Best tube amps under $500 in 2024: get that classic, warm tone for less money

Fender Pro Junior tube amp with a guitar cable
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If you’re on a budget and you’re seeking the unmistakable warmth and organic breakup of a tube amp as you’ve heard on so many classic records over the decades, then our guide to the best tube amps under $500 is for you.

Tube amps have been used to create some of the most iconic guitar tones ever heard. From country and pop to hard rock and heavy metal, tube amps are the preferred choice for many guitar players. They offer a certain feel, sound and response that helps them play with expression, dynamics and emotion. You can also push the tubes to get them to break up naturally, giving you beautiful driven tones. There are some incredible non-tube options out there – modeling is getting better than ever, for example – but sometimes you just can’t beat the real thing!

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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.