The 14 Best Guitar Combos

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

Combo amplifiers or, as the musicians affectionately call them, “combos” – This is a special type of equipment that combines in a single device amplifier and speaker system. Special combos for guitars are designed specifically to be extracted from the instrument (acoustic guitar, electric, separate bass) is all that he capable of.

The editors of the magazine provide you with an overview of the best combo amplifiers in different price categories in the 2020 market. Review compiled by research results by our experts, as well as on cumulative reviews of the musicians themselves. As part of this review, we considered models focused on electric guitars for rare exceptions. Advanced Overview of Acoustic Combo Amplifiers Guitars – a separate topic.

Rating of the best guitar amp combos

Nomination a place Name of product price
Best Portable Guitar Combos 1 Fender frontman 10g 6 900 rub.
2 Roland MICRO CUBE GX 9 885 rub.
3 VOX AC2 RhythmVOX 6 100 rub.
4 Marshall MG15G 9 900 rub.
5 Orange Crush 35RT 14 990 rub.
The best budget combos for guitars 1 Marshall MG10G 6 278 rub.
2 Behringer AT108 7 590 rub.
3 Fender champion 20 13 300 rub.
The best mid and high price combos for guitars 1 Peavey Vypyr VIP 3 24 948 rub.
2 Bugera 333-212-INFINIUM 45 980 rub.
3 VOX AC30S1 42 721 rub.
4 Fender blues junior iv 42 721 rub.
Best Premium Guitar Combos 1 Marshall 1962-01 (Bluesbreaker) 185 000 rub.
2 Fender 65 twin reverb 208 000 rub.

Best Portable Guitar Combos

The first to consider one of the most “running” in all respects categories of combos – compact portable models. it irreplaceable thing for street musicians, for carrying out exit events, and just for home use, if any problems with free space. We considered not the cheapest, but and not the most expensive options, but only those that can allow each more or less.

Fender frontman 10g

Rating: 4.9

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Opens the section the most inexpensive combo amplifier among those whose manufacturer does not cause unnecessary questions. It’s transistor Fender model 10G series Frontman. Famous American brand, combos themselves are produced in China.

This is one of the most compact and lightweight “combos” in this class. Its dimensions are 146x260x279mm, weight is only 3.8kg. The body is made made of wooden material with a leather finish. Device power makes 10 W, resistance – 4 Ohms. It is powered from the mains.

Sound configuration – one channel, one speaker size of 6 inches. Built-in simple two-band equalizer. To connect guitars are instrumental input (1/4 “- 6.3mm), as well as two RCA jacks for connecting headphones and optional equipment, for example, drum machines. The built-in tuner is not provided for. Compatible single-button foot controller. To the panel mechanical controls for amplifying sound preamplifier, overdrive, treble and bass (Treble, Bass).

According to the comments of the musicians, the Fender Frontman 10G shows itself as a largely universal apparatus with performance of different styles, including blues and hard rock, even in places heavy. Sounds equally good with guitars with different pickups – singles or humbuckers.

This model is perfect for home rehearsals, as well as for use in conditions of increased mobility. Although the “combo” and need 220V, its size and weight significantly contribute to a convenient transportation.

It is excellent in all respects, budget and universal model, but it is not without flaws. Musicians practically unanimous in the opinion that the Fender Frontman 10G is not designed for overload – overdrive is weak. We note this as a drawback, but we also add that many other musicians of this problem do not see.

Warranty from the manufacturer for this model is 12 months.

Advantages

  • powerful and high-quality sound;
  • strong shockproof case;
  • relatively universal;
  • unchanged characteristics after years of use;
  • compact and lightweight;
  • affordable price.

disadvantages

  • weak overdrive.

Roland MICRO CUBE GX

Rating: 4.8

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The next guitar combo in the selection of portable models is also from a manufacturer whose name is familiar to almost everyone who has a musical theme, even the most indirect attitude. it super compact modeling combo MICRO CUBE GX. is he half the price of the previous one, but he has different tasks.

First, briefly about the main characteristics. Comic at all miniature – 24.7×17.2×22.7cm in size, weighs only 2.7kg. The power is also the minimum possible for such devices – 3W, but the device can only be powered by AA batteries, which makes its completely autonomous. True, six batteries will be needed pieces, but also the ability to power through a network adapter, too provided for.

The MICRO CUBE series has been essentially the most sold in such a narrow segment as fully autonomous battery powered combos. Each subsequent generation does not disappoint the audience, but only adds positive feedback.

So, in the model MICRO CUBE GX while maintaining the same minimum dimensions and impeccable sound that of its predecessors, Added a lot of new and useful. This is i-CUBE LINK (audio interface for iOS), the MEMORY function (saving personal settings), built-in tuner, massive effects EXTREME, HEAVY OCTAVE. All this adds new possibilities for home rehearsals. and records. The device works correctly with music applications for mobile gadgets.

This model has an expanded set of controls: Gain, Volume, Tone, Master and others; POWER indicators, MEMORY, EFX and others. To interact with mobile gadgets on iOS developed the free CUBE JAM application. With it you can easy to play backing tracks, apply COSM effects, record own guitar parts. After recording the track, you can rebuild volume of guitar and backing track separately and then export to WAV format with a frequency of 44.1 kHz 16-bit. Functional CUBE JAM includes useful features for playing music, including changing tempo and key, Center Cancel and more.

The combo can work from a set of six batteries Alkaline type about 20 hours and from the same kit, only Nickel-magnesium elements – about 25 hours.

Advantages

  • the most compact and lightweight;
  • world best seller for 10 years;
  • full autonomy (battery powered);
  • It provides power from the network through the adapter;
  • built-in tuner;
  • correct work with mobile applications;
  • eight DSP effects;
  • Functional mobile application CUBE JAM.

disadvantages

  • not everyone has enough basics.

VOX AC2 RhythmVOX

Rating: 4.8

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And another superportable combo that could not ignore specialists – this is another completely autonomous battery powered model this time is another trading stamps – VOX.

This is generally a crumb of 17x7x12.8cm in size and weighing only 620g. The power of the device is 2W, the resistance is 4 ohms. Two speakers 3 inches in size with a resistance of 8 ohms. Like the previous model, AC2 RhythmVOX runs on six AA batteries or on mains 9V adapter.

Despite such modest basic characteristics, it is by no means not a symbolic device. There is a built-in rhythm machine with wide selection of patterns, metronome, various effects. Connect external devices can be via AUX IN or standard output – headphones or active speakers.

AC2 RhythmVOX is designed specifically for the guitar so that you can to practice and rehearse in any conditions – even at home, even on the bus during the tour. There are three option modes Sounds: Clean, Crunch, and Distortion. There are volume controls, tones and gain. There are 9 genres of rhythm patterns with 9 variations – a total of 81 separate patterns; five effects – chorus, reverb and others; pace range – from 40 to 240 beats per a minute.

The conclusion on this model is obvious – it is definitely worth it money, and will suit both a novice and an experienced musician “for everything occasions of life. “But we must clearly realize that this combo can serve precisely as ancillary, not primary.

Advantages

  • superportable;
  • completely autonomous;
  • quality of materials and assembly;
  • wide selection of rhythm patterns;
  • three sound modes;
  • can connect external devices;
  • can also work from a network through the adapter.

disadvantages

  • expressed flaws were not found.

Marshall MG15G

Rating: 4.7

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The third number in the selection of portable combos Consider the popular Marshall trademark. MG15G Model has proven itself in homework and rehearsals, “lodgers” and chamber performances.

Dimensions of the device – 375x370x195mm, weight – 7.7kg. Case with classic design and striking golden metal front panel. The power of the combo amplifier is 15W. Resistance – 8 Ohm. Two channels, one speaker with a diameter of 8 inches. To connect 1/4 “jack instrument input provided, one standard input 3.5 mm AUX. The output is a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

Two channels in this model are standard “clean” and overload. Built-in three-band equalizer. Channels will give the ability to transition from clear sounds to overdrive, embracing quite a wide range of styles – from plain pop to overloaded and even distorted metal. Simple but quite a working equalizer will help shape the tone.

All in all, it’s an excellent workhorse for homework. and rehearsals, as already mentioned. It is difficult to identify serious cons, and for all those years that the model enjoys stable demand, systematic complaints or even intelligible wishes from no musicians have been reported. Mostly everyone is happy with everything.

If the capabilities of this model are few, you can look the closest relative is the Marshall MG15FX. This is something more seriously – 4 separately programmable channels, you can connect foot switch, two separate effect controls: chorus, flange, phaser, reverb and more. But MG15FX will cost a minimum half as expensive as the MG15G.

Advantages

  • reputable brand;
  • good sound;
  • Conditional coverage of many styles on two channels;
  • combination of price, quality and features;
  • durability without loss of sound quality over the years;
  • built-in equalizer;
  • compact sizes.

disadvantages

  • expressed minuses and systematic complaints from musicians are not revealed.

Orange Crush 35RT

Rating: 4.6

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Something especially will complete the first selection of our review. interesting. Crush 35RT – one of the few real guitar combos of the legendary Orange brand that you can buy for sane money. The fact is that he, like all the previous ones, transistor. Many online trading platforms introduce misleading visitors that they say Crush 35RT – tube model. This is actually not the case.

First, let’s go over the main characteristics. This is the hardest combo in the selection – 11kg, but still completely portable. Body made of natural wood successfully complements the magic of sound. Dimensions – 44x40x23. Power – 35W. The speaker configuration is 1×10. Available in two colors – traditional for Orange orange and classic black.

The speaker size and transistor “concept” already indicate predominantly home use. However quiet this combo it’s impossible to name for sure, therefore for chamber performances he quite fit. In an apartment, it is better to twist the volume to a minimum – this will be enough for classes and will not create problems with neighbors.

This model has two standard channels – clean and overloaded with each individual adjustment. Move between channels, you can use the switch on the control panel or foot pedal. For an overloaded channel, a gain control is allocated. High, mid, and low tones are common to both channels. There is also a reverb for both channels. There is a loop for receiving effects from the outside – chorus, delay, flanger, tremolo and others.

In this model, everything would be perfect, if not for one explicit strange detail. The fact that the power cable is connected to the jack back, you can still forgive, because you can pick up a cable with a plug curved shape. But exactly in the same place is located behind power switch / switch. This is at least strange with ergonomic points of view, as even portable combos install mainly against the wall, and reach with your hand to the back the wall is extremely uncomfortable.

Advantages

  • illustrious brand;
  • impeccable quality;
  • clear sound (where necessary);
  • large speaker;
  • reverb;
  • wooden case.

disadvantages

  • extremely inconvenient location of the power switch.

The best budget combos for guitars

The second selection of devices in the review of the best combos for guitars according to the magazine include the most inexpensive models from the same the most famous world manufacturers, but without reference to portability. Our experts considered options no more than 15 thousand rubles.

Marshall MG10G

Rating: 4.7

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The first and most inexpensive guitar amp combo in this the “younger brother” of the above Marshall MG15G – model MG10G. The number 10 in the name indicates the power of the amplifier. is he also small and portable, but placed in this group due to more affordable cost.

The dimensions of the combo are 29.6×17.5×31.4mm, weight – 4.8kg. Appearance almost identical – the same classic case, the same for golden front panel style, only smaller and lighter than MG15G. Case material – wood. Strong, random construction not afraid of falls.

Device power – 10W, resistance – 8 Ohms, powered by network. The diameter of the speaker is 6.5 inches. Standard two channels – clean and overload. Panel controls include switch channels, Contour knob – works for both channels, separate Volume for the Clean and Overdrive channels, as well as an additional Overdrive gain There is a Distortion.

The set of interfaces is modest, but sufficient, and even with “bonuses.” Instrument input 1/4 “- 6.3 mm jack; standard AUX input minijack 3.5mm. There is only one way out – a standard mini-jack for headphones 3.5mm When you connect the headphones, the sound from the speaker is automatically disconnected.

In general, this is an extremely concise model of the basic level. Good suitable for beginners, who have more functionality will be more harmful, what is useful. This is far from the most impressive volume, no timbroblock, not too much gain gain. But the fact that here there is a linear input and output for external devices, adds models pluses – there are budget options that do not even have this.

Advantages

  • high-quality materials;
  • flawless assembly;
  • sound sound;
  • linear input and output;
  • nice golden metal front part;
  • affordable price.

disadvantages

  • minimum functionality and range of sound capabilities.

Behringer AT108

Rating: 4.6

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The second item in the selection of the best low-cost combos for guitars according to the version we will make a small exception and consider a good and relatively inexpensive combo focused on acoustic instrument. This is an AT108 from Behringer.

Behringer AT108 – transistor amplifier with housing dimensions 322x357x162mm and relatively light weight – 5.6kg. Design classic with a beautiful finish, present in the materials natural wood. Device power – 15W, built-in speaker 8 inch diameter – BUGERA with double conical resonator. Two standard channel. Permissible load – 20W, resistance – 8 Ohm.

Separate instruments are used to connect the instrument and microphone. channels: XLR-jack for microphone and ¼-inch TS-jack for tool. The input level is adjusted separately. Additionally, you can connect via the TRS ¼-inch stereo input external player and overlay audio on instrumental and microphone signal. Simple correction of the total signal is possible with built-in three-band equalizer. You can output sound on mixer, headphones or external speakers via TRS stereo output. At By activating the output, the signal to the built-in speaker is muffled.

For all the modesty of the price, the Behringer AT108 is struggling “Tries” to sound like a premium combo. Developers even introduced VTC (Virtual Tube Circuitry) technology into this model, which is aimed at high-quality imitation of a special shade the sound that gives expensive tube amplifiers. it especially important for acoustic parts.

All controls and jacks are located on the front panel. – it is assumed that performances with an acoustic guitar most often held alone without a sound engineer and often even without additional complex devices, maximum microphone.

In conclusion, we note that the Behringer AT108 is the youngest model in series. The combination is attractive due to its simplicity and reliability in combination with extraordinary sensitivity. This is the best option for performances. in front of an audience of several dozen people. When connected The mixer capabilities naturally expand significantly.

Advantages

  • tube sound with Virtual Tube Circuitry
  • Well-designed interface configuration
  • BUGERA speaker with double conical resonator;
  • beautiful and expensive appearance;
  • 3 years official warranty.

disadvantages

  • No noticeable flaws were found.

Fender champion 20

Rating: 4.5

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The third and final position in the mini-selection of a review of the best guitar amp combo presents another trading model Fender brands. And this is a combo more serious than the above Frontman 10G.

Fender Champion 20 is a transistor simulator combo junior in the Champion series. The number 20 indicates power – 20W. Dimensions of the case – 19x35x32.5cm, weight – 5.4kg. Resistance – 8 Ohms. One built-in speaker with a diameter of 8 inches. Like Frontman 10G, there is one channel. Whole series characterized by versatility, and the most affordable and a simple 20-watt “champion” is also concerns.

Of the controls in this model, there are such Controls: Volume, Voice, Treble, Bass, Gain, FX Level, FX Select, TAP. The bad thing is that the controls are strictly manual – this also applies turn on and off effects. So if it comes to performance, and not home training, then without an assistant there will be hard.

From the interfaces we have here: two inputs – instrumental 1/4 ” – 6.3mm and one 1/8 “input; one standard 1/8” headphone output – 3.5mm Built-in three-band equalizer allows you to bring to flawlessness summary sound. The built-in tuner is not provided. There are a whole range of effects: Reverb, Delay / Echo, Chorus, Tremolo, Vibratone and others.

This model is quite versatile, but still more suitable the one who is at the beginning of the development of electric guitar and the first samples of concert performances on a chamber scale. For these purposes the device is quite simple to learn, combines relatively reasonable price and high quality, generally accustoms the beginner musician from the first steps to really worthwhile equipment.

Advantages

  • top quality materials and assembly;
  • high-quality sound;
  • set of effects;
  • linear input and output;
  • simplicity and accessibility in development;
  • high-quality corporate speaker;

disadvantages

  • single channel;
  • manual control only.

The best mid and high price combos for guitars

The third part of our review already raises the bar of value combos up to 80 thousand rubles and combines conditional average and high class devices of this type. Here we will see not only transistor, but also upscale tube models. Form factor may be portable as well.

Peavey Vypyr VIP 3

Rating: 5.0

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Opens the category of the cheapest in this class modeling electric amplifier for electric guitar Vypyr VIP 3 of the Peavey trademark. This model, although inexpensive in this context, but within the framework of Peyvy’s Vypyr VIP series is still the flagship. Device universally, and it could be successfully used for acoustic instrument, and for bass.

Actually, the entire series was presented at NAMM as world’s first variable combo amplifiers gain is the main and defining characteristic of the device. Now briefly go through the remaining key points. Diameter proprietary speaker – 12 inches. Power – 100W (adjustable from 1 to 100W). Built-in chromatic tuner. Dimensions – 52.7×54.6×29.2cm, weight – 13.3 kg. On the front panel is placed small monochrome LCD display for selecting presets, effects and other things.

Peavey Vypyr VIP 3 is a transistor combo amplifier, but it can to imitate tube specificity of sound thanks to the integrated patented TransTube® technology. To device firmware laid over 400 presets, 26 effects, Tap Tempo function.

As already mentioned, Peavey Vypyr VIP 3 supports different gain modes, thus covering the specifics of different tools. So, here is a whole set preset modes for different instrument options: 7-, 8- and 12-string guitar, acoustic, sitar, electric cello, resonator and bass. There are also many options. modeling.

The combo amplifier has a built-in looper that driven by original Peavey Sanpera I pedals or Sanpera II. When using them, it is possible to turn on simultaneously up to five effects.

From the interfaces in this case we have: universal input Aux / MP3 / CD; high quality headphone output; USB output for Records Midi and others. Actually, the versatility of the device determined not least by the presence of innovative interface Variable Instrument Input.

With all the richness of functionality described, the management of Peavey Vypyr VIP 3 is quite intuitive and easy to learn as soon as possible.

The kit includes a combo amplifier, a 220V power cord, documentation, Peavey sticker, software disc software – ReValver version 4 virtual guitar processor and sequencer Reaper.

Advantages

  • flagship of the series;
  • the world’s first universal combo with variable gain;
  • rich set of hundreds of presets, effects, presets;
  • use up to five effects at a time;
  • innovative technologies;
  • imitation of tube sound;
  • power 100W;
  • LCD screen
  • many necessary interfaces;
  • intuitive control.

disadvantages

  • if there are, then they are small and are lost amid the advantages.

Bugera 333-212-INFINIUM

Rating: 4.9

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And now we come to the “that” tube sound. That 333-212-INFINIUM from Bugera – tube, you can guess more from afar, already at its cost. She is far from a record, but from the above is almost two times different. And there is even some irony, since this model is essentially a clone Peavey 6505 amplifier, but cheaper than the original. Such tricky recursion.

So, here we are dealing with a three-channel manual amplifier work. Its dimensions are 24.9×68.7×24.6cm, weight – 21.5kg. Two speaker 12 inches in diameter. The power of the amplifier is 120W. Four 6L6 lamps in the tip for the power amplifier and four more 12AX7 per preamp. Three channels – Clean, Crunch, Lead and three modes pentode / triode works.

Each channel has its own separate 3-band equalizer. General control by means of damping switches – High, Medium, Low. There is a Clean channel section Crunch and Bright toggle buttons. The master section has reverb with adjustable. A loop of effects is provided. Can connect the foot switch to four pedals (included) delivery).

The word INFINIUM in the name of the product is not for beauty. It implies the use of the technology of the same name in this model, by which there is continuous monitoring of the status of each output lamp with tuning and adjustment “on the fly.” All this significantly increases the life of the lamps, which are very expensive.

In addition, the INFINIUM technology eliminates the need for manual adjustment of the output stage, allows easy and quick replacement a lamp. Moreover, it is allowed to replace one type of lamp with another, in including the simultaneous use of lamps of different types – An ideal solution for different cases of force majeure. To the panel indicators for output lamps are displayed, which immediately show malfunctions.

Some exaggerated expectations are associated with this model. expressed in rare remarks by particularly picky musicians, say, the sound “could be better.” But all this can be regarded as pure subjectivity, and truly substantiated serious claims to this model is difficult to present.

Advantages

  • lamp;
  • INFINIUM technology for lamp control and monitoring;
  • high-quality sound;
  • three channels;
  • separate equalizer for each channel;
  • comparatively low price for a tube combo amplifier.

disadvantages

  • individual musicians zholoby that “expect better sound. ”

VOX AC30S1

Rating: 4.8

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The third number in this part of the review is even more expensive. tube solution. This is, without exaggeration, a legend, or rather, another the embodiment of the immortal VOX AC30 series, which served the faithful assistant musicians back in the middle of the last century. Many of these musicians themselves have become legends.

First about the technical specifications. It is quite dimensional a combi with dimensions of 65.8×26.5x 26.5cm and a weight of 24.5kg. But to the top of it Parts are attached to the handle, which formally makes it portable. Power – 30W. One channel and one speaker Celestion VX12 diameter 12 inch. The effects of hall and reverb are provided. Built in two-band equalizer for Bass and Treble. Four lamps EL84 tip and two 12AX7 preamplifiers. There are loop effects and Digital reverb with classic Spring Reverb simulation.

The single-channel Vox AC30S1 concept builds on a unique Legendary predecessor design – Top Boost AC30. For him a wide range of tonalities from clean to deep and juicy overdrive. Built-in Digital Reverb Confidently claims to be studio quality. The role of the loop is also important here. effects and send / return connector, through which it is convenient to connect effects from the outside and output a signal to an external cabinet.

This model does not really shine with functionality, but the main thing in it is still not a conditional “quantity”, but still quality. Here we see real professional level.

However, with all the outstanding qualities of this combo amplifier, buyers still note a somewhat overpriced, which, if it matches the quality, does not match functionality. There is an obvious overpayment for the name.

Advantages

  • lamp;
  • flawless sound;
  • direct heir to the legendary model of the 60s;
  • studio-built digital reverb;
  • effects loop and send / return connector with access to the cabinet;
  • portable.

disadvantages

  • not the best combination of price and functionality.

Fender blues junior iv

Rating: 4.8

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Completes an expanded selection of the best guitar amp combos premium Blues Junior IV model from the already familiar trading Fender brands. This model is representative of the whole series. combos, adapted to certain styles. we consider the blues version for example, and so in stock There are various modifications, including even Tweed.

This is also a lamp combo made in a portable form factor. Being portable is also helped by dimensions – 25x46x41cm, and weight – only 14.1kg. One channel is provided, one speaker – Celestion A-Type 12 inch diameter. Power adjustable from 15 up to 25W. There is a built-in three-band equalizer for Treble tones, Middle and Bass. Governing bodies include functional switches and regulators Reverb, Master, Volume. Three 12AX7 lamps and two EL84. One button footswitch included.

Fender Blues Junior IV is actually an updated version portable tube lamp that has long been loved by musicians the Blues Junior combo that survived three reincarnation. 4th version got soft sound spring reverb, advanced preamp circuitry and updated design.

By the way, the design issue in this version is important, as in previous “something went wrong” and the musicians were very disappointed with external “cheapness.” Here we see a panel with improved texture, stylish ivory tone adjustments, the carrying handle is reinforced with steel inserts, the grille received silver coating with easy aging effect.

Improvements affected, of course, not only and not so much the design. So, thanks to the high-quality modernization of the combi preamp circuit sounded more clearly and cleanly, and at the same time more intense. Engineers changed the characteristics of the spring reverb for smoothing sound at any intensity of the effect.

Advantages

  • high-quality speaker Celestion;
  • clear and clear sound;
  • a number of improvements compared to the previous version;
  • updated design;
  • footswitch included.

disadvantages

  • There are no fundamental flaws.

Best Premium Guitar Combos

The final category in the review of the best combo amplifiers for guitars according to the magazine’s version, it’s a mini-selection of three expensive devices for the price of 2 thousand US dollars. This is already a technique for the pros, and if there are some limitations in the functionality, let it does not mislead anyone. Premium technology themes and differs from the usual “medium” that it uses materials obviously higher class and quality. So with comparable the difference in price between a combo medium and premium class will be striking.

Marshall 1962-01 (Bluesbreaker)

Rating: 5.0

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The first to consider an interesting and highly iconic combo amplifier trademark Marshall. This is not an ordinary model, if not say quite unusual. The name Bluesbreaker is second, and got his device after and because of this model (her previous releases) used in the Bluesbreaker group no one other than Eric Clapton himself. It was back in 1966, but the combo not outdated, but became an immortal classic.

Consider briefly the main technical points. It’s a tube 30W combo amplifier with half open cabinet type direct forms. The maximum load of the cabinet is up to 50W. Set two Celestion T1221 Greenback speaker with a diameter of 12 inches each. Resistance – 8 Ohms.

This model has two standard channels – clean and overload. Thanks to this configuration, combos are suitable for high-quality transmission of different styles – from very light pop music to very progressive rock. The power here is not a record, but its not only enough for home rehearsals or chamber rehearsals performances, but even for not too big concert the hall.

A few words about if not the most important thing, then about the most interesting – lamps. This model uses two ECC83 lamps in preamplifier, one of the same two 5881 lamps on tip.

From the interfaces here we see four instrumental inputs, for different instruments depending on the height of the signal. Section effects is represented by an analog tremolo.

An effect loop is not provided here. It could be regarded simply as a feature, not a flaw, but the musicians often unhappy with this circumstance.

Advantages

  • lamp;
  • impeccable quality of materials;
  • legend model;
  • clear sound;
  • 4 instrumental inputs;

disadvantages

  • no loop effects.

Fender 65 twin reverb

Rating: 4.9

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Now consider the vibrant Fender model. it really something special with all external modesty and inconspicuity. This combo in reviews is awarded epithets such as “the purest tube sound of all time”, “icon of the guitar sound, time-tested “and the like. However, the price is about 3.5 thousand. US dollars as if forcing him to at least not be mediocrity.

What do we see here? Dimensions – 67.31×50.8×26.67cm, weight – 29kg. The design is classic. Fully tube original circuitry. Power – 85W. Installed two branded speakers Jensen each 12 inches in diameter. There are two channels. Tube vibrato and also a tube-based mechanical reverb based springs. A 2-button foot switch is included.

Here it’s worth adding a few explanations from professionals for completeness of the picture. The first clean channel has two outputs, and The sensitivity on each of them is different – high and low. On the the first stages of the development of the model was planned to connect to the first guitars with single coil pickups, and to the second with “humbuckers.” In fact, both types are connected to the first the entrance.

It’s absolutely not worth connecting two tools at once, since terminal overload may occur and an expensive amplifier is commonplace will burn. At a minimum, lamps, and maybe also a transformer.

The second channel is almost identical to the first, only it is laid another effect is the Vibrato tube, which is activated through foot switch. Two additional controls for changing depth and speed effect, thereby directly affecting the final picture sounding.

About the speakers a few more words. Speakers are used here Jensen who deserve a place on the musical and instrumental Olympus has been around for quite some time. This is one of the most important elements. the sound character of the Fender ’65 Twin Reverb. But real audiophiles say that when you buy a new combo some time dynamics can “sand” at high frequencies, after which they are developed and they already give the very sound for which they are appreciated.

Advantages

  • lamp;
  • impeccable quality;
  • a pair of branded speakers Jensen;
  • “icon of a guitar sound”;
  • functionality;
  • professional level;
  • 2-button footswitch included.

disadvantages

  • exorbitant price.


Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.

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