Stage Right by Monoprice 30W Tube Guitar Amp Head and 1x12 Cab review

An ultra-affordable guitar amp that defies expectations

Stage Right By Monoprice 30-watt tube amp head and 1x12 cab
(Image: © Stage Right By Monoprice)

Guitar World Verdict

Don't be fooled by the name – or the price – because this is a seriously competent, touch-sensitive two-channel tube head that pairs nicely with the Vintage Celestion 30 1x12 for a budget-friendly rig.


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    Dynamic tube response.

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    Great value.

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    Clean channel makes excellent pedal platform.

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    Tight and very musical drive.

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    Simple two-channel design.


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    Brand snobs won't buy into it.

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    Weak reverb.

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Outside of their competitively priced audio/video cables and adapters, excellent headphones and myriad electronics, I had no idea that Monoprice, the massive online discount retailer, sold musical equipment. 

Under the brand name Stage Right by Monoprice, their website has everything from pedals to pedalboards and, you guessed it, amplifiers

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.