Taylor 110e Review

The Taylor 110e is an acoustic guitar that I have become quite fond of over the past few years.  I would say it has even become my go to acoustic guitar.  In this Taylor 110e Review we will be going over a topics relating to this guitar.  These include:

  • Specs of the guitar
  • The sound
  • Personal experience with the instrument
  • Online sentiment about the guitar

Specs - Taylor 110e Review

  • Walnut back and sides
  • Spruce top
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Dreadnought body type
  • 25 - 1/2" Scale length
  • X Bracing
  • Tusq nut
  • Micarta saddle
  • 20 Frets
  • Body Depth: 4 - 5/8"
  • Taylor 110e Pickup: Taylor Piezo 

Sound - Taylor 110e Review

The Taylor 110e's body shape is what is called a dreadnought.  Dreadnoughts are know for their full, rich, and bass heavy sound.  They are often times used by singer songwriters because they create a sound that is full and rich, so that just one guitar and a voice sounds like a complete song.  Filling out the most sonic space you possibly can is very important when trying to make a work sound complete.  If the work is missing a lot of low end, it will sound like it is incomplete.  The low end creates what most refer to as a steady foundation for the rest of the music to sit upon.  That is why so many singer songwriter types use dreadnoughts.  Other areas where dreadnoughts shine include solo fingerstyle, and chord melody arrangements.  The reasoning here is similar to the reasoning before.  Other guitar body shapes do not offer as much low end, and because of that, songs played just on the guitar sound incomplete.  The low end of the dreadnought give the rest of the notes a foundation to build on.


One common issue found with dreadnoughts is that there is too much low end, so that it drowns out the rest of the sound.  We do not find this to be true with the Taylor 110e.  The mids and treble notes are quite clear, and are not drowned out by the bass.  This is quite unique for a dreadnought.  Not many guitars as large as this one have as clear of mids and highs.  

Drawbacks in sound

There is one very obvious flaw in almost all dreadnoughts.  They do not always work great in bands.  This is because the amount of low end they put out starts to step on the toes of the bass player.  

If you do not understand. Allow me to explain.  In a band everyone has their own role.  The bass player's, or the left hand of the keys player's, role is to own those lower frequencies and provide a foundation for the rest of the band.  When players begin to infringe on the bass players range, things get... messy.  Especially if both the guitarist and the bass player are sitting on the same note.  This is because string instruments are never really "in tune".  Press the string a little too hard and it goes a little sharp, or maybe the guitar isn't perfectly intonated.  The two notes that are super close to each other will clash because they differ in both pitch, and timbre.  The heavy bass nature of a dreadnought makes it likely to "step on the toes" of the bass player, or left hand of the piano sonically.

Personal Experience - Taylor 110e Review

Overall I almost have nothing bad to say about this guitar.  I love it.  The Taylor 110e price is very reasonable, and it is a guitar that can last someone their whole life.  If you are looking for a quality dreadnought guitar, but don't want to spend a small fortune, this could be the could be the guitar for you.  

A small issue I had when I first got the guitar was that the D string would buzz.  It sounded really gross.  I honestly don't know what the issue was, but I took it to a guitar repair guy, and he fixed it in a matter of seconds.  Other than that though, I have had no major issues with the guitar.  

Performances/Gigs

I have used this guitar for gigs in a few different genres.  The most use I have gotten out of it was in coffee shop settings.  A vocalist and myself used to play R&B, Soul, and Jazz covers on Tuesdays.  This worked super well because my guitar was able to provide a sturdy foundation, and full sounding chords for the vocalist to sing on top of.  

Another gig I used this guitar for was in a country band.  We previously stated that dreadnoughts are not great for use within a band setting.  However, if you know how to use them, they can work just fine.  I only used the guitar for finger picking on the treble and mid strings mostly.  This left plenty of room for the left hand of the piano player to do its thing.  

Online Sentiment - Taylor 110e Review

We could really only find one customer review of this guitar so her it is.  

"I bought it new it's my go to guitar.I love the performance the sound Di hard player on it. I cant say anything bad about it .. I call it her. I play Every Day Thank You Taylor"

Aside from being very confusing, it seems to be an overall positive Taylor 110e Review.

Other places we mention this guitar: Best Acoustic Guitar for Blues.

11 Best Guitar Amps Under 200 (2021 List)

Best cheap

Fender Champion

Best Practice 

NUX Mighty Lite

Finding the best guitar amp under 200 is a difficult task.  Especially because often times beginners are the ones looking for lower priced amps.  As a beginner you likely have no idea what to look for.  Most of the times beginners purchase their first amp just based on the looks of it.  If you want an amp that looks cool this is a good way to go, but not if you want an amp that actually sounds good, and will last you a long time.  

Unfortunately, to find the best guitar amp under 200 you will need to sift through a lot of garbage amps.  Many amps claim to give professional sound at the beginner price, but this is nothing more than marketing garbage.  There is a reason almost zero professionals use amps under 200 USD.  Because those amps cannot produce a professional tier sound.  With that being said, there are still many guitar amps under 200 that are great for beginners, and will get you started in the right direction.  

In this article you can learn which amps are best suited for what genre, and what their individual strengths as well as weaknesses are.  All to help you find the best guitar amp under 200.

P.S. we have gotten requests to talk about the best tube amp under 200.  The only issue with this is that there isn't really a tube amp under 200 worth mentioning.  None of them stand up to the quality we expect from an amplifier.  

Best Amps Under 200 List

Fender Champion - Best Guitar Amp Under 200

The Fender Champion has always been the tried and true beginner amp for so many.  It is a fastball right down the middle.  An amp under 200 that gives you a good clean sound with a few built in effects.  These built in effects include reverb, chorus, flanger, and delay.  They are built by a reputable company, so you know what you are getting will work.  

These amps are pretty versatile for an amp under 200 USD, but I believe they sound the best clean or with just a little grit on them.  That makes these amps ideal for genres like: blues, jazz, light rock and roll, country, and most pop music.  Genres these amps have difficulty with mostly consist of heavier music.  For music like metal and hard rock there are certainly better alternatives on this list.

A big pro of this amp is that it comes in well below the 200 USD mark, making it the best budget guitar amp.  Whether you are looking for your first guitar amp or the best practice amp under 200,  This very well could be the amp for you.

Orange Crush 20RT - Best Guitar Amp Under 200

The Orange Crush 20RT has been mentioned a lot in our recent articles.  It is on both our "Best Guitar Amp Under 300" list, and our "Best Beginner Guitar Amp" list.  This is because it is a pretty awesome amp for beginners looking to play music with higher gain settings.  Higher gain settings is what this amp specializes in.  It comes with a few basic controls including an EQ as well as reverb, a tuner, and a switch labelled "Clean" and "Dirty".  These controls allow the user to alter their sound drastically without being too confusing which is perfect for beginners.  It allows them to find their sound without confusing beginners with a bunch of useless music jargon.  

As mentioned before, this amp is best for higher gain playing.  That makes this amp great for genres from classic rock to heavy metal.  The most common critique of these amps is how the clean tones are lacking.  Luckily for many people, they never plan on playing clean ever.  A lot of players rarely wander away from their overdriven sound.  So if the quality of the clean tones is not much of a factor to you, that's perfect.

This is another amp that comes in well below 200 USD.  Even better, right?  If you are looking for an amp that can pump out killer tones with high gain settings this may be the best guitar amp under 200 for you.

Fender Acoustasonic - Best Guitar Amp Under 200

The Fender Acoustasonic 40 is the best acoustic guitar amp under 200.  Something that is really cool about this amp is that vocals and guitar can come out of the amp at the same time.  This makes it perfect for things like a solo coffee shop performance, and just practicing at home.  I have used this amp many times for small performances.  I play through it, the singer sings through it, and it works perfectly fine.  

Something that is really difficult to figure out with this amp at first is how to eliminate feedback.  Feedback is a big issue with acoustic electric guitars.  Feedback happens when the amplified signal gets back into the original sound source, and then gets amplified again.  I have found the two best ways to eliminate or lessen feedback is to simply face the amp away from the guitar, or block the sound hole.  Sound hole blockers can be bought online for a few bucks, or you can simply tape a CD over the sound hole.  Both with work just fine.  

Since acoustic music is so often what is played in coffee shops and other small venues, this amp is perfect for those types of gigs.

For my money the Fender Acoustasonic is the best guitar amp under 200 for acoustic guitars.

Blackstar ID: Core 40 V2 - Best Guitar Amp Under 200

This is my personal favorite amp on this list for heavier genres.  Genres like hard rock and metal.  This amp has absolutely killer tone in a small package.  Along with just great tone this amp also offers a ton of cool features.

This amp comes with a few built in effects like reverb, chorus, and delay.  These simple effects can add a ton to your sound, and managing them is super easy with the amp interface.  This amp is also stereo meaning it has two speakers working side by side to create the sound you hear.  Finally this amp also comes with a download for SonusOne a recording software, so you can start recording yourself, and making music right away.  

This amp comes in at a killer price, so please don't be afraid of getting this amp.  You certainly won't regret it. 

Fender Mustang - Best Guitar Amp Under 200

The Fender Mustang is a great affordable versatile amp.  It comes stock with over 100 presets.  Not only that, but you can create your own, or download other's using an app.  It is pretty cool to want to have a specific tone.  Look it up, and have it downloaded on your amp in seconds.  Tone presets are released by both Fender and community members.  This makes the Fender Mustang the best modeling amp under 200.

Because of the ability to download tones and create your own.  This amp is extremely versatile.  It really can do whatever you ask of it.  I have used this amp for gigs that I need to switch to completely different tones very quickly.  One tune I would need a jazz sound, and the next a rock tone.  It is as easy as turning the dial on the amp.  

As much as I love this amp for its versatility, it does have a few downsides as well.  I think that although modeling amps are a great tool, they just don't sound as good as a real tube amp with the analog pedals, but that's just my opinion.  Many people love the sounds from a modeling amp, and honestly no one besides guitar players will be able to hear the difference.  It all sounds pretty much the same to non guitar players.  Another small downside of this amp is that It cannot pump out too much volume, but that is true of most beginner amps.

The last thing I would like to mention about this amp is that many modeling amps cannot achieve both a good clean tone, and a good sounding dirty tone, but this amp can certainly do both.  The cleans are good enough to get you by, and so are the dirty sounds.

All of this and more is what makes the Fender Mustang the best electric guitar amp under 200.

Vox Pathfinder 10 - Best Guitar Amp Under 200

The Vox Pathfinder 10 comes in a tiny package, but don't let that mistake you, it can pump out some serious sound.  This amp is a super teeny tiny amp that sounds great and as authentic as amps double or triple the price of it.  

This amp is quite versatile.  It can get you through almost any genre.  The exceptions would lie in genres like Metal and super hard rock.  Other than that, these are super versatile amps that really you cannot go wrong with.  

The sound of this amp is very authentically Vox.  Vox amps are said to have a "vintage" sound to them.  This is because Vox amps were the amps of the British Invasion.  Bands like The Beatles, The Animals, and the Yardbirds all used Vox amps.  Many of us grew up listening to these bands and that gives the Vox tone a bit of a nostalgic feel.

Vox amps are said to have a chime like quality to them.  They produce a lot of high end and do not pump out a ton of bass or mids.  The sound has often been described as "jangly".  Mids are what really adds beef to a guitar sound, and Vox amp are known making amps that are particularly not mid rangey. 

This amp is quite versatile, and is a great start for anyone looking to buy the best guitar amp under 200.  

NUX Mighty Lite BT - Best Guitar Amp Under 200

The NUX Mighty Lite BT is a killer practice amp.  It runs well below $200, and is perfect for bedroom practice.  This is an amp for someone that wants to be able to take their practice on the go with them.  The amp is about as big as a brick, so you can stow it away, or carry it anywhere with you.  This is the practice amp I personally use because I find it to be the highest quality.  Also it has some really cool features that aid in practice.  

This amp includes a built in metronome, so you can work on getting perfect time.  As well as sample drum loops and backing tracks to jam along with.  I think that this is both great for practice as well as creativity.  Something many guitarists miss out on in the beginner stages is playing with other musicians.  This amp allows for you to feel what its like playing with a drummer, or with a band.  The importance of that cannot be overstated.  If your ultimate goal is to make music, this amp helps you get there quicker than others.  One more small feature is that it doubles as a bluetooth speaker that you can listen and play out of at the same time.

With all that being said this amp does have some downsides.  The biggest one would be simply that it is not big enough to play anywhere.  It is a practice amp and a practice amp only.  Most of the other amps on this list are at least able to fill a coffee shop, but this one is best left in the bedroom.  

Overall I think this is a great tool that everyone must acquire at some point.  So if you are looking for a great practice amp this could be the best guitar amp under 200 for you!

Danelectro HoneyTone - Best Guitar Amp Under 200

The HoneyTone is another super small amp meant for desktop practice.  This one is priced far lower than the NUX Mighty Lite BT though.  In terms of tone this amp absolutely gets the job done.  However, this amp does not have all of the same features as the NUX.  It does not offer a metronome, drum loops, backing tracks, bluetooth capabilities, or built in effects.  With all honesty though, the metronome, drum loops, and backing tracks are pretty easy to find online.  I think you truly get what you pay for with this amp.  It is cheap and affordable, but you don't get all the fancy features.  

This amp is just a fastball down the middle.  A super small practice amp for guitar that sounds good and is affordable.

Amps Slightly Above 200

Marshall MG30- Best Guitar Amp Under 200

 If you are looking for an amp for rock or metal this could certainly be it for you.  This thing is killer when it's overdriven a little.  Amazing rock tones for a great price.  It comes with four channels. Clean, crunch, overdrive 1, and overdrive 2.  Each increase the amount the amp is overdriven.  Because of that overdrive 2 is your highest gain channel.  This channel is perfect for hard rock and metal.  Something cool about these channels is that you can save one preset on each channel, so if you really like how something sounds, you can save it.  Even if the dials get all messed up, the setting will still be saved, and will sound exactly the same.  

This amp also comes with some built in effects.  These effects include chorus, flanger, phaser, and delay.  Along with that, the amp also comes with two reverb options, studio and spring.  Spring reverb is exactly like all other spring reverbs, but the studio reverb is more like a large room reverb.  

For someone who likes high gain guitar playing this amp could be phenomenal.  It is at an amazing price point as well.  Great for a beginner looking to get into higher gain genres.

Boss Katana - Best Guitar Amp Under 200

This amp is the king of tone for low priced amps.  There are tons of side by side comparisons to amps that cost thousands of dollars more than this one, and highly skilled guitarists cannot tell the difference.  

This amp does a pretty good job when it is played cleanly, but where it really shines is once there is a little overdrive on the signal.  It is extremely difficult to tell the difference between an amp like this and something like a Marshall DSL 40.  To put it simply, I don't think there is an amp with tone this good until you pay three to four times as much.  This amp is truly incredible.  

This amp also comes with a few effects preloaded on it.  These include flanger, chorus, reverb, and boosts.  Also through the Boss Tone Studio, you can edit the effects you are using, to get more effects, or just get the right type of effect.

Yamaha THR 10 - Best Guitar Amp Under 200

This is a super cool and unique amp.  Its high portability as well as unique features like doubling as a bluetooth speaker make this amp a top tier low priced amp.  Similar to other amps on this list it comes with a few built in effects.  These include flanger, delay, reverb, chorus, phaser, and tremolo.  Along with all of those effects it also has 5 different channels with increasing levels of gain.  This amp produces great clean tones, and great high gain tones.  

With all that being said, this amp is not much more than a practice amp.  It cannot quite put out the volume needed for most performances, but that is okay because that is clearly its intent.  A practice amp should be small and super easy to carry around.  This amp is only about six pounds and its dimensions are about 14" by 7" by 6".  This is great because if I don't need the volume, I would much rather carry around this amp than my 55lbs Hot Rod DeVille.

Fender DeVille 212 Review

This Review of the Fender DeVille 212 will go over:
  • Specs
  • Tone
  • Performance in different genres
  • Gigability 

Fender DeVille 212 Specs

The Fender amp is a 60 watt amplifier with two 12 inch celestian speakers, three 12AX7 preamp tubes, and two 6L6 power amp tubes.  It comes equipped with three selectable channels (Normal, Drive, and More Drive).  Tone controls include: reverb, presence, bass, middle, treble, master volume, volume, a drive select switch, and a brightness switch.  The reverb it comes with is a spring reverb, and the amp weighs about 55lbs.  The Fender DeVille dimensions are 26 by 24 by 13 inches, and it weighs about 67 Lbs.

All of these things combine to create that classic Fender amp sound.  Bright and clear cleans, and great sounding break up tones.  The Fender DeVille 212 is outstandingly versatile, but would certainly leave something to be desired in a super heavy genre like metal.

Fender Hot Rod DeVille Review - Genres

Rock and Roll

The Fender DeVille 212 is Fender's attempt at making an amplifier for rock and roll.  That is why it has so many drive options.  This amp blends the classic Fender amplifier sound with a wide array of drive options to create a great versatile product.  The Fender amp sound is somewhat of a classic and vintage sound, and because of that the Fender DeVille 212 has somewhat of a classic rock vibe to it.  It is perfect for recreating the sounds of bands like Kansas, Boston, and many others from that same time period.  Since this amp has so many drive options that come right on the amp, the need for pedals is lessened a ton which is great for players on a budget.  The only real downside of this amp for rock and roll is that its gain levels are kinda limited.  You are simply just not going to get the same type of overdrive you get out of a Marshall or an Orange Crush amp, and that limits how heavy the music you play can get.

Rock and Roll Rating: 8.6/10

Country

The Fender Deville 212 is a very solid choice for a lot of modern country sounds.  The sounds heard on a lot of new country artists records like Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, and Jon Pardi can all be recreated very easily with this amp.  When this amp is combines with a Telecaster, it is an absolute country machine.  Not only is this amp great for modern country, it also can recreate a lot of classic country sounds.  As mentioned before, Fender amps have a very classic sound to them.  This classic sound is exactly what you hear all the time on older country records.  

Country Rating 9/10

Funk

This amp's ability to be a great rock and country amp does not come at the expense of other genres.  The Fender DeVille 212 is crazy good funk amp.  Just the clean signal of a Stratocaster through this amp creates a tone that is perfect for sounds like Earth, Wind and Fire, or new age funk bands like Vulfpeck.  This is really what sets the Fender Deville 212 apart from other amps in my head.  It is a great amp for so many different genres.  The only issue with this amp relating to funk music is that a lot of funk guitar is super compressed, and just the clean signal through the amp is obviously not compressed.  There aren't really any tube amps that have a built in compressor though, so there isn't really a better alternative.  The compressor I use was bought from Guitar Center used for $85.  It does exactly what I need from it, and nothing more.  I will link it below.                                                              

Funk Rating 8.5/10

Blues

There is not much else to say that hasn't already been said.  The Fender Deville 212 is also a killer blues amp.  One of the most impactful players on my playing was John Mayer.  The moment I plugged into this amp and ripped on some bluesy Mayer riffs I was blown away.  Time and time again this amp kills it in a wide array of genres.  The tone that comes from this amp is killer for blues, and it will blow your balls off too.  Not much else to say.

Blues Rating: 9/10

Gigability - Fender DeVille 212

Here lies possibly the biggest issue with the Fender DeVille 212.  It is an absolute behemoth of an amplifier.  Playing a few nights a week is a pain with this amp.  It is so heavy and difficult to carry around.  With that being said.  The volume it can pump out is more than enough, and the tone it produces is absolutely a professional sound.  Overall I think this amp is a bit of a pain to gig with, but it sounds great, and it can fill a venue with sound.

Gigability Rating: 5/10

Conclusion - Fender DeVille 212

Maybe this review is a little biased because I am such a massive fan of this amp, but I am simply telling you what I have observed and truly think.  That is why I have included it on many different lists including the "Best Amp for Stratocaster" list.  I hope this helped you if you are thinking about purchasing this amp. Soon we will have an article on the difference between the Fender Hot Rod DeVille vs. the Deluxe, but for now, farewell.

9 Best Beginner Guitar Amp (2021 List)

Finding the best beginner guitar amp is a struggle.  Mostly because beginners have no idea what to look for.  It is much easier to know what you want after you have explored your sound a little bit.  That is why today we are discussing the best beginner amps.

Buying The Best Guitar Amp for a Beginner

I remember buying my first guitar.  I bought it simply because it looked cool.  I had no idea that it played terribly, and was going to make my next 4 years of learning far more difficult than it needed to be.  I learned from that experience.  Don't buy music equipment simply because it looks cool.  Buy it because it produces the sound you like, and it feels authentic to you.  

Because many beginners do not have much of an idea what they are looking for, we are going to break many beginner amps down in a way that will make it easy to digest for the beginner.  We will tell you exactly what kinds of sounds you can get out of these amps, and maybe what kind of sounds these amps are not built for.  

Since these amps are for beginners, every amp on this list will be under $499.  The vast majority will be under $300, so that they are more accessible for the beginner's price range.

Many of these same amps appear on the Best Guitar Amp Under 300 list.  Click Here to Read!

#1 Pick: Fender Champion

This is THE starter guitar amp.  If I am ever at a buddy's house and they just picked up the electric guitar, or they had tried at some point, this is the amp they have.  For a good reason too.  This amp is exactly what a beginner asks for.  Priced super low, sounds good, has built in effects, and is compact.  The effects that come on this amp include reverb, flanger, delay, vibrato, and tremolo.  There are a few different types of each effect also, so it isn't just one type of reverb or one type of delay, so that is nice.  

This amp would be able to perform in super small quieter venues, like a coffee shop.  I have used amps that are just as loud as this one in coffee shops before, and they've worked just fine.  

This would be great for players that are hoping to play more on the clean end of the spectrum, or with a little bit of overdrive, but not heavy distortion.  That means that genres like funk, blues, jazz, and most pop music would sound great through this amp.

This amp is really just a fastball right down the middle.  There is not much fancy about it, but it absolutely gets the job done.  It is a great bedroom guitar amp, and it is a great small gigging amp.  With everything factored in I believe this to be one of the best beginner guitar amps.

Orange Crush 20 - Best Beginner Guitar amp for Rock and Metal

The Orange Crush 20RT is an amazing amp for higher gain playing.  Genres this amp would shine in would be mostly in the rock and metal realm.  The biggest criticism of this amp is that its clean channel leaves something to be desired.  However, the dirty channel makes up for that and then some.  

This amp is equipped with a simple switch with one end labeled "Clean" and the other "Dirty".  Not exactly difficult to understand.  This amp was built to be on the dirty setting.  You can absolutely get by on the clean setting, but there are much better options in this price range for clean playing.

This amp is great for bedroom practice and not much else.  It is loud enough for a venue like a coffee shop, but I haven't been to many coffee shops that have live metal performances.  If that's your hustle though, who am I to knock it?  

For the price, this amp is killer.  The biggest downside is that it can't get loud enough to play somewhere like a bar, but no amp on this list gets loud enough for that. 

One more detail is that the RT in the name stands for reverb and tuner because the amp comes with digital reverb and a built in tuner.

This is a great amp for beginners.  Particularly those that want to play heavier music.

Fender Acoustasonic - Best Beginner Guitar amp for Acoustic guitars 

The Fender Acoustasonic 40 is an acoustic guitar amp.  Something that is really cool about this amp is that vocals and guitar can come out of the amp at the same time.  This makes it perfect for things like a solo coffee shop performance, and just practicing at home.  I have used this amp many times for small performances.  I play through it, the singer sings through it, and it works perfectly fine.  

Something that is really difficult to figure out with this amp at first is how to eliminate feedback.  Feedback is a big issue with acoustic electric guitars.  Feedback happens when the amplified signal gets back into the original sound source, and then gets amplified again.  I have found the two best ways to eliminate or lessen feedback is to simply face the amp away from the guitar, or block the sound hole.  Sound hole blockers can be bought online for a few bucks, or you can simply tape a CD over the sound hole.  Both with work just fine.  

Since acoustic music is so often what is played in coffee shops and other small venues, this amp is perfect for those types of gigs. 

All of this is why the Fender Acoustasonic 40 is the best beginner guitar amp for acoustic guitars.

Fender Mustang - Best Beginner Guitar Amp for Versatility

The Fender Mustang is a great affordable versatile amp.  It comes stock with over 100 presets.  Not only that, but you can create your own, or download other's using an app.  It is pretty cool to want to have a specific tone.  To then look it up, and have it downloaded on your amp in seconds.  Tone presets are released by both Fender and community members.  

Because of the ability to download tones and create your own.  This amp is extremely versatile.  It really can do whatever you ask of it.  I have used this amp for gigs that I need to switch to completely different tones very quickly.  One tune I would need a jazz sound, and the next a rock tone.  It is as easy as turning the dial on the amp.  

As much as I love this amp for its versatility, it does have a few downsides as well.  I think that although modeling amps are a great tool, they just don't sound as good as a real tube amp with the analog pedals, but that's just my opinion.  Many people love the sounds from a modeling amp, and honestly no one besides guitar players will be able to hear the difference.  It all sounds pretty much the same to non guitar players.  Another small downside of this amp is that It cannot pump out too much volume, but that is true of most beginner amps.

The last thing I would like to mention about this amp is that many modeling amps cannot achieve both a good clean tone, and a good sounding dirty tone, but this amp can certainly do both.  The cleans are good enough to get you by, and so are the dirty sounds.

For players looking for a super versatile amp this could be the best beginner guitar amp.

Line 6 Spyder V

This is another modeling amp.  That makes it very similar to the Fender Mustang.  Although it is a modeling amp, so that means it offers clean tones as well as dirty tones, this amp is mainly used for dirtier and heavier playing.  If you are looking for an amp that can give you a wide array of rock and metal tones, this is likely the amp for you.  It comes preloaded with tonnes of tones from Boston tunes, to Black Sabbath tunes, to Doobie brothers tunes.  Most tones with a little bit of hair on them can be replicated with this amp.  

The amp does come with some clean presets as well, but if I was looking for a beginner amp to play clean, this would certainly not be the choice I make.  The clean tones on this amp can certainly get you by, but they are not what makes this amp a great amp.  

There is also an additional pedal board you can purchase to connect with this amp to make it a lot easier to control.  I think the pedal board for this amp is a great addition.  It is a high quality piece of equipment that will last you a long time.  Also it makes live performance a ton easier.  Presets can be banked within the pedal board, and stored in order.  Because of that the setlist can be programmed into the board, and all you have to do between songs is push one button, and the next song's tone will be ready for you.

These amps come in very low priced.  This makes them one of the best cheap guitar amps on the market today.  

Fishman Loudbox Mini

The Fishman Loudbox is a very popular acoustic guitar amp and mini PA.  This means that similarly to the Fender Acoustasonic, the Fishman Loudbox Mini can be used for vocals and guitar simultaneously.  One notable thing about the Loudbox Mini is that, despite being about the same size as the Fender Acoustasonic, it pumps out a significant amount more volume.  

The controls on the front are pretty basic.  Both channels have EQ's and volume controls.  The guitar channel also comes with some built in chorus effects.  One more feature on the guitar channel is the phase button.  Which should help eliminate some of that feedback that is so difficult to get rid of with acoustic guitars.  

One more thing about the Loudbox Mini is that is also functions as a high quality bluetooth speaker.  Its not the useful for performing, but it is nice because most people use bluetooth speakers regularly to listen to music.

For some specific people I can see how this amp would be the best beginner guitar amp for acoustic guitars rather than the acoustasonic.  I suppose it just comes down to what you are all looking for.  

Boss Katana 

This is an amp that has been hyped up a lot over the past few years, and for good reason too.  This amp is the king of tone for beginner amps.  There are tons of side by side comparisons to amps that cost thousands of dollars more than this one, and highly skilled guitarists cannot tell the difference.  

This amp does a pretty good job when it is played cleanly, but where it really shines is once there is a little overdrive on the signal.  It is extremely difficult to tell the difference between an amp like this and something like a Marshall DSL 40.  To put it simply, I don't think there is an amp with tone this good until you pay three to four times as much.  This amp is truly incredible.  

This amp also comes with a few effects preloaded on it.  These include flanger, chorus, reverb, and boosts.  Also through the Boss Tone Studio, you can edit the effects you are using, to get more effects, or just get the right type of effect.

If tone quality is paramount to you.  This amp may be perfect.  Of all the solid state amps on this list, this one has the best tone for sure.  

Fender Pro Junior - Best Beginner Guitar Amp with Tubes

The Fender Pro Junior is the only tube amp on this list.  The reason is because tube amps are typically a good amount more expensive than solid state amps.  Obviously more expensive amps are not always good for beginners.  If you have the capital though, there is nothing wrong with starting yourself off with a good amp.  All of the best guitar amps ever are tube amps.  Most agree there is simply something better about them.

This amp is simply a small Fender tube amp.  Fender tube amps have a very particular tone to them that is super recognizable.  I personally love the Fender tube sound, and that's why I typically play through a Fender Hot Rod Deville.  There is something that is almost indescribable about the sound a tube amp makes.  They just sound so much better to my ears.  Solid state amps often times sound muddy and dampened to my ears, and that is why I prefer tube amps.

With all that being said.  This amp is kinda strange in how simple it is.  It comes with three controls on top of the amp.  An on and off switch, a volume control, and a tone control.  That's it!  I find this to be a great beginner tube amp because it is easy to understand.  Most experienced guitar players have no idea what to do with all the knobs that are on top of most amps.  

This amp is also significantly louder than all the other amps on this list.  It is super loud in a small package.  

For a tone snob, like myself, this amp is the best beginner guitar amp.

What is a good amp for home use?

Yamaha THR - Best Beginner Guitar Amp for Home use

This is a super cool and unique amp.  It is the most portable amp on this list, and it can also be used as a bluetooth speaker.  Similar to other amps on this list it comes with a few built in effects.  These include flanger, delay, reverb, chorus, phaser, and tremolo.  Along with all of those effects it also has 5 different channels with increasing levels of gain.  This amp produces great clean tones, and great high gain tones.  

With all that being said, this amp is not much more than a practice amp.  It cannot quite put out the volume needed for most performances, but that is okay because that is clearly its intent.  A practice amp should be small and super easy to carry around.  This amp is only about six pounds and its dimensions are about 14" by 7" by 6".  This is great because if I don't need the volume, I would much rather carry around this amp than my 55lbs Hot Rod DeVille.  Overall it is a super cool and useful practice amp.

Conclusion

The best beginner guitar amp is different depending on what you want.  Figure out what it is you want, and then try to get the right amp for you.  We hope we helped you out a little bit in your search.  Goodluck!



Best Beginner Guitar Amp - Colin J
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Best Strings for a Stratocaster

Figuring out what are the best strings for a Stratocaster is a subjective thing.  It all depends on what you want to hear and feel.  Different strings offer different tones and feels.  Because of this the best strings for someone's Stratocaster may not be the best strings for another's Stratocaster.  The difference in opinion could also do with their different styles of play.  Certain strings are made with specific genres in mind, and because of that string manufacturers make their string sets optimal for one sound.  This is great for players that generally stick to just one genre or style of play, but the majority of guitarists are not like that.  Not many people like just one style of music. 

Although many string sets are catered to a specific sound, there are many strings that are extremely versatile, and can do almost any genre super well.  Personally I prefer these.  I like to play funk, country, and rock all with the same guitars, so versatile strings are a must for me.

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String Variables - Best strings for Stratocaster

Factors that go into how a string sounds include the metal, how the string is wound, the gauge, the string core, and the string coating.  Use these to determine which strings are the best strings for your Strat.

Best String Gauge for Strat

The gauge of the string simply refers to how big around the string is in 1000ths of an inch.  Most people agree the best string gauge for a Strat is either .9-.42 or .10-.46.  Both of these sets are light enough to bend easily, and they are thick enough that they won't rattle all over the place.  The choice between the two is really a preference thing.

Heavier gage strings also known as thicker gauge strings are good for things like hard strumming, drop tunings, and jazz.  Heavier gauge strings are advantageous for these things because if you are strumming hard, a thicker string will create more tension which makes the strings less likely to rattle creating an undesirable sound.  They are used for drop tunings for the same reason.  The more tension the less likely the strings will rattle against the frets.  This is what makes them the best guitar strings for metal.  Finally a heavier gauge string is good for jazz because in jazz the guitar is mostly a rhythm section instrument, and its role is to chunk out a bunch of quarter notes.  Not a lot of bending is required.

Lighter gauge strings are better for less developed players because they will hurt their fingers less, and players that are soloing a lot.  Bending is a super common solo technique and because of that lighter strings are best for soloing.  A strange exception to this is Stevie Ray Vaughn though.  He used thicker strings than most companies even sell, so not every rule is perfect, but generally thinner strings are better for soloing.

Metals

Electric guitar strings will often times come in one of these three metal combinations.

Nickel - Offers a warm vintage guitar sound.  Wear out faster than the others.  Ideal for Rhythm playing

Nickel wound steel - Create a bright sound and crisp attack.  Great for soloing

Stainless steel - The brightest of all the metals, stainless steel strings are used a lot it metal and rock music because they offer the most sustain, and a super strong attack on the high notes in solos.

How the String is Wound

There are three main ways a string can be wound.

Roundwound - The default winding.  By far the most popular.  Have a brighter tone other string windings, and are ideal for most popular music including rock, country, and R&B

Flatwound -  The second most popular string winding choice.  Offer a unique feel.  They are called flatwound because the string does not have its usual bumpy texture.  These create a warmer tone that is ideal for playing jazz. 

Halfwound - A combination of the previous two.  Not used by many, but offer a good balanced feel and sound.

String core

The core of a string comes in two different shapes, round or hexagonal.  

Round string core - A few decades ago this is the only way strings were made.  Because of that round strings have a "vintage" sound to them.  What makes this vintage sound is a weaker attack, warmer sound, and more sustain.  

Hexagonal string core - A more modern development in the world of strings.  The hexagonal string core offers a stronger attack, brighter tone, and are stiffer.  The stiffness of the string results in less undesirable rattling.  

String coating

String coating first came along in the late 1990's from the Elixir company.  By adding a coating the the strings they would last much longer.  Because of that they could justify a higher price.  Some people always play with coated strings, and some people never do.  

Some feel that the coating lessens the tone of the strings, and dampens the sound.  Because of that and the higher price many people like to stay away from them.  

It truly is an opinion thing.  I personally do not care for the sound of coated strings.  They feel like a paid more money to get strings that already sound used, but that is just my opinion.  Others love the coating.  

Best Strings for Stratocaster List
Top Pick: D'Addario NYXL

These are my personal favorite strings.  They are the strings I use on all my Strats.  They are simple, sound great, last a long time, and are extremely versatile.  They are very similar to the D'Addario XL's, and the Ernie Ball Regular Slinky's.  I think they all have a similar sound and feel, but the overall quality of these strings is far superior.  They are made from a high carbon steel alloy that is far stronger than the materials you will find in almost any other string.  Because of this they last longer and don't break as often as other strings.  They do all this without coating the strings.  String coating often times leads to loss in tone, and no one wants that.  The material is so good that I have never ever snapped a string while using these.  For the record, I am not someone that performs a lot of crazy bends on my strings though.  So beware if you are, you may still have some string snappage

The price of these string is the highest on this list, but I believe that the price is justified for how long these strings last, and because they are extremely snap resistant.  

These strings have a brighter tone that would be idea for any soloing, and tones of genres like funk, blues, punk rock, and Soul.

I find these to be the best electric guitar strings for blues because I really like how high output these strings are, and how they sing above everything else in a mix or at a live performance.  

Key Features:

  • .09 gauge
  • Roundwound
  • Hexagonal core
  • Nickel plated steel
  • No coating

When I dropped down to a 7 string from an 8 I knew i wanted to try some some different strings other than Ernie Ball. I had D’Addario strings on my acoustic and knew the tone was nice and that they were durable. fast forward about a year, I’m changing my strings over to my second set of these, never broke a single string, and the tone and tuning held up very well to my aggressive heavy metal shredding.

Bottom line is, you get what you pay for, I’m willing to cough up $30-60 a year for these (depending on how much I play) cause they hold up well and they sound awesome. I’ve tried a few string companies like Ernie Ball, GHS, DR, Dunlop, none compare to the tone and durability of D’Addario. 

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D'Addario XL's

D'Addario's XL sets are one of the highest selling sets in the United States currently.  This is because D'Addario simply produces extremely high quality strings that you can count on time and time again.  These strings are also known for staying in tune exceptionally well.  Another testament to how high of a quality these strings are.  Also not to mention the tone is great and versatile.  The array of genres these strings are used in is vast.  From rock, to funk, to soul, to country.  These strings can be used almost anywhere.   

These strings are a great value because of their low price.  Their value to price point ratio almost can't be beat.  For strings that stay in tune, feel great, and sound great.  The price is wonderful.

On a Stratocaster these would offer a punchy tone with lots of high end.  This would allow these strings to perform super well in many different genres, but they would really shine in blues, punk rock, classic rock, funk, and when soloing in metal.

Key Features:

  • .09 gauge
  • Roundwound
  • Hexagonal core
  • Nickel wound steel
  • Uncoated

This is written from the perspective of a guitarist from a metal band that uses Drop C tuning.

I've gone through a good amount of strings in my 12 years of playing guitar. It has only been within the past 4 years that I really am adamant about changing strings every 3-5 months... I have a Floyd Rose on my main guitar, so as some of you may know, it can be bothersome to restring with that configuration. However, now that I have found these, I absolutely don't dread the process because the payoff is just too great!

Eric E

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Ernie Ball Regular Slinky

There is not much to say about this set of strings that wasn't already said about the last set.  These are the best Ernie Ball strings for a StratocasterThey stay in tune super well, feel great, and sound great.  Some big names that are known for using these strings include John Mayer, Eric Clapton, and Tom Morello.  Great players trust these strings because they always get a high quality product when opening a pack of regular slinky's.  They are always consistent and feel the same.  I think the difference between these and the XL's is truly just a matter of preference.  Some people like these strings more, and others like the XL's more.

Similar to the XL's, these strings would do super well in a ton of genres with the Stratocaster, but they really shine in the same genres as the XL's.  They shine in blues, punk rock, classic rock, funk, and when soloing in metal.

Key Features:

  • .10 gauge
  • Roundwound
  • Hexagonal core
  • Nickel wound steel
  • Uncoated

I don't even know if I need to review these, these are the gold standard for guitar strings as far as I'm concerned. I've been using them for 25 years. Every now and then I stray and try a D'Addario or GHS or some such, but I always come back to these. Nice balanced sound. Not too punchy, not too muddy. Great feel. Not too grippy, not too slippery. 

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Elixir Electric Guitar Strings

Elixir is mainly known for making the best acoustic guitar strings, but now they have begun making electric strings as well. 

These are the first coated strings on the list.  They have Elixir's optiweb coating.  This is a very light coating that does not effect the tone or feel of the strings much while prolonging the life of the string.  That makes them many people's favorite coated electric guitar string.  Other than that they are pretty similar to the regular slinky's and the XL's. They are .10 gauge nickel wound strings that have a hexagonal core, and they are roundwound.  

These are great for anyone that hates the process of changing strings.  Because of the coating these strings last longer than any other string on the list.  Unfortunately that mean it comes with a little higher price as well though.  These string certainly are on the expensive side of the spectrum, but the product is high quality, and they last longer than any other set of strings.

Key Features:

  • .09 gauge
  • Roundwound
  • Hexagonal core
  • Nickel plated steel
  • Optiweb coating

These strings have a slightly different feel than a traditional uncoated string, so they take a little getting used to, but the longevity is amazing. After a few weeks of playing, I have gotten accustomed to the feel and am pleased that the required string changes are so infrequent. The tone is slightly different than a traditional string, but this is a small tradeoff for the incredibly long life. I would describe the tone as less metallic and less resonant.
With traditional strings, I can get 5 star tone for about 1 week but I can get 4.5 star tone for months out of these.

Fig

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Fender Bullets

These are the most unique strings on the list.  What makes these strings different is that they are made out of pure nickel, and they have unique ends.  Many claim the bullet shaped end of the string increases sustain.  The idea is that the frequencies resonate longer in the metal, bullet shaped, ends than in the plastic balls on the end of most strings.  Not many strings on the market are pure nickel today.  Pure nickel strings is an old school thing that has influenced the tones of many classic players.  If a vintage sound is what you are after, the Fender Bullets may be your best bet.  

The price of these strings is somewhere in the middle.  Not the cheapest set on this list, and not the most expensive set on the list.  If the vintage sound is what you are looking for, these strings are absolutely worth the extra few bucks.  

Key Features:

  • .09 gauge
  • Roundwound
  • Round core
  • Pure nickel
  • No coating

After 20 plus years of playing I've tried every brand and every gimmick of guitar string out there. The coated Nanowebs & Clear Tones, the different alloy formulas like the cobalts and platinums and the mix & match heavy top/light bottoms. To me nickel wound or straight nickel strings are the best for electrics, but for Strats in particular the Fender Bullets are my favorites.

The marketing device of the bullet ends making the strings sustain more with the trem block is true. I can hear the difference on my main Strat from using like Ernie Balls & D'addario's to the Bullets. Their not necessarily brighter, just more defined with better sustain.

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What gauge strings do Stratocaster's come with?
Most of the time Stratocasters will come with Fender Bullets .9-.46.  Often times though, guitar stores will change out the strings on their higher end instruments, so then they play and feel better.  So, especially when purchasing a higher end guitar, if you like the strings on it, do not be afraid to ask.  Guitar stores will often times put the same set of strings on most guitars, so an employee will know in an instant.  


What gauge strings are best?

It doesn't matter what the best gauge strings are for the general public.  It matters what is the best gauge for you and your playing.  It's really a personal preference thing, but allow me to guide you in the right direction.  Most times players that enjoy heavier music, like metal and rock.  Will opt for higher gauge strings.  This is because they are less likely to break, and they won't rattle when they are tuned down.  

Players that are attracted to more delicate genres like blues and funk will often times opt for a lighter gauge of string.  This is because bending on them is far easier, and they have no need for drop tunings.

Conclusion - Best strings for Stratocaster

Strings are just as personal as a guitar is.  What the best guitar strings are for one person is completely different than the best guitar strings for another person.  There are certain commonalities between the strings used by people in the same genre, but if you don't like those don't feel inclined to use that style of string.  Maybe you're a metal guitarist, but hate how the heavier gauge strings feel.  Have no fear of switching away from the genre's standard.  If you can't stand playing on those strings, feel free to switch to a lighter gauge that fits you better.




Best strings for Stratocaster - Colin J
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7 Best Guitar Amps Under 300 (2021 List)

Choosing the right amp is just as important as choosing the right guitar, but finding the best guitar amp under 300 is a difficult task.  There are so many to choose from.  Each amp has its own sound that is unique.  One amp might be absolutely perfect for a metal player, but for a funk guitarist, that amp would be constantly fighting with them.  Different amps are suited for different styles.  In terms of style,  I believe the amp choice is MORE important than the choice of guitar.  A jazz guitar could get by when played through a metal amp, but playing a metal guitar though a jazz amp would get you no where near the right sound.  This is why amp choice is extremely important.

The first step in figuring out which amp is best for you is to figure out what you like to hear, and what you want to sound like.  Then learn about the amps of the players you like.  Is there anything special about their amps?  Anything you notice that all their amps have in common?  For myself all the players I looked up to always used tube, fender style, amplifiers, so when I was buying of my first amps, I absolutely had to get a fender style tube amp.  

There may be something else you can find in common about all of your favorite players amps.  Go explore and find out.  We hope you find what you're looking for on our best amps under 300 list.

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Best Tube Amp Vs. Best Modeling Amp

Almost every guitarist agrees that tube amps a simply superior in their sound when compared to solid state modeling amps.  The only issue with this is that there are not any good quality tube amps in this price range.  There aren't any tube amps under 300 that are going to work well for you for years and years.

At this price point, you are much better off looking into the best modeling amps under 300, so you can get a reliable piece of gear that will be able to serve you for years to come, rather than a shady tube amp.

Fender Mustang - Best Guitar Amp Under 300

The Fender Mustang is a great affordable versatile amp.  It comes stock with over 100 presets.  Not only that, but you can create your own, or download other's using an app.  It is pretty cool to want to have a specific tone.  To then look it up, and have it downloaded on your amp in seconds.  Tone presets are released by both Fender and community members.  

Because of the ability to download tones and create your own.  This amp is extremely versatile.  It really can do whatever you ask of it.  I have used this amp for gigs that I need to switch to completely different tones very quickly.  One tune I would need a jazz sound, and the next a rock tone.  It is as easy as turning the dial on the amp.  

As much as I love this amp for its versatility, it does have a few downsides as well.  I think that although modeling amps are a great tool, they just don't sound as good as a real tube amp with the analog pedals, but that's just my opinion.  Many people love the sounds from a modeling amp, and honestly no one besides guitar players will be able to hear the difference.  It all sounds pretty much the same to non guitar players.  Another small downside of this amp is that It cannot pump out too much volume, but that is true of all amps under 300.  There are not many lower priced amps that can pump out the volume needed for some small to medium sized gigs.

The last thing I would like to mention about this amp is that many modeling amps can't do a good clean tone as well as a good dirty tone, but this amp can do both.  It can be a great rock amp and it can also be one of the best jazz guitar amps out there.  It's very versatile.

Pros:

  • Extremely versatile
  • Download tones online
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Not very loud
  • Not a fully authentic sound
Marshall MG30 - Best Guitar Amp Under 300

This amp is another awesome amp for under 300.  For some this surely is the best amp under 300.   It just all depends on what you are looking for.  If you are looking for an amp for rock or metal this could certainly be it for you.  This thing is killer when it's overdriven a little.  Amazing rock tones for a great price.  It comes with four channels. Clean, crunch, overdrive 1, and overdrive 2.  Each increase the amount the amp is overdriven.  Because of that overdrive 2 is your highest gain channel.  This channel is perfect for hard rock and metal, and makes this amp one of the best metal amps under 300.  Something cool about these channels is that you can save one preset on each channel, so if you really like how something sounds, you can save it.  Even if the dials get all messed up, the setting will still be saved, and will sound exactly the same.  

This amp also comes with some built in effects.  Not nearly as many as the Fender Mustang however.  This amp comes with a few different options for a chorus, flanger, phaser, and delay.  Along with that, the amp also comes with two reverb options, studio and spring.  Spring reverb is exactly like all other spring reverbs, but the studio reverb is more like a large room reverb.  

For someone who likes high gain guitar playing this amp could be phenomenal.  It is at an amazing price point as well.  Great for a beginner looking to get into higher gain genres, or someone looking for an inexpensive and portable practice amp.  

Pros:

  • Great for higher gain genres
  • Comes with simple effects
  • Super affordable
  • Comes in a cheaper version as well
  • Portable

Cons:

  • Not a super versatile amp
  • Limited effects
  • Can only save four presets
Fender Champion - Best Guitar Amp Under 300

This is THE beginner amp.  If I am ever at a buddy's house and they just picked up the electric guitar, or they had tried at some point, this is the amp they have.  For a good reason too.  This amp is exactly what a beginner asks for.  Priced super low, sounds good, has built in effects, and compact.  The effects that come on this amp include reverb, flanger, delay, vibrato, and tremolo.  There are a few different types of each effect also, so it isn't just one type of reverb or one type of delay, so that is nice.  

This amp would be able to perform in super small quieter venues, like a coffee shop.  I have used amps that are just as loud as this one in coffee shops before, and they've worked just fine.  

For those of you who are not beginners, this amp also makes for a good practice amp.  Because of its light weight and compact design, this amp is super easy to move from place to place.  

This amp is really just a fastball right down the middle.  There is not much fancy about it, but it absolutely gets the job done.

Pros:

  • Onboard effects
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Super low price point

Cons:

  • Quiet
  • Sound is good, but not great
Orange Crush 35RT - Best Guitar Amp Under 300

The Orange Crush 35RT is the main competitor of the Marshall MG30 on this list.  They both specialize in the same thing.  They both specialize in high gain playing.  Because of this these amps are great for both metal and rock music.  The Orange Crush 35RT leaves a little to be desired on its clean channel, but that isn't what we are here for.  

This amp is equipped with a simple switch with one end labeled "Clean" and the other "Dirty".  Not exactly difficult to understand.  This amp was built to be on the dirty setting.  The dirty setting is awesome.  It has really killer tones for classic rock to heavy metal.  

This amp is great for bedroom practice and not much else.  It is loud enough for a venue like a coffee shop, but I haven't been to many coffee shops that have live metal performances.  If that's your hustle though, who am I to knock it?  

For the price, this amp is killer.  The biggest downside is that it can't get loud enough to play somewhere like a bar, but no amp on this list gets loud enough for that. 

One more detail is that the RT in the name stands for reverb and tuner because the amp comes with digital reverb and a built in tuner.

Pros:

  • Great for high gain playing
  • Simple and effective controls
  • Great for bedroom practice

Cons:

  • Not loud enough for most small to mid sized venues
Yamaha THR 10 - Best Guitar Amp Under 300

This is a super cool and unique amp.  It is the most portable amp on this list, and it can also be used as a bluetooth speaker.  Similar to other amps on this list it comes with a few built in effects.  These include flanger, delay, reverb, chorus, phaser, and tremolo.  Along with all of those effects it also has 5 different channels with increasing levels of gain.  This amp produces great clean tones, and great high gain tones.  All of this is what makes it the best small guitar amp on the market today. 

With all that being said, this amp is not much more than a practice amp.  It cannot quite put out the volume needed for most performances, but that is okay because that is clearly its intent.  A practice amp should be small and super easy to carry around.  This amp is only about six pounds and its dimensions are about 14" by 7" by 6".  This is great because if I don't need the volume, I would much rather carry around this amp than my 55lbs Hot Rod DeVille.

Pros:

  • Super portable
  • Also a great bluetooth speaker
  • Extremely versatile

Cons:

  • A little pricey for the size
  • Limited to a practice amp
  • Does not offer a lot of low end
Fender Acoustasonic - Best Guitar Amp Under $300

The Fender Acoustasonic 40 is the best acoustic guitar amp under 300.  Something that is really cool about this amp is that vocals and guitar can come out of the amp at the same time.  This makes it perfect for things like a solo coffee shop performance, and just practicing at home.  I have used this amp many times for small performances.  I play through it, the singer sings through it, and it works perfectly fine.  

Something that is really difficult to figure out with this amp at first is how to eliminate feedback.  Feedback is a big issue with acoustic electric guitars.  Feedback happens when the amplified signal gets back into the original sound source, and then gets amplified again.  I have found the two best ways to eliminate or lessen feedback is to simply face the amp away from the guitar, or block the sound hole.  Sound hole blockers can be bought online for a few bucks, or you can simply tape a CD over the sound hole.  Both with work just fine.  

Since acoustic music is so often what is played in coffee shops and other small venues, this amp is perfect for those types of gigs. 

I believe this to be the best guitar amp under 300 for acoustic guitars.

Pros:

  • Great for acoustic guitars
  • Can be used to amplify vocals
  • Priced very well

Cons:

  • Not versatile
  • Hard to avoid feedback
Boss Katana MK50 - Best Guitar Amp Under $300

This is an amp that has been hyped up a lot over the past few years, and for good reason too.  This amp is the king of tone for under 300.  There are tons of side by side comparisons to amps that cost thousands of dollars more than this one, and highly skilled guitarists cannot tell the difference.  

This amp does a pretty good job when it is played cleanly, but where it really shines is once there is a little overdrive on the signal.  It is extremely difficult to tell the difference between an amp like this and something like a Marshall DSL 40.  To put it simply, I don't think there is an amp with tone this good until you pay three to four times as much.  This amp is truly incredible.  

This amp also comes with a few effects preloaded on it.  These include flanger, chorus, reverb, and boosts.  Also through the Boss Tone Studio, you can edit the effects you are using, to get more effects, or just get the right type of effect.

Pros:

  • Killer tone
  • Change tones with Tone Studio
  • Caters towards acoustic guitars as well

Cons:

  • Clean tone isn't perfect, but still very very good.
Conclusion

This concludes our best guitar amps under $300 list.  An important thing to remember is that there are amps that will work better for different people.  Some people want to learn jazz, some want to learn metal, and some want to learn punk rock.  All of these genres have unique sounds that different amps are better for each of them.  I hope we can help you find whatever amp is best for you.

Please remember though, it isn't the equipment that makes tone good or bad.  Tone is in the fingers, so please go practice.