7 Best Guitar Amps for Blues

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Boss Katana

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Fender Blues Junior

The best guitar amp for blues is a hard thing to find.  Everyone has a different opinion, and some people care way too much about thinking their opinion is right.  In the end of the day the best guitar amp for blues is whatever guitar amp works best for you.  That's why we will be going over some of the most popular guitar amps for blues today, and telling you all about them, so you can get a better understanding of these amps, and what you want from them.

The amps we will go over here are going to vary in price from $200 to about $1,700, so everyone can find an amp that would work for them.  We want this to be able to help the beginner as well as the professional.  

Most of the amps on this list come from Fender or the Fender build style.  That style of amp is just what seems to always be the best for blues music.

Blues requires a special type of amp because it is such a delicate and raw style.  You need to be able to hear every little part of blues guitar playing.  It's raw and stripped back.  There isn't any hiding in blues guitar playing.  

Here are the best guitar amps for blues.

Fender Twin Reverb

Best guitar amp for blues

I mention the Fender Twin Reverb in almost every amp article I write. Like our Best Clean Amp for Pedals article 😉  Because it is just the amp to have.  It seems like almost every high level player I run into plays through one of these amps.  They are kinda the industry standard within the blues, jazz, soul, and funk realm.  These amps are truly great and have stood the test of time for years and years.  Their sound is so pure and iconically Fender.  

The Twin Reverb comes with inputs labelled "Classic" and "Vibrato".  The classic input is exactly what you would expect.  Straight up guitar, but the vibrato setting adds tremolo to your sound.  It is kinda strange that the input labelled "Vibrato" adds tremolo, not vibrato, but thats just how it is...

This amp is a 2 by 12 meaning it comes with two 12 inch speakers.  The speakers are Jensen C-12k speakers.  The amp is 85 watts, so there is a ton of headroom.  This means that the amp won't breakup by itself for a long time.  It will stay clean until you really really crank it.  People that like to use pedals like this because then they are getting the true flavor of the pedal rather than the pedal and the breakup of the amp.  

This amp features four 6L6 Groove Tube output tubes, four 12AX7 preamp tubes, and two 12AT7 preamp tubes.  All of this comes in a lovely 72 pound package... Yeah, it's really heavy. 

Overall this is really a tip top tier amp, and because of that you are paying a premium.  However, if you get this amp, you have the one amp to rule them all.  The classic Fender Twin Reverb.  You simply cannot find a better amp in this style.  It is the pinnacle of clean Fender style amps.  

Peavey Classic 30

Best Guitar amp for blues

The Peavey Classic 30 is a great amp for that dirty blues sound.  It is a super power amp that sounds great once it begins to break up a little bit.  Perfect for things like Stevie Ray Vaughan or even Hendrix types of sounds.  

The Peavey Classic 30 comes with two channels.  One for more clean playing while the other is more so for that dirty sound.  Since the amp is only 30 watts it doesn't take much for this amp to begin producing breakup tones.  Instead of having a master volume on the second channel, this amp has dials for pushing the pre and post amp.  The pre amp dial is kinda "how much gain do you want?" and the the post amp dial is "how loud do you want it?".

Other specs of this amp include that it comes with a Celestian Midnight 60 12 by 1 speaker.  It has three 12AX7 pre amp tubes, and four EL84 power tubes.  It comes with basic EQ settings: bass, mids, and treble dials as well as spring reverb.  The whole amp weighs about 46 pounds and comes with a channel select footswitch.  

One super common comment about this amp is that it is extremely loud.  For some people this might be exactly what you are looking for.  A mid range priced amp that can fill a room.  It does that, and then some.  

Overall this is a great amp for the price.  Ideal for the dirty side of blues playing.

Fender Hot Rod DeVille

Best guitar amp for blues

The Fender Hot Rod DeVille is another 2 by 12 Fender amp.  This time though the speakers are Celestian Type A speakers.  These amps are absolutely killer.  I may be a little biased towards it because I regularly use a Fender DeVille for gigging.  This amp is crazy loud.  Louder than you ever will really need.  That's why the man, the myth, the legend, Marty Schwartz calls it the best pro amp for the price.  It sounds great, it can get loud, and it is reasonably priced.

This amp comes with two 6L6 Groove Tube output tubes and three 12AX7 pre amp tubes.  The whole amp comes in at a weight of about 50 pounds.  Which is a little heavy, but far lighter than something like a Twin Reverb or Deluxe Reverb.  

If you are thinking about getting something like a Fender Twin Reverb, or a Deluxe Reverb, but don't have the cash, this amp could be your saving grace.  They run about $700 cheaper than those amps, but are just as effective.  

These amps come with three channels.  The first channel has that classic Fender clean tone.  Channel 2 is a higher gain channel that offers pretty tasty edge of breakup tones.  Finally channel 3 is the highest gain channel, and this is really for stuff like harder rock into the metal territory.  The different channel selects make this amp incredibly versatile.  

I think the tone of these amps is perfect for blues.  Especially with the built in gain setting, you can access blues tones from all across the gain spectrum.  You can get those super clean delicate blues along with the scrappy dirty blues tones super easily.  

Overall these are great amps that can be used at the professional level.  They are far more affordable than the top of the line Fender amps.  They also weight a little less which is pretty nice.  So if you are looking for a great Fender amp, but you're not willing to pay the top dollar, and you would like something a little more portable, the Fender Hot Rod DeVille could be the amp for you.

Boss Katana

Best Amp for Blues

The Boss Katana is by far the most affordable amp on this list.  It is the king of tone for lower priced solid state amplifiers.  It is known for having insane tone for its price.  In terms of pure sound they compare well to amps that are two or three times as expensive as they are.  If you are looking for a low priced amp that can pump out some killer tone, this is the amp for you.  

The amp comes with a few basic settings.  It comes with 5 different amp sounds.  They are: Acoustic, Clean, Crunch, Lead, and Brown.  These are in order of increasing gain.  The acoustic setting is a nice little touch because often times acoustic guitars just don't sound good through an electric guitar amp, but building an amp that can do both at a beginner's price point is great.  

If you were wondering what the "Brown" setting is, it is a sound that is supposed to emulate a really pushed Marshall amp.  The best way to think of it is early 80's Van Halen sounds.  

For blues music you should be sticking mostly to the clean and crunch settings.  Here you are going to find crazy good tone in this small little package.  I feel that blues is one of the genres where the slightest variation in tone can make the biggest difference.  Blues is such a delicate genre.  The playing requires such precision.  

The other controls of this amp include a basic bass middle treble EQ, a booster, digital delay, and digital reverb.  Another cool feature is the ability to adjust the wattage.  Bringing the wattage down will allow for the amp to break up without being pushed too hard, and vise versa.  This allows for you to be able to play dirty at a low volume, and clean at a super high volume.  This makes this amp ideal for someone that has to keep the noise down sometimes when practicing. 

Overall for the price this amp cannot be beat.  It is the best amp I could think of for a beginner or intermediate player.  It has everything you need in a nice low priced and lightweight package.

Roland JC Jazz Chorus

Best guitar amp for blues

The Roland JC Jazz Chorus is another amp that has stood the test of time.  These amps have been around for a long time, but have remained relatively unchanged over all of years.  They have remained unchanged because there has been no need to change them.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 

This is a solid state 2 by 10 amplifier that offers stereo and mono outputs.  This amp comes with the basic bass, middle, treble EQ as well as a bright switch for a little extra treble.  The Roland JC comes with a distortion knob that blends the distortion right in with signal.  Typically an amp would have multiple channels.  One for clean playing, and one for higher gain playing.  This is not the case with the Roland JC.  It just has one channel and blends the gain right into it.  

This amp comes with a few built in effects including digital reverb, vibrato, and chorus.  This amp weighs about 35 pounds, and comes in at a reasonable mid range price.  

Overall its a great amp that would work well in almost any genre, but certainly for blues.  It's high quality, it's loud, and it's affordable.  What else could you ask for?

Fender Blues Junior

best guitar amp for blues

The Fender Blues Junior is a classic amp that has been around for ever.  It is one of Fender's most affordable tube amps.  I think this is the best amp for intermediates.  Especially if they are into blues.  

This amp comes in around the same price as the Roland JC, but the Blues Junior has tubes.  To me, tube amps sound better than solid state amps 99 out of a 100 times.  Not everyone feels that way, but I think that most guitar players do.  

The Blues Junior comes with one 12 inch Celestian type- A speaker.  It comes with authentic spring reverb, a classic bass middle treble Eq, and a button simply labelled "FAT".  The FAT button just boosts the mids, and gives you a chunkier sound.  It thickens up the sound a little bit for setting where you don't have as many instruments supporting you. 

This amp is only 15 watts.  A lot of people think that means it isn't loud, or it doesn't have any power.  What it really means is that is the threshold at which the amp begins to break up.  This means you do not have to push the Blues Junior a lot before it starts to give you those dirty break up tones.  This amp is plenty loud.

Overall this is a great blues amp for an intermediate, or even a pro player that is looking for something a little smaller that still pumps out great tone.  

FAQ:

Best guitar amp for blues

What guitar is best for blues?

My number one pick would have to be the Fender Stratocaster.  So many greats have used it for their music.  In the blues rock realm you have players like Eric Clapton and John Mayer using stratocasters.  In the deep south blues style you have players like Stevie Ray Vaughan and all the Stevie copy cats using stratocasters.

There aren't many genres a Stratocaster isn't great in.  You can't go wrong with a strat.

Are Orange Amps good for blues?

Overall I think Orange Amps are great amps, but they are not very good for blues.  They work super well in genres like harder rock and metal, but not so much blues.  Blues is a much more delicate genre, and that requires a very different tone than hard rock and metal.

For blues I would stick with amps similar to the ones we mentioned here in this list.  Fender style amps.  Amps that are made to be clean or with a little bit of dirt on them.  Amps like Marshalls and Oranges are made to be played with the gain cranked, and unfortunately that is just not what you need for the blues.  

The Best Modern Guitarists (2021 List)

Who is the Best modern guitarist

The best modern guitarists is a category that should be dictated by younger guitarist, not the old heads of music.  Because the young people are the ones being directly influenced by these guitarists.  That is my measure of "best" or "greatness".  Are the influencing young people in a way that has never been done before?  Or are they introducing classic and traditional playing to a new audience?

So in actuality this is more of a list of the most influential modern guitarists.  As a relatively young guitarist that thinks they have their finger on the pulse of modern music pretty well, I think I can write this article with high confidence.  

I know tonnes of other musicians that are inspired by the same people I am, and I am around tonnes of musicians that have differing tastes that tell me all about their favorite guitarist.  

Before we get into it.  I do have a bias towards soul, funk, R&B, and blues types of music.  It's just what I dig, so expect more players within those genres.  

Best Current Guitarists in the World

Tom Misch

The Best modern Guitarists

Tom Misch is a British born Neo-Soul giant thats popularity has been skyrocketing recently.  He is best known for his tune 'It Runs Though Me" which can be heard in the video above.  

One of his biggest influences growing up was another person on this list... John Mayer.  Misch even uses a John Mayer signature Stratocaster which can be seen in the video above.  

What really sets Misch apart is his sense of melodicism.  He crafts short and sweet melodies that get stuck in your head, and have you humming for days after hearing them.  The opening guitar melody to "It Runs Though Me" is so simple, but so catchy.  His melodicism is what makes him one of the best guitarists today.

He pairs his great sense of melody with unique harmonic choices.  The chords used throughout his songs many would call "jazz chords".  This just means the chords are very harmonically dense.  Music nerds love this type of stuff because to them these harmonically dense chords are far more interesting to listen to than the basic Major and Minor triads of most pop music.  

The key to Misch's success is his mixture of his easily digestable melodies being paired with complex and interesting harmony.  This makes it so that non musicians can gravitate towards the pretty melodies, while music nerds can be satisfied with the complex harmonies.  

Tom Misch is revered by many including one of his biggest inspirations, John Mayer.  They can be seen playing a tiny desk concert together above.  Other guitarists that have shown admiration for Tom include Cory Wong and Tomo Fujita.  

The hardest thing to believe about this guy is that he is only 25, and really just starting to hit his stride.  We will for sure see more to come from this dude in the future, and he will continue to inspire a new generation of musicians.  

Gary Clark Jr.

The best modern guitarists

Gary Clark Jr. is one of the most prominent remaining blues guitarists.  Many see him as one of the few still carrying the torch for many of the great blues guitarists such as B.B. King, Albert King, and Muddy Waters.

The Tiny Desk Concert, seen above, starts out with an absolute killer groove.  Give it a listen if you have never heard Gary Clark's music before.  Other popular tunes of his include: Bright Lights, I Don't Owe you a Thang, and When my Train Pulls in.  

Gary Clark is one of the few remaining true blues guys left.  There are a ton of popular guitarists that are blues inspired currently, but none feel as authentically blues to many as Gary Clark does.  Something about the way he plays is so raw and perfectly blues.  Not many other guitarists out there right now can really capture that essence as well as Gary Clark does.  

All of these things make Gary Clark incredibly influential to many young guitarists including myself.  Many people think that being able to play as many notes as possible as fast as possible is talent on the guitar.  Gary Clark teaches us that it isn't about how fast you play, but rather the note choices you make and how you phrase your solos that really sets a guitarist apart.  

Cory Wong

The Best modern guitarists

Cory Wong is a new age funk guitarist that is most popular for his role within the band Vulfpeck.  Within Vulfpeck he plays "lead rhythm guitar".  This is kinda something he pioneered, or at least brought into a new era.  He plays rhythm guitar in a particular way where it almost becomes melodic in nature.  

One of the things everyone talks about with Cory Wong, is his crazy right hand technique.  To the untrained eye it looks almost as if he is just flailing his limp hand at the guitar.  Somehow though through his right hand technique he is able to keep extremely steady time.  He is almost metronomic in his playing.  It is so perfectly in time.  

I think this is a big reason why he is such a big inspiration to younger guitarists.  Because the importance of time and rhythm playing is not really stressed to us guitarists as much as ripping awesome solos is.  Cory opens up a new dimension in a lot of young peoples playing by introducing them to the importance of steady and accurate time.  

Cory Wong also does a ton of solo work which I think I like better than his stuff with Vulfpeck.  Which is saying a lot because every musician, I know, and their mother loves Vulfpeck.  Cory's solo work is super cool and fun because it puts him front and center a lot of the time, and lets his "lead rhythm" playing shine.  

Here is one of my favorite songs of his called "Takeoff".  What's awesome about this tune is Cory's ability to bring his unique style to a fun and easy listening tune.  

If you really would like to hear Cory Wong's signature sound I would listening to a song like "Lunchtime" or "Airplane Mode".  Both are pretty awesome and groovy tunes.

Tosin Abasi

The best modern Guitarists

Tosin Abasi is a guitarist that is best known for his playing with the band "Animals as Leaders".  What's unique about Tosin is his preference of an extended range guitar.  Tosin sticks pretty much to only 8 string guitars, and often times plays where he functions as the bass as well as the guitar.  He's kinda like Charlie Hunter's emo cousin.  

Even though a lot of the music he makes is a little bit harder, he has roots in jazz, classical, and funk.  Citing Victor Wooten as someone he learned the double thump technique from.  

Tosin's style has inspired a ton of young guitarists.  Something unfortunate though is that many of these guitarists cannot find adequate teaching to better learn how to emulate Tosin's style and then create their own music with it.  

This is because music schools don't really like any music made within the past 50 years.  The things learned in modern music school can be more easily applied to the styles of other guitarists on this list like Cory Wong or John Mayer.

Even without traditional schools embracing styles like Tosin's he has been able to thrive in his own way as one of the most influential modern guitarists.

Chris Stapleton

The best modern guitarists

Chris Stapleton is one of the greatest all around musicians alive today.  The man is a top tier singer, songwriter, and guitarist.  It really is incredible how great he is at so many things.  With a lot of musicians you can say "They are an amazing songwriter", or maybe "They are a crazy good guitarist", but with Chris Stapleton you can say that and more.  

Something I've noticed is that younger people tend to write him off because he's "country", and for some reason young people think country music is the enemy.  Even though Chris wears a cowboy hat and lives in Nashville, I don't really see him as a "country artist".  He kinda has his own unique style going on.  A mixture of folk, bluegrass, soul, rock, and country music all gets put together to create Stapleton's sound. 

If I had to put Stapleton in a box and say he is one specific genre, I would say soul more than anything.  The rawness of his vocals come to the forefront of his songs.  You can just feel the emotion in every single note.  One of Stapleton's best vocal performances comes on his song "Sometimes I Cry".  

This song blows me away every single time I listen to it.  Stapleton's way of combining simplicity along with incredibly complex vocals allows for the song to be super accessible to a wide audience.  Because everyone can listen to those chord changes, but music nerds will be satisfied with the amazing vocals on top.

Enough about his singing, let's talk about his guitar playing.  He plays guitar in a very similar way.  Full of emotion.  He is a player that I would say focuses on playing the right notes at the right time rather than playing a bunch of notes all over.  You won't really ever see him shred like a mad man, but that's okay.  He plays the guitar like he sings, he is telling a story.  They are ups and downs that you can feel within the melodies he is creating.  He is much more of an emotional player than a technical one.

It is kinda hard to spot these kind of players out.  It is really easy to see someone that is super technically proficient, and know that they are really good because they are playing super fast.  It is a completely different game when someone chooses to play slower for the sake of the song.  Often times as guitar players we see these simpler solos and think "I can do that".  Sure you can play the same notes, but can you make it feel the same way they did?  Probably not.

Synyster Gates

The best modern guitarists

Synyster Gates is best known for his role within the band Avenged Sevenfold.  One of the greatest metals bands of the 21st century.  Gates is really known for his ability to incorporate ideas from other genres, and bring them into metal music.  He takes a lot of inspiration from blues and jazz players.  Specifically Gypsy Jazz playing.  Gypsy Jazz is a genre that involves very fast jazz soloing.  He then takes some of the ideas within Gypsy Jazz and applies them to his metal soling.  

In my mind, what sets Gates apart from many other metal guitarists is his melodicism.  Within his solos he creates great melodies.  A lot of metal guitarists just stick with the approach of playing as many notes as fast as possible, but he incorporates super fast and technical playing with the perfect melodies.  Maybe it's because I am a sucker for a good melody, but this is what makes Gates my personal favorite metal guitarist.  

To many it just shows that he is a well rounded musician.  Not just a shredder.  Musicians know the importance of a great melody, and that is why Synyster Gates is one of the best modern guitarists.

Scott LePage and Tim Henson

The best modern Guitarists

Scott LePage and Tim Henson are two members of the band Polyphia.  Polyphia is best describes as a progressive metal or progressive rock band.  Their stuff takes a little bit of getting used to before you can really get into it.  It sounds a little strange to the unindoctrinated.  There is no doubt in my mind though that they are some of the most influential guitarists out there right now.  So many different guitarists that I know have all tried to learn their song G.O.A.T. because it is such a cool and unique song.

Polyphia has been around since about 2010, but only within the past 3 or 4 years have they really gained popularity.  Similar to young players that like Tosin Abasi, music school unfortunately really hate this type of music.  They don't see it really as music, so young guitarists are left to their own vices to try to learn this incredibly difficult and cutting edge music.

John Mayer

The best modern guitarists

I saved my favorite for last.  I don't know if there is another guitarist out there right now that is as influential as John Mayer is for young guitarists.  This is probably because we grew up listening to his songs on the radio, so then once got older we already knew so much of his catalog.  We were able to jam out to his pop music while discovering how great of a guitarist and musician he really is.  Also we were too young to realize the dumb stuff he said to the press... By the time we came into more of ourselves he was much less of an ego maniac, and far more likable.  

Mayer's blending of pop music with his blues and soul influences is perfect and completely unique to him.  I like to liken him to Stevie Wonder in the way that they can make music that musicians love, but also great pop music that anyone can listen to and enjoy.  

Mayer is similar to Chris Stapleton in the fact that often times it isn't about how many notes they are playing, but rather how the few notes they do play feel.  Mayer's solo on "Edge of Desire" is one of my favorite guitar solos of all time, but yet it's so simple.  For the longest time it is just the first three notes of the major scale.  This song and solo also both demonstrate the importance of space in song writing and soloing.  Something that not everyone seems to grasp.

If you want to inspire a young guitarist have them listen to John Mayer's "Where the Light is" live record.  It is filled with great electric guitar soloing, acoustic guitar rhythm playing, blues tunes, and pop tunes.  It is such a complete album that isn't tampered with by the recording process.  It is just purely a live performance.  It's raw.  

7 Best Cheap Guitar Pedals (2021 List)

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Mooer Envelope Filter

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Amazon Basic's Distortion

Cheap guitar pedals that actually work well are hard to find.  Often times they just make your signal sound like absolute garbage.  There are a few exceptions though.  If you look hard enough you can find the diamonds in the rough.  The cheap guitar pedals that actually do what you want them to, and alter your sound in a pleasant way.  

For this list I will be including both ultra cheap and moderately cheaply priced pedals.  This is because sometimes you just simply cannot get the sound you want for under $50, but none of the pedals on this list will be super high priced like the Strymon Big Sky that comes in at about $500.  They will all be moderately cheap.  Something that the vast majority of people can afford.  

I will also put an emphasis on if these pedals are something that can last you for your whole life, or if they are low quality and known to break.  Because no one wants broken gear, and you are going to save yourself money by buying higher quality pedals anyway because otherwise you would likely upgrade anyway.  

We also just published an article about the best clean amps for pedals.  Click here to read!

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Must Have Guitar Pedals List

Mini Tube Screamer

7 best Cheap Guitar Pedals

The Tube Screamer is one of the best guitar pedals of all time, and is an absolute must have guitar pedal.  Guitarists like The Edge, John Mayer, Carlos Santana, Gary Clark Jr, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Steve Vai all have used one form or another of a tube screamer.  If that many of the greats have used something, you know it has to be of good quality.  

The Tube Screamer is a classic overdrive pedal.  It is often used for the dirty and gritty blues sound that people like Stevie Ray Vaughn and John Mayer are famous for.  

Why I really like the Mini Tube screamer is multi faceted.  The first reason is that its cheap.  This pedal comes in at a price that almost anyone can afford.  It is really awesome to find a pedal for a reasonable price that can be a staple in almost anyone's playing.  

The next reason is that it is nice and compact.  The Mini Tube Screamer can fit on a pedal board in the smallest of crevices.  It is really great for maximizing the amount of space you have on your board.  There are some overdrive pedals that take up 5 to 6 times the space of this one.  Why use one that big when you can get a pedal that does the same job, and lets you put more cool pedals on your board?

One thing to note about this pedal is that it is not true bypass. We explain more about true bypass, and exactly what it is in the FAQ section of this article.  

Overall though this is a very high quality pedal that comes in at an affordable price.  It can last you your whole life, and it is super small to maximize your pedal board.  One of the best cheap guitar pedals on the market.

Amazon Basic's Distortion Pedal

7 best Cheap Guitar pedals

For the price this pedal is pretty killer.  The amazon basic pedals are some of the best cheap guitar pedals on amazon.  It is probably the cheapest possible distortion pedal you can find that could actually be used as a functioning pedal.  There really isn't much to this pedal it just creates a pretty classic distortion sound.  

Some negatives I have noticed about these pedals include that sometimes the knobs don't really do much.  You can turn them all you want, but the sound doesn't really change much.  Another issue with them is that the distortion sound they create is a little muddy.  Which isn't great, but for the price is totally okay.  It really isn't that big of a deal.  

There isn't much else to say about this pedal.  For its price it absolutely get the job done.  Amazon has a whole line of these pedals and they all are pretty good.  This one in particular though is one of the two best ones.  

Amazon Basic's Delay Pedal

7 best Cheap guitar Pedals

The Amazon Basic's delay pedal runs about $15 more than their distortion pedal.  With that being said, it is still super affordable.  On the pedal it says "timer" which is a little strange.  I have never really heard that term, but it's just a delay pedal.  

All the upsides and downsides of this seem to be very similar to the upsides and downsides of the distortion pedal they offer as well.  Sometimes the knobs don't really do anything.  Because of that it is kinda just a what you see is what you get kind of pedal.  Obviously the overall quality is a little sketchy.  They are prone to issues mechanically and electrically.  

Even though they certainly have issues, you cannot really beat the price of these pedals, and of course the simplicity of them.  These things make it the best cheap delay pedal.

Dunlap Cry Baby Wah

7 best Cheap Guitar Pedals

This cry baby wah has kinda become an industry standard.  It is THE wah.  Almost every guitar player has one, and for good reason.  They are well made pedals that do their job, and they don't cost a whole lot.  This is another pedal that you won't ever really have to upgrade.  It is a top of the line product.  but yet comes in as a budget guitar pedal.

There is also a Cry Baby Mini available.  Normally the mini pedals cost less than their full sized counterpart, but that is not the case with these pedals.  The mini wah runs anywhere from $20 to $50 more depending upon where you purchase it from.  So if you are really looking to save some space on your pedal board, looking into the mini could be a good option for you.  

There isn't much unique about these pedals, they are kinda just a standard wah.  They are meant to emulate a more vintage sound.  This makes them great for emulating Hendirx's sound.  Although Jimi himself did use a Vox wah.  These wahs are able to capture his sound very well.  

Overall I think this is a super worthwhile pedal to buy.  The Dunlap Cry Baby Wah has been proven to be a great pedal year over year.  It comes in at an affordable price, and is a pedal you can use for the rest of your life.  Just a great all around wah pedal.  A very good cheap guitar pedal.

Tiny Tune Pro Stage

7 best Cheap Guitar pedals

The Tiny Tune Pro Stage guitar tuning pedal is a great cheap option for guitar players that play live, or simply want a tuning pedal for the convenience.  Every guitarist that plays any sort of live music needs a tuner pedal.  There is simply too much noise going on during a live performance to ever tune properly.  That is where a tuning pedal comes in handy.

The great thing about tuning pedals is that they are almost all relatively cheap.  This one finds itself in the midrange of prices for tuning pedals.  Even though it isn't the cheapest pedal on the market, it is still super affordable.  I always think that if you can afford the extra $15 to get something of much higher quality, you should.  That is exactly the case with this pedal.  There are cheaper alternatives, but they simply wont be as accurate or as reliable as this pedal is.  

This pedal also is true bypass which is super nice because then it won't mess with your guitar's tone at all.  

Overall this is a great tuning pedal, and almost everyone needs a tuning pedal eventually, so why not get this one?

Mooer Envelope Filter

7 best Cheap Guitar Pedals

This is about as close to a perfect effects pedal there is.  The sound it produces is so authentic to what an envelope filter.  It is actually kinda crazy the sound you get out of this pedal for its price.  The only reason this is rated as 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because it isn't true bypass, and some people a big sticklers about that.  Other than that it is the perfect weird cheap guitar pedal.

 I for one, am not always.  If you stack 8 or 9 pedals together that aren't true bypass then you will begin to see some tone loss, but just one or two in your chain isn't a big deal.  You won't experience any tone loss with just a few pedals in the chain like this.  

The sound that comes from this pedal is so funky, and is right up there in terms of quality with the Qtron.  The Qtron is an envelope filter that costs about four times as much as this pedal does, but creates almost the same exact sound.  

If you don't know what an envelope filter is, it is a type of pedal that is almost exclusively used in funk music.  They are also called auto wahs.  They create a sound that is kinda like if you very quickly pushed your toe down on a wah, and then lifted it back up again.  I will link a video below so you can better understand what an envelope filter does.  

Donner Compressor Pedal

7 BEST CHEAP GUITAR PEDALS

The Donner Compressor Pedal is a run of the mill, standard, compressor pedal.  Some people tend to be a little confused as to what a compressor pedal does, so I'll explain.

A compressor pedal simply takes your low volumes and boosts them a little bit, while taking your higher volumes and lowering them a little bit.  This makes your playing much more dynamically consistent, so they aren't crazy loud things, and super quiet things happening within your playing.  

Many people like compressors while soloing because it brings the lower volumes up.  This makes notes ring out longer which is a really cool, but simple effect for solos. 

This pedal is a true bypass pedal which is pretty sweet for such a low priced pedal.  We explain true bypass more below in the FAQ section.

FAQ:

7 BEST CHEAP GUITAR PEDALS

What is a True Bypass Pedal?

A true bypass pedal is a pedal that does not use a buffer to alter the signal coming from the guitar when the pedal is not engaged.  

Buffers are used in pedals because the guitar outputs a high impedance signal while the effect pedal likes low impedance signals.  So pedals have whats called a buffer within them to alter the signal.   The buffer changes the signal from high impedance to low impedance.  This allows the pedal to work.  

True bypass pedals are seen to be more desirable because they wont alter the guitar's sound at all while the pedal in disengaged.  

They also tend to be more expensive though.  True bypass pedals are more expensive because for the pedal to be true bypass the circuitry has to be done in a way so that the buffer comes after the switch.  This typically requires more complicated work, and more expensive parts.  

In non true bypass pedals the circuit goes like this:  Input to buffer to switch to the effect circuit to the output.  This means that the buffer is always on, and always altering your guitar's sound.

In a true bypass pedal the circuit goes like this: Input to switch to buffer to effect circuit to output.  This way if the switch is not activated the signal will bypass the buffer, and the guitar's sound will not be altered.  

What should be your first guitar pedal?

This really depends on what type of music you like to play.  However, the most common is a drive pedal.  Something like an Ibanez Tube Screamer or a Boss Blues Driver would both be great first pedals.

This is because they are pedals that can be used in so many different genres.  Also they are both high quality pedals that can last you for your whole life.  

A drive pedal is also just an exciting pedal to get.  Something like a compressor is awesome and super useful, but it isn't a very exciting pedal.  You turn it on and now your louds are just a little quieter, and you quiets are just a little louder.  Not too grand.  A drive pedal though is super exciting.  It completely transforms the sound into something super different and cool.

That's why I think a great first pedal to start off with is a drive pedal.  

Are cheap guitar pedals worth it?

For a beginner they are a great way to explore tonnes of different sounds without having to spend a lot of money.  Because of that I would say yes.  However, if you are an experienced guitar player that is looking to get pieces for your rig that are permanent.  I wouldn't recommend going for cheap guitar pedals.

You want to buy high quality items that create the best sounds, and will last you a very long time.  Although it can kinda suck to pay $200-$400 for a simple pedal, if you want the highest quality gear, you'll need to.  With that said, affordable quality guitar pedals are not impossible to find.

Conclusion

7 Best cheap guitar pedals

Cheap guitar pedals are an awesome tool for beginners or someone that just wants to dip their toes into new sounds.  You can find every effect under the sun for under $100 as long as you look hard enough.

We hope we were able to help you find a pedal that you like.  Let us know in the comments below.

7 Best Clean Amps for Pedals (2021 List)

Best Value
 

Fender Blues Junior

Best Low Price
 

Bugera V5

The best clean amp for pedals is something that really comes down to a matter of opinion.  With so many different players wanting to achieve so many different sounds, it is incredibly difficult to say for certain that one amp is the best.  

With that being said, there certainly is a consensus amongst most guitar players that the best clean amp for pedals is likely an amp in the style of a Fender or a Vox.  

Fender and Vox amps are known for being the perfect blank slate to create a sound on top of.  The sounds they can produce range greatly, and can be an integral part of almost any sound.  

I personally have always gravitated towards amps that are built in the Fender or Vox style.  I think this comes from my heavy Soul, R&B, and Funk influences.  

If you too find a lot of your influences in those genres this list is perfect for you.  Also many players that are into country music use these style amps as well, so we hope to help you out too if you are into that style as well. 

Best Clean Tone Amps List

Fender Twin Reverb 
BEst clean amp for pedals

We are starting off with the king of clean amps.  The Fender Twin Reverb is THE Fender amp.  It seems like for the really high level players I have encountered over the years these amps have been the standard for them to have.  They are certainly the best pedal platform amp.

Even if you don't want to use pedals.  This amp has a killer natural overdrive.  It has one of the best overdrives for a clean amp.

These are a reissues version of the classic model manufactured from 1963 to 1982.  In their day they didn't really catch on, but after many years they became beloved by those who still hung on to them.  

Luckily for us, in the 2000's Fender starting making reissue models with the same circuity, but some improved hardware, and just general modernizations of the amp.  

This amp is for the professional musician that spends lots of their time gigging, and making a living playing, or just someone that wants to have an absolute top of the line rig.  

This amp is also mentioned in our Best Jazz Guitar Amp for You list.

Fender Twin Reverb best clean amp for pedals

The first time that I played one of these guitars was at my private guitar lesson instructor's house when I was in music school.  I fell in love with the sound that came out of it, and I knew then that someday I would need to own one myself.  At the time I owned a Fender Mustang modeling amp, which don't get me wrong, is a great amp.  However, it simply doesn't compare to an amp like this.  I think within a week or so I went out and upgraded to a Fender DeVille that gave me a little more of that awesome Fender tube tone.  Just because I wanted to get a little closer to the sound I got out of the Twin Reverb.  

Regardless, If you get this amp there is almost no way to be disappointed.  They are the holy grail of clean amps, and provide the perfect canvas to use pedals on top of.  Whether you're chasing a jazz sound, funk sound, blues sound, or whatever else.  This amp will get it done for you.

Vox AC15C1
BEst clean amp for pedals

The Vox AC15C1 is a great upper middle price range amp for clean sounds and pedals.  The real specialty of Vox is that vintage sound.  They were the sound of the British invasion.  Bands like The Beatles, The Yardbirds, and The Animals were all known to use these amps.  

What really sets Vox style amps, and Fender style amps apart is that omission of negative feedback within Vox amps.  The omission of negative feedback in Vox amps makes them much more midrangey than a traditional Fender amp.  

These midranges make the amp more bell or chime like.  They cut through a mix very well, but can sometimes be too much for some people.  Personally I enjoy the mid scoop that Fender style amps offer, but that is just a preference thing.  

But again because these amps were the sound of the British invasion there is something about them that just sound classic.  They also have a lot of head room before they break up, so that the genuine nature of the pedal can shine through without the amp first being overdriven itself.  Even more so on the AC30, but that is a bit more pricey.

If you are looking for a vintage sound to use your pedals on top of this could very well be the best clean amp for your pedals.  

Fender Blues Junior
Best clean amp for pedals

The Fender Blues Junior is another iconic Fender amp.  It has been used by many as a great recording amp, and has been used live by the likes of Noel Gallagher of Oasis, and The Edge of U2.  Because of that you can assure this is a professional level amp.

The best part about the Blues Junior is its price.  As we just stated, it is surely a professional level amplifier, but it comes in around the middle of the price range of amps.  These are the perfect amp for most intermediate players that are in to genres like soul, rock, or the blues.  

This amp, just like most Fenders, has a lot of headroom.  This means they need to really be driven before they begin to create a breakup tone.  This is what makes them great receptors for pedals.  They let the pedal do the work.  Rather than distorting the sound the pedal is attempting to achieve by breaking up.  

This amp is only 15 Watts, but don't let that deceive you.  It absolutely can pump out a ton of sound.  Also it is kinda nice to have such a wonderful sounding tube amp in a smaller package.  The Blues Junior weighs about 30 pounds.  Compare this to a larger Fender tube amp like a 55 pound Hot Rod DeVille 410, and the Blues Junior seems like a feather.  It is nice to have one of the best small clean amps, but still be able to deliver a ton of tone.

Roland JC Jazz Chorus 
Best clean amps for pedals

This is the first non tube amplifier on this list.  I personally think that tube amps almost always sound better, but this amp is an exception.  The sound that comes out of this amp is magnificent for the price.  There is a reason these amps have been around for decades and decades.  They have proven over and over again that they are one of the best values on the market.  

This amp comes with a few different effect built in.  These include digital reverb, vibrato, and a chorus effect.  This amp also comes with a "distortion knob" that blends break up tone directly into the clean channel.  This amp cannot get super overdriven just by itself, but if you are reading a list of the best clean amps for pedals, I would imagine you aren't looking for that anyway.  

As I mentioned before, this amp comes in at a great price.  Roughly $150 less than the Fender Blues Junior.  Which is already pretty affordable.  This makes great tone accessible to almost anyone.  

This amp is also great if you want to throw pedals on top of it.  The Roland JC series are some of the best solid state amps for pedals on the market.

This amp is ideal for anyone looking to get a great jazz or blues tone.  Here is a video review of the amp, so you can learn more about it.  

VHT AV-SP1-6
Best clean amp for pedals

This is probably the most unique amp on this list.  It is a super affordable little tube amp.  They are hand wired in China, and come in as one of the cheapest amps on this list.  

The VHT AV-SP1-6 has some special features not seen on a lot of amps.  These include a wattage dial.  This makes it so that you can have a true break up tone at a low volume.  As someone with neighbors, I find these extremely useful.  On a traditional amp it is difficult sometimes to get the right sound at a low volume, but this amp certainly does the trick.  

Some other unique things this amp include is a pull push switch on the volume knob.  They call it normal and boost.  This acts kinda like a channel select.  The boost setting obviously just give the amp a little bit of extra kick.  

This is another amp that is super portable because of its size and weight.  It is the smallest amp on this list and comes in at around 25 pounds.  This along with the tubes makes it the best practice amp for pedals on the market.

The wattage dial can be used to give the amp extra headroom to allow the pedals to breathe more, and do their thing.  We mentioned it before, but headroom is how far the amp can be pushed before breaking up, and if the wattage is all the way up, it will take a lot to overdrive this amp.  

The VHT AV-SP1-6 is the second lowest priced amp on this list, so if you are looking for a low priced clean tube amp.  This certainly could be the best clean amp for pedals for you.

Bugera V5
BEst clean amp for pedals

The Bugera V5 is a little amp that can best be used for practice.  It is ideal for someone that lives in an apartment because the amp comes with a switch that can change the amp from 5 watts to 1 watt, or even 0.1 watt.  This allows the amp to get awesome breakup tones at super low volumes.  

Or if you wanted a little more headroom to let your pedals breathe you can use the 5 watt setting, and allow the pedals the proper room to function.  

This amp comes with a few controls right on the face of the amp.  These include volume, tone, reverb, and gain.  The reverb on this small amp is pretty good for the price you are paying.  

As I mentioned before this amp is likely best used for just practice, and not gigging.  It is a little too small for gigs.  With that being said, it is still a great tool to have in your arsenal.  A great sounding practice amp that you can take anywhere is a super awesome tool.  Sometimes I find it hard to practice with normal practice amps because the sound is so garbage, but not with this one.  This one gives you all the classic tone of a tube amp that you desire.  All of it within a super small package.  

FAQ:
Best clean amp for pedals

Can pedals break my amp?

To put it simply.  No they cannot.  This myth arrises from the idea of overdriving your amp too much.  This just cannot happen with pedals.

Do Vox amps take pedals well?

Vox amps are known for taking pedals particularly well.  This is due to the high amount of head room built into their amps.  Their amps are designed to stay clean for a long time.  Not until they are really pushed do they begin to break up.  

Vox is known for creating amps that replicate that classic vintage sound.  This is because the amps that many classic bands were using were Vox amps.  

Vox amps were called the amps of the British Invasion.  Bands like The Beatles, The Animal, and The Yardbird were all famous for using Vox amplifiers.  

What amp has the best clean tone?

The amp with the best clean tone is obviously an opinionated matter.  Many people agree though that the Fender Twin Reverb is the king of clean tones.  It is kinda the standard for many high level players.

It seems whenever I see someone that is really killing it during a blues, funk, jazz, or soul gig.  They are almost always using a Fender Twin Reverb.  They are just the industry standard.

Fender mustang. Best clean amp for pedals

Are tube amps really better?

Not always, but the general consensus is that tube amps normally sound better.  Now if they are worth the price markup is a whole other question.  The thing is that almost no one but guitar players can tell the difference between a tube amp and a solid state amp.  

Personally I love the sound of tube amps, and rarely play without one.  The sound of a solid state amp just always seems to be lacking to me.  Other people are completely fine with a solid state amp, and that's completely okay as well.  Whatever floats your boat.  Ya know?

Conclusion
BEst clean amp for pedals

There are a ton of different amps to choose from that all have different characteristics and price points.  Figure out what it is that you want out of an amp, and then go from there.  

I always have known I love the Fender amp sound, so most of the amps I have accumulated over my life have been Fender amps, or Fender style amps.  

Figure out what works for you, and go from there.

We hope we were able to help you.  Let us know what you think in the comments below.  





Best Clean Amp for Pedals - Colin J
Best Clean Amp for Pedals - Dwane's Music

5 Best Electric Guitar For Small Hands (2021 List)

Finding a guitar that fits your physical abilities and limitations is extremely important.  It is super easy to pick out a guitar that does not fit your body at all because it looks cool, or because one of your favorite guitarists plays that guitar.  There are many different factors in determining what the best electric guitar for small hands could be.  

These factors include scale length, fretboard radius, overall guitar size, and neck shape.  All of these things are important things to look into while determining what the best electric guitar for small hands is.  

To start we will get into what all these jargony words mean, and help you better understand what it is you need to look for if you have small hands.

Whether you have super tiny delicate hands, or manly paws with short fat fingers, we can help you find the guitar for you.

Fender mustang.  Best electric guitar for small hands
Scale Length
Best electric guitar for small hands

The scale length of a guitar is simply how far it is from the bridge of a guitar to the nut of a guitar.  The two most common scale lengths are 24.75 inches, which is also known as "Gibson Scale", and 25.5 inches, which is known as "Fender Scale".  These are both obviously named after the two biggest electric guitar companies, Gibson and Fender.  

So to put it simply, a smaller scale length would be better for those of us with small hands because small hands have a difficult time making the same stretches that larger hands do, so if you have a shorter scale length, you can reach notes you otherwise could not reach.  

Luckily enough for people with smaller hands, guitar companies have developed a standard short scale length of 24 inches.  Many different guitar companies including Fender, Music man, Jackson, and Epiphone all make short scale 24 inch scale length guitars.  

The difference between a 24 inch scale length and a 25.5 inch scale length is not very significant, so don't allow that to influence your decision too much.  If you find a guitar you really like, but it isn't a short scale guitar, don't fret it.  It doesn't make too big of a difference.  

Random Strats Best electric guitar for small hands
Fretboard Radius
Best electric guitar for small hands

The fretboard radius is a big deal for people with small hands because the fretboard radius directly effects how thick the neck of the guitar is.  Many people think that a full sized guitar is too big for people with small hands, but in reality, the size of the neck is really the biggest factor as to if the guitar is playable for them or not.  

The fretboard radius is basically "how curved is the fretboard?"  Fretboards are not perfectly flat.  They all have a little bit of a pitch to them.  Just like a road or a football field.  That curve is called the fretboard radius.

So fretboard radius works like this... The bigger the radius, the thinner the neck.  Pretty simple, right?  For example, A fretboard radius of 7.5 inches is a pretty small fretboard radius.  That means the neck is going to be thicker than most other guitar necks.   

An example of an average fretboard radius is around 9.5 to 12 inches.  Some guitars go all the way up to 16 inches or so, but that is about where they stop.  

Typically guitars with super high fretboard radius are made for genres like rock or metal.  Genres where people will be playing a ton of notes super quickly.  

That is why brands like Ibanez and Jackson feature high fretboard radii.  They are brands that are more positioned within the rock and metal realm, so they have higher fretboard radii.  

So to end it simply.  A higher fretboard radius is a requirement when looking for the best electric guitar for small hands.  

Les Paul.  Best electric guitar for small hands
Overall Guitar Size
Best electric guitar for small hands

This one is more so for smaller people as a whole, not just people with small hands.  We put this on the list because we are assuming that most people with smaller hands are just smaller people in general.  

If you are a smaller person you really will want to shy away from massive guitars.  Something like a big ole hollowbody jazz guitar is going to be really difficult for a small person to play and learn on.  

It just comes down to "it feels awkward".  The big guitars are so hard to control, and they aren't comfortable to play.  Because of that I would recommend staying away from them.  A common guitar model that comes to mind when thinking about big and bulky guitars is the Gibson Les Paul.  Although many people love Les Pauls and swear by them.  Everyone has to admit that they are very awkward to play.  They just a simply not comfortable to play.  Not to mention they weigh a ton, so maybe stay away from a Les Paul if you are a smaller person.

To put it simply, make sure you buy a guitar that feel comfortable when you are playing it.  

Tele Headstock. Best electric guitar for small hands
Neck Shape
Best electric guitar for small hands

There are a bunch of different terms relating to the neck shape of a guitar, but the most basic ones are C shaped, D shaped, V shaped, and U shaped.  Of all of these shapes the D shape is likely the best for people with small hands because it is often times the thinnest of all the neck shapes.  

A lot of times guitar companies will throw on other words like "chunky", "thin", or "slim".  Anything labeled as "thin" or "slim" are great options for people with small hands.  We want as little as possible between you and the fretboard.  

Electric Guitars for Small Hands List

Fender Duo Sonic

The Fender Duo Sonic is certainly the best fender for small hands for a few reasons..  The first reason is because of its 24 inch scale length.  A shorter scale length like that allows for players with small hands to make stretches that they otherwise would not be able to reach since the frets are closer together.  

The next reason would be the Duo Sonic's "thin C shaped neck".  A thin neck is great for people with smaller hands because it allows them to get their hands around the neck, and on to the fretboard far easier.  

Other than those detail this is just an all around solid guitar that offers a lot of versatility.  It comes with a humbucking pickup in the bridge position, and a single coil in the neck position.  This allows for both crunch and pokey rock tones while still leaving room for mellow and lush R&B/ Soul tones.  

This guitar has a 9 and a half inch fretboard radius which isn't ideal for small hands, but it isn't terrible either.  9 and a half inches is about average for fretboard radius.  

This is a model that is made in Mexico.  Many people, including myself, think that the made in Mexico Fender guitars are the best bang for your buck.  The American made Fenders might be a little nicer, but not double the price nicer.  These are overall great versatile guitars that will last you a super long time.  This is a great smaller guitar for adults that have the pocketbook to spend a little cash, but still want a good deal.

PRS Se Custom 22

The thing that makes PRS Se Custom 22's so perfect for players with small hands is the super thin neck.  As someone who has rather small hands, I have never had any issues with my PRS Se Custom 22.  The specs don't paint the picture of the perfect guitar for small hands, but it certainly gets the job done. 

The super thin neck of this guitar is really the only reason it is on this list.  Other than that the PRS Se Custom 22 is a pretty normal guitar.  Electric guitars with thin necks can make a world of difference for people with small hands.

It comes with two humbucking pickups and a three way selector switch.  This give the guitar a wide array of sounds it can produce.  The pickups in this guitar are pretty hot, so you can really get some heavier tones out of these guitars.  Also though you can get really beautiful melodic phrases out of the neck pickup when it is played cleanly.  

PRS is known for their amazing build quality.  There are not many guitars with the PRS name on them that perform poorly.  PRS guitars are almost always some of the greatest value guitars you can get.  Especially these Korean made ones.  The quality is still extremely high, but you get it for a mid level price.  

Overall this is just a great guitar for a great price with a neck that fits small hands well.

We have a review of a guitar very similar.  The PRS Se Custom 24 here:  PRS Se Custom 24 Review

Sterling By Music Man Cutlass

Sterling is essentially like Squier is to Fender, and Epiphone is to Gibosn.  Sterling is the more affordable version of music man guitars. 

This guitar is very similar to the Fender Duo Sonic.  It has a 24 inch scale length, but 12 inch fretboard radius compared to the Duo Sonic's 9.5 inch radius, and it has an overall small and compact body size.  All of these things make it the perfect beginner electric for people with small hands.

This guitar comes with just two pickups.  A humbucking pickup in the bridge position, and a single coil pick in the neck position.  Just like the Duo Sonic, this makes this guitar pretty versatile.  It allows for harder rock tones from the bridge, but still warm, round, and mellow tone from the neck pickup.

I think that the Duo Sonic and this guitar are super comparable.  It isn't that one is flat out better than the other, but more of a preference thing.  I don't have much experience with Sterling guitars, but when I have played them, they always played well.  Maybe go try to get your hands on each of them to see which is best for you.  

Ibanez GRG

Aside from being one of the coolest looking guitars out there right now, the Ibanez GRG could very well be the best electric guitar for small hands as well.  The neck is one of the thinnest electric guitar necks on the market.  It comes in with a fretboard radius of 16.9 inches.  That blows away every other guitar on this list.  

A super thin neck like that is ideal for small handed people.  The only issue is that the rest of the guitar isn't perfect for small handed people.  It is a pretty averaged sized guitar.  It has a 25.5 inch scale length, and a rather normal body size.

It comes with two humbucking pickups, and a three way selector switch.  This guitar is just a metal/rock guitar straight through.  Its even pointy.  Everyone knows that the pointier the guitar, the heavier music it can produce.  

Overall it is a pretty good lower priced guitar that would work well for someone with small hands.  Especially if they were into heavier music like rock or metal.  

Jackson JS Minion

The Jackson JS Minion is very similar to the Ibanez GR in terms of what it is used for.  These guitars are ideally for harder rock and metal music.  Again you can tell this because the guitar is pointy.  Pointy guitar means heavy music.  

This guitars is even shorter than shortscale though.  All the other short scale guitars on this list have 24 inch scale lengths.  This guitar has a 22.5 inch scale length.  Super super small.  A scale length like that should really help people with small hands reach frets that they couldn't before.  

This guitar also comes with a 12 inch fretboard radius.  This isn't as big as the Ibanez that comes in at 16.9 inches, but it still is a higher than average fretboard radius.  

This guitar comes with two humbucking pickups and a three way selector switch.  Just like the Ibanez.  This guitar is way pointier than the Ibanez though, so maybe the pickups are even hotter.  Who knows...

Conclusion
Best electric guitar for small hands

There is no perfect guitar for one person.  Read up a little on all of your options before you make your decision.  We hope we helped you find the best electric guitar for small hands.  Let us know if you learned anything in the comments.




Best Electric Guitar for Small Hands - Colin J
Best Electric Guitar for Small Hands - Dwane's Music

D’Angelico Excel EX-1 Review

The D'Angelico Excel Ex-1 is a guitar that I became acquainted with about a month and a half ago.  Within that time I have been playing it religiously, and have used it a few times at jam sessions.  I think this is a great archtop jazz guitar, and that you can't really get much better for the price.  

Within this review we will go over a few different topics relating to the D'Angelico Excel Ex-1.  These will include:

  • Specs
  • Sound
  • My Personal Experience

D'Angelico Guitars

Specs
D'angelico excel ex-1 review
The D'Angelico Excel Ex-1 is an extremely simple guitar.  It only comes with one pickup.  This Seymour Duncan Johnny Smith mini humbucker pickup is in the bridge position.  Because there is only one pickup, there is no need for things like a pickup selector switch.  That makes the controls of the D'Angelico Excel EX-1 wildly simple.

This guitar simply comes with one master volume knob and one master tone knob.  That's it.  

Keeping with the theme of simplicity, this guitar has a C shaped neck with 22 frets.  The inlays on the pau ferro fingerboard are split block inlays, giving the fingerboard a little extra special touch.

The scale length of the D'Angelico Excel Ex-1 is 22.5 inches.  This is also known as "Fender scale" it is the scale length of most Fender guitars.  For comparison, Gibson scale length is 24.75 inches.  

The body of the D'Angelico Excel Ex-1 is made of multiple woods.  The back and sides are maple wood, while the top is spruce.  

The bridge is made of ebony wood, and has two mother of pearl inlays on either side of the saddle.  

Some other notable things about this guitar include that it is roughly 17 inches wide, and three inches deep.  

Some extra aesthetic details of this guitar include its Grover Super Romantic Machine Heads, the fingerboard scroll bevel, the tortoise scalini pick guard, and the aluminum gold skyscraper truss rod cover.  

D'angelico excel ex-1 review
Sound
D'Angelico Excel ex-1 Review

The sound of this guitar is very distinct and specified.  It creates a super great mellow tone.  This tone can be used in a ton of different ways, but the ways we see it being used most effectively is within the Jazz, R&B, and Soul realm.  

The pickup within this guitar is a great top of the line pickup, and acoustically the guitar sounds great.  It brings that classic fully hollow body sound.  

Although there is only one tone knob, that singular knob has a lot of control over the sound of the guitar.  With the tone all the way up, this guitar begins to feel very very bright and pokey.  Almost like that of a solid body.  Because of that this guitar has reasonable amount of versatility to it.  

Although I do love the capabilities of the tone control of this guitar, I would consider it to be more of a master of one guitar rather than a jack of all trades.  

So if you were looking for one of your first more expensive guitars, and you were hoping to find something that can do a lot of things really well, I would not recommend the D'Angelico Excel Ex-1.  We really love it within the realms of Jazz, R&B, and Soul, but this guitar offers no where near the versatility and potential of something like a simple American made Stratocaster, or a Les Paul.  

D'Angelico Excel Ex-1 Review
Personal Experience 
D'Angelico Excel Ex-1 Review

My personal experience with the D'Angelico Excel Ex-1 has been almost nothing but positive.  I was looking for an awesome jazz guitar that I could use for jam sessions that aren't priced in the few thousand dollar range. 

That is one of the biggest issues with jazz guitars.  The industry standards are so expensive.  For instance, one of the most popular jazz guitars for real hardcore jazzers is the Gibson L-5.  Gibson L-5's are north of $10,000, so by getting this guitar for roughly $1,500 it seems like you are getting an absolute steal.  

I really love the mashup of classic sound with new age design and playability.  That was kinda the whole inspiration for this guitar.  To make a classic sounding guitar while making it as playable as the modern guitars on the market today.  I think D'Angelico totally succeeded with that mission.  This guitar plays wonderfully.

The only issue I have had with the guitar is that when I first bought it some strings where buzzing, and it sounded kinda gross.  After a few adjustments the buzzing went away, and now I really have no complaints about the instrument.  

Conclusion
D'Angelico Excel ex-1 review

Overall I am a big fan of this guitar.  I think it is a great option for someone that is getting into the jazz world, but doesn't want to spend a fortune on a guitar.   I hope this helped you! Leave a comment below about what you think of the D'Angelico Excel Ex-1.



Other Single guitar review we have include:

PRS SE Custom 24 Review

Taylor 110e Review



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Best Cheap Amps for Guitar (2021 List)

best ultra cheap
 

Fender Frontman

Best for rock

Marshall MG30

Finding the best cheap amps for guitar is a difficult task.  At the low end of the price range there is a lot of garbage.  Things that no one should ever use.  

Luckily for the modern guitar player, we can find adequate information on almost any amp we want to now a days.  Everything has review written about it.  Telling you the strong suits, and the weaknesses of every piece of gear.  

These are a great step up from the ways of the past.  Before the internet you had no way to know if the amp had a terrible reputation for breaking, or for malfunctioning soon after purchase.  

Also amps have simply gotten a lot better in the past 35 years.  The "bad amps" of today pale in comparison to the "bad amps" of the 1980's.  You could barely even tell what was coming out of those abominations. 

Today we are going to be categorizing the best cheap amps for guitar by what they are best suited for.  So you know the strengths and weaknesses of each cheap guitar amp.  Also this way you can know which is best for you, and the sound you want to create.

You can also find many of the Best Cheap Amps for Guitar on our Best Beginner Amp for You list

Fender Tele Best cheap amps for guitar

Best Cheap Guitar Amps List

Most Versatile Amps
best cheap amps for guitar
Fender Mustang - Best guitar amp under $150

The Fender Mustang is a great affordable guitar 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 cheap amps.  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 cheap guitar amps can't do a good clean tone as well as a good dirty tone, but this amp can do both.  If you are looking for a super versatile amp, but don't want to spend a lot, this could be one of the best cheap amps for guitar to you.

P.S. it is a great value, certainly one of the best guitar amps for the money.

Boss Katana - 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.

Best amps for Rock/Metal
best cheap amps for guitar
Marshall MG30

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.  

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 anyone that just wants a cheap, portable, and low priced amp.

Orange Crush 20RT

The Orange Crush 20RT 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 20RT 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.

Best Acoustic Guitar Amp
best cheap amps for guitar
Fender Acoustasonic

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. 

Most Portable Amp
Best Cheap amps for guitar
Yamaha THR10

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.

For how small this amp is, it seems a little overpriced to me, but I suppose you are paying for both the quality and the unique features it offers.  

Best Ultra Cheap Amp
best cheap amps for guitar
Fender Frontman - Best Guitar amp Under $100

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, and is nice and compact.

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.

How Much do Guitar Strings Cost?

Cost to Change Guitar Strings

How much do guitar strings cost ?  Guitar strings come in a wide array of options.  All of them have their own unique sound and feel.  The cost of these strings though comes down to a few factors.  The biggest of these factors is simply the material the string is made out of.  For instance steel strings are going to be more expensive than nickel strings because steel is simply just more expensive than nickel.  So if you ask " how much do guitar strings cost "? you're mostly just asking what the strings are made out of.   

We will go over some strings all across the price spectrum and explain them to you, and how they might be the right string for you, or maybe not the right string for you.

Some other things to consider while looking for strings are the gauge of the string, and if the string is coated or not.  

Fender mustang how much do guitar strings cost
String Gauge
how much do guitar strings cost

The gauge of the string simply refers to how big around the string is in 1000ths of an inch.  The most common string gauges for electric guitars are .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.  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.

How Much does it Cost to Restring one String on a Guitar?

Unfortunately, if you are replacing one string on a guitar, you will likely need to buy all six strings.  You're cost will be exactly the same as if you were replacing all of the strings.

If you are thinking about just restringing one string on a guitar, replace the whole set.  It makes a lot more sense to just do the whole thing.  

I've also seen people ask "how much does it cost to fix a guitar string" I think they are just asking the same question as how much does it cost to restring one string on a guitar. so the answer is the same.

Where to Buy Guitar Strings

You can find guitar strings at any local music shop, or just buy them on amazon.  Every type of string you could ever need is on amazon.

String Coating
How much do guitar strings cost

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 like using coated acoustic guitar strings, but not coated electric guitar strings.  I really couldn't tell you why.  It's just a preference.

The Best Electric Guitar Strings
How much do guitar strings cost

The best electric guitar strings are obviously something that is subjective.  That is why we will be showing you a combination of our personal favorite sets of strings, as well as the best selling strings on the market.  

We hope to show you sets of strings from the cheap ones all the way to the premium ones.  That way you can see what is all over the spectrum and make the right decision for you.  

D'Addario NYXL

The D'Addario NYXL strings are some of my favorite strings on the market.  They are simple, sound great, last a long time, and are extremely versatile.  

The NYXL strings 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.

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

Overall they are some of the highest quality strings on the market, and it would be silly to not mention them on this list.  

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky strings have been some of the most popular strings on the market for years and years, and that's for good reason.  

They 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. 

These strings come at a significantly lower price than the NYXL's do.  They do wear out significantly faster than the NYXL's though, so it's really a give and take there.  

Overall these are another really good pack of strings that everyone should at least consider because they have served so many of the greats well over the years.  

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.  

Best Strings for Acoustic Guitar

How much do guitar strings cost

Acoustic guitar strings tend to be a little bit more expensive than electric guitar strings.  This is probably due to the fact that acoustic guitar strings are often times made with bronze.  This creates a big price difference between acoustic and electric guitar strings.  While an expensive pack of electric strings might run you $13, an expensive pack of acoustic strings could run you up to $27.  

With that being said there is still a super big spectrum and you can still find packs of acoustic strings for less than $7.  

Elixir Nanoweb Strings

The Elixir Nanoweb coated strings are my personal favorite set of acoustic strings.  Many people are turned off by any sign of coating at all on their string because it often times makes the string loose tone, and causes it to sound dead right away.  That is not the case with these strings.

The coating is relatively light, so it does not interfere with the tone.  These strings sound amazing.  by the sound you cannot tell that there is a coating on the strings.  

Even though the coating is light it still has an effect on how long the strings last though.  Elixir Nanoweb strings can last probably as long as 2 or 3 sets of uncoated strings.  That is a big reason why they are my favorite acoustic set of strings.  I really do not like changing string, and these strings allow me to do it less.  

I think everyone should at least give these strings a try at one point because I find them to be absolutely phenomenal.

D'Addario EJ11-3D

D'Addario never sells strings that are lacking.  Every single set of strings they sell absolutely brings it in one way or another, and this set is no exception.  

The D'Addario EJ11-3D are a set of guitar strings that is perfect for so many people from beginners all the way to professionals.  There are a few reasons why this is true.

These strings fresh out of the box sound great.  Just as good as any other set of acoustic guitar strings.  The feel is pretty neutral, so I do not foresee many people really hating the feel of these strings.  They feel pretty much like every other set of guitar strings.  

What really sets these guitar string apart from others is their price.  A 3-pack of these strings comes in cheaper than just one pack of the Nanoweb Elixirs, and as I mentioned before, the D'Addarios are full of tone.  Beginners love the price point because they don't have to spend too much on guitar strings, and pros love them because they come fresh out of the box with tone for days.  

The one downside of these guitar strings would be that their life is rather short.  The Nanoweb Elixirs would last double or triple the time that these strings would.  They would also be more prone to breaking.  

Overall these are great strings for the price they come at.  Even if they have a little downside.  

Conclusion
How much do guitar strings cost

Guitar strings come in a wide range of prices.  Guitar strings prices are mostly dependent upon the material they are made out of.  Honestly string choice is mostly a preference.  There is no "best string" for everyone.

We hope we answered your question of how much do guitar strings cost.  Have a lovely day 🙂




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7 Best Punk Rock Guitars (2021 List)

Punk rock doesn't exactly have one particular sound or vibe to it.  That's kinda the point.  It doesn't care what your standards for it are.  Finding the perfect punk rock guitar is really a matter of personal preference and self expression.

  As stupid as it sounds, it would be so punk to play punk rock with a big ole jazz guitar.  Because who gives a shit?  It's what you want to play, and everyone else can go suck it.  

Because of that we are going to be discussing a wide array of awesome guitars. From classic punk rock guitars to guitars you might never think of as a punk rock guitar.  

We hope you can find the best punk rock guitar for you.

Best Guitar for Punk List

Fender Stratocaster
Best punk rock guitar for you
Fender Stratocaster best punk rock guitar

We are starting off with classic punk rock guitar.  The Fender Stratocaster has been used by some of the best punk guitarists ever like Billy Joe of Green Day, Mark Hoppus of blink-182, and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.  

The reason the Stratocaster has been used as a punk rock guitar time and time again is because of the signature sound a Stratocaster produces that makes it perfect for pop punk, ska punk, or anything inbetween.

Most times is typical rock music the guitars will be equipped with humbucking pickups.  These create a super powerful and deep sound that you can hear on almost any classic rock or metal record.  

What's different about the Stratocaster is that it has single coil pickups on it.  They create a much brighter and thinner sound than humbucking pickups.  These single coil pickups with a lot of overdrive on them is what creates one of the most classic punk rock guitar sounds of all time.  

Another thing that makes Stratocasters perfect for punk rock is that they come in almost any price range.  You can buy a Stratocaster online for almost dirt cheap, and you could also buy one for thousands and thousands of dollars.  This is particularly great for people looking for their first beginner electric guitar. 

For most we would recommend the Squier classic vibe series of Stratocasters because they are super affordable, but yet have great value.  

Gibson Les Paul
the best punk rock guitar for you
Gibson Les Paul punk rock guitar

The Les Paul is kinda on the opposite side of the punk rock spectrum from the Strat.  Les Pauls come equipped with humbucking pickups.  As we explained before, humbucking pickups create a much more powerful, and deeper, sound than guitars like the Stratocaster.  

The Gibson Les Paul was instrumental in shaping the early punk rock of the 1970's. When most think about punk rock they think of the late 80's and early 90's, but the Les Paul had been there since much before those times.  

Guitarists that rocked the Les Paul back in the 70's include Mic Ronson and Marc Bolan.  Both of these guitarists were critical in building the foundation that all the great punk rock, that we remember, was built upon.  

If you were hoping to chunk out some punk rock chords, but want a more powerful sound than a single coil guitar offers, then the Les Paul may be the best option for you. 

Here is a great Les Paul that has a middle of the range price tag.

Fender Mustang
the best punk rock guitar for you
Fender mustang punk rock guitar

The Fender Mustang was popularized as a punk rock guitar by Kurt Cobain.  He used in mostly in Nirvana's later days.  He can be seen using it many times around the time of their album "In Utero" 

Watch the video below to see.

The Fender Mustang is a kinda unique guitar.  I like them a lot for not only punk, but also for blues music.  You can get a nice delicate warm sound from the neck pickup, and that more spanky blues from the bridge pickup.  

Even though this article isn't about if the guitar is versatile or not, I thought it was worth mentioning that this guitar is not just one dimensional.  It is one of the best electric guitars for punk rock, and for tonnes of other genres.

Another thing about this guitar is that they are not very common.  For every 1 Fender Mustang you see someone playing you'll see 25 Stratocasters.  They are not super popular.  Not because they are bad guitars.  They just don't get the same shine as the other classic Fender Models.

Here is our pick for the best value Fender Mustang.

Fender Telecaster
The best punk rock guitar for you
Fender Tele best punk rock guitar

The Telecaster is very similar to its brother the Stratocaster.  They both come with single coil pickups, 22 frets, and a classic Fender sound.  

When most people think of Telecasters they think of country music right away, but that same "twang" can be used in punk rock as a crisp edge rather than a country twang.  The naturally bright tone of a Telecaster lets it scream out in a way that not many other guitars can.  This made it a staple of the skate punk scene in the early 90's.

The bridge pickup of the Telecaster is where you would find the magic.  There is something super special about the sound that comes from the bridge pickup of a Telecaster.  It can be used greatly in many different genres from country to blues to punk rock.  

An added benefit of the Telecaster is that it is a super versatile guitar.  As mentioned before it is a killer country and blues guitar.  It can also be used in soul music and even jazz.  So if you are looking not only for a great punk rock guitar, but also a great versatile guitar.  The Telecaster won't disappoint.  

Here is a video talking about how to dial in the perfect punk rock guitar sound with a Fender Telecaster.

As you can see in the video.  It doesn't take a whole lot to get that great punk rock guitar sound with just a Telecaster and an amp.  There is a reason the Telecaster has been around for years and years.  It is a guitar that is great at so many different things, including punk rock guitar.

Here is an affordable Telecaster that we would recommend 

Gibson SG
the best punk rock guitar for you
SG Punk rock Guitar

A cherry red Gibson SG instantly makes guitarists think of one name.  Angus Young.  The Australian guitarist brought this guitar more in the forefront of popular guitar culture throughout all of his success with AC/DC.  

This guitar is going to be similar to the Les Paul in the fact that it comes with two humbucking pickups that will create a rich and powerful sound.  A sound that the Fender guitars cannot really make.  Because of that you might want to evaluate if the punk rock sound you enjoy comes from guitars with humbuckers or guitars with single coil pickups.  

The Gibson SG not only can sound super punk, but it also looks pretty sweet.  By far the pointiest guitar mentioned so far.  Everyone knows that the pointier the guitar, the more hardcore of music must come from it.  So it fits the bill by being pointy.  

Here is an affordable SG.

Ibanez GRX
The best punk rock guitar for you
Ibanez best punk rock guitar for you

Ibanez's always deliver great playability and quality for the price tag they ask.  I remember buying one of my first guitars.  I went in with the intention of buying a strat because that is what all of my guitar heroes played.  After picking up a cheap $400 Ibanez, I was very very close to purchasing the Ibanez instead.  I think I actually liked the Ibanez more, but I came in to get a strat, so a strat is what I bought.  

Regardless I tell you this story so you understand that Ibanez guitars are nothing to scoff at.  They are super respectable awesome guitars.  

These guitar come with humbucking pickups, so they will sound a lot closer to the Gibson guitars on this list rather than the Fender guitars on this list.  

For punk rock they are awesome.  They are cheap and effective.  What else could you ask for?

Jackson JS
the best punk rock guitar for you
Jackson JS Punk Rock Guitar

Jackson Guitars are often times tightcast as rock or metal guitars, but they actually are great for a whole bunch of different genres.  One in particular is funk.  John Mayer played a hot pink Jackson guitar on most of his funk tunes off of his record "The Search For Everything"

Here is a Video of him playing it.

When one of the best guitarists out there is using one, you know the brand must make quality instruments.  

These guitars come with two humbuckers, just like a lot of the other guitars on this list.  That means the guitar will have a more powerful sound than single coil guitars.  They are perfect for bashing out power chords on.  

My Jackson is what I will normally pick up if I need a punk sounding guitar.  I just think they embody the style very well, and they can come super cheap.  What's not to like about that?





Best Punk Rock Guitar for You - Dwane's Music