What is the Best Guitar Combo Amplifier for Blues?

blues combo ampFor the small stage, recording studio, and the bedroom. Here’s a list of the best combo amps for the Blues guitarist.

Eric Clapton, B.B.King, Buddy Guy, and Muddy Waters all got plenty of miles out of their combo amps. This list of greats is just scratching the surface. The combo amp is the perfect partner for the blues guitarist, especially since they are most often easy to transport. Combo amps are usually lower wattage which means that you can drive them harder without turning your neighbours into enemies.

The blues, probably more than any other style of music, puts the guitar right up front with very few effects to mask any imperfections in the playing or the sound. For this reason, Blues players need to have a quality amplifier. To get a real authentic blues guitar sound most people would agree that a tube amp, with very few exceptions, is the only way to go. Solid state amps and digital effects just don’t seem to communicate the blues like tubes and analog gear.

Fender ’65 Deluxe ReverbFender ’65 Deluxe Reverb

One of the most recorded amps of all time, the Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb has been the standard by which many guitarists judge tone for more than 50 years. This two-channel, 22 watt combo amp has two normal inputs, two vibrato inputs, and a single Jensen speaker. more…

Fender Bassbreaker 15Fender Bassbreaker 15

Sporting a modern-retro look featuring grey tweed, the Fender Bassbreaker 15 is relatively lightweight at only 40 pounds, making it pretty easy to lug around. Two EL84 power tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes are responsible for its pronounced midrange tone, high gain, and abundant sustain. more…

Rivera ’68 Deluxe with Stage 2 ModificationsRivera ’68 Deluxe with Stage 2 Modifications

The Rivera-modified ’68 Deluxe is a great example of something already great being improved further by the “community.” The “community,” in this case, is a reference to Paul Rivera, Sr., who has modified amplifiers for the likes of Chet Atkins, Steve Lukather, Vince Gill, and many others. more…

Fender ’68 Custom Twin Reverb 85-watt 2×12Fender ’68 Custom Twin Reverb 85-watt 2×12

The ’68 Custom Twin Reverb Amp is a tribute to the legendary late ’60s Fender Twin Reverb featuring that retro “silver face” design. Two Celestion G12V-70 speakers are driven by 85 watts of tube power, perfect for any small to medium venue. more…

Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1×12 ComboFender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1×12 Combo

The Fender Blues Junior is a perfect example of a big thing in a small package. It packs a serious punch (sometimes it’s hard to believe that this amp is only 15 watts). Using three 12AX7 tubes in the preamp stage and two EL84 tubes in the powers stage, the Blues Junior keeps it simple and delivers a warm and buttery tone, with lots of sustain. more…

Pignose 7-100 Portable AmplifierPignose 7-100 Portable Amplifier

The Pignose is the only solid state amp on this list, but don’t let the lack of tubes fool you; this amp is legendary! This combo amp is portable, weighs less than five pounds, and runs on six AA batteries. It’s not too clean, and not too dirty, just bluesy. more…

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