Best Guitar Amps for Beginners and Intermediate Players

September 18, 2016

Best Guitar Amps for Beginners and Intermediate Players

So you just got an electric guitar and you just want to sound good. Don’t worry, you’ll have this problem your whole time playing music. You’ve come to the right place to find the best guitar amps for beginners and intermediate guitar players.
When it comes to guitar amps, most beginners have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. They either think that guitar amps are cheap, and that there isn’t any way that they could cost as much as a guitar, or they think amps are super expensive and that it makes no sense to get one when you’re just starting.

Now of course there are guitar amps that easily cost over $3,000 and even $100,000 if it’s a dumble amp. Don’t let these numbers scare you, you aren’t playing in front of 100,000 people so you don’t need a crazy 100 Watt amp. You’re just beginning so you need something that’s more like 1-30 Watts. These amps can be as cheap as $100.

Chances are, you aren’t playing huge gigs yet and you just need an amp to sound good to practice in your bedroom or maybe you do have a gig and you want to play in a small bar.

Best Guitar Amps for Beginners

"blackstar beginner guitar amp"

Blackstar HT1 Combo

Of course I couldn’t leave out one of my own amps. I have the 5 watt version of this amplifier and I love it for home use. I have a review of the 5 watt amp here. This amp is by far the quietest amp here but for home use it is definitely loud enough. I like to try to be quiet when I play guitar. I don’t like to bother people and I never even put my volume above 9 o’clock so I kind of wish that I had bought this amp instead. This amp costs the same as the other amps but has way less volume capability because the quality is much better. Another thing that is important about this amp is that it is a tube amplifier.

 I  have an article up on the difference between tube amplifiers and solid state amplifiers. Long story short, most people want tube amplifiers.  This same amp at only 5 watts costs double the price, so that’s an indication of how good it is. Don’t believe me? Then click the link above. You can see from the fact that I own this that again, it’s not only one of the best guitar amps for beginners, but for many levels.  Marshall best guitar amp for beginners

                                                                                   Marshall MG30CFX

This 30 Watt amp, that costs less than most is THE highest rated amplifier right now. I don’t think I have to say a lot more than that. It is a great Marshall amplifier that is less than $500, it seems like a paradox. In case you didn’t know, Marshall amps are a big deal, so for them to be going for this affordable is amazing. I think I might want one for myself. Of course if you want to get an even better deal they have the same amp with only 15 watts for less than $150 the Marshall MG15CFX. These are some of the best guitar amps for beginners.

vox valvetronix great beginner guitar amplifierVox Valvetronix VT20X

For $180 you can get yourself this Vox modeling amp. Something you’ll soon realize about your favorite guitar players is that they don’t just play from the sound of their amp. Guitarists use plenty of extra effects and pedals to sound how they sound. The good thing about this amp is that you don’t have to go out and buy 5 pedals for over $100 each. This amp has plenty of built in sounds and effects so you don’t have to do that. It will be one of your first amplifiers so you don’t have to worry about buying any pedals for a while.

Yamaha THR10, one of the best guitar amps for practicing

Yamaha THR10

We’re going up in price but we’re definitely going up in quality with this pick. This an amp that some professionals even use to practice, no joke. This is one of the newest and most hyped practice guitar amps lately. Again, like I said before, effects built into an amp are good for saving some money, and this amp delivers plenty of sounds, effects, and settings to choose from. This amp features clean, crunch, lead, Brit Hi, and Modern settings. For effects it has chorus, flanger, phaser, Delay/Reverb, and much more. I have not heard one bad thing about this amplifier yet. You can even record using the Cubase software that this amp is compatible with. This isn’t only one of the best guitar amps for beginners, but for anybody of any level.
the legendary fender mustang, one of the best beginner guitar amps

Fender Mustang II V.2 40W Combo

From the musical giant Fender, we have the Fender Mustang II V2 combo. This is a 40 watt amplifier with 18 amp models, a 24 preset channel, and plenty of effects. These amps are usually for music that isn’t the heaviest. These are more for hard rock or blues, they’re not known for their metal capabilities. This another guitar amp that is very loaded for the price that it is. You can either get the 40W variation or the 20W variation for less than 120. Either way you put it you will get a great guitar amp for beginners.

To sound even better after you buy these amps, couple them with guitar pedals.

That was my list of some of the best guitar amps for beginners and intermediate players. If you have any questions at all about anything comment below!

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  • Lawrence September 20, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Hi Ryan =)

    You Immediately make the reader feel at ease when you say:

    “So you just got an electric guitar and you just want to sound good. Don’t worry, you’ll have this problem your whole time playing music. You’ve come to the right place to find the best guitar amps for beginners and intermediate guitar players.”

    This made it so easy for me to read on and find a lot of great information about the best guitar amps.

    This is the perfect place for beginner electric guitar players.

    I can see great things happening with this site

    Thank you =)

    • admin September 20, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you for your kind words and your comment Lawrence. If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask.

  • Summerly September 21, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I know nothing about guitars or amps but I found this review post helpful. You explained each amp in detail for someone to easily understand which amp would be best for them. I know some people wanting to start to play the guitar, so I will let them know about your site!

    • admin September 21, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks for the comment Summerly!

  • Kevin Bulmer September 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I love this article! Beginner amps have come a LONG way, huh?

    I have the Fender Mustang, and while I dream of a gigantic Marshall stack one day, the Mustang suits my needs for practice in my basement and doesn’t irritate the neighbours too much. It’s fun to play around with the pre-set sounds as well, even though I don’t really know what I’m doing. I’ve actually played through the amp on stage once, though it was turned up about as far as it can go!

    Keep these articles coming. Well done.

    • admin September 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks Kevin. I love seeing people who are really passionate about the art too.

  • Reginald September 21, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I can relate to this site very well. Only because I am one of those people that have always wanted to be a musician. I still have an acoustic guitar that I have yet to practice yet. I did have an electric guitar in the past but i needed the money so I had to sell it. Anyway I like how you used visuals on all the types of amps for beginners and a description of the benefits.

    • admin September 21, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks Reginald! Hope you decide to get back into it.

  • Chris September 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Wow, very informative post Ryan! I am a high school music teacher, and teach a guitar class. I constantly have students ask me which amps are the best. Unfortunately I am a pianist by trade, and don’t know much about amps. I will surely be sharing this page with them.

    Thanks for the post!


    • admin September 21, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks Chris. Do let them know.

  • Jeremy September 21, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    These look like some great guitar amps,especially for beginners. I used to play guitar when I was younger and I had an amp with some built in effects like some of these above. It was always fun to mess around with those . Who knows maybe my son will take up guitar and I will definitely look into one of these amps.

    • admin September 21, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Yes Jeremy, there is actually an article up on the best guitars for kids on the website right now too. Do check that out. Thanks Jeremy!

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