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Top 10 Guitar Amps for Home
Top 10 Guitar Amps for Home
Looking to plug in and rock out at home? You’ll want an amp that offers great tones at sensible volumes, and one with the ability to record directly or play with headphones. Here’s our top 10 choices.
The perfect guitar amp for home is the one that gives you great tones without upsetting the neighbours. With so much choice on the market, it’s hard to choose the right one for your needs.
Thankfully, we’ve put together a list of compact options which sound great - no matter whether you play at discrete “bedroom” volumes, silently (with headphones), or cranked up. Each amp has a range of different sound features and all offer ways to record from the comfort of your home.
As combos with built-in speakers, each of our choices can be played standalone, or plugged into a recording device for a studio-ready sound; perfect for using at home.
While these amps are all fine choices, you can find even more choice on our webpage of guitar amps.
It’s a tiny powerhouse. Revered by musicians for its high-quality tones in a super compact package, the Yamaha THR10II will fit beautifully in your home. It doesn’t matter if you play electric, acoustic, or bass, because you’ll have the choice of fifteen guitar amp models, three bass amp models, three acoustic sounds, and flat-response options for hi-fi sound when enjoying your music collection.
Also equipped with three-band EQ, as well as a range of effects from chorus and phaser to tremolo and echo, you can practise a multitude of different songs and styles. They will be easy to record too. Simply connect the amp to your PC via USB and you’re ready to go on your DAW software. With its premium sound and intuitive controls, staying musical at home with the Yamaha THR10II is easy.
Shop now | Yamaha THR10II Guitar Amp
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Fender’s reputation for guitar amps is second to none, and the GT40 brings those iconic Fender sounds to your home. 21 amp models and 47 effects make up the basis of the Fender Mustang GT 40 Combo, so whatever your genre, it’s covered. These sounds range from classic cleans and overdrives, through to high-gain rock and metal sounds. You’ll also find 47 effects for shaping your sound to create almost any guitar tone.
Producing 40 watts through two high fidelity 6” stereo speakers, you’ll have an output that expresses your character and nuances whether played at high or low volumes. It’s also the first amp to have WiFi, letting you download updates and new presets created by other users or artists for Fender, as well as uploading your own. Using these features in your song recordings is easy too. Just connect through a USB cable to your PC. Tie all this together with straight forward controls and Fender quality – you’ve got yourself a firecracker of a home amp.
Shop now | Fender Mustang GT40 Combo Amp
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The Roland Cube has become an iconic guitar amp for practising musicians. Look in any backstage area, tourbus, or practice room, and you'll find of these amps.
The reason? Great tone in a grab-and-go package. The compact 10GX model of the cube family has a huge range of tones that belies its diminutive size. Plug in and access 3 amp models in an instant, or connect your iOS/Android device and load even more amp sounds with the CUBE KIT app.
Players will be find sounds for JC Clean, Black Panel, Brit Combo, Tweed, Metal Stack, and Classic Stack - all based on classic amplifiers and enough to cover any genre imaginable. You'll also find a 3-band EQ and chorus/delay/reverb effects. To top it off, there's a handy range of connectivity options to play silently with headphones, record direct to a computer, and plug in your phone to jam along to your favourite music.
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A plethora of features at fantastic value. The Boss Katana series’ 50MKII 1x12 Combo includes five primary amp sounds from clean to high-gain tones. Boss’s proprietary Tube Logic technology ensures you’ll have incredibly organic, valve-style tones, at any volume. Simply scale your volume from 50W to 0W using the Power Control and enjoy premium tones at gig volumes, bedroom volumes, or even silently with headphones.
You’ll also find a collection of guitar effects including reverb, delay, chorus, and more. If you also play electro-acoustic guitar, you’ll love the specialised Acoustic mode.
Players can utilise five of the 15 effects simultaneously, with three variations of each effect - boost, modulation, FX, delay, and reverb. If that’s not enough, you can also connect to Boss’ Tone Studio through a USB port and access all 60 effects plus other settings. Sending these tones to your DAW for recording couldn’t be easier thanks to the recording output with mic’d cabinet emulation. There’s also an output for your headphones, so if you’re not ready for the rest of the house to hear you playing yet, just plug in for silent performance.
Shop now | Boss Katana 50MKII 1x12 Combo
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Bring the buzz of a live performance to your home. The bright and lively nature of the Orange Crush 35RT Combo will give your practise space real vibrancy. Whereas many of the other amps in this collection use digital modelling to generate their sounds, this amp is all-analog for a more traditional vibe.
It has all the great tones you’d expect from an Orange amp, including classical overdrives and high-gain sounds. A reverb effect and buffered effects loop are also included, so if you’re wanting to incorporate your pedals – it’s ideal. The line out jack has Orange’s CabSim feature giving you the sound of a mic’d cabinet. This output can be used for headphones or connecting to your recording gear for an authentic sound with clarity.
Shop now | Orange Crush 35RT Combo
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Versatile, powerful, affordable. Good things come in threes with the Vox VT20X Valvetronix 20-Watt Hybrid Modelling Combo, because it combines valve, analog, and digital characteristics. Expect a single valve working alongside digital controls and all-analog circuitry. The result? Organic valve tone combined with the reliability of solid-state tech, plus the ability to get great valve tone at any volume.
You’ll have the options to flick from cool or hot modes to determine your gain level, as well as the ability to effortlessly switch between class A or A/B power amp modes. When it comes to the Valvetronix, this is only the start of its sound possibilities. It also has 11 onboard amp models, along with 13 effects and 33 preset programmes which include signature tones from your favourite guitarists. You’ll be practising for hours without even realising it.
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You should sit down for this one. The Line 6 Spider V 30 MkII 1x8 Combo has 128 sound presets with more than 200 amps, effects, and cab sounds! If you’re looking to practise, then the built-in tuner, metronome, and drum loops will be really helpful too. You can even create your own voice.
Simply download the Line 6 Spider “Remote” app and the easy-to-use software lets you sculpt amp voices, cab settings, and effects profiles to create your own sound. When all this comes at such an affordable price – we can’t believe the value it offers. The Line 6 Spider has become a go-to amp for countless guitarists at home, and the 4th generation of this 30W combo is loaded with features.
Shop now | Line 6 Spider V 30 MkII 1x8 Combo
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It looks great, and it sounds as good as it looks. Designed with TVP technology to recreate the organic sound and feel of a valve amp, the Blackstar Silverline Standard 20w 1x10 Combo offers premium tones at sensible volumes. It’s easy to control, intuitive to use, and great for almost any genre. With six different voicings plus onboard effects, you’ll have a great tone in seconds.
As well as recording directly to a computer, you can use this amp’s USB connectivity to re-amp your signal. Lay down any track, any time with just a few clicks of your mouse. Plug in your headphones for speaker-emulated sounds in isolation, or rock out through the premium Celestion V-Type speaker.
Shop now | Blackstar Silverline Standard 20w 1x10 Combo
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Simple to use, packed with features, and compact for the home. The SubZero MA-35 is the perfect amp to quickly grab when your next melody comes to your head. Waste no time in trying out that new idea with all the bells and whistles you need to make it sound just right. Use the gain channel to dial in your perfect amount of distortion and play around with the chorus and delay effects to add in some ambience.
This is a fantastic amp for home practise and for players to want to find, and then perfect, their signature sound. You’ll sound like a professional at home. The 35 watts and a 10-inch speaker hold more than enough power to keep you excited about the music you’re playing. So, just have fun with it.
Shop now | The SubZero MA-35 Guitar Amp, with Effects
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A huge Fender Twin for home use? Are we kidding?! Don't skip ahead just yet...
This revolutionary Tone Master Fender Twin doesn't have a valve in sight. It creates its tone with incredibly accurate digital modelling, combined with power attenuation for six volume settings, meaning you can get huge Fender tone at any volume.
This amp also includes an XLR output - a feature you wouldn't dream of having with a classic Fender valve amp. This connection features impulse response (IR) cabinet emulations, so you can plug directly into a recording device and get a studio-ready sound, without a single microphone in sight.
Players at home will also appreciate the mute switch for silent or recording use, as well as the neodymium speaker which makes this half the weight of its all-tube counterpart.
For players who like vintage amps, the Tone Master Twin Reverb lets you plug in and get great tone in an instant. With its classic design and standard control setup, plus its glorious reverb/tremolo effects, you'd be hard pushed to tell you weren't playing a true original Fender Twin.
If you want an amp that gives a valve amp experience but features the convenience of digital technology for recording, volume attenuation, and reliability, look no further.
This isn't just a great home amplifier, it's a great amplifier full stop.
Shop now | Fender Tonemaster Twin Reverb
Bonus – Amp Heads and Modelling
All of the amps above are perfect for guitarists looking to plug in and get a great sound at home. As combos, they can all be played standalone, or plugged into a recording device for a studio-ready sound.
If you're wanting something a little niftier to fit in your house, you can also find a fantastic range of amp heads from great brands. Each of these compact amps will need to be used with a guitar speaker cab.
A series of tiny amp heads which include a true valve and 50W of volume!
Vox’s NuTube technology means you can get a real valve in a tiny format amp. Each amp is voiced for a different character - choose your model of MV50, whether you want clean, AC-style crunch, boutique-style overdrives, or high-gain rock and metal sounds. Add a cab and get incredible tone at home from this portable powerhouse.
Shop now | Vox MV50 Series
Get Revv’s signature high-gain sounds in this compact ‘lunchbox’ head. Plug into a speaker cab and select the perfect output level with power attenuation from 20W to 4W. Plus, the built in Two Notes cab emulation means you can plug directly into your recording device for studio-ready tones.
Multi Effects Units
Read our article on the Top 10 Multi-Effects Units for Any Budget. Many of these units have direct headphone outputs for silent playing at home or through your computer and monitors.
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