Best mini amps for guitar: power up your practice with these tiny towers of tone

Positive Grid Spark Mini amp with a coiled guitar cable
(Image credit: Future)

If you're looking for a compact solution to practice, the best mini amps for guitar will deliver great sound without costing the earth, or taking up too much space. Perhaps you’re looking for something small to sit at your desk when the inspiration to noodle strikes, or maybe you just want something compact and portable for warm-ups before a show. Whichever it is, we've got a great selection of small guitar amps for you.

Mini guitar amps have come a long way in recent years, going from the sort of thing your aunt would buy you at Christmas, to great amps for home practice in their own right. Thanks to major advances in technology the best small guitar amps no longer fizz like a wasp in a jar but instead offer a character that’s just as good as any full-sized offering. We’ve seen more and more major manufacturers join the micro amplifier gang, so we figured it was time to put all of these amazing amps in one place.

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Responsible for over 60 buying guides, a large part of his role is helping guitarists find the best deals on gear. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and producing bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at. When he's not holed up in his home studio recording new songs or tweaking with pedal settings, you’ll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS