5 reasons why you should buy a modeling amp over a tube amp

Two Fender Tone Master modeling amps on a wood floor
(Image credit: Future)

The war between modeling and tube amps has been waging for some time now and it’s really starting to seem like digital is winning. Every time we play a show with our band at least one of the supporting acts has a fully digital rack unit or at least one modeling amp on their backline. It’s happening often enough that we’re beginning to question our own choice, especially after lugging our heavy tube combo up those sticky venue stairs or being told by the engineer to turn it down for the third time.

As the irresistible march of technology finds its way into all aspects of our lives, our guitar amps are not excluded from the steady stride of time. As the old adage goes, if you don’t use technology to innovate, you become obsolete. So should you really buy a modeling amp over a tube amp? We dived into the specifics to pinpoint exactly what makes modeling amps so appealing. 

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Responsible for over 60 buying guides, a large part of his role is helping guitarists find the best deals on gear. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and writing and recording in bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at. When he's not holed up in his home studio recording new songs or tweaking pedal settings, you’ll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS