At less than $300/£300 you’ll struggle to find a better quality valve amp for cheaper. All of the amps have beautiful clean tones and also make great a platform for guitar pedals. 2.) In this article I am going to run through everything you need to know about blues guitar amps and the best guitar amps for blues. Just saying there are cheaper options if you are prepared to shop around, Hi Barry, thanks for the comment and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the article! So, with this in mind, we’ve put together our top 5 list of amps perfect for blues. The Josh Smith signature is slightly different, in that it has a different speaker and also a 3db boost switch, which would make it a great choice if you want a slightly more overdriven tone. Thanks so much for the kind words Carlos, I really appreciate it. Marshall - Bluesbreaker, 2041 18-Watt combo. At around $700/£570 you can get those beautiful Fender tube tones without breaking the bank and the amp comes with all of the tone shaping controls you need, as well as reverb. The Blues Junior is powered by 2 – EL84 Groove Tube output tubes and 3 – 12AX7 preamp tubes. The AC30 also has onboard reverb and tremelo and currently sells for $1300. Whether you’re looking for an amp for home use, to practice in your bedroom, or an amp to play a gig at the local bar, the only difference is volume. In the meantime, I hope your Vibroverb is still treating you well, and that you keep your cat away from this one! It also has rich clean tone. These are just some of points that I will be covering today. This is part of what makes it one of the best Fender amps for home use. Blues guitar is characteristically bold and soulful, so plugging into an amp that can fully embody the groove pouring out of your guitar is of utmost importance. The Milkman Sound 10W Pint, Morgan PR12 or JS12 or Fender 57 Custom Deluxe could all work well. It’s part of what makes this one of the best blues amps for home use. I have been a huge advocate of Friedman amps ever since. Crank the volume and tweak the Q for the best blues and rock tones. The Fender Blues Junior NOS is a modern blues machine built to vintage specs and using new, old stock parts. The Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior is a 15 watt tube amp combo with a single 12 inch Jensen C12 speaker. At around $580/450 it’s also amazing value for money. If you are adept at using your tone and volume knobs and are comfortable using your picking hand, then the Custom Champ is a very dynamic and responsive amp. This allows you to ‘crank’ the amp whilst keeping the overall volume down. One that is too big to use anywhere other than at a huge venue. After that, I made the mistake of buying a very large valve amp. With 3 12AX7 and 4 EL84 tubes, it’s powerful enough for gigging and built for blues with onboard spring reverb and tremolo. The Friedman PT-20 head is on my radar to pair it with my Victory V112cb. Additionally, it has independent gain and master volumes controls. At 15 watts, cranking the blues junior at home is not going to be realistic for most of us. When I started to crank it, it broke up really nicely too, so it also works well if you like those heavier blues tones. The amp has 2 channels, 3 EQ options, 2 power amp options and 2 tone switches. And I think typically players make one of two mistakes: 1.) Yikes! To my mind it is because so much of the information out there on guitar amps is not suitable for the vast majority of guitarists. If you like the Vox sound and are willing to pay a bit more, then this would also be a great choice. I like just a slight crunch and I found the Pink Taco was amazing for getting that type of tone. As for the Friedman, you should definitely give that a go. In this article, we focused specifically on the best blues amp. A very worthy runner up for the best blues amp is the iconic Vox AC30. A good amp for practice and home use. To serve the same purpose, the amp also comes with a ‘fat switch’ to help you get grittier tones at a lower volume. No in my experience at home, volumen from 3 to 5. Many thx. The Peavey Delta Blue 115 also features an effects loop, optional footswitch, and an output for an extension cabinet. I guess it depends what type of tone you’re looking for? . The Vox AC15 is a great all-around amp and sells for $650. If you enjoyed reading this article, please share the love Thank you! The Marshall 1962 Bluesbreaker is a reissue of the Marshall’s famed JTM45 design. A capable blues amp is different from other amps most significantly by … And I’ll keep you posted with how I get on with the Princeton – I’m closing in on my next purchase, so I should be trying it out within the next few weeks! Tweed is just a classic, vintage blues look – and the Blues Deluxe has the tone to match. From everything that I have read and seen about the Lazy J10 amp, it would be an amazing choice. Or maybe they’re just too much amp for your needs. I do personally believe that if you want a really beautiful blues tone, it’s worth investing in a very high quality amp. This is an amp that is all about simplicity. If however, you’re looking for something a little closer to the AC30, then it is also worth considering the Vox AC4HW1. Unfortunately it had an accident, one of my cats had a fight and used the amp to escape up the wall. At less than $200, the Bugera V5 Infinium is the clear winner in the price category. Of these, the Vox AC4 is one of the best amps for home use. In fact, the best amp for blues is usually less than 40 watts. This sexy beast delivers the goods when it comes to nailing that early Clapton tone from his days with Cream. It also has rich clean tone.