So you have to go on a hard and long quest of finding the one and only – the best amplifier. Well… maybe not the best. Something more like the best amplifier for beginners and intermediate players under $300. And as much as this might sound like a deviation from the “best amplifier”, trust me, you can find a perfect one for your need no matter the price. The first thing I ask when someone wants an advice about an amplifier is what’s his or her budget. If you are looking at this article you probably already have a budget or at least the upper limit of $300. Congrats on that. While there are a lot of amplifiers under $100, they are usually for the most basic needs and we have quite a comprehensive article about the best cheap amplifiers for beginners if you want to check that out. The best guitar amplifier under $300 is where we will be talking about some good quality equipment. While the following is the list of the models that we think are the best in this price range, feel free to read the more general tips later on. And, of course, you can look through some of our blogs like “Solid-state Vs. Tube Amplifiers” and much more to figure out what you need.
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Top 5 Best Guitar Amps Under 300
|Peavey Vypyr VIP 3||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Line 6 Spider V||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Blackstar HT1 Series||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Orange PPC108 1x8||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|Randall RG80||(4.7 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
Does not matter if you started playing the guitar yesterday, a week ago, or two years ago at one point, you will probably want to gig or record. Maybe it does not have to be a huge arena with thousands of people or a big recording studio but the idea of gigging seems to be one of the most exciting things for any player. So that’s why an amplifier is one of the major things you need to get right after you buy a guitar. Fortunately, there are a plethora of amplifiers ranging in price and type. Unless you have thousands of dollars in your saving account (and even if you do ) you probably don’t want to spend more than you have to on an amplifier. Nevertheless, you have to walk a very thin line between good quality and affordable and bad quality and cheap models. Don’t make a mistake that many have done (including me). Don’t go for the cheapest amp you can find thinking that a guitar is the main thing that matters while an amplifier is just a secondary equipment.
In either case, if you are looking through lists of the best amplifiers under $300, you have probably made a very wise decision to invest a bit of money in the equipment. While we love some of the best amplifiers under $200, a few bucks go a long way. That is especially true with amplifiers. So if we are talking $200, it’s more a beginner, budget-friendly list while with $300 models you are getting yourself into some quality models that are usually amazing for intermediate players as well (not to mention they are much more recording and gigging-friendly).
One of the major things you need to think about if this is your first foray into the world of amplifiers is the wattage. You might have noticed that most amp models have “watt” either in the title or have that as the first line in the description. That, my friend, is because wattage is one of the major things that determine the strength or power of your amplifier (a.k.a. How loud your sound is going to be). But just like with most instruments and equipment things are not as clear-cut as we wish. For instance, you cannot look at a tube amplifier and solid-state amplifier that have the same wattage and expect them to actually produce the same volume. Most tube amps are much louder than solid state amps. Sometimes even a 10-watt tube amp will produce better volume than a 60-watt solid amp. While you might think that you will only be practicing at home and don’t need a lot of wattages, think longer. You never know if one day you will want to gig. And if you do your amplifier should have enough wattage not to be drowned out by other instruments.
While there is no definite way to say how loud and powerful the amplifier actually is without listening/playing, there are very general guidelines. For instance, amplifiers with wattage under 30 are the least “powerful” ones. Then you get ones over 30 watts. They are pretty decent and will work pretty well even during gigging with other instruments. The strongest ones are the over 60 watts but even in that case it depends on the construction and type of an amplifier. So instead of going just by numbers, listen to professionals, people who have had the same model and just watch people perform on Youtube and you will get the gist.
I know… There is a lot to take in. Amplifiers are not the easiest thing to choose especially if you are new to guitars and all of their “necessary” equipment. I hope this article was helpful and if not… well I can only wish you luck on this somewhat long (if you actually do proper research) and arduous process. If somewhere in the middle of this article you realized that instead of the best guitar amp under $300 you want to go for something cheaper you can always browse throughout a list of the best amplifiers under $200. OR maybe you have decided to level up and want an amplifier under $500. In either case, we got you covered. Good luck.