Best blues amps: electric guitar amplification for when the thrill is gone

Fender Princeton Reverb amp in Tweed on a dark floor
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So, why a guide to the best blues amps? An amp is an amp, right? Wrong. Ask any pro and they’ll tell you that finding the right amplifier is one of the most difficult parts of the job. The guitars come easily – nine times out of 10, they choose you. Amplifiers? Not so much. And this is a big deal because the amplifier is mission-critical for a great guitar tone. You could play the best guitar in the world through the worst amp in the world and it would sound lifeless. Put the worst guitar through the best amp, however, and you’re in with a good chance that the guitar will sing.

When it comes to blues guitar – which leans heavily on dynamics and expression – your choice of amplifier is even more important. With the blues being so primal, it’s doubtful you’ll want to lean on a well-stocked pedalboard to sauce the stew. Apart from the odd low-gain overdrive, it’ll just be you, your guitar, your amp, and your demons. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.