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For any guitar owner that needs to inject a little vamp into their music, the guitar amp is here for you. Luckily, we have gone into research and compiled for you a list of the 10 best guitar amplifiers of 2017.
The amps have influenced the tone of the instrument so much it is evident in the evolution of metal, rock, modern blues and a variety of modern styles that have come to be loved. With this being said, therefore, don’t assume a light attitude in your guitar amp search, as this is an instrument addition to the cluster that requires dedication, research and ultimate investment.
The selection of your ultimate amp for the music style that you possess and the amount of money you’re willing to spend can really be an uphill task, what with the numerous choices out there. At Yazoo Records, we took the time to look into the kind of amps that people buy, the kind that they intend on buying, and also noted the reviews that guitarists put on these instruments as well as the artist's recommendations. All this painstakingly done to give you an updated list of the 10 best amps for 2017.
What to Keep in Mind While Purchasing Any Guitar Amp
- Combo vs Head - While the amp heads offer you the flexibility and choice of using your own preferred choice of speakers, the combo comes with its speaker built in. As a result, they come much preferred due to the simplicity that this single fact offers. The amp heads are more for the musician who wants total control over the sound and is much lighter and portable.
- Output Power / Volume - You will definitely want an amp that fills up the area that you’re playing in, if you do not intend on plugging in your acoustic guitar or amp to the PA system. This means that you will need one with more power. The downside is that the more powerful amps do not sound at all good at low volumes, unless you use an amplifier attenuator or you could settle for a smaller one that will saturate the sound at much lower volumes.
- Tone Shaping and EQ - The amps that offer tone shaping options give you the ability to customize your sound as opposed to spending so much time tweaking the parameters. Some old amps, especially the tube ones, do not have many EQ controls hence you will require a pedal or EQ rack to personalize the sounds.
- Voicing - As you put in more hours into your guitar and amp, it will become quite obvious to you that the amps have very distinct and different voicing. You will need to get something as close to what you require. Since you probably already have a favorite guitarist, whose sounds you love, we would advise that you research into the kind of amp that they use and then get something as close to that as possible- if not an identical. Most modern amps, owing to the modern processing of sound, are not limited to a small number of voicing. These are the type that you should aim to invest in for sonic versatility.
- Solid State vs Tube - The smooth tones and extended harmony ranges that the tube amps possess make them a favorite for many people-pros included. These amps are however quite costly in pricing and maintenance alike. Some have even complained about the inconsistency between tube amps that are of the same make, this is of course desirable for someone looking for a more personalized sound. The solid state, although generally lacking in the feel and warmth produced by tube amps, are less costly and more sound consistent. This type of amps are preferred by the guitarist that is looking to produce transparent and clean tones and desires to get the over driven sound through pedals.
- Portability - We cannot all afford an entourage to carry around our speaker boxes and amps for us. As a result, you should aim to get something that is small and not as bulky to carry around. Thankfully, most companies usually have an extensive line up of amps in the same model but different sizes that have you covered from a very large gathering to small gigs.
OUR TOP 10 GUITAR AMPS
This table gives a brief overview of the amps that made out top ten list. Scroll below to get the extensive description on each one.
The Marshall company is by far one iconic brand of guitar amps in history. The JVM410H model offer a versatility of tones that ranges from classical cleans to the more modern high gains. Additional Marshall amps.
The blue breaker design by Marshall with the combo amplifier makes this list for its current model that has similar 30-watt pure tube body design and the vintage blue rock sounds that were popularized by legendary Eric Clapton. Additional Marshall Amps.
Orange started the craze for the lunch box tube amp, and in this line of amps, Dual Terror still remains among their most popular ones. This is of course as a result of their design (2 channel) and the switchable 7W, 15W and 30W operation. Additional Orange Amps.
This is the right fit for you in case you’re looking to get some sparkling solid state clean sounds. It possess built in vibrato, stereo chorus, reverb and stereo effects that make it possible for you to get great overdrive and distortion with your preferred effects units. Additional Roland Amps.
The Mesa Mark V is quite the special amp, using a technology that’s patented to deliver to you the 9 different tube amp sounds without making use of digital modelling. This model also packs an inbuilt attenuator ensuring that you can achieve the cranked up sound without needing to be very loud. Additional Mesa Boogie Amplifiers.
In the year 1965, the fender decided to add the spring reverb to this popular tube amp. This created an amp that became so popular in that time with musicians that it remains one of the Company’s lead models to date. Additional Fender amps.
This Kemper PowerHead has made its name to become a standard in the industry, as it is used by various professional musicians in numerous musical backgrounds. Additional Kemper amps.
Peavey is known to make amps that have a favorable comparison to their higher end counterparts but still retaining a favorable price. Formerly known by the name 5150, at the time it was the signature instrument for Eddie Van Halen. The 6505+ owes its rich heritage to the Soldano SLO amplifiers and remains one of peaveys leading instruments. Additional Peavey Amps.
Even though it is quite impossible to lay your hands on the original A30, this model gets you quite close to the dream at a much lower price. You also get reverb that is switchable by foot and the tremolo effects. Additional Vox amps.
This amp also doubles up a Hi-Fi system for your home with direct recording, Bluetooth streaming and has the latest effects modelling and digital amp. Additional Line 6 amplifiers.