What is the Best Guitar Combo Amplifier for Rock?

best rock combo ampNeed a high gain combo amplifier? From Marshall to Peavey, this list is a great starting point for the Rock guitarist looking for a tube combo amp.

The combo amp is pretty standard equipment for guitarists of every music genre and skill level. Their compact and rugged design, and often reasonable purchase price are sure to keep the combo amps going strong well into the future. In this post we will concentrate on combo amps made to play rock and heavy rock. Of course we want the clean sounds to be clear and lush, but the gain, crunch, and distortion are going to be very important elements to this discussion because of their emphasis in this style of music.

The music in this genre also often switches from a clean tone to a heavy distortion and then back again sometimes several times in a single song, and at a moment’s notice. This means that we are probably going to be looking for a two-channel amp (one clean, one distorted), preferably with the ability to switch channels using a footswitch. Because most people would probably agree that tubes sound better than solid state even in a modern rock context, these amps will all be tube amps.

Marshall DSL40CMarshall DSL40C

The Marshall DSL40C is an all tube, a 40 watt combo amp that’s ready to play small to medium sized venues and still do its job in practice. It features a single 12′ Celestion seventy 80 speaker, that’s designed to be detailed, with controlled low-end, aggressive upper mid-range, and subtly increased highs. more…

Soldano Lucky 13Soldano Lucky 13

The Soldano Lucky 13 is a 50 watt all tube combo amp. It contains two 12′ Eminence Legend V1216 speakers that are known for a British sound, with warm midrange and highs, and tight bass. The Soldano Lucky 13 is powered by six 12AX7 tubes in the pre amp and two 6L6 tubes in the power amp. more…

Marshall JVM205CMarshall JVM205C

The Marshall JVM205C is an extremely versatile amp with tons of tonal options built into a tube-driven combo. Packed with five 12AX7 tubes in the preamp and two EL34 tubes in the power section, it delivers 50 watts of pure Marshall Tone. more…

Blackstar HT Venue Series Club 40Blackstar HT Venue Series Club 40

The Blackstar HT Venue Series Club 40 is a 40 watt all tube combo amplifier. It uses two 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section and two EL34 tubes in the power section. The 40 watts is switchable to four watts for a great tone in smaller environments. It uses one 12″ Celestion Seventy 80 speaker for a modern British sound. more…

Peavey 6505 Plus 112Peavey 6505 Plus 112

The Peavey 6505 Plus 112 is the last amp on this list but it is by no means the least. This is another all tube amp made by a company that has been around a while and knows music. The Peavey 6505 Plus is a 60 watt combo amp with one 12 inch Sheffield speaker. It runs on five 12AX7 tubes in the preamp and two 6L6GC tubes in the power section. more…