The world is full of amps. It is so full of them in fact that it is somehow hard to choose not because there is not enough good ones, but too many of them. Which is very unfortunate, as it raises the entry level requirement for understanding what you are buying. This means that a whole lot of people get intimidated when trying to pick an amp. Like if they want a mini amp that they would want to carry with them when they go somewhere. Which is why I sat myself down the other day, bargaining all the while, and compiled a list of the best small guitar amps, for the sake of all the big musicians trying to play them. Hopefully at least some of you will find it more or less useful, since I had to categorize these according to price, sound quality, tone quality, comfort of use and even the general usefulness. What I am trying to say is, it was a lot of work.
Table of Contents
- 1 Top 10 Best Small Guitar Amps
- 1.1 Fishman Loudbox Mini Acoustic Instrument Amplifier
- 1.2 Roland Micro Cube Guitar Amplifier
- 1.3 Line 6 Micro Spider 6-Watt Battery-Powered Guitar Amplifier
- 1.4 VOX MINI3G2CL Battery Powered Modeling Amp, 3W
- 1.5 Orange Amplifiers Micro Crush PiX 3 Watt 9-Volt Mini Amp
- 1.6 Pignose 7-100 Legendary Portable Amplifier
- 1.7 Blackstar FLY3 Battery Powered Guitar Amplifier, 3W
- 1.8 Marshall MS4 Mini Micro Full Stack Battery Amplifier
- 1.9 Fender Mini Tonemaster Battery Powered Electric Guitar Amp
- 1.10 Mugig Portable Amplifier for Electric Guitar 10W
- 2 Conclusion
Top 10 Best Small Guitar Amps
|1||Fishman Loudbox Mini||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|2||Roland Micro Cube||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|3||Line 6 Micro Spider||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|4||VOX MINI3G2CL||(4.6 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|5||Orange Micro Crush PiX||(4.6 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|6||Pignose 7-100 Legendary||(4.5 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|7||Blackstar FLY3||(4.5 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|8||Marshall MS4 Micro||(4.5 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|9||Fender Mini Tonemaster||(4.4 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|10||Mugig Portable Amplifier||(4.4 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
Why get a small guitar amp?
So what is the point of getting a small guitar amp? I mean you can get a whole lot of sound out of a medium sized amp without all of the sound issues that the small amps have. And yeah they are more ungainly and harder to lug around, but at least they have the sound and power required to handle a live performance and even band practice. Plus you can turn down the sound and practice at home just as well, right?’
Well, it is not that you are wrong, though if you know me, you know that I am about to say that you are sort of wrong. You see you don’t need a large or even a mid sized amp to play with your band live or in a practice session. What you do need is a higher quality small amplifier, and you are set. Why? Well, hear this out.
Small guitar amps, contrary to popular belief, have the ability to produce a very powerful sound. You don’t need a whole lot of surface area to have an impressive sound, as so many chihuahuas have proven by keeping up their owners nights on end with their barking. The small amplifiers, the best of them, have sound comparable to the sounds of the larger amplifiers. This has been proven many a time, especially by the band called Annihilator. The guitar player for the band has a very specific set up for himself, with a relatively small amp being one of the main parts of the set up. While his is not as small as some of the ones here, it just goes to show that a live performance does not need a large amp for good quality sound.
Usually what a lot of people complain about when they say a small amp has a lack of power, they mean that the lower tones feel a little lacking. Well, picking the right amp, and placing it right, should allow the lead guitar to shine with the high tones, while also being powerful with the low tones. Yes a smaller amp will; forever have issues with low tone, but correct construction, presence of vacuum tubes, and even simply the correct placement can all solve these problems during small gigs.
On the other hand, practicing with your band should allow you a bit more flexibility with sound. You can ask the rest of the band to accommodate for you a little, lowering the sound on their own instruments (ask the drummer to be nice to the drums). Even during an all out practice session a small amp might be able to keep up with the rest of the band’s volume, if powerful and high quality enough.
Finally the ease and portability of the small amp will allow you so much more flexibility with when and where you can practice. Just weighing a couple of pounds is already a great advantage over the rest of the amps available on the market. And being able to take it on road trips, travel trips, backpacking trips (for a bit of extra buck, we all have thought of doing it) means you can practice anywhere, any time. Small storage requirement means a great storing capability where you don’t have to worry about taking up too much space in your tiny room or apartment. It is great stuff, honestly.
There are so many great things about the small guitar amps that we miss out on. While it is no shame to admit that some issues persist in the sound and ability of smaller amps, it is also worth saying that they have a whole lot of benefits that might be the reason some people decide to pick them up. I have had many amps over the years and my small amp is possibly my favorite piece of equipment (other than all the guitars on their own). I have taken it on many a trip when I had to stay somewhere that was not my home, and it has helped me keep my workout hours up to the standard that I had gotten used to. One of the very first amps I ever had was actually a small amp, nestled in my tiny little room in between my bed and my wardrobe inside which my guitar stood. My point is, whether you are just starting out or you have been playing for a while, you will find a use for your small guitar amp, especially if it is one of the best available on the market.