Cutting-edge digital guitar amps - review round-up

Each of these cutting-edge amplifiers are a Total Guitar Best Buy, but which is right for you? (Image credit: Olly Curtis / Future)

Let’s face it: guitarists love valves. From the minute you first started honking your guitar through a little solid-state practice amp, you’ve dreamed of owning a ‘real’ guitar amp, with glass bottles glowing hot and bursting forth with even harmonic distortion. 

Well, that might have been the case for many of us, but in the last decade, modelling and digital technology has continued to improve, to where we are now at a point of difficult debate. 

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Stuart Williams

Stuart is a freelancer for Guitar World and heads up Total Guitar magazine's gear section. He formerly edited Total Guitar and Rhythm magazines in the UK and has been playing guitar and drums for over two decades (his arms are very tired). When he's not working on the site, he can be found gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.