Digital modeling combo guitar amps now have tones that are very usable, affordable, and compact.
Digital modeling combo guitar amps have come a long way since the early days, when they were known for over-promising and under-delivering. The tones that they create today are very usable for live and recording purposes. Two advantages of digital amplifiers are their affordability and their ability to be quite compact. Modern technology has also helped by creating full range speaker systems that deliver a room-filling stereo sound from a very small package.
So, now we’ll take a look at a few of the best of the small and inexpensive digital modeling combo guitar amps. They should all be great for beginners because they won’t require too much of an up-front investment, but they will produce tones that inspire more practice. They’ll be helpful for people who don’t need too much power but also don’t want to compromise on tone.
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A 2x5W ultra compact digital modeling guitar amplifier, the ID:Core 10 V2 features unique Super Wide Stereo technology, providing a truly in-depth sound experience.
The Blackstar ID:Core 10 V2 is a 2x5W ultra compact digital modeling guitar amplifier that features Blackstar’s unique Super Wide Stereo technology, which is intended to give you a more immersive sound experience. The amplifier features six different channels: Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, and OD 2. There are also 12 vintage style studio-quality effects which include four modulation effects, four delays, and four reverb effects. Continue reading “Blackstar ID:Core 10 V2 10W Combo Amp”
The VYPYR VIP 1 Combo Amp features 25 effects, up to 4 of which can be used at the same time.
The Peavey VYPYR VIP 1 20W 1×8 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp is the world’s first Variable Instrument Performance amplifier, with models for electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. Peavey uses a combination of 32-bit, floating point SHARC processors and patented Transtube® analog circuitry to create their modeling amplifiers.
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Featuring a unique modeling approach, the Vox VXII 30W 1x8 Digital Modeling Combo Amp also includes a newly designed FET-equipped analog circuit.
Made by one of the original amp creators, the Vox VXII 30W 1×8 Digital Modeling Guitar Combo Amp features VET (Virtual Element Technology), a unique approach that models the circuits inside the amp, instead of just modeling the sound itself. Continue reading “Vox VXII 30W 1×8 Digital Modeling Guitar Combo Amp”
The CODE 50W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp, Marshall’s introduction to digital modeling amps, contains 14 preamp, 4 power amp, and 8 speaker cabinet models.
The CODE50 1×12 Guitar Combo Amp is Marshall’s introduction to digital modeling amps. The CODE50 is a 50-watt combo amp with a single custom 12-inch speaker, and it’s designed to emulate the legendary amplifiers that Marshall is known for. It contains 14 preamp models designed to give you all of your favorite Marshall tones, including the 1962 Bluesbreaker, the 1959SLP Plexi, the JCM800 2203, and the JCM2555 Silver Jubilee.
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The Peavey 6505 Plus 112 combo has two channels, Lead and Rhythm, and each has its own presence and resonance controls, to include EQ and Gain.
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. Continue reading “Peavey 6505 Plus 112 Combo Amp”
The Blackstar HT Venue Series Club 40 has a USB preamp, bringing it into the modern age and adding to its already impressive versatility.
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. Continue reading “Blackstar HT Venue Series Club 40”
The tubes of the JVM205C Combo Amp drive two 12-inch speakers: a Celestion Vintage 30 for a warm low-end, and a Celestion Heritage G12H for a tighter bottom end.
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. Continue reading “Marshall JVM205C Combo Amp”
The Soldano Lucky 13 50W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp has two channels — Vintage Clean and Hi Gain Overdrive — both of which share the Presence control.
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. Continue reading “Soldano Lucky 13 Guitar Combo Amp”
The Marshall DSL40C Combo Amp has two channels, Classic Gain and Ultra Gain, both of which share a five-band EQ.
The Marshall DSL40C is an all-tube, 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. Continue reading “Marshall DSL40C Combo Amp”