Best solid state amps: A killer selection for those who play, dirty, clean, or anything in between

Orange Super Crush combo amp against a grey background
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If you were to be told that our list of the best solid state amps will tempt even the most ardent tube purist, you might think the Guitar World team have lost it… but you would be dead wrong! Solid state amplifiers have been the unsung hero of the amp world for too long and it’s easy to forget that the humble solid state has some pretty special qualities of its own – some that even most tube amps can’t match.

Often supremely dependable, built to last, and some with the added bonus of being as light as a feather, the solid state amp can be the gigging musician's greatest ally. Whilst useful features like cab simulated outputs, auxiliary inputs and options to plug in headphones can make them just as effective for bedroom players and those starting out.

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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.

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