Best 50 Watt Guitar Heads

best 50 watt guitar headsLet’s take a look at the best 50 watt guitar heads and see if we can find an amp that gives us 100 watt tones in a smaller package.

Everyone wants the 100 watt amplifier, but many times a 50 watt head is not only practical but also a more affordable and satisfactory substitute. There are cases in which they can even be preferable to the 100 watt head. For many people who do not have the luxury of playing large clubs every night, a 100 watt head can be just too much power for the bedroom or small apartment. A 50 watt head can still get pretty loud, and it is more than suitable for most solo musician and small band situations. You can turn 50 watt heads up to higher levels and that’s where the tubes really start to do their magic.

All amps, tube and solid state, are designed to sound their best with their volume levels turned up well past the halfway mark. Tubes are still the sound of choice for most people; they’re time-tested and it’s hard to argue against the warm and natural sound that they create. Most of the amplifiers on this list are going to be tube amps, and most of them will have the ability to get high gain tones for the modern Metal players but still clean up really well for those of us who still love the vintage tones.

Best 50 watt guitar heads

Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50 Guitar Amp HeadMesa/Boogie Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head

The Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head is part of a very popular line of amplifiers from the people at Mesa/Boogie. This is a two-channel amplifier that delivers 50 watts of tube driven power. You can buy the Express 5:50 as a head, or as a combo amp. There are five 12AXY tubes in the preamp section and two 6L6 tubes in the power amp section. more…

Bugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Guitar Amplifier HeadBugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Guitar Amplifier Head

The Bugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Guitar Amplifier Head is a 50-Watt Cage-Style 2-Channel Tube Amplifier. This head is hand-built and uses four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section and two EL34 tubes in the power section. It is housed in a cage style metallic mirror finish with a suitcase-type handle. more…

Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp HeadLaney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head

The Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head is the world’s first 50 watt RMS Single Ended true Class A all valve amplifier. It is also the first amp to use five EL34 tubes in the output section, to create a warm and progressive distortion that responds to a player’s touch and playing style. Besides the EL34 tubes in the power section the amp also uses three 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section. more…

EVH 5150III 50W 6L6 Tube Guitar Amp HeadEVH 5150III 50W 6L6 Tube Guitar Amp Head

The EVH 5150 III 50-Watt EL34 head is the smaller version of its 100 watt big brother. This smaller, more compact amplifier, has many of the same features, and the same tube-driven sound as the bigger model, at half the price. This 50 watt amp uses seven JJ ECC83/12AX7 tubes in the preamp and effects loop section and two JJ EL34 tubes in the power section. The EVH 5150 III features a three-channel design that features a “small box,” compact control knob design. more…

Vox MV50 Ultra Compact Amp HeadVox MV50 Ultra Compact Amp Head

The Vox MV50 is a series of ultra compact amplifier heads from a legendary company. The MV50 head comes in many varieties, including High Gain, Boutique, Clean, AC, and Rock. Each one weighs just over one pound and delivers 50 watts of tube-driven power. The Vox MV50 uses NuTube, a new vacuum tube which puts vacuum fluorescent display technology to practical use. more…

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