If you want to gig with your electric guitar finding the right amplifier is pretty much as important as finding the right guitar. And yes, I said “right” not “best” because as we all know there is not one best anything, including an amplifier. I don’t know of a single piece of equipment or instrument that most people agree is the best in their opinion. That’s because most players have specific needs and those needs must be fulfilled, the same goes for amplifiers. So this time around let’s talk about best guitar amplifiers under $200. While the best amps under $100 are pretty cheap and fit beginners the best, these models are a bit better in quality and thus sound. Not all of them are perfect for intermediates, but then again I know people who have played guitar for 10-20 years and think that some of the best amps they have had were under $200-300. Without further ado, let’s get into specific models and then let’s talk about some general tips and info about amplifiers.
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Top 5 Best Guitar Amps Under 200
|1||Marshall MG30CFX MG Series||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|2||Fender Champion 40||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|3||Line 6 Spider V||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|4||VOX Valvetronix VT20X||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|5||Peavey Vypyr VIP 1||(4.6 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
First of all, looking through lists of amplifiers means that you have chosen and maybe even bought your electric guitar so congrats on that. OR maybe you have had a guitar for a while and need a budget-friendly model that will not break your bank. Fortunately, manufacturers pump out affordable amps right to left so there is not going to be a lack of options for you. In fact, you might have a hard time choosing one out of hundreds and hundreds of models. If you have not found an amp you like on this list we have a lot of other options for the best cheap beginner amplifiers under $100 and a lot more.
Yeah, an initial goal of amplifiers, when they were created in the early 20th century, was to make the sound of the device louder with the development of technologies and inventions, amps have become a lot more than just a way to increase the sound. There are so many effects that you can use available on your amp that you pretty much have full control of the sound your guitar is producing. With modeling amps, it’s pretty much whatever sound and effect you want to make. Apart from that amplifiers change the way you feel your guitar and the way you play so never underestimate the importance of a good quality amplifier.
While amplifiers vary in style, shape and sound they create the basic parts of an amplifier are a preamp, power amp, and speaker. Without getting too deep into the technicalities and boring the living hell out of you I will briefly describe which part is what. The preamp has a circuit that is the initial receiver of the “sound” and through different controls shapes the sound. Then the signal goes through power amp which magnifies the signal. Finally, the speaker receives the amplified sound and releases the signal and produces the sound that the audience hears. While all parts play different parts in producing the final mesmerizing and bombastic sound, there is no way for the sound to be any good unless all parts are up to par.
There are a lot of things you need to learn about amplifiers if you are new to the world of electronic music. The basic structure is the first step. Knowing how something works will be the best way to figure out whether the model you are looking at is actually good or just a gimmick. Even with the inexpensive models, you can find an amp that sounds perfect for you. It all depends on how well you know your needs and circumstances. For instance, if you just need an amp for practice you can get buy with low watt, compact model that does not boast the volume as much. If you plan on gigging in big rooms going for a 30-watt model is pretty much a direct way to failure. Apart from that, you need to keep in mind that the effects, especially with modeling amps are the major factor. Know what effects you need and what you can live without and then chose the model that has all the necessary effects. And please don’t make a mistake of getting a model that boasts all the possible effects in the world because most probably you won’t be using all of them.
Great guitar or not you won’t go too far unless you have a quality amplifier. And by quality amplifier I don’t mean find the most expensive and high-end model, save up for years and get it. What I mean is research (like you are probably doing now, because how else did you end up here), know your budget, your purpose (whether you need an amp for practice, gigging or recording), the size you need and most importantly the sound you want from your amp. You figure that thing out, browse for hours on end and then discover the holy grail (your holy grail) that just fits all your needs and checks all the right boxes. That’s when you know that hours of browsing did not go to waste. In any case, I hope the list of our best guitar amp under $200 was useful and if you want something more affordable we also have a list of some of the best cheap amplifiers for beginners under $100.