Amplifiers are a versatile beast, shaping the course of modern music for three-quarters of a century – empowering rock gods and electrifying music fans across a number of generations. Its importance shows no signs of diminishing in the computerised era, with new and exciting uses still being explored to this day. Whether you’re a guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, vocalist – pretty much any kind of instrumentalist – the humble amp can take your sound to a higher level.
This month we take a look at a huge range of amplifiers – ranging from entry-level options for beginners, to boutique beauties for the tonal aficionado, through to untamed monsters for those looking to obliterate windows and eardrums alike.
Our cracking team of writers have put these amps through the motions, putting their capabilities, build, and value for money to the test, so you can make an informed choice when selecting your new vessel of aural power.
Though our guide is as comprehensive as they come, the best move after flicking through the following pages is to head down to your local retailer and test out whichever amp tickles your fancy in the flesh. Make it loud, make it count!