Finding a good guitar amplifier can be a challenge indeed. There are so many great amps available on the market today so the options seem endless. The fact remains, that a good amplifier can be as crucial as having a good guitar to use with it. As a matter of fact, a great amp can make a low budget guitar sound good. On the other hand a crummy amp can make a high end guitar sound very poor. So, you must be extremely cautious and choose your amp with great care so it compliments your playing, your instrument and dive into thealso enhances your over all musicianship.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the best electric guitar amps that you can get for under $500 on Amazon. These are amps that are quality and usable for gigs as well as home or studio recording. Firs, I will briefly go over three amps that I would recommend with the $500 budget. Afterwards, I will go into the specifics of each of the three amps including the pros and cons.

Guitar Amp Buying Guide: Tube vs Digital

RCA Tubes

Before we begin to go into the amps that we will be covering, there are a number of factors that you should consider when finding the amp of your choice.

First and foremost, you should have an idea of weather you want an amp with tubes, or if you prefer a digital amp. In my opinion, tube amps are the way to go. They seem more powerful and produce a pure and crisp tone that quite simply cannot be imitated with any digital amp. A digital amp may come close to sounding like a tube amp, but it will never be the real deal. On the other hand, digital amps today are really good. It seems that the quality has improved greatly in the last 10 years. In addition, you can get an amazing digital amp for a very reasonable price.

Digital amps tend to be good for recording, practicing and rehearsing. I do not advocate playing live with a digital amp as I feel that keeping things simple is the way to go live. In a live setting, a good tube amp along with a few effects is easier to monitor and control. However, I know some player who use digital amps live and it works fine for them. So to each his own I guess. Like with guitars, you should always try out a wide range of amps so you get a feel and an impression of the type of amp that will work for you.

Now, let us look at the 3 amps we will be covering with this article.


Fender Super Champ

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The first one is the Fender Super Champ. This amp is listed at $529 but is available for only $380. This is a great little amp that should definitely do the trick at your rehearsals, recording and with proper mic placements and good sound guy, be able to handle a live performance as well.


Vox Valvetronix VT40 Plus

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The second amp is the Vox Valvetronix VT40 Plus.

Vox is a brand that is highly respected and revered. This amp brings justice to the name Vox. This can be purchased new on Amazon for only $300. The amp really has its own unique tone and quality to it. It gives you a great deal to work with in terms of tone, and makes for a fantastic gig amp.


Marshall MG101CFX100W

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The last amp will be the Marshall MG101CFX100W

Ah, Marshall. Just saying the name instantly seems to bring out mental pictures of Slash, Eric Clapton, Metallica and Eddie Van Halen and other amazing rock guitar gods of past present and future. If you are looking for a true rock n roll sound, you really cannot miss with Marshall. (Please bare in mind that this is the opinion of a man who loves and mostly uses Fender 😉 )

This amp is superb. Priced at our budget. $499.99, this Marshal amp will not let you down and is a very good deal if you want to spend all $500. Like most things in life you really do get what you pay for which is also the case here. This amp is more than good enough to bring to medium sized venues, and as I always say, with proper microphone placements and a great sound man, bigger venues may also work.


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