Guitar Amp Head

Capable of truly otherworldly tones, some of the most revolutionary guitar riffs in history have been sent firing through an iconic amp head. These inconspicuous boxes have helped to define an entire era of rock'n'roll, with guitar legends utilising their ferocious power to make their cabinets sing. Complete your stack with our magnificent range of Marshall, Blackstar, Orange and more.


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Valve, Solid State, Modelling, and Hybrid..

There are some different types of amplifier heads that you should be aware of before buying - Valve (or Tube), Solid State, Modelling, and Hybrid. Each of these types offers something different and might suit your playing style more than another type - click here to read our Guitar Amp Buying Guide or take a look at our 20 Favourite Practice Amps for more information.

Valve Saturation and Wattage

Many people opt for a true-valve head to take advantage of the sweet overdriven sounds that they're renowned for when cranked to the perfect level. Higher wattage valve amp heads will have more clean headroom - this means that the sweet-spot will occur at a higher volume level than it would with a lower wattage amplifier. For practicing and at-home playing, we recommend taking advantage of these lower wattage amplifiers to get a natural saturation from your guitar without hitting uncomfortable volume levels - your neighbours will thank you!


  • What do guitar amp heads do?

    Guitar amp heads are the part of your rig that actually amplify the signal before it is sent to a speaker cabinet. These amplification stages ensure the volume is sufficient, as well as adding tone, before sending a powered signal to a speaker.
  • How do guitar amp heads work?

    Guitar amp heads have a pre-amp stage and a power amp stage that add tone and volume to your guitar signal. This allows it to be played through a passive speaker.
  • Do guitar amp heads have speakers?

    No - guitar amp heads must be used with a separate speaker cabinet in order to be heard. If you need an amplifier that you can use without a separate cabinet, look for a combo amplifier that combines a head and cabinet.