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The sub $500 price range is where you can find good quality workhorse guitar amps that are still accessibly priced. From practice, to gigging and even for recording, here you can find amps that can meet your growing needs, as your skills and experience improve.

Featured here are market leading guitar amps that can be bought for under $500, based on analysis of actual user and expert ratings, reviews and comments. For this 2021 edition, we've expanded our recommended list into Four sections, with two new sections that feature top rated amp heads, and pedal amps. The other two sections from the previous edition are retained, featuring cream of the crop solid-state guitar combo amps, and market favorite tube combo amps.

The Best Guitar Amps Under $500

Author & Contributors

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.

Best Digital & Solid-State Combo Amps Under $500

Boss Katana-100 MkII 1x12" (KTN-100-2) 100-Watt Combo Amp

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98 out of 100. Incorporating 550+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$370
Boss Katana-100 MkII (KTN-100-2)

At publication time this was the Highest Rated Guitar Amp Under $500.

This is part of Boss' improved line of amps that feature their Tube Logic technology, which emulates components of tube amps for improved realism.

It also comes with built-in digital effects, allowing you to choose from 60 Boss effects and run up to 5 of them simultaneously.

Amp modeling is divided into 5 voicings: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown and Acoustic, and MkII introduces a variation switch that changes the voicings - essentially giving you 5 more Tube Logic amp models.

Another noteworthy feature is the inclusion of Variable Power Control, which lets you attenuate the power to as low as half a watt, to achieve cranked tones at lower volume levels.

It has a wide variety of connectivity options including USB for recording with speaker emulation, and a power amp input.

Specifications:

  • Power: 100W with Power Attenuation (50W, 0.5W)
  • Speaker: 1 x 12"
  • Amp Modeling: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown, Acoustic
  • Effects: 60 Boss Effects
  • Input: 1 x 1/4" (Guitar), 1 x 1/4" (Power Amp), 1 x 1/8" (Aux)
  • Outputs: 1 x 1/4" (Line), 1 x 1/4" (Headphones/Rec)
  • Weight: 32.6 lbs.

Pros:
Both beginners and experienced guitarists find themselves blown away by the versatility of the Katana-100 MkII 1x12", they appreciate the various tones that can be played with, while pros appreciate the connectivity options and it's volume flexibility, thanks to its built-in power attenuator. Many are also impressed with its tube like tone, and as expected, most users are pleased with the built-in effects. Boss' reputation for durability also applies to this amp, and this is noticed by reviewers.

Cons:
There are a few who caution that it may take some time to learn the controls, but doing so lets you make better use of its many features. There are also a few who report issues with the software editor, but they have nothing against the actual amp.

Overall:
With its flexible volume and tone settings, the Boss Katana-100 MkII is more than capable of growing with your playing and productivity needs.

Roland JC-22 Jazz Chorus 30-Watt Stereo Combo Amp

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96 out of 100. Incorporating 125+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$463
Roland JC-22

The Roland Jazz Chorus line of amplifiers continue to be the go-to solid-state amps for many professionals, thanks to its long list of big-name past and present users including Andy Summers, Robert Smith, Larry Coryell, Albert King, Kirk Hammet, Jeff Buckley and many more.

The JC-22 is the smallest in this line, rated at 30W and equipped with two 6.5" speakers, designed for use in smaller venues and for recording.

Its main selling point is its clean tone with stereo chorus effect, which was and still is being used in many popular songs that cover various musical genres. Roland's "Dimensional Space Chorus" effect works with the amp's stereo speaker configuration to provide 3-D like sound, while the built-in reverb adds sonic ambience.

Specifications:

  • Power: 30W
  • Speaker: 2 x 6.5"
  • Amp Modeling: None
  • Effects: Reverb, Chorus
  • Input: 2 x 1/4" (Stereo - Left Mono/Right)
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (Line)
  • Weight: 26.5 lbs.

Pros:
Jazz Chorus amps rose in popularity in the mid '70s because they provided a great sounding and reliable alternative to tube amps. These days, they are still just as appreciated for reliability, the JC-22 in particular is widely commended for being road worthy and portable. Owners have good things to say when it comes to its sound, with emphasis on its clean tone and chorus effect, which is the main reason why many use this amp.

Cons:
While there aren't any noteworthy complaints - the amp's limited functionality may be a turn-off for those who want more sounds options coming from their guitar amp.

Overall:
Whether you are a fan of Roland JC tones or not, you'll appreciate the simplicity, reliability and great clean tone of the Roland JC-22.

Boss Katana-100/212 MkII 2x12" 100-Watt Combo Amp

96
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96 out of 100. Incorporating 125+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$480
Boss Katana-100/212 MkII 2x12" (KTN-212-2)

The Boss Katana-100/212 is a power house packed with tons of features, including five amp voicings and 60 digital effects that are directly derived from Boss' line of guitar processors.

And all these features are highly tweakable via EQ, gain and effects controls, with further tweaking available via a software editor.

At 100 Watts with two 12" speakers, this is an amp that's meant to go really loud, but thanks to its built-in power attenuator, you can lower the output volume down to half a Watt while still achieving cranked amp tones.

Another feature that makes this amp stage ready is the addition of effects loop, making it easier to integrate into complex guitar rigs.

Specifications:

  • Power: 100W / 50W / 0.5W
  • Speaker: 2 x 12"
  • Amp Modeling: 5 x Amp Models
  • Effects: 60 Effects
  • Input: 1 x 1/4" (Instrument), 1 x 1/4" (Power Amp), 1 x 1/8" (Aux)
  • Outputs: 1 x 1/4" (Line), 1 x 1/4" (Rec/Headphones)
  • Weight: 43.6 lbs.

Pros:
Fantastic, powerhouse and awesome are three words that nicely summarize market sentiment toward this amp. Users commend its overall tone, from its amp flavors, to the many effects, and they appreciate the control that the software editor provides. The flexibility of turning down the power of the amplifier down to 0.5W makes this a good practice amp as well, which simplifies gear selection and setup. The amp's brown overdrive tone gets a lot of kudos, along with its clean tone.

Cons:
As expected from a 100W amp with two speakers, this maybe too bulky an amp for some.

Overall:
Given its sonic versatility and power attenuation, along with Boss' reputation for quality, this market favorite 100W guitar amp is well worth considering.

Best Combo Tube Amps Under $500

VHT Special 6 AV-SP1-6 1x10" 6-Watt Tube Amp

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 250+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$400
VHT Special 6 Tube Combo Guitar Amp 6W 1x10

Boutique quality tube amps are usually beyond the reach of this price range, but thanks to companies like VHT, you can get your hands on a hand-wired amp like the Special 6 at a very accessible price.

This compact all-tube combo is meant for intimate venues and recording, with a 6W amplifier section that drives a 10" speaker.

At the core of this amp is a single 12AX7 preamp tube and one 6V6 output tube, and it has a very simple set of controls, one for tone and the other for volume.

In addition, VHT added a boost channel which can be accessed by pulling the volume knob.

Interestingly, the amp is being marketed as a good base for customizing your own amp, thanks to its streamlined and hand-wired configuration; VHT even provides a PDF of the schematics.

Specifications:

  • Power: 6W
  • Speaker: 10"
  • Amp Modeling: None
  • Effects: None
  • Input: 2 x 1/4" (Lo/Hi)
  • Outputs: 3 x 1/4" (Speaker Out)
  • Weight: 25 lbs.

Pros:
Overall sentiment towards the VHT Special 6 is very positive, with most users praising it for churning out good tones with minimal tweaking. It also gets a lot of thumbs up for its build quality. While there's not much to tweak, some users are surprised that its single tone knob configuration offers good enough flexibility.

Cons:
The most common concern with this amp is the quality of the tubes that it comes with. Some users report improved overall tone and response after they swapped out the tubes.

Overall:
If you're looking for a budget friendly hand-wired tube amp that you can tinker with, then this is for you.

Marshall DSL1CR 1x8" 1-Watt Tube Combo Amp

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 250+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$400
Marshall DSL1CR

The DSL1CR is a compact combo amp meant for low volume use, allowing you to get Marshall Crunch tones at super low volume levels.

The default wattage is 1W, but it can go as low as a tenth of a Watt (0.1W) so you can crank the amp further without disturbing your neighbors.

At its core are two ECC83 preamp tubes and a single ECC82 poweramp tube, which are incorporated in a Marshall designed circuit for getting genuine "crunch" tones.

The amp section is divided into two channels, Classic Gain and Ultra Gain, which allows for sonic versatility from classic crunch to modern saturated overdrive.

Aside from the addition of the power attenuator, this amp comes with a set of straightforward controls, and it drives a single 8" Celestion Eight 15 speaker.

Specifications:

  • Power Rating: 1W / 0.1W (Via Low Power Button)
  • Speaker: 1 x 8" Celestion Eight 15
  • Preamp Tube: 2 x ECC83
  • Poweramp Tube: 1 x ECC82
  • Input: 1/4" Instrument, 1/8" Aux
  • Output: 1 x 1/8" (Softube Emulated out), 1 x 1/4" (Internal Speaker)
  • Effects: Reverb
  • Weight: 17 lbs

Pros
Overdrive is where its at with this amp, pleasing plenty of reviewers who use it in low volume settings. And speaking of low volume, the ability to lower the output power rating to 0.1W is well received, along with the simplicity of its 2-channel control setup. High gain tones get a lot of thumbs up, with some describing it as sounding very similar to a large Marshall amplifier.

Cons
Speaking of gain, there are a few who aren't as impressed with its low gain and clean tones.

Overall
If you want nothing less than genuine Marshall tube crunch tone for your practice, then this is for you.

Fender Pro Junior IV 1x10" 15-Watt Tube Amp

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94 out of 100. Incorporating 125+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$500
Fender Pro Junior IV Tube Guitar Amp

At publication time this was the Highest Rated Combo Tube Guitar Amp Under $500.

The Fender Pro Junior IV is a compact tube amp inspired by classic Tweed tones, and it stands out with its simplicity, having only two chicken knobs for adjusting volume and tone.

This two knob format flies in the face of what most modern amps offer, while still providing reasonable tone variety expected from tweed style amps.

Fender sticks to the classic tube amp configuration, equipping this combo amp with two 12AX7 preamp tubes, two EL84 tubes in the power amp section, and one solid-state rectifier.

This single channel amp drives a 10" Jensen P10R, and all these components are housed inside a nice looking cabinet, with '50s-era grille cloth, and stitched leather handle.

Specifications:

  • Power Rating: 15W
  • Speaker: 1 x 10" Jensen P10R
  • Preamp Tube: 2 x 12AX7
  • Poweramp Tube: 2 x EL84
  • Input: 1 x 1/4" (Instrument)
  • Effects: None
  • Weight: 22.85 lbs

Pros
This amp is well loved for its tone, which users describe as warm, detailed and gritty, ideal for blues style playing. Reviewers report that it works especially well when paired with single coil guitars, but there are some who say that it sounds just as great with humbuckers. Many appreciate the simplicity of the amp, while others are surprised at how much sonic flexibility they can get out of the two knobs. Being pedal friendly is also a big plus for many users, along with its premium aesthetic appeal.

Cons
With its limited controls, this amp is not for those who want to play with different tones on their amp.

Overall
While many try to mimic Fender's iconic tweed tone, might as well get this classic genuine tube tone from Fender themselves.

Best Guitar Amp Heads - All Types - Under $500

Egnater Tweaker 15W Tube Amp Head

97
GEARANK

97 out of 100. Incorporating 250+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$400
Egnater Tweaker 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head

At publication time this was the Highest Rated Guitar Amp Head from $200 to $500.

The Egnater Tweaker is an all tube amplifier head with expanded tone coloration options, thanks to its many voicing switches.

The first one lets you switch between modern and vintage voicing. Modern voicing has a more compressed tone, for improved clarity and enhanced articulation. Vintage is warmer and more open sounding, reflective of old tube amps.

There's also a switch that lets you choose between American (Fender), AC (Vox) and British (Marshall) voicings, which gives us amp modeler like functionality, but without the need for DSP. This means that you get a lot more bang for your buck compared to what conventional tube amps offer.

Other tone shaping controls include 3-band EQ, Hot/Clean, Bright/Normal and Tight/Deep, all of which can be used to get the sound that you prefer.

This 15W amp head comes with two 6V6 output tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes.

Specifications:

  • Power: 15W
  • Preamp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7
  • Power Tubes: 2 x 6V6
  • Input: 1 x 1/4"
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (Speaker)
  • Weight: 16 lbs.

Pros
As the name implies, this amp is well loved by "tweakers", because of how it provides tone flexibility without compromising genuine tube circuit tone. Owners are happy with the many amp flavors that they can get with its seemingly straightforward interface. And this flexibility also translates to value for money, since this one amp can cover many different tube amp tones by itself. Reliability is also often commended, with reports of it still working great after many years of use, some even over a decade.

Cons
There are some who wish for effects like reverb, while a few others are not too impressed with the voicing change.

Overall
If you're looking for an all tube amp head that provides some sonic flexibility without going the digital route, then this is for you.

Boss Katana Head MkII 100-Watt Guitar Amp Head

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96 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$350
Boss Katana Head MkII

The Boss Katana MkII series is so well received that some are describing it as "hype", as proof of this - three of their 100W models rated high enough to make it into this guide's 2021 edition.

This 100-Watt Amp Head takes the same technology found in the combo version, and packs it in an amp head configuration which you can pair with your preferred speakers. But what sets this one apart is the inclusion of an internal 5" speaker - which together with the built-in power attenuator, allows for getting good tones at low volume levels.

Everything else follows the tried and tested Katana formula, at the core of which are five amp voicings that include Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown and Acoustic. MkII adds in a variation switch that modifies the five voicings, essentially expanding your amp tone options to 10.

As mentioned above, it comes with built-in power attenuator, that lets you switch from 100W, to 50W, all the way down to 0.5W.

As expected, it comes with Boss effects derived from the companies popular stompboxes and guitar processors.

Other noteworthy features include effects loop and power amp input.

Specifications:

  • Power: 100W (Power Attenuator: 50W, 0.5W)
  • Channels: 4
  • Amp Models: 10
  • Effects: 60 Boss Effects
  • Input: 1 x 1/4, 1 x 1/4" (Power Amp), 1 x 1/8" (Aux)
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (Line/Speaker), 1 x 1/4" (Headphones/Rec)
  • Weight: 19.4 lbs.

Pros
Many consider the 5" internal speaker as the best asset of this amp head, making it very versatile, and more importantly making it more friendly to guitarists who are stuck at home. There are reviewers who use the 5" speaker exclusively and are happy with the tones, while those who use it as an amp head are happy to have a low volume option built into the amp head. It's also worth noting that many users find Katana MkII amp head to be easy to use, which is surprising given the many features it houses.

Cons
There are a few complaints regarding the software editor, which they say is hard to configure or not working at all for some users.

Overall
The Boss Katana Head MkII Amp Head is a bedroom friendly amp that you can take on stage, highly recommended especially in today's stay at home restrictions.

Orange Crush Pro 120 CR120H

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95 out of 100. Incorporating 375+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$449
Orange Crush CR120H

Orange amps has built their reputation on providing no-frills but great sounding guitar amps, and the CR120H does exactly that, but in a more reliable solidstate format.

This amp head is based on the dirty channel of Rockerverb, reproducing its overdriven tones without using actual tubes.

The Orange Crush Pro 120 CR120H is a 2-channel solidstate amp head, rated at 120 Watts. It has 2 channels, the first one is a clean channel with 2-band EQ, and the second one is the Dirty channel which has gain and 3-band EQ controls.

Finally, this amp comes with 3 types of digital reverb, Plate, Spring and Hall.

Specifications:

  • Power: 120W SolidState
  • Channels: 2
  • Effects: Reverb
  • Input: 1 x 1/4"
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (Speaker)
  • Weight: 31.75 lbs.

Pros
Owners of this amp are impressed at how close this amp sounds to actual tube amps, even those who own a bunch of tube amps say that the CR120H can hold its own. Thanks to its no-frills design, users are also pleased at how easy it is to get great tone, and since it runs on solidstate circuitry, there's no more need for any tube related issues and maintenance work. Reliability is also another big reason why guitarists love this amp head.

Cons
There's not much to tweak and play with in terms of settings. While it does come close to tube tone, some users feel that it should be using tubes with its price tag.

Overall
If you're looking for a reliable, no frills, unostentatious guitar amp for rock music, then this is for you.

Best Guitar Floor / Pedal Board Amps - Under $500

Seymour Duncan PowerStage 170

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$399
Seymour Duncan PowerStage 170

At publication time this was the Highest Rated Floor / Pedal Board Guitar Amp from $200 to $500.

The Seymour Duncan Power Stage 170 is a 170W (at 4ohms) solidstate power amplifier in a pedal form factor that's around the size of 2 regular pedals side by side.

As an amplifier, it is designed to drive a 4 ohm speaker, while sitting comfortably on a pedalboard or on the floor. This means that you won't have to be carrying an amp head to a gig, while still being able to run a speaker cabinet.

Top mounted controls include a big level knob for adjusting output, and three knobs for adjusting bass, mid and treble.

Specifications:

  • Power: 170W
  • Channels: 1
  • Effects: None
  • Input: 1 x 1/4"
  • Outputs: 1 x 1/4" (Speaker)
  • Weight: 2 lbs.

Pros
Owners are pleased at how the PowerStage 170 has simplified their rig, and this is especially loved by those who are looking for ways to make their performing rig lighter. The sound of the amp also gets a lot of commendations, described as full sounding and pedal friendly. Many are also pleased at how responsive it is to input volume changes, much like a regular amp.

Cons
There are some who aren't too happy with this amp's voicing, stating that it doesn't sound like the tube amp that they prefer. But this is expected given that this is meant to be a clean power amplifier, and not a preamp to color your sound.

Overall
It doesn't get any simpler than this, the Seymour Duncan PowerStage 170 lets you put your amp right on your pedalboard.

Seymour Duncan PowerStage 200

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88 out of 100. Incorporating 20+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$499
Seymour Duncan PowerStage 200

The PowerStage 200 takes Seymour Duncan's Class D amplifier pedal format up a notch by adding headphone amplifier functionality, complete with Cab Sim and extra input/output options.

At 200W, this pedalboard friendly amplifier is viable for stage use, while the headphone amp feature makes it just as viable for quiet practice.

And it does all this while retaining a reasonably compact size, which is around the same size as 2 regular pedals side by side.

Another important distinction that this amp provides over the PowerStage 170 is the addition of a Presence knob.

Everything else is similar to its smaller sibling, including the top mounted control form factor and the large volume knob.

Specifications:

  • Power: 200W
  • Channels: 1
  • Effects: None
  • Input: 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" (Aux in)
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (Speakers), 1 x XLR (Cab Simulation)
  • Weight: 2.87 lbs.

Pros
Reviewers describe this as a great solidstate power amp to partner with guitar processors and amp modelers. Users mention getting good results when pairing with Line 6 processors like the HX Stomp and Helix, along with other processors from Boss, Fractal Audio, Kemper and more. Owners are also happy with its overall build, stating that it feels and looks solid, and sits nicely on their pedalboards. There are also many who attest to it being more than capable of driving speakers for common gig venues and stage volume. Guitar Interactive Magazine summarized their review by saying, "It's insanely powerful, versatile and offers a ton of tweakability."

Cons
Since this is meant as a power amplifier, it is not meant for tone coloration as many other guitar amps are, however that makes it ideal for those who like to get their tone solely from their guitar processors.

Overall
If you're using an amp modeler and you are looking to bring back the feel of interacting with an actual amplifier without having to haul bulky amp heads, then this is for you.

Things to Consider When Buying a Guitar Amp Under $500

  • What is a Combo Amp?

    A combo amp is simply one where the amplifier section and the speaker cabinet are combined into a single unit instead of having separate amp heads and speaker cabinets. This combined configuration is popular because it makes amplifiers easier to carry around, and reduces the number of equipment that you have to manage. This simplified configuration also makes combo amps ideal for students and beginners.

  • What is an Amp Head?

    Amp heads are amplifiers that don't come with speakers, as such they are smaller than their combo counterparts. But to make them work, you are still required to plug them into a separate compatible speaker cabinet. Amp heads are preferred by some because they can use the speaker cabinet that they prefer, others also prefer the distributed weight of separate amp head and speaker cab vs combo amps when lugging around. Interestingly, some manufacturers like Boss have been installing small speakers into their amp heads, giving users a convenient low volume option, that essentially transforms the amp head into a mini combo amp.

  • What is an Pedal Amp?

    Pedal amplifiers are essentially amp heads that come in a floor / pedalboard friendly form factor. They are expected to do the same task, amplify your sound and drive a speaker cabinet. The main advantage that they have is that they are smaller and easier to incorporate into existing pedalboard rigs. The downside of having a small form factor means that they may lack features and connectivity options that amp heads offer.

  • Tube vs Solid-State

    It's interesting how tube technology, which is now over a century old, still persists in this modern era - mainly thanks to guitarists who love the sound of tube amps. The sound, feel and response of tube amps are generally regarded to be better than solid-state, but since they utilize fragile tubes, they are typically more expensive and require more handling care and maintenance. On the other hand, solid-state amps are generally regarded as more reliable, and since they use readily available components - they are often more affordable. Thanks to improvements in digital sound processing, these amps are also getting ever closer to nailing the feel and sound of their tube counterparts. Those who are looking for something practical that can get the job done will appreciate solid-state amps, while those with picky ears may want no less than a genuine tube amp.

  • Power Rating

    Power rating describes the loudness of an amplifier, so generally speaking, the higher the power rating, the louder amp. Those who are looking for a stage amp will want something loud. But it's not always about being loud, because most situations call for lower volumes, especially when practicing at home, hence the availability of low wattage tube amps. This is also the reason why some amps come with built-in attenuators, which allow users to drive the amp hard at lower volumes. Note that tube amps tend to be louder than similarly rated solid-state amps.

  • Speaker Size

    Speaker size also affects overall loudness, but even more so, it affects the sound clarity. Smaller speakers tend to emphasize the mids, which complements most guitar styles. On the flip side, there are guitarists who prefer the added bass emphasis of bigger speakers for a fuller sound.

  • Amp Modeling

    Made possible by improvements in Digital Sound Processing (DSP), more and more manufacturers and guitarists are embracing the convenience and versatility of amp modeling. Some even go so far as to allow complex customization of virtual amp components. While having more tone palettes is good, having too much of a good thing can be bad for some. If you're into sonic versatility and personalization then you'll want one with more features. Those who prefer plug-and-play convenience will appreciate amps with fewer options and controls.

  • Built-in Effects

    Reverb is the most common effect added to amplifiers, because of how it adds space and texture to the sound. Some amps come with other effects, but they are usually limited in terms of function and controls. Some frown on the quality of these extra effects, but others appreciate the practicality and convenience that they offer.

  • Connectivity

    If you are planning to use your amp on stage or for recording, extra connectivity features will help greatly. Those with speaker emulated outputs allow for direct connection to PA systems and recording consoles. The ability to play quietly via headphones is also a nice plus, especially if you're looking for a good practice amp. Some of the recently released amps feature USB connectivity for direct recording and software control, while others even come with Bluetooth technology, which allows for convenient wireless audio streaming straight to the amp.

Best Guitar Amp Under $500 Selection Methodology

The first edition was published in 2018 and the latest edition was published on June 21, 2021.

This guide features guitar amplifiers priced between $300 and $500 which are available from major US based music gear retailers.

For this 2021 edition, we've expanded the guide to include two new sections, one for amp heads, and another for floor / pedal amps. They join the original two sections featuring top rated solid state and tube amp combos. We surveyed the retailers and put the 59 most promising qualifying models on our short-list for closer examination. We then collated reviews, ratings and forum discussions about each amp and processed that data with the Gearank Algorithm to produce rating scores out of 100 for each of them. More than 13,700 sources were examined during this process. We then selected the highest rated models in each category above to recommend and used our research to provide an overview of the pros and cons of each amp. For more information about our methods see How Gearank Works.

About the Author and Contributors

Here are the key people and sources involved in this guide's production - click on linked names for information about their music industry backgrounds.

Lead Author & Researcher

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.

Drawing from his experience in performing and recording, he teaches guitar and bass and mentors young artists to be better musicians. And when he is not busy playing or tinkering with musical gear, he puts on his entrepreneurial hat, which helps fund his passion for collecting guitars, mecha figures and Gunpla kits.

Contributors

Alden Acosta: Product research.
Jason Horton: Editing and Illustrating.

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