Best pedal amps: including the top amp simulator pedals

Strymon Iridium on a wooden surface
(Image credit: Future)

The ‘60s saw the dawn of the 4x12” speaker cab. The early 00’s saw lunchbox heads and Class-D-powered combos take the guitar world by storm. Guitar amplification has undoubtedly shrunk over the years, and that trend hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.

We may look back at the 2020s as the era of the pedal amp! With so many candidates on the market, what are the best pedal amps you can buy right now?

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.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

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.

With contributions from