“An exceptional amplifier with modern features and tone that can handle any gig”: Stage Right by Monoprice SB100 Reverb

Don't be fooled by the generic looks: this super-affordable but super-powered new 100-watt tube head from Monoprice's Stage Right guitar amp series is a serious contender

Stage Right by Monoprice SB100 Reverb
(Image: © Monoprice)

Guitar World Verdict

For a 100-watt amplifier head with tube-driven power, the Stage Right by Monoprice SB100 punches above its weight in affordability, feature-rich versatility and crushing tones.


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    Quality components and premium tubes, high‑grade transformers, housed in a rugged, road‑worthy chassis.

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    100 watts of power.

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    Two-channel clean/drive design with reverb, effects loop.

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    Transparent, high headroom cleans.

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    Hard and heavy crunch with sustain.

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    Huge bang for the buck.


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    Drive channel voicing leans more toward hard rock and '80s metal rather than modern metal chug.

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    Footswitch has a slight crossfade hiccup when changing between clean to drive channel.

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    Generic looks.

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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.