Best Fender amps: The Big F’s finest tube combo, digital modeling and headphones amp solutions

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When we think of guitar amplifiers and their tonal DNA, three names always spring to mind – Vox, Marshall and Fender. Many other great brands exist, but the big three are fundamental, as though genres unto themselves. Hear the name Vox and we think of trebly chime, The Beatles and Brian May’s harmonically rich overdrive. Marshall? Well, that’s the rock amplifier; the wall of noise behind Hendrix and Townshend. As for the best Fender amps, they’re synonymous with that all-American sound. 

It's not just that all-American sound that Fender amps can do though, to be fair. More recently, Fender has proved that they can bring the gain just as well as the rest of them, all while retaining that signature Fender sound. Coupled with Fender's extensive pedal ranges, the amount of choice is huge.

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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.

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