10 Best Tube Amp Combos Reviewed in 2019 (Buying Guide)

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Marshall Amps Guitar Combo Amplifier (M-MG30GFX-U)
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Monoprice 611815 15Watt, 1 x 12 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker & Spring Reverb
Our #1 Rated
Fender Champion 20 - 20-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier
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Line 6 Guitar Combo Amplifier (Spider V 20)
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Ibanez TSA15 1 x 12 15-Watt All-Tube Combo Guitar Amplifier
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A robust 30-watt combo amp with custom 10-inch speakers
A 15-watt combo tube amp with the Monoprice Celestion speaker and spring reverb
Features an EQ section (Bass + Treble) and lush effects such as digital reverbs, chorus, vibratone, and delay
A 20-watt modeling guitar amp with 8-inch custom speaker
A 15-watt tube guitar amp with the classic Tube Screamer tone circuit onboard
Comes with modern digital effects, manual and preset channel modes
Uses three ECC83/12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL84 power tubes
Has an auxiliary input for an MP3 player and a 1/8th headphone output jack for private practice
Comes with 16 presets with 3 simultaneous effects and independent reverb
The bypassable Tube Screamer tone circuit includes Overdrive, Tone, and Volume
Features clean, crunch, OD1, and OD2 channels
Handles frequencies between 80Hz and 10kHz with hum and noise -75dB below the rated power and 0.5% total harmonic distortion
Comes with clean to mean tones from 17 various amp models
Features easy-to-use tone and effects controls
Features a switchable 6dB boost lets you kick the preamp section into high gear
A great practice amp for beginners and for those with a bit of experience
For those who are looking for that distinct tube sound
A versatile amp that accommodates almost any genre of music
A perfect amp for beginners; covers all the basics and more
A great choice for those who are looking for the perfect amp to invest in
Our #2 Rated
Marshall Amps Guitar Combo Amplifier (M-MG30GFX-U)
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A robust 30-watt combo amp with custom 10-inch speakers
Comes with modern digital effects, manual and preset channel modes
Features clean, crunch, OD1, and OD2 channels
A great practice amp for beginners and for those with a bit of experience
Our #3 Rated
Monoprice 611815 15Watt, 1 x 12 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker & Spring Reverb
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A 15-watt combo tube amp with the Monoprice Celestion speaker and spring reverb
Uses three ECC83/12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL84 power tubes
Handles frequencies between 80Hz and 10kHz with hum and noise -75dB below the rated power and 0.5% total harmonic distortion
For those who are looking for that distinct tube sound
Our #1 Rated
Fender Champion 20 - 20-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier
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Features an EQ section (Bass + Treble) and lush effects such as digital reverbs, chorus, vibratone, and delay
Has an auxiliary input for an MP3 player and a 1/8th headphone output jack for private practice
Comes with clean to mean tones from 17 various amp models
A versatile amp that accommodates almost any genre of music
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Line 6 Guitar Combo Amplifier (Spider V 20)
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A 20-watt modeling guitar amp with 8-inch custom speaker
Comes with 16 presets with 3 simultaneous effects and independent reverb
Features easy-to-use tone and effects controls
A perfect amp for beginners; covers all the basics and more
Our #5 Rated
Ibanez TSA15 1 x 12 15-Watt All-Tube Combo Guitar Amplifier
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A 15-watt tube guitar amp with the classic Tube Screamer tone circuit onboard
The bypassable Tube Screamer tone circuit includes Overdrive, Tone, and Volume
Features a switchable 6dB boost lets you kick the preamp section into high gear
A great choice for those who are looking for the perfect amp to invest in

Purchasing a tube combo amp for the first time may sound like an ordeal, especially with the many options available in the market today. Most beginners tend to think that an amp is solely used to amplify sound. But actually, amps can also give the sound a distinct shape and color.

This is most probably the number one reason why guitarists take amp shopping very seriously. The amp you choose will eventually dictate the overall tone and style of your music.

Although there are plenty of digital modeling amps or effects processors that are able to produce almost any kind of sound, their sound is not comparable to the stunning possibilities only tube amps can offer.

Best Tube Amp Combo

If you’re looking for an amp that can help you find your signature sound, there is no doubt that a tube combo amp is the best solution for you. Below is a list of our favorite tube combo amps in the market today. Check it out and hopefully, you’ll be able to find the best option for you.

 

Top 10 Best Tube Amp Combos (2019 Reviews)

Fender Champion 20 - 20-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier
  • Shape your sound with the EQ section (Bass + Treble) as well as dial in lush effects such as digital reverbs, chorus, vibratone and delay.
  • Jam along with your favorite tracks by simply plugging your MP3 player into the Auxiliary input and you instantly become part of the band and /or practice privately with the 1/8th headphone output jack that also mutes the speaker output.
  • With a turn of a knob, choose from clean to mean tones from the 17 various amp models that will to accommodate almost any genre of music.
  • Store extra cables or other small accessories with the open back cabinet. Voltage: 230 Volts EUR
  • Enjoy the peace of mind that this amp is backed by Fender’s 5 Year Transferable Warranty.

The Fender Champion 20 is a long-standing favorite of ours. There’s just a lot to love about this amp with qualities that are hard to beat. No matter how many times we’ve mentioned the Fender Champion before, we never get tired talking about it.

In my opinion, the best thing about the Fender Champion is its portability. This amp sports a compact and lightweight design that makes traveling with music a breeze.

It is also very easy to use and friendly enough for beginners to start jamming with. And thanks to its straightforward controls, this amp isn’t just easy, it’s convenient even for the more experienced guitar players.

My favorite part about the Fender Champion is in its cool effects and versatile amp voicing. This amp makes it so easy to dial in just the right sounds for blues, rock, metal, jazz, and many more. Like I said, this one is hard to beat.

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Pros
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Perfect for both private practice and gigging
  • Offers a variety of cool effects and plenty of amp voicing possibilities
  • Super affordable
  • Fits the budget of any beginner on a budget

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Cons
  • Not enough power for larger gigs and live performances

 

Marshall Amps (M-MG30GFX-U) Combo Amplifier

Marshall Amps Guitar Combo Amplifier (M-MG30GFX-U)
  • Custom 10 inch speaker
  • Modern digital effects
  • Emulated headphone output
  • Manual & preset channel modes
  • Line in for jamming along with tracks. Clean, crunch, OD1, OD2 channels.30 Watt (RMS) Output @ 4 Ohms

This Marshall MG30GFX may look like your ordinary amp but don’t be fooled because it packs a lot more than you think. This amp delivers a wide range of classic and modern tones.

It even covers all the essential features that both beginners and veteran guitar players may need. In short, the Marshal MG30GFX is one of the best amps to get if you’re looking for an amp for long term use.

Even if you’re just starting out, this amp is simple enough to understand and use. But just because it fits the needs of a beginner, it doesn’t mean that it’s completely useless for the pro guitar player. No matter what your level, the Marshall MG30GFX can deliver your needs.

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Pros
  • Made with high-quality durable components
  • Offers a wide range of classic and modern tones
  • Comes with a headphone output for silent practice

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Cons
  • The consistency of sound quality needs improvement

 

Monoprice 611815 15Watt, 1 x 12 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker & Spring Reverb
  • Superior guitar tone and flexibility using this 15-Watt, 1x12 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker & Spring Reverb from Monoprice!
  • Features a 15-watt tube power amplifier and a Celestion brand speaker. Amplifier Load Range: 8 ~ 16 ohms
  • Uses three ECC83/12AX7 preamplification tubes and two EL84 power tubes for the amplifier section, plus a Celestion Red Truvox 1215 speaker.
  • Handles frequencies between 80Hz and 10kHz, with hum and noise -75dB below the rated power and 0.5% total harmonic distortion.
  • The cabinet is ported in the rear and features a leather handle, cloth speaker grill, and a cream-colored, textured, synthetic leather exterior with chrome corner guards

Before anything else, I have to say that this amp is one of the most attractive ones I’ve seen in a long time. The Monoprice 611815 is a beautiful cream-colored amp with a textured synthetic leather exterior and chrome corner guards. The clean and subtle color is a nice change from the bold and black colored amps.

The Monoprice 611815 also has a cabinet with an open back for extra storage – perfect if you’re thinking of taking this beauty out on the road.

However, the Monoprice 611815 isn’t all about looks. It comes with three industry standard 12AX7 tubes that drive the preamp and reverb sections. Its powerful EL84 tubes deliver a punch like no other amp. Its spring reverb can be switched on or off with a foot pedals and the 3-band equalizer provides easy access to custom sound.

Personally, I think that this amp is one of the best in terms of delivering that iconic tube sound. It makes the perfect option for those who want an authentic sound-shaping amp.

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Pros
  • Sports in a beautiful yet subtle design
  • Made with high-quality materials
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Allows easy dial-in to the desired sound
  • Comes with top-notch tubes for consistent sound quality

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Cons
  • Not as loud as other amps of its size

 

Line 6 Guitar Combo Amplifier

Line 6 Guitar Combo Amplifier (Spider V 20)
  • 20-Watt Modeling guitar amp with 8" Custom speaker
  • 16 presets with 3 simultaneous effects and independent reverb
  • Acoustic guitar and bass presets included
  • Easy-to-use tone and effects controls
  • Micro USB port for editing and recording on Mac, PC, iOS, and Android*

The Line Spider V 20, in my opinion, is the best option for those who are new to guitar amps. For a very affordable price, you get 16 diverse amp presets from Clean to Crunch to Insane. You also have Acoustic and Bass presets which makes this amp adaptable to almost any music genre. This is great for beginners who are still looking for their signature style and sound.

Each preset also contains three effects that can be switched in and out stompbox-style with the dedicated FX buttons on the front panel. And speaking of the front panel, the Spider V 20 sports an intuitive design for easy and simple controls.

Users can tap in delay times and modulation rates with the Tap/Tuner button. The dedicated Reverb control adds more depth to the sound, while the 1/8-inch stereo headphone jack allows a private practice.

Overall, I believe that this amp is great for practice. Plus, its compact size and 5kg weight make it easy to travel with whenever you want to take your music with you on the go.

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Pros
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Perfect for traveling
  • Contains 15 diverse amp presets that are switchable stompbox style
  • Sports an intuitive layout and easy controls
  • Great for beginners

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Cons
  • Lacks more input and output

 

Ibanez TSA15 Combo Guitar Amplifier

Ibanez TSA15 1 x 12 15-Watt All-Tube Combo Guitar Amplifier
  • Super-versatile all-tube 1 x 12" combo guitar amplifier with classic Tube Screamer tone circuit onboard
  • 15-watt tube guitar amplifier that gives you more than enough output for midsize and larger venues
  • By passable Tube Screamer tone circuit includes Overdrive, Tone, and Volume controls
  • Switchable 6dB boost lets you kick the preamp section into high gear
  • Optional IFS2G footswitch (not included) lets you toggle the Tube Screamer and 6dB boost on the fly

The best thing about the Ibanez TSA15 is the Tube Screamer overdrive pedal – a highly coveted feature according to die-hard Ibanez fans. Although I can’t attest its value, I have reason to believe that they are indeed desirable.

First of all, this Ibanez amp comes with the Celestion speakers that are popular for producing a clean, rich, and clear tone. Together with the Tube Screamer circuit, the Ibanez TSA15 can also deliver warm punch and crunch when you need it. The best part of it all? It’s foot-switchable and it also comes with easy Tone and Level controls.

What I love about this amp is the fact that you can also switch between 5-watts and 15-watts. So if you’re just at home practicing or recording in your home studio, a 5-watt should work with that type of environment. Even while working in a quiet environment, you can still access the Tube Screamer tone.

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Pros
  • Delivers a clean rich tone with warm punch and crunch
  • Switch between 5-watts or 15-watts depending on your needs
  • Has easy foot-switchable controls

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Cons
  • A bit pricey compared to other options on this list

 

Vox AC4 - 4W 1x12 Inches Combo Amp
  • 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amplifier with Custom Celestion Speaker
  • 4-watt

The Vox AC4 delivers two classic Vox tones a lot of guitar players love: a classic clean chime and a rowdy Top Boost. The Vox AC4 is a compact 4-watt combo amp with a Celestion 12-inch speaker that delivers robust sound quality.

It has volume, treble, bass, and gain controls that allow easy sound shaping. Thanks to the classic chime and Top Boost tone, it is now easier for any player to recreate the iconic Vox sound.

And if you love the vintage style, the Vox AC4 makes a beautiful option. With its diamond grille cloth and basket-weave vinyl exterior, this amp will surely stand out from the crowd. Personally, I would recommend this amp as a practice amp or for a small private gig. Its size and portability make it a great companion for travel.

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Pros
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Sports a compact design that does not take up a lot of space
  • Provides players with two iconic Vox tones
  • Clean chime and Top Boost
  • Has a unique and beautiful vintage design
  • Perfect for those who love a classic look

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Cons
  • Lacks volume
  • Not recommended for larger gigs and live performances

 

Roland CUBE-10GX 10W Combo Amp

Roland CUBE-10GX 10W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp
  • Compact 10-watt guitar amp with custom-designed 8" speakerThree preset COSM amp types: Clean, Crunch, and LeadReplace preset amps with custom COSM amps via the free CUBE KIT app for iOS and Android devicesThree onboard effects: chorus, delay, and reverb (including plate and spring reverb types)Bass, Middle, and Treble tone controlsRec Out/Phones jack provides high-quality direct tones for quiet practice and recordingAux In jack for jamming with an external music player

The Roland CUBE is another compact amp on this list. It is a 10-watt guitar amp with custom-designed 8-inch speakers. It comes with three presets such as Clean, Crunch, and Lead. What I love most about this amp is that users can also replace these presets via the free CUBE KIT app compatible with iOs and Android devices.

The Roland CUBE also has three onboard effects: chorus, delay, and reverb – including plate and spring reverb types. For tone controls, it has bass, middle, and treble.

Plus, users can also get high-quality direct tones for quiet practice and recording with the Rec Out/headphone jack. And for jamming, there’s the Aux In jack that accommodates an external music player. Overall, the Roland CUBE is the amp to get if you’re looking for a solid practice amp.

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Pros
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Sports a compact design that does not take up a lot of space
  • Provides players with two iconic Vox tones
  • Clean chime and Top Boost
  • Has a unique and beautiful vintage design
  • Perfect for those who love a classic look

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Cons
  • Lacks volume
  • Not recommended for larger gigs and live performances

 

BUGERA V5 5-Watt Class Amplifier Combo with Infinium Tube Life Multiplier Black, (V5INFINIUM)
  • Hand-built 5-Watt Class-A amplifier driven by 1 x EL84 tube
  • Revolutionary INFINIUM Tube Life Multiplier technology:
  • Way cool vintage look and feel
  • World-famous, British engineered 8'' TURBOSOUND speaker
  • Authentic preamp design from the '60s featuring 1 x 12AX7 tube—everything from purring blues to mind-blowing crunch

The Bugera V5 is popular for its revolutionary INFINIUM Tube Life Multiplier technology, making it a great option for those looking for a long-term solution. This 5-watt class-A amp is driven by an EL84 tube and comes with 8-inch Turbosound speakers. Plus, it is also handbuilt so you are sure that everything is meticulously built for perfection.

If you love all things vintage, I would highly recommend this amp. It has an authentic preamp design from the ’60s featuring a 12AX7 tube that delivers everything from the blues to a mind-blowing crunch. Plus that super cool vintage look and feel of its appearance are worth everything for a vintage fan.

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Pros
  • Sports an attractive vintage design
  • Great for fans of the classic look
  • Has an authentic preamp design from the 60s
  • Features the Bugera INFINIUM Tube Life Multiplier for added durability

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Cons
  • Limited amount of gain on tap

 

Line 6 AMPLIFi 75 Modeling Guitar Amplifier

Line 6 AMPLIFi 75 Modeling Guitar Amplifier and Bluetooth Speaker System
  • Simple and Clean guitar amp build for the living room
  • Wireless audio streaming and tone editing over Bluetooth , 2 mid-frequency drivers,2 high-frequency drivers, 1/4 Inches Guitar input and 1/8 Inches Stereo,1/4 Inches Headphone output Aux input
  • AMPLIFi delivers recommended tones to match your music. 4 onboard presets (access unlimited presets via app)

In my opinion, the Line 6 AMPLIFi is one of the most user-friendly guitar amps available today. This plug and play amp is great for both beginners and advanced users; simply plug it in, choose your desired preset tone, and start playing. It’s more modest size in comparison to the regular guitar amp size makes it the best build for living room practice. Plus, it allows complete wireless remote control for easy access.

Not only does the Line 6 AMPLIFi have wireless audio streaming and tone editing capabilities via Bluetooth, it also has 2 mid-frequency drivers, 2 high-frequency drivers, a 1/4-inch input and 1/8-inch stereo, plus 1/4-inch headphone output and Aux input. Users can access a huge library of tone possibilities provided by the graphical remote app too.

Personally, what I love most about the AMPLIFi series is the fact that every amp is also an audio interface. Simple set the amp as the interface in your recording software, load up a tone, and start recording. This makes recording a breeze since users no longer need extra plug-ins, and they also enjoy its zero latency features.

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Pros
  • Provides remote control access and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Has a wide range of tones
  • Accessible via an app
  • Can be used as an audio interface
  • Records sound accurately

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Cons
  • The included software is complicated and a bit difficult to use
  • The app needs more improvement

 

Archer TUBULARBK Tubular Guitar Combo Amplifier

Archer TUBULARBK Tubular 5-Watt Guitar Combo Amplifier
  • 5 watts of power
  • Custom designed 8" speaker
  • Single-ended Class A circuit
  • 12AX7 tube preamp
  • EL84 tube power amp

When it comes to choosing the best combo amp, one of the most important things to consider is the environment you’d be playing in. If you want an amp that sounds perfect no matter where you are, then you must consider the Archer TUBULARBK. With a humble 5-watts of power, this combo amp comes with a custom designed 8” speaker and a single-ended Class A circuit. It also features 12AX7 tube preamp and EL84 tube power amp.

On the outside, the Archer TUBULARBK is robust and simple. It wears a mesh grill that dampens the speaker sound, providing a better quality tone. Its premium leather bounding promises maximum durability for travel and gigging. In short, this amp is made for the road and that being said, I highly recommend this tube amp combo for the travelling musician.

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Pros
  • Well-built
  • Contains high-quality components with a durable leather bounding
  • Contains tube preamps and tube power amps comparable to higher-end amps
  • Portable
  • Plays well no matter what the environment may be

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Cons
  • Power transformer produces excessive voltages
  • Shortening the life of the tubes

 

How To Choose The Best Tube Amp Combo

Tube amp combos aren’t just for amplifying sound; they can shape the sound you produce as well. So why not take advantage of its features to bring out the best in your music? If you’re looking for the best tube amp combo for you, the first things you might have to consider are the number of watts and the type of tubes.

If you are looking to perform in bigger venues and bigger events, then a 5-watt amp may not be the best solution for you. But on the other hand, it may suffice as a practice amp at home. Apart from wattage, the type of tubes is really important as well as they tend to produce a particular sound based on their characteristics.

There are many different types of tubes out there, but the most popular one is the EL84. This type produces tight lows and sparkling highs with a nice mid-range. However, they tend to lack output. Before purchasing a tube combo amp, it pays to figure out what kind of sound you like and which type of tube corresponds to that style.

And lastly, you might want to take a look at the list of presets an amp offers. Although the tubes have a lot of control in terms of headroom and breakup, the pre-amps are usually responsible for the overall tonal shaping of the amp.

Keep an eye on the preamp circuit type and the features the amp possesses such as reverb, loops, and channels. Again, it is crucial that you first identify what your sound requirements are and your personal taste.

 

Our Choice

Without a doubt, the Fender Champion 20 still wins this roundup of the best tube combo amp. The Fender Champion isn’t just easy to use and friendly for beginners, it also provides more effects than an amp within its price range.

It has all the basics covered but with enough room to make it a reliable amp for more experienced players as well. Its portability is also a big plus for those who would like to take their music with them wherever they go.

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