Best high-end guitar amps 2024: 8 of the finest-sounding amplifiers money can buy

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Face it, if you're really serious about tone, sooner or later you're going to have to have one of the best high-end guitar amps in your life.

Where lesser amplifiers are made to a budget, from cheaper materials on soulless factory lines, high-end amps exist to showcase the very best that can be achieved by a brand or a small builder. Consequently, no compromises are made when it comes to tone, no corners are cut when it comes to quality.

You can trust Guitar World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing guitar products so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

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Simon Fellows

When Simon's childhood classical guitar teacher boasted he 'enjoyed a challenge', the poor man had no idea how much he'd underestimated the scale of the task ahead. Despite Simon's lack of talent, the experience did spark a lifelong passion for music. His classical guitar was discarded for an electric, then a room full of electrics before Simon discovered the joys of keys. Against all odds, Simon somehow managed to blag a career as a fashion journalist, but he's now more suitably employed writing for Guitar World and MusicRadar. When not writing or playing, he can be found terrifying himself on his mountain bike.