So, based on the research, it is evident that -every guitar player has a weakness on different guitar models and amps like me. I won’t say it is a weakness for me. Instead, it is a gas (gear acquisition syndrome)
I am totally into this syndrome for six years above. And I love to foster it because this weird psychological syndrome taught me various lessons. Choosing the best guitar amp under 500 is one of the great experiences I have learned.
Today I am going to share my learning output through this article. Here you will find the top ten guitar amp reviews and a complete budget-friendly buying guide. So, stick with me.
Hold on! Before moving on, take a quick glance at our recommended three guitar amp.
10 best guitar amps reviews:
As I said, I will review the top ten guitar amps in this section. Now, the question is, what will you get from review? Well, I tested each of the amps for two days with my Epiphone, Les Paul, Telecaster, and Schechter for observing the pedal alternative.
The observation picked some positive and negative sides of each amp. I will write about the positive and negative sides. It will help you to get a good knowledge before selecting the perfect alternative. Let’s start without any further delay.
Guitar amp buying guide:
Maybe my reviews were bitter for some of you. Right? It’s okay; I tried to be straightforward since it is your hard-earned cash. So, like the reviews, I will try to give a better guideline regarding guitar amp buying.
I hope my considerations will help you to choose the right guitar amp. So the first thing is:
Guitar amp type:
As a guitar player, you have to have a solid idea about different types of guitar amps. So, there are three different types of guitar amps. They are solid-state, tube amps, and modeling amp.
This amp uses a transistor circuit to convert the electric wave into a sweet sound. The advantage and disadvantage of this solid-state amps are:
- Low maintenance.
- Less fragile.
- Disadvantage: It cannot take heavy amp distortion.
Experts are used to explain this type of amp as an advanced amp because of its structure and characteristics. For example, this sort of amp can create different sounds based on the playing style.
It will be easier for you if I put an example here. Jim and I had experimented over a tube amp for 3 hours. The amp sounds completely different when I played after Jim. So, if you are a beginner, I will not prefer this amp for you because these amps are sensitive.
Now let’s move to the third amp. People call this amp as the “digital amp” why? Because it has combined facilities of solid-state and tube amps. In some cases, these digital amps offer a considerable amount of presets.
If you buy one of them which has the built-in presets, then you won’t need any extra pedals or processors. The built-in presets works like the pedal. In fact, they work better in some cases.
Speaker size and power:
I hope my initial idea about guitar amp type -has given you a precise approach. Now, I want to move on to the next step. In this step, you will write about two important considerations. The first one is the speaker size.
The loudness of your amp will depend on speaker size. So choose wisely. I will suggest a six-inch amp if you intend to practice at home alone. Along with the speaker-size suggestion, I am also requesting you to check the power.
The power option is crucial for the distortion sound. So, start at 10 watts if you are practicing alone.
At this fourth stage, I will recommend you to check the results. For that, my best suggestion is to take your guitar to the amp store. Then plug in the guitar with your expected amp. It will be convenient for you to meet your requirements.
For example, I took my telecaster and Epiphone Les paul for testing the reviewed product. This trick helped me a lot to get the perfect amp.
If you are working with different tones, then shifting different channels with a balanced EQ is essential. So, choose an amp that will meet all your requirements. I saw a lot of newbie guitarists neglected this consideration. As a result, they get frustrated with their playing.
The last thing I will recommend before going to the conclusion is; make a decent budget. Don’t compromise your requirements for budgets. It will harm your entire composition skills. Remember, a perfect guitar amp can not only improve your playing power but also it will improve your senses.
So, the concluding opinions are; I tried my best to share my guitar amp buying experience. I don’t know how much it helped you. But one thing I can assure you that – you will buy the best guitar amp under 500 after reading my reviews and buying guides. Now, let me know: which amp do you like most?