finally, it’s very budget friendly at just over £60 so it makes a great start guitar amplifier. If you want a different look, there’s also a limited edition denim version too!

3. Wharfedale WGR10 10W Hybrid Combo

Wharfedale WGR10 10W Hybrid Combo

The Wharfedale WGR10 10W Hybrid Combo is actually one of our favourite amplifiers here at PMT as it partners high-voltage FET circuitry with a 12AX7/ECC83 valve driven preamp – which basically means it’s a hybrid amplifier that gives you the response and playability of a valve amp with the reliability of a solid-state amplifier. This is perfect for beginners as it means the amp responds more accurately to your playing thus encouraging better technique.

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

The Wharfedale WGR10 10W actually performs at a level of a far more expensive amplifier and features a specifically voiced Wharfedale loudspeaker which is crisp and clear. There’s a 3.5mm headphone output jack so you can plug your headphones straight in and jam along in silence. This is a perfect feature that beginners will appreciate and a must-have for beginner amps as it stops you feeling self-conscious if you’re just starting out in the world of guitars. There’s also a 3.5mm AUX IN jack socket so you can hook up your MP3 players and jam along to your favourite tracks – ideal for learning songs.

4. BOSS Katana-Mini Guitar Amplifier

BOSS Katana-Mini Guitar Amplifier

The Boss Katana-Mini guitar amplifier is not only one of the best beginner amps but one of the best amplifiers of 2018, packing all the lush tonality of the Katana series into a highly portable guitar amp. This may be small, but this thing is LOUD!

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

The BOSS Katana mini runs on six AA-size batteries or optional AC adaptor so it’s entirely portable and perfect for taking to practice sessions with a guitar teacher or just moving around the home for when creativity strikes. There’re three versatile amp sounds built in; Brown, Crunch and Clean so you can get to grips with a bunch of different sounds. There’s also a headphones output and Aux input for jamming along to tracks. However, the main reason we’ve included this as one of the best beginner amps is the fact it provides immense tone in such a small package. This high-quality tone will encourage players to keep practising, as it sounds amazing even at low volumes and quite frankly there’s nothing worse than bad tone!

5. Fender Mustang I v2 Guitar Amplifier Combo

fender mustang I v2

This next amplifier is definitely one of the best beginner amplifiers if you or your loved one learning guitar appreciates a wide variety of different musical genres and wants something a little louder for their first band.

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

We think the Fender Mustang I v2 Guitar Amplifier Combo is a perfect starter guitar amp as it’s packed with a variety of different sounds, making it a what’s called a ‘modeling’ amp. This basically means it’s like carrying around a bunch of different amplifiers in one. In fact, this is packed with 18 amp models, 37 effects, and 24 onboard factory and user presets. The sheer amount of sounds, 20 watts of power and USB connectivity which allows you to record straight to a computer means it’ll definitely be used for many years. It’s like the Swiss army knife of amps!

6. Blackstar ID:CORE 10 V2 Stereo Digital Combo Amp, Blonde

Blackstar ID:CORE 10 V2 Stereo Digital Combo Amp, Blonde

Another amp designed for experienced players but priced for beginners is the Blackstar ID:CORE 10 V2 Stereo Digital Combo Amp in a limited edition Blonde finish. This is a 10-watt amplifier with 2 x 3” speakers a load of effects and a selection of premium amp models for versatility.

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

We think this qualifies as one of the best beginner amps because you have 6 channels of amazing sounds including Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1 and OD 2 – which is perfect if you want a good all-rounded amplifier that can handle plenty of different genres. It’s ultra-compact, so it won’t break your back when you’re going to lessons or moving it around, it’s packed with 12 stereo effects and there’s a headphones input so you can practice in silence too!

7. Orange 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Crush 20 Combo White

Orange 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Crush 20 Combo White

The Orange Crush 20 is a classic amplifier used by beginners, intermediate players and professionals alike who need a great sounding practice amp that provides a variety of tonal options and won’t break your back when you’re moving it from room to room or carting it backstage.

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

The Orange 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Crush 20 Combo in White is, you guessed it, a limited-edition version of this classic 20-watt solid state amplifier. It’s also one of the coolest looking amplifiers too! You have 20 watts of pure Orange amplification power at your disposal, so it’s quiet enough for around the home, but can easily be cranked for when you’re jamming along with other guitarists or when you’re starting your first band. It’s a twin channel amplifier, which means you have a Clean and Dirty channel which is perfect for fans of different genres. It’s got a headphones output, but the major difference between this amp and others is the CabSim technology. This basically means when you plug your headphones in, it simulates the sound of a mic'd Orange 4x12 cabinet, which sounds AMAZING in your headphones, and encourages a better playing experience.

 

8. Fender Mustang GT 40 Combo Amplifier

Fender Mustang GT-40 Combo Amplifier

We’re getting louder with this one as the Fender Mustang GT 40 Combo Amplifier has 40 watts of power – more than enough power to keep up with a drummer and one of the best beginner guitar amps that you’ll still be able to use as a professional guitarist.

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

Aside from the fact it’s got 40 watts of power and is extremely affordable, you have 21 very different, classic amp models to choose from as well as 47 quality effects built-in. This is like taking a full studio’s worth of gear with you everywhere – perfect for trying out a variety of different sounds and genres of music.

This is also the worlds first Wi-Fi equipped amplifier allowing you to download amplifier updates and Fender artist-created presets from some of the worlds most revered guitarists.

9. Boss KTN-50 Katana 50w Combo Amplifier

Boss KTN-50 Katana 50w Combo Amplifier

Since it was released, the Boss Katana series of amplifiers have quickly become some of the most popular amplifiers on the market thanks to their immense sound and budget friendly price tag. Yet again, this is an amp used by professionals that beginners can afford.

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

The modest price tag aside, there’s some really great features packed into the Boss KTN-50 Katana 50w Combo Amplifier. There are 5 selectable amp characters; Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown, and Acoustic all of which have been fine tuned by the engineers at Boss for the greatest sound possible. Each Katana amplifier provides access to 55 Boss effects which are then customisable via the free Boss Tone Studio editor software. The team at Boss have also included space on the Katana amp to load 15 different effects in the amp and use 3 of them at the same time – all of which can be manipulated and triggered by optional footswitches and expression pedals.

There’s also 50 watts at your disposal too, so you can use it on stage when the time is right and you want to start gigging. A great amplifier for players of all skill levels and one of the best beginner guitar amps released in the past 5 years.

10. Fender Champion 100 Guitar Amplifier Combo

Fender Champion 100 Guitar Amplifier Combo

When you don’t want to upgrade your amplifier for a very long time and want enough power to take your amp on to the stages of the world (and not look silly doing it) the Fender Champion 100 Guitar Amplifier Combo is a perfect option. Yes, it’s a great starter guitar amplifier, but it wouldn’t look out of place on stage at Glastonbury either!

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

You have 100 watts of power at your disposal straight out of the box with the Fender Champion 100 – more than you’re likely to ever need. It’s what’s known as a solid-state amplifier, so you get the same sound, whether you choose clean or distortion at lower volumes, so you don’t have to worry about disturbing anyone because the amp doesn’t need to be cranked to get the best sound! There’s Reverb, Delay, Echo, Chorus, Tremolo and many more digital effects built in as well as a range of different amp voices including British Rock, American Blues and many more.

11. Marshall MG50GFX Guitar Combo Amplifier

Marshall MG50GFX Guitar Combo Amplifier

Next up we have the Marshall MG50GFX Guitar Combo Amplifier which has been designed for the gigging and studio musician but priced at a level that beginner players can afford.

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

This 50-watt combo amplifier has a 12” speaker so it’ll make quite the racket when you want it to! We think it’s one of the best beginner guitar amps as you get a quality Marshall sound at all volumes, whether you’re playing low at home or busting out the big riffs at band practice. This amp ensures you get a quality sound at all times, which makes all the difference when you’re just starting out. If your amp sounds terrible, you’ll think it’s your playing and you might not stick at it – which is definitely not what we want! Thankfully, the MG50GFX sounds quality all the time. In addition, you have Clean, Crunch and OD-1/OD-2 channels to cover a wide range of sounds, Reverb, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Vibe and Delay effects and a headphones out so you can practice without disturbing anyone.

12. Yamaha Pacifica 012 Electric Guitar Package with Line 6 V 20 Red

Yamaha Pacifica 012 Black Elec Guitar Package w Line 6 V20 Red

This is a bit of a curveball, as we’re actually talking about an electric guitar and amplifier package here but the Line 6 V 20 Red, which is a PMT exclusive colour, is an amazing starter guitar package that includes one of the best beginner guitar amplifiers, too.

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

We think the Line 6 V 20 is one of the best beginner guitar amplifiers as it’s a 20-watt amplifier; loud enough to rock but not so loud that you’re going to blow your windows out. There’s 16 on-board presets with a variety of different amplifier sounds so a new guitarist can try out a bunch of different genres and there’s even 200+ effects and amplifier simulators that you can access via the Spider V remote app.

Finally, we think it’s great for beginners because there’s a built-in tuner and tap tempo functionality for honing your skills.

Did we mention you also get a guitar with the amp for just over £200? View all the different finishes here.

13. VOX AC15VR 15 Watt Valve Reactor Combo Amp

VOX AC15VR 15 Watt Valve Reactor Combo Amp

When you want that tube amp sound, but you don’t want to spend tube amp money, or break your back carrying one to practice all the time the VOX AC15VR 15-Watt Valve Reactor Combo Amp is ideal. This amp effectively partners tube amp response with solid state reliability.

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

The main reason we think this is one of the best beginner guitar amps, is due to the fact you get a hard-working amplifier that provides that classic VOX sound, with al the relevant tonal controls at a fraction of the cost. The team at VOX have somehow condensed the classic sound of a VOX AC15 into a more affordable amplifier that still gives you the response of a valve amp but doesn’t need to “warm up” when you switch it on, and doesn’t suffer from the unreliability that can sometimes come hand in hand with a tube amp. If you want a beginner guitar amplifier that is gig-ready when you need it, provides a professional level sound and offers up the classic British sound without breaking the bank, this is the one you need.

14. Albion GS12CLFE Gulfstream Handwired LE Valve Combo

Albion GS15CLFE Gulfstream 15W LE Handwired Valve Combo

Ok, we’re pushing the boat out a bit here as the Albion GS12CLFE Gulfstream Handwired LE Valve Combo is not exactly cheap, but it’s totally worth it, so stay with me…

What makes it one of the best beginner guitar amps?

We think Albion GS12CLFE Gulfstream Limited Edition valve amp is one of the best beginner guitar amps as it has a 4 watt and 12-watt setting. This allows you to drop the output to 4 watts yet still retain the sound quality and response of a 12-watt amplifier. Valve amps respond better when they’re cranked loud, but it’s not always practical to turn your amp up really loud, nor would you really want to if you’re just starting out and you don’t know how to play as you might be feeling a little self-conscious.

You have two channels as well as Tone and Volume controls for each and a footswitch included to change between each channel. This is a beautifully designed boutique amplifier that you’ll keep for decades.

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Laney Mini-ST-Lion Battery Powered Stereo Amplifier

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Vox Pathfinder 10w Combo Amplifier

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Wharfedale WGR10 10W Hybrid Combo

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BOSS Katana-Mini Guitar Amplifier

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Fender Mustang I v2 Guitar Amplifier Combo

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Blackstar ID:CORE 10 V2 Stereo Digital Combo Amp, Blonde

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Orange 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Crush 20 Combo White

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Fender Mustang GT 40 Combo Amplifier

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Boss KTN-50 Katana 50w Combo Amplifier

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Albion GS15CLFE Gulfstream 15W LE Handwired Valve Combo

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