Which Guitar Amp Should I Buy? - 092

blog gear podcast Oct 02, 2019

In today's episode I take the next step with amplifiers. Back in episode 18 we learned all about the different types and styles of amplifiers. Today, we take that knowledge and make some decisions.

I break down the four types of players that are interested in buying an amplifier:

  1. Not started yet
  2. Home practicer
  3. Small venue gigger
  4. Large venue gigger

Each player is looking for something different in an amplifier. In the podcast I go through the optimal features that will help each type of player sound professional and cut the gig.

Then I go through all of the other considerations you need to pay attention to before you spend money on an amplifier:

  • Tone
  • How loud
  • Weight
  • Style
  • Tube or Solid State
  • Will it take pedals
  • Modeling
  • Cheap vs. expensive
  • Wattage and speakers

Finally, I give the amplifiers that I would recommend to each type of player in several different styles of music. Below are the Amazon affiliate links to these amplifiers:


Rock at home:

Roland Micro Cube

Rock small venue:

Marshall DSL 40C

Rock Large venue:

Marshall DSL 100HR

Blues Home practicer:

Fender Champion 20

Blues Small Venue:

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue

Blues Large Venue:

Fender '65 Super Reverb

Funk Home Practice:

Fender Champion 20

Funk Small Venue:

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV 1x12

Funk Large Venue:

Fender '65 Twin Reverb 85-Watt 2x12

Jazz Home Practice:

Roland Micro Cube GX 3W 1x5 Battery

Jazz Small Venue:

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue

Jazz Large Venue:

Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus 120-Watt

Country Home Practice:

Fender Champion 20

Country Small Venue:

Peavey Classic 30

Country Large Venue:


Fender '65 Twin Reverb 85-Watt 2x12

Let us know what amps you would recommend below in the comments!


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