We round up 10 of the best worship guitar amps that will give you a clear, professional tone, ideal for church and praise musicians
We've rounded up what we think are 10 of the best worship guitar amps all under £1,000. All of these amps are extremely high quality in terms of sound on offer, able to provide a professional level performance and won't break the bank.
So which one do you choose?
When you're looking for worship guitar amps or at least amplifiers that would qualify as some of the best amps for worship, you need to consider a few key things:
What Makes A Good Worship Guitar Amp?
You need to consider tonal versatility, the amount of clean headroom at your disposal and of course you need to think about durability. These are just a few of the key factors that make a good worship amp, but overall you want an amp that has good clean tones, plenty of mids for power and responds well to pedals, including the all-important delay pedal.
Show Me The Best Amps For Worship
In summary, these are some of the best guitar amps for worship due to their tonal versatility, ease of use and amount of clean headroom available:
- Vox AC30C2 Custom Combo Valve Amp
- Boss KTN-100 Katana 100 MK2 Combo Amplifier
- Line 6 Firehawk1500 Electric Guitar Combo Amp
- Fender Limited Edition Blues Junior in Lacquered Tweed
- Fender Blues Deluxe Re-issue Combo Amplifier
- Blackstar Silverline Special 50w Combo Amplifier
- Orange Tremlord 30 Combo Amp
- Fender Champion 100XL Combo Guitar Amplifier
- Orange Crush CR60C 60 Watt Combo Amp
- Marshall SC20C Studio Classic JCM800 Combo
1. Vox AC30C2 Custom Combo Valve Amp
The Vox AC30C2 Custom Combo Valve Amp
is one of the most popular amplifiers of all time, used by players of all genres and styles.
The Vox AC30 has a classic, clean chime that has consistently set the bar for other amplifiers. The drive channel, reverb, tremolo and headroom available ensures you can comfortably use the amp on its own. However, it can take guitar pedals extremely well, bringing out the best thanks to the amount of headroom available to you as it won't distort at higher volumes until you drive the top boost channel.
This is available in a wide range of different finishes and there are also some custom hand-wired options, but for this list, we've stuck with the regular, industry standard option.
This amp is used on Hillsong records, is responsible for that Joshua Tree, washed-out delay tone that The Edge from U2 loves and appears on countless Beatles records. Chances are you've heard or seen this amp in action.
We've picked this amp as one of the best worship guitar amps as the cleans are perfect for delay pedals, the distorted channel is never too overbearing and the tones on offer makes it particularly versatile. Be careful though, it's definitely one of the best tube amps for worship, but it's LOUD!
We recommend checking out the full range of Vox AC30 amps
available. You can't go wrong!
2. Boss KTN-100 Katana 100 MK2 Combo Amplifier
The Boss Katana amplifiers are the new industry standard solid-state amps and thanks to their versatility are now being used in genres of all styles.
This is easily one of the best amps for worship as you have incredible clean tones built-in as well as access to a world of effects thanks to the Boss Tone Studio. We've talked in great detail about how much we love the Boss Katana, but in a nutshell, you have 5 different amp styles with variations on each including Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown and Acoustic.
The cleans alone are incredible, so it'll work well with any existing pedals you have. However, the range of different amp sounds, including the custom Acoustic tones designed specifically for acoustic guitars ensure you're ready for all styles.
We also love the Boss Katana 100 MKII
as you can actually load 15 effects directly from the Boss Tone Studio and access them via the GA Foot Controller (GA-FC)
which is sold separately. No need for extra effects!
You also have 100 watts at your disposal pumping out pro-level sound via two custom 12" speakers, so it's loud enough for the larger stages and festivals. However, the master volume ensures you're all set for the smaller-scale performances as you get the same tone at lower volumes.
Plenty of effects, amp tones and power - everything you need for stage and studio performances.
3. Line 6 Firehawk 1500 Electric Guitar Combo Amp
If you want to play the festivals of the world you need an amp loud enough to keep up. Fortunately the Line 6 Firehawk 1500 Electric Guitar Combo Amp
just happens to be the loudest guitar amp on the market today.
You actually have 1500 watts at your disposal - more than enough for any stage, festival or gig. Fortunately, this amp still sounds incredible at lower volumes, so it is still OK for smaller church sound systems and smaller stages.
We think this is one of the best worship amps as you have an almost limitless amount of tones to choose from. In fact, there are 250 amp sounds and effects built-in with the ability to manipulate those sounds to your liking via the Firehawk Remote App (compatible with iOS and Android devices). You can use your phone or tablet to save and change tones or make quick changes via the on-board amplifier controls.
It's super affordable, you have plenty of effects to choose from and amp models to use, 6 speaker stereo sound and 1500 watts ready to go. This is like a full studio of amps and effects in one amplifier.
4. Fender Limited Edition Blues Junior in Lacquered Tweed
Next up we have an absolute must-have amp for worship guitarists. This Fender Limited Edition Blues Junior in Lacquered Tweed
takes the coveted Blues Junior and dresses it in a luxurious Lacquered Tweed, giving it a vintage feel.
The vintage-voiced 12" Jensen speaker sings beautifully no matter what guitar or pedal you throw at it and the all tube signal path uses a pair of EL84 output tubes and 3 - 12AX7 preamp tubes. This has a tonal quality like no other amplifier out there. From crystal clear clean tones to tube-driven overdrive, this amp can do it all. In fact, this is probably the best tube amp for worship if you have a smaller setup or a stage with limited room.
Never fear, the 15 watts of tube power is loud enough for larger stages when mic'd up and the inclusion of Reverb, Master, Middle, Bass, Treble, "Fat" Switch and Volume controls provide all the tonal versatility and sonic weight you need.
The clean tones on offer are incredible and work particularly well with the likes of high fidelity delay pedals such as the Strymon Timeline
and Boss DD-500
An all-tube amp ideal for worship guitarists who want something simple yet effective for smaller stages and recording.
5. Fender Blues Deluxe Re-issue Combo Amplifier
If you want that classic, Bluesy overdrive from a tube amp and need more power, then the Fender Blues Deluxe Re-issue Combo Amplifier
We think this is one of the best tube amps for worship guitarists as you have 40 watts of power at your disposal. It has also appeared on countless Country, Blues and Jazz albums and appreciated by guitarists all over the world thanks to its incredible clean tones and its ability to get dirty (but not heavy) when you want it to.
So why is this one of the best worship amps?
This amp has some serious personality that you can bring to all aspects of your playing. Thanks to its all-tube preamp and power amp design it will respond beautifully to your playing - play softly and the amp will clean up nicely, dig in harder when the song takes you and the amp will convey the emotion with you.
The dual-channel functionality: Normal and Drive allows you to choose from different tones, whilst the included two-button footswitch allows you to flick between sounds at will - there's no need for a pedalboard!
A perfect tube amplifier for worship guitarists who want a pure tone that can respond to their playing.
6. Blackstar Silverline Special 50w Combo Amplifier
You might want tube amp response, sonic weight and an amp that responds well to your own playing dynamics - but you don't want the physical weight and issues that can crop up with an ACTUAL tube amp. This is where the Blackstar Silverline Special 50w Combo Amplifier
comes in handy.
This is a modeling amplifier that responds just like a valve amp thanks to the combination of ISF control and patented TVP (True Valve Power)-based Response control. This basically means you can enjoy the tonal response and characteristics of a variety of classic British and USA made valve amps - it's like having 6 different amps in one.
We love it and think it's one of the best amps for worship guitarists as you have 50 watts of power behind you as well as 6 different voices all with True Valve Power-based response types.
We also think it's a great option for players with a minimal set up because there are also 12 onboard effects including different types of Modulation, Delay and Reverb and onboard tuner. It's an all-in-one solution.
In addition, this is a great amplifier for recording directly to your computer via the onboard USB socket and can even re-amp with ease. A great studio and performance amplifier.
7. Orange Tremlord 30 Combo Amp
A big part of worship guitar is the sound of a tremolo. A subtle tremolo (with a bit of reverb) is an incredible addition to ambient guitar, which in turn, is perfect for layering underneath spoken word sections. So what better way to add that tremolo sound than using an all-valve, tremolo-laden combo amp?
The Orange Tremlord 30 Combo Amp
is a 30-watt 1x12 all-valve guitar combo that features two foot-switchable valve-driven tremolo speeds as well as a two-spring reverb tank.
Finally, the specially designed Lavoce speaker allows for more headroom and a smoother top end that won't clip unless you really want it to by driving the gain - ideal for those with pedals and those who enjoy a loud clean tone.
The 'Bedroom' switch allows you to drop from 30 Watts to 15 Watts to 2 Watts and then to 1 Watt which means you can get those driven valve amp tones at lower volumes, making it a great valve amp for home use
Worship guitarists who enjoy using high-fidelity delay pedals and modulation effects like Strymon will really appreciate the valve buffered effects loop. This allows you to use several effects in the FX loop without sacrificing tone.
The cool thing about the Tremolo on this amp is the ability to load two different speeds and switch between them via a footswitch! Also available in Black
8. Fender Champion 100XL Combo Guitar Amplifier
The Fender Champion 100XL Combo Guitar Amplifier
proves that Fender's solid-state and modeling amplifiers can stand up to their valve amps.
This is a 100-watt modeling amp that features 16 amp tones, two channels with 12 classic effects per channel, 4 stompbox effects and 2 x 12" Celestion "Midnight 60" speakers. This is an absolute monster of tone that will sit well with worship guitarists.
But why is this one of the best amps for worship guitarists?
On channel 1 you have the incredible "Blackface" clean amp simulation, which provides sparkling clean tones that really shine when used with effects. On channel 2 you have the opportunity to utilise any of the 16 amplifier tones which call on Fender's rich history of guitar amps. This means you have options.
Best of all, you can switch between these channels via the included 2-button footswitch and even engage the onboard effects. This means you're ready to use the lush built-in delay effects in conjunction with a range of different amplifier tones.
Beautiful cleans and tube-like response when you need it. The Fender Champion 100XL is an incredible workhorse of an amplifier and one of the best worship guitar amps that will appeal to players of all styles.
9. Orange Crush CR60C 60 Watt Combo Amp
The Orange Crush CR60C 60 Watt Combo Amp
features a solid-state circuitry that is modelled on the coveted Rockerverb series of amplifiers.
We love this amplifier and feel its an incredible worship guitar amp as you have a lush Clean channel with 60 watts of solid-state power supporting you.
It's very simple to operate with separate Clean and Dirty channels which can be selected via the optional footswitch or on the amp control panel. So you have sonic options when you need them. The clean tone is especially useful when used with modulation and delay sounds, but the built-in foot-switchable reverb is lush and full-bodied - ideal for those triumphant chords and lead lines.
10. Marshall SC20C Studio Classic JCM800 Combo
If you're a guitar geek (like most of us here at PMT) a dream would be to own a Marshall JCM800 full stack and head. Alas, we can't all afford one, often don't have the room to store one and really don't want to blow the windows out of our rehearsal space when we crank one up!
This is where the Marshall SC20C Studio Classic JCM800 Combo
We wouldn't normally associate Marshall amplifiers with clean tones, but the high amount of flat-response headroom available within a JCM800 means you can enjoy a clean tone at higher volumes.
However, we want distortion from a Marshall, right?
Here's the scenario where the Marshall SC20C Studio Classic JCM800 Combo really shines: you're in a hard rock worship band and you want to create a serious amount of noise, but you're short on practice/stage space AND you need to be able to practice at home with the same valve powered tones at lower volumes. Well, this is the amp for you and one of the best worship guitar amps for the rock musicians.
You have 20 watts of valve power built-in, which can be dropped to 5 watts. This attenuator switch allows you to drive the amp into valve saturation at lower volumes - ideal for practising at home and getting those classic JCM8-00 tones at lower volumes.
The 14.5kg weight and smaller design means you can easily carry it to gigs, worship and practice and the modest price tag makes it affordable for players of all levels (with a little budgeting).
Rich, clean tones and lush metal tones all in one - this thing is ready to rock. Ideal for worship guitarists who play on the heavier side of the musical spectrum.
Shop a full range of guitar amplifiers
and over at PMT Online today or call into your local PMT store to try out a full selection of worship guitar amps and worship guitars
for yourself. We have a dedicated team of guitar experts on hand to help you choose the right amp for your sound. Looking for a complete Church sounds system? We also stock a full range of PA systems for Church sound systems
and can advise on all aspects of Church PA!
Further reading: Read our blog on what we think are some of the best worship guitars
Read the best Worship Guitar Pedals