Best modeling amps 2024: recreate iconic guitar tones with these top amplifier picks

Line 6 Catalyst 100 guitar amp in a room setting
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The popularity of modeling amps continues to rise. No longer are they solely the choice of beginner guitarists – nowadays, they offer a wide range of tones to suit any guitar player. But, with so many choices on offer, what are the best modeling amps, and how do they differ from other solid-state and tube amps?

As the name implies, modeling amps model the sounds of other amplifiers – usually ones that are expensive, rare, unreliable, impractical or all of the above! Not everyone can get their hands on an original, early-’60s Fender black panel combo, but you’ll find some kind of digital replication of one in most modeling amps.

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Richard Blenkinsop

After spending a decade in music retail, I’m now a freelance writer for Guitar World, MusicRadar, Guitar Player and Reverb, specialising in electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and almost anything else you can make a tune with. When my head’s not buried in the best of modern and vintage gear, I run a small company helping musicians with songwriting, production and performance, and I play bass in an alt-rock band.

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