If you had asked me when I bought my first guitar if I would ever pay anything over $300 for a guitar equipment, I would laugh in your face and continue on playing that rusty, cat screeching thing I called guitar that I bought from an eighty-year-old dude for $50 (the guitar was probably just as old and wrinkly as the man). Well, I like admitting my ignorance as much as the next person but I got to say “MAN WAS I WRONG!”. Well, at the time I probably was not because as a 15-year-old beginner I don’t think to buy an amplifier at a $1000 mark would be the smartest move. So, listen out my friends, if you have been into guitars for years and finally want to save up money and cash out on an amazing amplifier, I am in full support of that. I won’t get too deep into why quality amplifiers matter at this point. That I will definitely do in the main section of this article, so browse around and look through what we deemed to be some of the best guitar amplifiers under $1000. Hopefully, you will find your best love (a.k.a. amplifier) in this list.
Table of Contents
- 1 Top 7 Best Guitar Amps Under 1000
- 1.1 Fender 68 Custom Princeton Reverb Amplifier
- 1.2 Peavey Delta Blues 115 guitar Amplifier with Tremolo
- 1.3 Yamaha THR100HD 100-Watt, Dual-Channel Modeling Amplifier
- 1.4 Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40-Watt 1×12-Inch Guitar Combo Amp
- 1.5 Peavey 6505+ 112 Combo Guitar Electric Guitar Amplifier
- 1.6 BUGERA TRIREC INFINIUM
- 1.7 Quilter Labs SA200-COMBO-115 Steelaire 15″ 200W Amp
- 2 Conclusion
Top 7 Best Guitar Amps Under 1000
|1||Fender 68 Custom Princeton Reverb||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|2||Peavey Delta Blues 115||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|3||Yamaha THR100HD||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|4||Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|5||Peavey 6505+ 112||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|6||BUGERA TRIREC INFINIUM||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|7||Quilter Labs SA200-COMBO-115 Steelaire||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
It does not matter how good you are at playing your guitar or what style you play, a quality amplifier is a must. While we have discussed in our other articles some of the best cheap amplifiers for beginners and best amps under $300 the truth, the more you pay the better quality you get. That’s just a fact that I feel kind of ridiculous even saying. BUT my point is that if you have saved up enough to buy an amp that’s over $500-600 mark, then you are already in a pretty good place. As a skilled player, you want the best for your sound. I mean guitar is only half the job, an amplifier (and many other types of equipment and tweaks you make) complete the job.
It’s not a surprise that we feature amplifiers from brands like Peavey, Fender, Roland, Yamaha, and Bugera because they know what they are doing. That shows even more when a manufacturer has a “luxury” to make higher quality models instead of trying to cram in everything necessary for an amp under $100. That being said, in my opinion, the more you pay the higher your expectations should be, so don’t assume that all amps that cost a lot will be great. Well… they might be good but they might not be the right fit for you. For instance, if you are gigging, a 30-watt, an expensive amp would not be the smartest move.
Think About Your Sound More Than About The Price
Another factor to think about is your style. While beginners might not be that specific about what style they play and what sound they like the best, intermediate players and pros know exactly what they want. Look for the effects on the amp, the tone it produces, hell… listen to it and then determine whether it’s any good for your “sound”. While a lot of people do their research and listen to reviewers play on Youtube, there is a big chance that the sound in life is different.
A lot of the amps on this list are combos. That’s usually what I go for as well because they combine the best of the two worlds (tubes and solid-state amps). Tube amps are great but they are harder to maintain not to mention that they are a lot more pricey. The solid-states are less expensive but their tone is not as great, at least usually. So if you find the right combo, it will deliver on the best of the two types.
First of all, congratulations. You have been sweating over your guitar for hours on end for probably years and years to achieve great skills. I am assuming that because $1000 amplifiers are a big luxury and, personally, I would go for them if I was sure that I have honed all my skills to the level where I can warrant myself to get a glorious, mind-bending amplifier that will take my performance from one to a hundred. While we have provided in this best guitar amplifiers under $1000 list what we thought were some of the greatest amps we know of and are actually worth the money there are probably many, MANY other models out there we have missed out. With amps that go over $500-600 mark, I (and you should too) have pretty high expectations. The model has to check off all the points. It has to be pretty perfect on a stage, in the recording studio, and of course at home. It should give me versatility and control over tone and volume so that it pretty much becomes my second nature. AND it wouldn’t hurt if it looked nice. Amplifiers listed above are all of that and much more. In any case, if you have been browsing this list just for the fun of it or you plan on buying one of them at some point but cannot afford it at this point, feel free to check out our articles about the best amplifiers under $300, best amps under $500, and a lot more.