Such as the type of guitar you have, the style of music you play, and your personal preferences. However, there are a few general tips you can follow to help you find the best cheap amps for guitar:
1. Do your research: As with anything, it’s important to do your research before making a purchase. This is especially true for guitar amps, as there are a wide variety of options available on the market.
Take some time to read online reviews, watch videos, and talk to other guitarists to get an idea of what amps they recommend.
2. Consider your budget: Not everyone has the same budget for their guitar amp, so it’s important to consider how much you’re willing to spend before making a purchase. There are a variety of cheap amps available, so you should be able to find one that meets your needs and budget.
3. Consider your needs: What type of music do you play What are your practice and performance needs These are all important factors to consider when choosing a guitar amp.
4. Try before you buy: If possible, it’s always best to try out an amp before you make a purchase. This way, you can get a feel for the sound and see if it’s the right fit for you.
5. Get expert advice: If you’re still not sure which amp is right for you, it’s a good idea to consult with a guitar expert. They can help you narrow down your options and find the perfect amp for your needs.
The Orange Crush Mini has been redesigned to give you classic Orange tone in a small, lightweight amplifier. Whether warming up backstage on the road, at practice, or in your bedroom, the Crush Mini is the perfect companion.
The redesigned control panel gives you full tonal control with gain, shape and volume. Backing off the gain and pushing the volume up results in British crunch, while pushing the gain up will give you searing high gain.
The shape control, like the Micro Dark, cuts or boosts the mids, giving fat mids through to scooped tones. A new feature for the Crush Mini is the 8 Ohm speaker output. Using the preamp stage of the amp, you can plug directly into an external speaker cabinet to open up even more tonal capabilities.
The Crush Mini features a built-in tuner, as well as a headphone output that cuts the speaker for silent practice. The AUX IN makes playing along to your favourite songs is a breeze!.
This is definitely the best sounding practice amp I’ve ever used. The gain channel has several different levels of gain, all sound great. Anywhere from a slightly crunchy overdrive sound to sizzling distortion.
I’ve never had an amp this size handle metal tones so well. The clean channel handles distortion pedals well and maintains the tone of the amp, and if you wanna add a little something extra, putting an overdrive in front of the dirty channel really pushes the mids through.
All very impressive for an 8 inch speaker. The big downside to this amp. is that its deceptively loud. At bedroom volume, it sounds kinda like a shoebox. but bump the volume knob even just a little bit and the full, rich tone punches you in the face, far too loud for playing in an apartment at 10pm.
Kinda defeats the point of buying a small practice amp. The clean channel is even louder than the dirty channel. I’m not knocking off any stars from my review for this however, because it has a headphone jack that actually imitates the speaker response quite well.
So if you wanna play this amp late at night, plug in some headphones or you’ll wake up the neighbors. The only practice amp I’ve ever liked more was the old marshall valvestate, and those are hard to find these days, so this little amp fills that void well.
The Fender – Mustang Micro is an All-in-one electric guitar headphone amplifier with onboard DSP. Featuring 12 amp models for a wide range of clean and dirty tones, 12 effect combinations with parameter modify control, and Adjustable EQ.
Bluetooth audio streaming with audio/video sync for playing along in real time is amazing for practicing. Rechargeable lithium ion battery can provide 4 hours of continuous play time.
Overall: Really love this. I’ve tried a few headphone amps that all had that sort of “toy” sound to them. like overdriven amp on a chip. This Mustang Micro is by far the best sounding. I mean, it really sounds like the amps it is modeling.
good enough to use on a finished recording. I built a small body travel guitar that fits in a small shotgun case. In that case, I can fit the guitar, a cable (just in case), the Micro with chargers and interface cable, and some extra strings and picks, and a set of earbuds.
It’s very cool to have a complete practice setup that fits in an 8×36 inch package. I don’t miss toting around my small practice amps at all. And, this setup is ideal for rocking out in the hotel room at 4AM.
You might balk at the idea of only a few parameters compared to some with infinite dials. But believe me, having fewer choices that all sound great, works perfectly. and gets me practicing instead of fiddling with controls.
Oh, and the Micro works great as a mini interface in case I want to record into my laptop. I don’t use the onboard models for that, just the plain interface into Amplitube. That’s just so I can change sounds in post.
But, the sound of the Micro is really good enough to just pick a sound and start recording. Unless you need a ton of extra controls, the Mustang Micro is a great little amp. BTW. I’ve also used it plugged into a plain powered speaker.
I picked this up on a friend’s recommendation as a better than average headset amplifier. My Likes: In terms of sound quality it is quite good. It is compact and I do like the USB charging feature a lot.
The amp models are better than I expected and sound different with each guitar I use, just like a good amp should. The effects were a nice bonus, simple and effective. I haven’t tested bluetooth connectivity yet, but I presume that it will do its job.
My concerns, Use while Seated – nearly impossible,as with most headset amplifiers, especially with a side mounted jack. With my Fender Stratocaster, it is more easily used because of the top mount, but with any side mount, it gets caught on my knee and can get pulled out when seated.
EQ feature. It does not seem to impact the sound very much in clean or driven settings. I would have preferred paying an extra $20 for a small set of wheels for hi/mid/low Overall it is a B+ for Fender, which could be a quick A with some more mounting options and a small 3 band EQ.
The Line 6 Catalyst 60W 1×12 Combo Amp combines the tonal qualities of a traditional guitar amp with the expanded functionality of modelling amps to truly offer the best of both worlds. Offering six Original Amp Designs ranging from pristine cleans with exceptional clarity, to touch-sensitive crunchier tones, to modern high gain; dialling in a tone that’s perfect for any situation has never been easier.
To compound this versatility is a Boost circuit customized for each amp type, along with dedicated Reverb section with six reverb types, 18 additional effects, and an effects loop- this unlocks unparalleled refinement for your sound.
Crafted using Line 6’s renowned HX sound design techniques, this guarantees phenomenal tone and feel, regardless of settings. The XLR line output and a 4 channel USB recording interface neatly finish off the expansive features on offer.
Reliable as well as powerful, its sturdily constructed combo design means it can handle the rigours of live-use, as easily as it does studio-work or just practicing. However you want to use it, the Catalyst helps your tone excel.
Unashamedly a competitor to the Boss Katana 50, but excels in a few key ways. The low/medium gain sounds are fantastic – the “boutique,” “chime,” “crunch,” and “dynamic” models really are as good as many small 15-watt tube amps you could buy for twice the price – and this is about the size and volume as one, as well.
The I&O is also excellent, with a full effects loop and cab-and-mic-simulated XLR direct out, two things the Katana 50 lacks. Where the Katana bests the Catalysts is in the very high-gain sounds (which have a slightly unnatural decay in the Catalyst).
Also, the effects section is much more robust in the Katana, although the effects in the Catalyst do sound great (just very awkward to access from the front panel). But if blues, jazz, classic rock, and alternative rock is your thing, there’s absolutely NOTHING out there that competes in terms of sheer tonal quality at this price.
I sold a Marshall DSL40C and bought this because of a recent move and in many ways, I think this is just as good despite being less than half the price. Go for it if: you value the raw amp model quality above effects selection, want a simple interface that behaves like a regular amp, or need fully-featured I&O for outboard effects, a modeler, or for gigging.
Stay away if: you want flexibility with onboard effects or play exclusively high-gain.
This amp is versatile and easy to use stand-alone. It has a great selection of amp models built-in, along with enough effect and delays so that you can find something that you like fairly quickly. I like the clean and boutique models with some reverb.
Then I played around with the other models, adjusting settings and effects. You can adjust everything on the amp, not necessary to connect a computer. I did find it confusing initially due to all the different methods required, i.
e. “press a button”, “press and hold”, “press for 2 seconds”, etc. That’s why I read the manual a few times! Line6 puts a nice 2-sided “cheat sheet” on top of the amp around the carrying handle which is a lot easier than flipping through small pieces of paper staring at small font printing.
So don’t remove the amp-topper sheet and toss it in the box with the rest of the packing material :-). The best feature of the Catalyst amp is the manual channel. This is WYSIWYG. Adjust the knobs and controls just like a “regular”amp.
You can then save the settings once you get something you like. In the future I will connect the amp to the computer and see what else you can do. Right now I am quite happy with the Catalyst amp and I highly recommend it.
Boss Katana MKII 100 Watt Amp The Boss Katana MkII takes everything you loved from the original game-changing modeling amp series and kicks it up a notch. Where the previous models offered 5 amp models, the MkII doubles it, offering two variations on each model to further increase the already impressive amount of sonic variations available.
The accompanying Boss Tone Studio software has been updated to match with a new UI for easy access to over 60 different effects and tons of virtual routing options that can all be saved to the device’s presets.
The Katana 100 offers 3 switchable presets along with the panel settings for a total of 4 presets, switchable either with an external footswitch (sold separately) or the on panel buttons. Finally, the Katana’s secret weapon is the Power control, easily and quickly allowing you to swap the power amp between 100W, 50W, and 1/2 W modes to limit your maximum output volume.
The Boss Katana MkII is your ticket to pro level sounds at a starting level pricepoint. Come get one and rock out today!.
I bought this amp for my son who has only been playing for around 10 months but is already a guitar God. It is great! I feel the versitility of the amp is out of this world. You could think of any band and stand a good chance of replicating their tone.
The wide range of tones can also be accessed and controlled on the Boss Katana tone studio which was easy enough to download onto a laptop. It doesn’t matter if you’re using single coils, humbuckers or p90s this amp can do all of them justice.
Along side this, the acoustic setting on the app is great when you have either your electric or acoustic guitar pluged into the amp. The amp is easy to use and loud. So very loud 😉 I have not used this amp for any gigs yet but I’m sure it will do just the job.
P. S I can’t really give a fair rating for reliability because I’ve only had it a few weeks although it does seem to be built well.
This 20w combo is designed for those that like expression through innovation. The classically voiced single channel amps generate rich harmonic tones that are ideal for players to explore new possibilities and craft their sound.
The origin series has the tone, and features for those playing in the bedroom, as well as on stage. Dimensions: 20. 47″ x 16. 53″ x 9. 44″. Weight: 30. 64 lb.
This was a pleasant surprise, especially for the price. I bought it as a backup to my Winfield Brat, which has been my only performing piece for 10 years. Right now I find myself picking the Marshall over the Brat for liver performances.
Tremendous, authentic Marshall tone, plenty of saturation that cleans up well by rolling off the volume. It sounds like my old JCM800 half stack, but it doesn’t require ear-bleeding volume to get the sound.
This is NOT an amp for bedroom players, though – it’s still a Marshall, you have to turn it up to get the sound. I’m running it at 5 watts onstage (miked), and it’s plenty loud to cut through the band’s stage volume.
The half-watt setting doesn’t sound very good, really thin and wimpy. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because of some quality issues – the input jack on mine is pretty sketchy, I have to be careful how I plug in or it will lose contact.
It took me quite a while to figure out how to make this combo work in the context of my home studio, but now that I have, I couldn’t be happier. In short, this amp sounds glorious with both the Master and Gain at or above 6.
anything below that on either side, and the amp sounds anemic. I run this thing in full power mode and use the controls of both my Tele and Strat to cover a wide range of tones. People trip on the fact that it has no reverb, but in my opinion, it doesn’t need it.
especially when I dial in the EQ just right and those EL34 get nice and warm. sounds very “spacious” and 3D with nice squishy feel. I haven’t used the FX loop, as I run everything into the front end.
it takes wah, phaser, flange, delay, chorus, etc. well, and absolutely loves distortions, overdrives, and fuzzes. All in all, this little mama ROCKS!.
Overall: What a nice sounding amp. It’s my first all tube amp and I am very well pleased at how much better the sound is over most solid state amps. It’s very easy to use, and is plenty load for most rooms I play.
The only recommendations I wouldake is to play it through a 2×12″ cab, or upgrade it to a 12″ Celestine green back speaker. Other than that it still sounds amazing through the included 10″ one.
Peavey Electronics introduced the original VYPYR guitar amplifier in 2008. This game changing amplifier launched many industry firsts such as first guitar amplifier to have on-board USB stompbox presets looper 5 effect simultaneous operation and TransTube Peavey’s revolutionary analog/digital hybrid technology.
In 2012 Peavey raised the bar again with the VYPYR VIP the world’s first Variable Instrument Performance amp. This was the first amplifier designed for use with electric bass and acoustic guitar. Additionally Peavey was the first company to introduce instrument models to an already feature-packed amplifier.
Now continuing the tradition of innovation and excellence Peavey launches the VYPYR X modeling amplifier. This latest evolution of the groundbreaking VYPYR series features updated styling superior cabinet design for premier acoustic performance and improved TransTube technology.
Features. Variable instrument input. Lightweight and portable. 2 instrument models. Universal delay and reverb. Headphone jack. Analog TransTube distortion. 8 custom-voiced heavy-duty speaker. 16 user assignable presets.
12 stompbox effects with dual parameter control. On-board looper with optional Sanpera footswitch. Optional Sanpera footswitch. Custom cabinet design for enhanced low-end response. Semi-open back design for enhanced volume and tone.
3. 5mm aux in for connecting external audio sources. 36 on-board amp models including 6 acoustic and 6 bass amp modelsSpecifications. Color: Black.
Peavey equipment was a mainstay where I grew up. I knew a lot of guys who started with and used T-15’s, 30’s and 60’s. The region was full of Bandits, Backstages, Studio Pros, Rages, and Pacers. I gigged with a Peavey Renown 2×12 for a while.
Peavey was American, inexpensive, well built, sounded good, could get loud, and was reliable. The Vypyr X 1 continues the Peavey line. I play both 4 string bass and 6 string guitar. This amplifier is useful for both of those instruments–and can be used to amplify acoustic guitar as well.
That was why I was initially interested in this amplifier, I can play bass and guitar through the same amplifier and get good tones to practice with for both instruments without having to use two separate amplifiers.
It is small to mid-sized, and very portable, but not merely a “bedroom” amplifier–it can get loud. It sounds good turned down, for either bass or guitar. You can get great bass tones out of it, and good volume for a single 8 inch speaker.
There is easily enough room in the cabinet to mod, if you are into that. And adding a 1/8 or XLR out would not be too difficult, and it does have a headphone jack output. For guitar, you really can dial in a lot of good tones out of it–from crunch and chug high gain to jazzy high headroom clean and everything in between.
It is really versatile, and does clean, dirty and high gain very well for a small, light amplifier. Peavey uses its Trans Tube in this amplifier–and Trans Tube really does sound good–it is not a gimmick.
With an 8 inch speaker in a semi enclosed cabinet, it is not going to sound and feel like a wall of 4 x 12’s, but can fill the room well enough–more than I thought it would. The controls are really simple and intuitive, and the LED’s are easy to see.
The manual is very easy to follow. The effects are nice to have, and add to and shape the sound, but were not the deciding factor for me. You can dial in great tones with no effects at all. It takes pedals fine, but I really do not use them through this, except for a foot controlled wah.
I have tube amps, (Fender, Mesa Boogie), and love those, but a solid state modelling amp is perfect for practice, and this Peavey Vypyr X 1 fits the bill. It is well made too–as is every Peavey amplifier I have ever seen.
I bought this for practice solo–but you could play with other musicians at reasonable volumes with it easily and still be heard. It is 20 watts with an 8 inch speaker, and boasts 30 watts RMS. If I were planning to gig with it, with a drum kit, and vocalist, I would get one of the two larger versions to push more air.
But, for a portable small to mid sized amplifier–this is perfect. If it gets ripped off, I’ll certainly buy another!.
I work at a guitar store so we recently got these amps in, I have to say that it genuinely shocked me? For the price and for what you get, it’s pretty darn goodI’m really picky with my amps, so much so that I’ve only had one amp my whole 5+ years of playing and seeiing this new amp really, made me wanna get one, don’t think of it as a legit replacer to a real 6405 or a XXX Head and Cab, think of it as a beginner amp, something to get started one, yes it has a lot of knobs and buttons that may seem intimidating, but take some time to get to know the little beast? You’re gonna be kicking fun with this thing for hours.
It has some pretty alright effects besides the amp itself, the only thing I will say is that when passing 4-5 on a distorted amp like the 6505 it rumbles, and not in a good way as well as the whole amp kit app, IOS only? That’s a bummer Besides that, great amp.
The THR5A from Yamaha is a desktop modeling guitar amp that simulates four different microphone types and is specifically designed for use with electric-acoustic and silent guitars. In contrast to normal stage amplifiers, the THR5A is intended for off-stage uses such as recording and practicing.
Equipped with a USB port, the amp is capable of being used in conjunction with your computer for advanced editing of guitar sounds, recording and playback using the included software package. The THR5A is equipped with a 1/4 inch guitar input as well as an 1/8 inch aux input that can be used for connecting your mp3 player for jamming along to backing tracks.
The two full range 3 inch speakers are designed to accurately reproduce stereo playback from the 1/8 inch input as well as the sound of your guitar without the need of any additional speakers or amplification.
Engineered to give you a variety of tonal options, the THR5A includes four built-in microphone simulations which include condenser, dynamic, tube and nylon presets. There is also a clean electric guitar amp model for even more possibilities.
The THR5A offers a selection of effects that make use of Yamaha’s Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) technology, which is designed to emulate yesterday’s vintage analog gear within today’s digital production environment.
The effects include compression, chorus, flanger, tremolo, delay, phaser, reverb and noise gate. The THR5A can be connected to your computer via USB for a variety of advanced functions. For in depth editing of the amplifier’s tonal characteristics and unlocking additional effects and parameters, the downloadable THR Editor can be used.
In addition, you can record and edit your guitar playing using the included Cubase AI music production software.
Audio input Phone line AUX input USB – 4 pin USB Type B
Power adapter, stereo audio cable, USB cable
Dimensions & Weight
Reviews From Real Customers
A fantastic little portable electro acoustic guitar amp. A great full stereo sound with a clear and warm tone, no hiss or noise. The built in mic simulations and effects are top notch. Plenty loud enough as a home practise amp.
I doubt it would be loud enough for gigs, but it isn’t designed for that purpose. It gives your electro acoustic a lovely warm ambient tone and is just great fun. Solidly built, looks high quality and very retro and vintage.
Has an inbuilt warm glow to simulate a tube glow, which I really love. It is Portable with a very compact size and runs on mains or batteries. I would highly recommend it. PMT are a really great company to deal with, their prices are excellent, delivery service is second to none.
I have purchased a few instruments from PMT and would highly recommend them to anyone.
I have a large Marshall amp already but needed something more portable, ideally with effects built in, that I can take with me when I’m away or move around the house with easily. I’d had this little baby recommended to me as a great acoustic guitar amp by a friend and what an excellent recommendation it was.
Firstly let’s talk size. It’s the size of radio and weighs just 2kg. It’s mains or battery powered so truly portable and useable outside. You can take it on holiday with you it’s so small! It has quite a nice retro look as well with a nice orange glow coming out of the front grille when you switch it on.
Enough of all that. Let’s move on to what really matters in an amp. The sounds you get from this little baby are simply amazing with 4 different microphone emulations along with a combo amp setting (for a more electric sound) to choose from.
Most of these can then be altered with the Blend/Gain, Master and Tone dials. That’s quite a range of sound. On top of that though you then have a range of effects you can apply including compressor and chorus, which can also be combined, as well as delay and several reverb settings.
There is also a tuner cleverly built in. In terms of other inputs and outputs besides your trusty guitar there is a headphone socket (which my partner rather likes!) and an Aux socket for plugging in an external sound source.
A lead is supplied for that. So, want to play along to some tunes from your phone. plug it in and away you go. On top of all that there is a USB socket (lead, again, supplied) so you can plug into your PC and make use of the CuBase AI software that is also provided.
I’ve not used the software yet but from what I can see it’s home studio software so you can record your guitar playing and mix your own music. Quite a few people who have used it think it’s amazing. So in short, do I recommend this.
Absolutely. Very portable, great looks, and most important great sounds. At a very good price too in my view. Yamaha have done a great job! I’m so blown away by it I may get it’s brother the THR5 so I have something equally portable for my electric guitars.
I purchased this amp mainly for bedroom practice at lower volumes, and so far I have had great results creating the tones that I wanted. with a few minor setbacks. Sound- For the size of this amp I didn’t expect to be blown away, however I was truly surprised at how much volume this amp can produce.
The smaller speakers are great for guitar, however not so much for the dedicated bass guitar setting. Tone- With a bit of tweaking via the app you can produce some fantastic tones anywhere from vintage blues to modern metal, and I have had fantastic results with creating classic rock tones.
Unfortunately the “amp type” settings are limited to the app only, so if you are not looking to make full use of the app then you may be better off buying the THR30II which let’s you use these settings on board the amp.
App- Most of the core settings are accessible on the physical amplifier, but I found it quite difficult to dial in the tones that I was looking for without the use of the app. The app let’s you choose different “amp types” and also various “speaker types” to play around with.
You can also tweak effects such as “reverb” to your liking. It is also worth noting that the amp has a preset noise gate which can be disabled in the app. Pros-. Small amp with great volume. Good variety of effects and tones.
Bluetooth compatible. Easy to use application Cons-. Limited use without the app. No effects loop. The built in tuner can be inaccurate at times.
For what it is, I gotta give this 4 stars. For a killer little amp to sit on your desktop or coffee table, I’m not sure how you can do better. Different, but not better. Sure it’s solid state. Sure it has 3″ speakers.
But it’s also a real amp that has real tone and touch-sensitivity. It also has a downright spooky stereo spread when you dial it in properly. And dialing it in is why it doesn’t get 5 stars. There’s no way to know just how splendid this little jewel is without the THR Remote editor.
If your only demo is restricted to what you can get out of it with the physical controls, you might be disappointed. And misled. Why? Because using the editor, you have access to two additional amps per amp type, four different cabinets per amp type, a compressor, a noise gate, and individual control of effects with a fair number of parameters to tweak.
None of this is a criticism, but if you don’t have ready access to a computer or a smartphone to use the editor, it could be a deal breaker for some. It also has some gain on tap. What’s easy to overlook is, the ‘Master’ control adds ‘power amp’ gain when turned up.
I watched a review of this amp and the guy complained there wasn’t enough gain, but he was only using the ‘Gain’ control. Of course it won’t give you brutal, death metal distortion, but the ‘Lead’ and ‘Hi Gain’ amps can get quite saturated and give you that slinky feel under the fingers.
If you don’t need a rechargeable battery and built-in wireless for your guitar, this is the little THR to get. This will stream music/backing tracks via bluetooth, though.
Upgraded from the original cream colored THR10 after finding out that all three of the original THR10 amps (boutique, classic, and high gain) were consolidated in one amp and that the speakers underwent an upgrade (10W->20W).
Sonically, the tones in this amp are superior to those of the original THR10, which makes practicing and playing very satisfying and inspiring. Note: Boutique and high gain amps can only be accessed through the desktop or mobile THR remote app.
This isn’t the case with the larger THR30 amp. All amp models can be access through the unit. The remote app also allows the user to change cabinets to further tweak tone. Here is why I rated this product 4 stars.
* Mobile THR remote app crashes all the time. I’ve been using the remote app on my laptop exclusively. Yamaha rep informed me that this tends to be the case with iPhone users. Doesn’t seem like they plan on fixing this anytime soon.
* Setting the unit up as an audio interface was not clear at all. The original THR amps required downloading the yamaha steinberg usb driver and selecting this as your driver in your DAW. After configuring your MIDI and audio source in the DAW, you would then get sound.
Well, that’s not how it works on this amp. I reached out to yamaha after repeatedly getting errors from my DAW about the yamaha steinberg usb driver. Long story short, tech service couldn’t figure out the issue and told me to request an exchange for a new unit at GC.
After hooking up the new replacement, I got the same error. Turns out you have to download the ASIO THR10ii/30 driver on yamaha’s site, not the most current yamaha steinberg usb driver. Select this driver in your DAW.
Then you have to go into the app’s settings and check the box for “record dry. ” Now you can configure your MIDI and audio source. I’m baffled about how yamaha’s own techs did not know that the steinberg usb driver is not compatible with the THR10ii/30 amp.
Frontman amps deliver quality tone at a great price, with custom voiced built in overdrive for great tone and the unmistakable Fender Blackface look. The 10 watt Frontman 10G features a 6″ Special Design speaker and a adjustable gain control that rocks guitar tones from tube-emulated overdrive to full-strength ultra-saturated distortion, perfect for blues, metal and the famous Fender clean tone.
I’ve just started to learn the guitar. Won’t say play cause I’m not there yet lol. The items well built and is loud enough to fill a large room and possibly the neighbours too. Basic functions with volume tone and drive.
A new amp a new concept a true winner from Yamaha. The THR5 has revolutionized the way we think about guitar playing. Developed by a team of guitarists in search of the ultimate tone, THR delivers the sound that you want and the feeling that you need.
Effects that enhance and complement your playing combine with room-filling reverbs and delays to push your playing to new levels.
Volume, tone, master, gain, amp, effect, delay/reverb, tap/tuner
Amp Emulation Modes
Clean, crunch, lead, brit hi, modern
2 – 10 Watt
Audio input Phone line AUX input USB
Power adapter, stereo audio cable, USB cable
Dimensions & Weight
Reviews From Real Customers
Yamaha produce some great products at a favourable price point and the THR 5 is no exception to this. A portable and aesthetically pleasing solution for practicing or recording in a small room environment.
An array of useable tones and effects are possible with the added ability to plug in your external audio device enabling you to play along to your favourite tracks and have some fun along the way! A USB provides connection to an external recording set up you may have or are considering in the future.
Nothing is perfect in this world of ours, so if I’m being super critical I feel this would benefit from longer battery life and a volume and tone control on the aux in. Sound and tone are subjective and everybody has there own ideas on this.
I personally think this is hard to be beat for the positive reasons that I have mentioned. I originally purchased one when they first appeared and sold it on in my search for perfection. Here I am approximately ten years later buying exactly the same item again.
As the title indicates, this guitar amplifier features a 5-watt tube power amplifier and a Celestion brand speaker. It uses a ECC83/12AX7 preamplification tube and a 6V6GT power tube for the amplifier section, plus a Celestion Super 8 GBA-15 speaker.
The amplifier handles frequencies between 80Hz and 10kHz, with hum and noise -75dB below the rated power and 0. 5% total harmonic distortion. It includes a Low input and a High input, with the former attenuating the signal by approximately 50% and the latter being easier to overdrive.
While tone is always debatable, the increased dynamic range and even-order harmonicdistortion of tubes produces the better sound. Get superior guitar tone in a small package using this 5-Watt 1×8 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker from Monoprice! As the title indicates, this guitar amplifier features a 5-watt tube power amplifier and a Celestion brand speaker.
It uses a ECC83/12AX7 preamplification tube and a 6V6GT power tube for the amplifier section, plus a Celestion Super 8 GBA-15 speaker. The amplifier handles frequencies between 80Hz and 10kHz, with hum and noise -75dB below the rated power and 0.
5% total harmonic distortion. It includes a Low input and a High input, with the former attenuating the signal by approximately 50% and the latter being easier to overdrive. The cabinet is ported in the rear and features a leather handle, cloth speaker grill, and a cream-colored, textured, synthetic leather exterior with chrome corner guards.
Because the Stage Right 5-watt tube amp (#611705) has control knobs only for Volume and Tone, I found that I get the best-to-my-ears guitar sound when I put an equalizer pedal between the guitar and amp and then adjust the equalizer to the tone that I’m looking for.
On the guitar the Volume and Tone knobs are set fully open and on the 5-watt tube amp the Tone knob is fully closed and the Volume knob is set to the volume level acceptable to the environment (for home practice the Volume knob is set to level 3 at full 5-watts).
The Stage Right 5-watt tube amp is my first tube amp after having used modeling amps for at least five years. I had heard that tube amps more often than not sound better than modeling amps. After now having experienced using a tube amp I agree that tube amps (at least the Stage Right 5-watt amp) sounds better than the modeling amps I’ve used (which to me sound great too).
If you’re looking for your first tube amp (like I was) or you are looking for a low-watt tube amp for home use then I highly recommend the Monoprice Stage Right 5-watt tube amp #611705. Review about Monoprice customer support: The 5-watt tube amp that I initially received had a cosmetic defect (a hole) on the textured surface on the front side of the amp.
The Volume knob when set to fully opened level 10 produced normal speaking level sound instead of the noise-complaint loud volume that I expected. Monoprice customer service was great and easy to work with in submitting an amp replacement request.
I described the problems, sent pictures of the cosmetic defect and a video demonstrating the Volume problem. After Monoprice customer service reviewed the pics and video they sent me a free shipping return label, a RMA label, and they ordered me a replacement amp which arrived within 7 days after I submitted the replacement request.
The replacement amp that I received had no cosmetic defects and the Volume knob set to max level 10 is loud enough to generate noise-complaints from neighbors, though I normally use the amp at Volume level 3 for home use.
This amplifier with Built-in Effects. Compact, easy to use and versatile enough for any style of guitar playing, the 20-watt Champion 20 is an ideal choice for your first practice amp. Straightforward controls, cool effects and versatile amp voicings make it easy to dial in just the right sounds for rock, blues, metal, country, jazz and more.
Enhance your performance with this VOX Pathfinder 10 V9106 combo amplifier that features 10W RMS power for robust audio and gain, treble, bass and volume controls for flexible settings. The clean/overdrive switch makes it easy to add gain to your sound.
VOX Bulldog 6-1/2″ speaker, gain, treble, bass and volume controls. Clean/overdrive switch, input jack, headphone/line-out jack. Color: Black.
The Vox AC10C1 is everything I was hoping it to be. The amp has more than enough volume & gain on tap for home use, recording and small gigs. I’ve tried voxy type pedals that don’t even compete with the AC10.
I love this amp. You’ve got to have that specific Vox tone in mind, and I would recommend something else as a first tube amp if your after versatility, but for that signature Vox tone this things perfect.
I don’t color this amp with pedals, there’s no reason to. Plays well with all of my guitars and looks so classy. LOUD for 10 watts, with a lot of very useable tones. I love this thing with telecasters the most.
The gain knob sounds good at low volumes but to be honest, this amp wants to be cranked at a reasonable level. If your just a home player and are on the fence between the AC15 or the AC10, just pull the trigger on the AC10, you won’t feel as if it’s lacking.
FLY 3 Bass is an innovative mini amp that that gives you huge tone on the go. Beyond being an incredible, portable bass amp, the FLY 3 Bass also comes with an MP3 / LINE IN jack built-in, allowing you to connect to your MP3 player, mobile phone, laptop, tablet etc.
and jam along to your favorite tracks. The Speaker Emulated Output jack can also be used with headphones or for recording. Combine the FLY 3 Bass with the FLY 103 to create a 6 Watt stereo set-up for an amazing portable speaker system or computer speakers to play your music through.
3 Watts; Clean and Overdrive channels; 3″ speaker. On-board compressor & sub-bass control; Mid-cut EQ control, MP3/Line In for jamming along or listening to music. Emulated Line Out for ‘silent’ practice or recording.
Revolutionary sonic performance. Battery powered for portable use.
Warning: power cord is not included! This thing can run on battery or power cord, but it takes 6 AA batteries, so running it on battery all the time would be extremely unpractical and expensive. The power cord is sold separately for $33! What a freaking scam.
You think you’re getting a good deal with this thing until you realize you’re actually gonna be spending 50% more than the advertised price if you want something so simple as a power cord. The box does not say anything about it not including a power cord.
It says it can run on power cord or battery, and conveniently fails to mention you will be buying this amp half over again to power it by cord. I actually like the sound of this little thing and the built in gain sounds great for what it is.
But I’m going to return it and get another amp as I need one with a power cord and this company is obviously extremely shady, purposely deceiving their customers, attempting to force them into additional purchases just to achieve basic functionality.
I chose this at the store over another more expensive more well known brand because it seemed to have basically the same features for a cheaper price. Well the joke’s on me, because the nicer one is actually cheaper since it comes with a dang power cord.
Such a scam Blackstar deceiving people into thinking they are the cheaper option, only to charge an outrageous totally ridiculous price for something every single other legitimate brand out there includes with the amp as a matter of course.
Thanks for the cheap 3rd world batteries you included, Blackstar, but I’d rather have a power cord. Will never be buying from this brand again.
Very fine practice amp. Super lightweight and portable. Works on AA batteries or with a 4. 5v adaptor (which is a bit of a pain to find, so far I am just using batteries). Great sound, from clean to overdrive.
The echo effect is also nice to have – it is subtle but adds color and depth. I honestly did not expect this to be that great, I took a chance even though I really wanted the (slightly) more expensive Boss Katana Mini.
But I have no regrets purchasing this and am quite happy with it.
I was very pleasantly surprised and the range of EQ and the control of compression the Fly 3Bass gives me, not only a great practice amp but mic it up through a PA and it sounds amazing. Great running on batteries (last about 12 hours) or mains.
I did a back garden set with couple of friends on acoustic guitars me on electric bass via Fly 3 and it sounded really good so i am very pleased with my purchase. Only thing i had to do was back off tone and bass enhancer on my active bass as it slightly overpowered the amp but i get that on my stage rig as well so expected that.
The all-analog Blackstar Debut 10E 10-watt stereo practice amp sets a new standard in on-the-go combo amplifiers. Experience inspiring tone and feel as you run the Debut 10E’s twin 3-inch stereo speakers through their paces.
Conjure up decades of coveted British and American tones with Blackstar’s patented Infinite Shape Feature. Add dimensionality to your playing with a built-in digital tape delay as you jam along to your favorite tunes via the onboard MP3 input.
A speaker-emulated output gives you that “miked stack” response at silent volumes, whether you’re wearing headphones or recording direct. And with its classic cream/oxblood cosmetics and simple analog-style controls, the Debut 10E makes the perfect centerpiece to your control room, stage, or performance platform.
Looking for more from a practice or recording amp? You’ll definitely want to have a look at/listen to the Blackstar Debut 10E combo guitar amplifier.
I’m unlikely to ever need an amp big enough to gig with, so this little unit really fit the bill for home practice without winding up the neighbours. But it can get loud enough for me to jam with my son on his drum kit which is useful.
The clean tone is particularly nice and surprisingly rich and warm for an amp at this price. The delay hasn’t got a lot of control with just one knob, but the range of delay is really good. The eq doesn’t make a dramatic difference but it does give a bit more range.
Still unsure what I think about the overdrive. For the sort of bluesy music I like it is about right but i would like to dial it back a bit more sometimes and that isn’t really possible on this amp. But for £50 i guesss you aren’t going to get every bell and whistle.
A very satisfied customer and Pmt have been great in terms of customer service and communication.
Very simple and straightforward. It does what it does very well. For the price, it’s remarkable. Well built and solid. Limited tonal options, but if you like the sound that’s not a problem. I wouldn’t consider it for a main practice amp, but for a low price option for the occasional jam in the office when I need to clear my head, it’s perfect.
Nice mellow tones. Never going to sound like a Fender twin – think more humbucker / middle / lower end grunt. A particularly nice mellow jazz kind of feel can be dialled in as well. It’s never going to make you a rock star, but if you want to just sit and play just about anywhere at comparatively low volumes, it’s excellent.
Blackstar are once again delivering a fantastic amp that is powerful and yet simple for beginners to use. The range of tones available from this little box is outstanding from the warm clear crisp clean to the full dirty and muddy distortion with the option for added delay across the board is something I dreamed of when starting out.
This is all at your finger tips for a amazing budget price! If your just starting out on your guitar journey this is the amp to go for!.
The Roland CUBE Street is the amp for you if you’re a musician on the move. Whether you’re running to a rehearsal, lesson, street gig, or any situation that requires portability and versatility, the battery powered Cube Street guitar amp is a marvel that’s ready to travel fast.
The CUBE Street sounds amazing and is capable of high-volume output thanks to dual digital power amps and a pair of high-performance neodymium speakers. And just wait until you hear the built-in effects and amp models.
Great Sound to GoRoland Cube amps are famous for performance that exceeds their physical size, and the Cube Street is no exception. With two high performance neodymium speakers onboard, this amp sounds incredible, and is capable of high-volume output that defies its physical dimensions.
Best of all, it can run for up to 15 hours on just six AA alkaline batteries.
This incredible piece of gear is the best thing in the market for street performers, home practice, camping or any type of adventures! It has an outstanding sound quality, which unfortunately for Marshall, Fender and other top brands, beats every other amp in the service-price ratio.
Built in effects are also advanced emulations of the classic analogue pedals, but due to the Boss Digital Modelling input, it just creates the perfect tone for you! Vocals are bright and clear, acoustic guitars are tremendously powerful coming through the high quality stereo field, and even wind instruments or percussion work really well.
Compatible with every possible setup you can create for one, two or even three people jamming. Can’t be more satisfied about this product. I have to add that I was really worried about the battery life, but keeping the amp at the recommended level of output can make them last for a longer time than you expect.
You can carry it anywhere and anyhow! It’s so light and well designed externally that you can even put it in your backpack!! Honestly, only if you try you’ll be able to believe this new futuristic generation of playing through the amp anywhere you like with exceptional quality!.
I’ve had a little Cube for a dozen years now, that I’ve used on the street busking, & at small gigs. This little joy is a wonder with the multiple amp choices for your guitar’s voice, & a great mic channel.
It’s also sturdy as heck, as I’ve dropped mine more times than I like to admit. It even took a whole flight of stairs one time, & the only damage was a broken corner piece, which I super-glued on & is still there.
I bought a second one as the volume pot for the vocal channel on my original Cube copped out. (It’s since been replaced & is working fine). I have the bigger Cube-EX but but personally I like the amp models and the vocal channel on the smaller one a lot better.
I have owned my street cube for about 3 years now and it has been a fantastic little do all amp. I use it almost daily in my music room for running a mic thru and guitar while practicing. It does not get super loud but that is to be expected.
At home, I use a power supply so I don’t eat up the batteries. Honestly the sound quality on both the mic and guitar is good. Guitar models are not as good as a tube amp but I cant score down for that considering the price and purpose of the little amp.
It is plenty good enough to practice with. You can add effects to both the mic and guitar separately which I like. The sep eq also lets you dial in preferences for tone. I also use mine for events connected to a little Mackie 150watt amp.
The street cube acts as my monitor while the Mackie is for the audience. the little setup works well for me with groups up to about 50. On battery. it really does give you all day power and the AA batteries are cheap so no problem when you need to change them.
I strongly recommend this little amp. Every musician who likes to sing and play an instrument could use one.
New and improved. Enhanced for extra versatility and flexibility. The BluGuitar AMP1M Nanotube 100 Mercury Edition Amplifier is a powerful four channel amp head that’s compact enough to fit on your pedalboard and in your gig bag.
Despite its size, the AMP1 delivers an incredible array of vintage to modern tube tones. With a choice between once clean channel and three overdrive channels – all with their own controls – you’ll easily be able to create your own signature sounds on-the-fly.
Its straight-forward control layout removes the need to lose yourself in sub-menus or secondary functions, letting you focus solely on your performance. No matter what situation you’re in, you’ll be able to rely on the BluGuitar AMP1M.
With its extensive connectivity, you can use the Pedal Amp in the studio, on stage, or even at home.
The Orange Crush 35RT 35W guitar combo brings the legendary Orange sound to the rehearsal room. Sharing the Crush 20RT’s twin-channel design, digital reverb and chromatic tuner, the Crush 35’s larger size and bigger output section delivers even greater puPower 35W (solid state).
Two channels. Speaker: 1×10″ Orange Voice of the WorldControls: 3 band EQ, volume, gain, reverb. Built-in digital reverb. Built-in chromatic tuner. Transparent FX loop. Headphone output with CabSim.
Equal parts classic design, iconic tones, and forward-thinking innovations, Marshall has pulled out all the stops with this quality used Origin Series Head. The Marshall Origin ORI50H is a 50-watt powerhouse amp head ready to anchor your guitar rig.
It delivers two distinct sounds from separate preamp voicings – normal and high-treble. These sound designs are heavily influenced by the two channels of the legendary 1960s Marshall Plexis. Blend these two sounds to taste by using the Origin s new TILT tone blend control knob.
Setting this control at 12 o clock will give you a perfect mixture of the two tones.
This is an amazing amp! Not only is it affordable, but it’s so versatile! I like to dial in an edge of breakup tone so that by rolling back the volume pot on my Guitar I have pristine cleans, roll it up for that classic “crunchy,” biting clean.
This amp also LOVES pedals, so when I want more gain I can step on the blue channel of my Friedman BE-OD Deluxe. Even More gain = the second channel on the BE-OD Deluxe with the mids ever so slightly cut back (now we’re getting into the hard rock/metal territory).
And if that’s not quite heavy enough to serve a particular sound, well the internal foot-switchable boost adds a nice extra oomph. The EHX Metal M*ff is great for those extreme levels of gain (contrary to other reviews, this amp is perfectly capable of doing Metal if you utilize your favorite dirt pedals).
And the effects loop is wonderful! Reverbs, Delays, Modulations. they sound great through the loop! Even on the lowest power setting, this amp is very LOUD, because that highly sought after power amp distortion that makes a Plexi so desirable demands to be heard!! Is this a Plexi? Of course not, but that magical characteristic of genuine Marshall tone is quite convincing in the Origin! IMHO, for the price, this is as close as you will ever get, and it is fantastic! If you want a good, reliable, LOUD amp with the versatility to cover all your needs, and don’t want to spend 5x’s as much, well this IS what you have been wishing you could find!.
The Blackstar Super Fly is your take-anywhere street performance amp. With separate microphone and instrument channels, battery power, plus Bluetooth connectivity, it delivers your performance with power and clarity in any location.
Channel 1 has an XLR/jack combination input for use with microphones or line level instruments. Channel 2 is for guitar, either electric with clean and overdrive, or a specially voiced acoustic setting.
Each channel has its own separate EQ and reverb controls. Its easy to pair a Bluetooth device for jamming along to your favorite tunes with the Super Flys two 3″ full range speakers that deliver 12W of power.
When youre using it in the street the handy built-in tilt back stand ensures your playing is heard. For portability it runs on 8 x AA batteries, or there is an optional rechargeable battery pack that Velcros discretely to the back of the unit and gives 15 hours of playing time.
For the size and what it is intended for, this is a really great option. The build quality is decent, more plastic than metal. For such a small amp, it packs quite the options for adjustment in the sound quality department.
The previous small amp I cam from did not offer nearly as many options, it lacked range. This Blackstar amp provides more than enough real adjustment options, don’t let those small dials fool you. I bought this primarily because I needed something small for apartment living, my neighbors hate instrument noise.
This amp almost perfectly hits the bill there, as it allows me to hear what I am doing without being disruptive. The amp also can be used as an MP3 speaker with an aux cord, and if I am not mistaken, Bluetooth as well.
My wife loves that feature for podcasts, or me with cooking dinner, a nice bonus feature for sure. The main offender, despite this being used for quite jamming sessions, would be the volume output. You have to really ride the maximum setting on the volume to get it to really pick up during the daytime hours.
This isn’t a dealbreaker per-say but it is unfortunate as it means I will have to eventually upgrade to a larger amp to compensate where this one falls short. Otherwise, it’s a solid amp for the price! If you jam out in an apartment like me, this is great as you get closer to and pass quiet hours.
I’d been looking for battery powered amps for a while for a multitude of reasons. * Instant plug and play * Portability * Headphones I’d tried a few options, and had always avoided the price tag attached to the BlackStar Fly 3 because I couldn’t imagine it would be that better than the battery powered amps I had tried already that just seemed like toys.
They either sounded tinny, or distorted, and it wasn’t enjoyable playing them. I finally tried one out myself and instantly bought it along with the extension cabinet. When we entered lockdown, I was looking for a solution to be able to attend virtual open mics.
There was the obvious choice that seemed to be the standard for when you wanted an option for your guitar and voice, but then this “SuperFly” amp had been released. At first looks, it didn’t seem as sturdy as it’s competitors, but then, the same could have been said for the Fly 3.
It’s size and no frills appearance defies the great tones it produced. The additions to it looked like it could be a very good setup, if it was built as well as other BlackStar products. So I purchased the SuperFly amplifier and was mightily impressed with it.
The design, the weight, the features, but more importantly, the sound of it was brilliant! Two separate channels for guitar and reverb. A specific acoustic setting. It just sounds great with both an electric or an acoustic.
And it’s mind boggling to think this is not a tube amp, and that it is battery powered. I quickly updated my setup to add the powerbank PB-1 so I would always have more than enough batteries (and spare batteries in case I was in a position where I needed to play a 24 hour marathon!).
I was always told I had a great setup and sound on the virtual open mics I joined. So the natural progression was to purchase the SuperFly Extension Cabinet in order to expand my setup from 12W to 24W and have true stereo sound.
So the Cabinet arrived with the XLR cable included and batteries as well. All I needed to do was connect it all up, then decide whether to us Dual (both the original SuperFly Amp and the Cabinet with Left and Right channels on both) or to use Split (The original SuperFly Amp operating as the Left Channel and the extension operating as the right channel).
It just sounded fabulous and full. I tested it in my house, and in that setting, Dual seemed to work better. Perhaps Split is better suited for outdoor environments to project the sound using the tilt stand on both the amplifier and the cabinet.
I’ll be purchasing a second PB-1 Powerbank so that both the amplifier andthe cabinet are able to be powered for more than enough time than I should need them for. But I am very happy. It’s such a great design and setup that sounds amazing and is so easy to use and almost impossible to get a bad sound out of.
I’m so glad I opted for this amp and setup over the defacto standard as it seems that with this extension, and the powerbanks, I have a solution that is far more flexible and capable of being used for longer than it’s competitors.
First one arrived with leaking batteries and was damaged inside so was returned. Good returns process and speedy replacement. Second one is fine but build quality not impressive. I am teaching myself bass so the Blackfly is a good way to start and is small and highly portable.
Sound quality is OK but effects don’t seem to alter it much. Disappointing that no mains lead is included at the price. Will definitely replace with something more substantial if the bass playing goes well.
There are a few different ways to go about finding cheap amps for guitar. One option is to look for used amps at pawn shops, garage sales, or online classifieds websites. Another option is to purchase a lower-priced model from a reputable brand.
Finally, there are a few companies that manufacture budget-friendly amps that still offer good quality.
In conclusion, there are a few different ways to find cheap amps for guitar. Do some research to find the option that best suits your needs.