Best lunchbox amps: killer portable amps for gigging

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With the return of live music this year, guitarists everywhere are no doubt looking to get their rigs in order – and, of course, one of their key considerations will be which guitar amp to use. While many players will be content with hooking up to a house backline (if there’s one available), others will want to ensure that they can bring their own unique tone to their gigs. If you’re in the latter camp and you’re in the market for some new equipment, maybe it’s time to check out some of the best lunchbox amps. 

As the name suggests, lunchbox amps are lightweight and transportable, though they should definitely not be thought of as lesser versions of your typical amp heads. These amps pack a punch and sound great – so much so that they are rapidly becoming the gigging guitarist’s preferred option.

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Chris Schwarten

Chris is a contributor to Guitar World and MusicRadar with around 20 years of guitar playing experience – including writing for and recording various projects for around 15 of those. Outside of practical experience, he’s studied music throughout his life, with a particular focus on composition at university. He’s something of a 90s tragic and a sucker for anything with a groovy, metallic edge or psych and stoner vibes. Outside of music, he’s an avid cook, gardener, and rugby league lover.