Best guitar amps under 150

Best guitar amps under 150

If you’ve just bought an electric guitar, you will need an amp in order to start rocking. Definitely, beginner guitar players oftentimes don’t have big budgets to spend on gear. That’s why we’ve set a list of the best guitar amps under 150 bucks.

Undoubtedly, there are affordable guitar amps that sound good.
Well, not every amp of these is good enough or loud enough for performing.
However, some of the amps we reviewed in this article can be used on smaller stages.
Still, as a beginner, you are looking for a practice amp, and not for a huge Marshal stack, right? Continue reading, so you can learn about our top picks

VOX Mini5 Rhythm (Best guitar amps under 150)

Best guitar amps under 150
VOX Mini5 Rhythm

The Vox Mini5 Rhythm is a portable and compact two-channel combo amplifier with one 6.5’ speaker.
You can power it by either a power adaptor or by six AA batteries.
Also, it has a power attenuation switch, which additionally will save you battery life.
On the control panel, you can see that the guitar channel has eleven different amp simulations, Gain, Tone, and Volume control knobs.
Then, there is the Microphone channel with 1/4’ input and Trim and Send control knobs.
Following, you will find the effects cluster, which has one knob for Modulation effects, and one for Delay/Reverb effects, plus a Tap-tempo button.
Last but not least, there is the Rhythm cluster which offers ninety-nine tempo and level-tweakable rhythm patterns. Also, it has a built-in E-string tuner.
Right below the power switch, you will find the aux-in jack and the Headphones output jack.

Pros:

  • You can busk with this amp;
  • The built-in rhythms will make your practice hours much more interesting;
  • It has built-in effects and amp simulations;

Cons:

  • No cons! – The Vox Mini5 Rhythm is one of the best (if not the best) small guitar amps under 150 bucks for busking;

Blackstar ID CORE10 V2

Blackstar ID CORE10 V2

In short, the ID Core10 V2 is a 10Watt modeling guitar amp with two 3’ speakers and some interesting features.
On the top panel, you can find the input for your guitar, a selector switch with different amp voices, Gain, Volume, and Eq control knobs, Effects cluster with Delay, Modulation, and Reverb buttons, a type selector switch and a level control knob.
Worth to mention is that the selector switch offers six different amp voices for electric guitar, two voices for bass guitar, two acoustic simulations, and two voices for acoustic guitar.
Also, by holding the Reverb button, you will access the built-in tuner.
Aside from the guitar input, the Blackstar ID Core10 V2 has an aux-in jack, an emulated output/headphones jack, a USB port for recording and editing sounds, and a Bluetooth feature for playing backing tracks.
Lastly, it comes with PreSonus Studio one included in the price.

Pros:

  • Impressive amp simulations;
  • It has a great number of cool features;

Cons:

  • Because it is so small, it can’t produce decent clean tones. Also, many owners of this amp claim that it produces some unwanted hiss, even on small volumes. In most cases, the Blackstar ID Core10 V2 is used as a practice amp.

Fender Champion 20 (Best guitar amps under 150)

Fender Champion 20

The Fender Champion 20 is a solid-state combo with 20W of power and one eight-inch speaker. On its control panel you’ll find the guitar input, Voice and Effects selector-switches, and control knobs for Gain, Volume, Treble, Bass, and Effects level.
It has four different Voices: Tweed, Blackface, British, and Metal.
Moreover, it has built-in Reverb+Chorus, Chorus, Flange, Delay+Reverb, Auto-Wah, Vibratone, and Tremolo effects. In addition, right next to the Effects selector switch, you will find a Tap-tempo button for the effects, which of course, is awesome to have.
Also, the Champion 20 has an auxiliary input jack, and a headphones output 1/8’ jack.
While this amp is too small for gigging, it is definitely a good choice as a beginner practice amp. It is very easy to use, it sounds good, and it has a decent number of different amp voices, it has good sounding built-in effects.

Pros:

  • Affordable;
  • Four different amp voices, and seven built-in effects;
  • Great for practice;

Cons:

  • No cons;

Orange Micro Terror 20W

Orange Micro Terror 20W

If you want to upgrade from your beginner amp, and you have the budget to invest in a speaker cabinet, check out the Orange Micro Terror Head.
In short, the Micro Terror is a hybrid amplifier head that provides 20Watts of power.
It has a solid-state power amplifier and valve preamplifier with one 12AX7 tube.
On its front panel, you’ll find the input for your guitar, Gain, Tone, and Volume control knobs, an 1/8’ aux-in jack, a 1/4’ Headphones jack, and of course, the power switch.
Obviously, this amp head can be used for practice, gigs, rehearsals, and even for recording. Of course, you will need a decent cabinet to do so.
Just like most of the Orange amps, the Micro Terror can go from crystal clear to full-blown overdriven sound. Due to the fact that it has a tube preamplifier, that overdrive sounds really rich and warm.

Pros:

  • Impressive sound;
  • Very compact;
  • Great for practice, rehearsals, gigs, and recording;

Cons:

  • No cons!

Peavey Rage 258 (Best guitar amps under 150)

Best guitar amps under 150
Peavey Rage 258

Another combo great for beginner guitarists (especially for those that are into metal) is the Peavey Rage 258. This combo consists of a 25-Watt solid-state amplifier, a tube emulation preamp circuit known as “Transtube” technology, and one eight-inch Blue Marvel speaker.
It has one 1/4 input, and two switchable channels, Clean, and Lead. While the Clean channel has only a Gain knob, the Lead channel has Pre-Gain and Post-Gain control knobs. Then, there is the EQ section cluster, which has a three-way Voice switch (Vintage/Modern/Stack), and control knobs for Low, Mid, and High frequencies.
Moreover, the Peavey Rage 258 has an Aux Input/Direct Output 1/4’ jack, and a 1/4’ Headphones jack.
Despite being such a small and easy-to-use amp, the Peavey Rage offers a good amount of versatility when it comes to tone shaping due to its two channels, and the well-thaught Eq section. Also, it takes pedals pretty well.

Pros:

  • Easy-to-use;
  • Great clear and high-gain sound, considering its size;
  • Well-crafted;

Cons:

  • It doesn’t have any built-in effects. Also, some owners claim that the amp produces hum when playing through the lead channel. Well, that’s probably because they are using single-coil pick-ups. Generally, humbuckers work best for high-gain tones.

Orange Crush 20

Orange Crush 20

Yet another good option for a guitar amp under 150 bucks, is the Orange Crush 20.
This combo has a solid-state amplifier with a total power of 20Watts and one eight-inch speaker. It has two switchable channels (Clean/Dirty).
On its control board, you’ll find 1/4’ input for your guitar and control knobs for Clean (Volume), Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, and Dirty (Volume).
Additionally, the Crush 20 has a 1/4’ Headphones output jack, and a 1/8’ auxiliary input jack. On the rear panel of the amp, you’ll find a Footswitch jack, for switching between the two channels, and a 120/230 voltage switch.
Just like most of the Orange combos, the enclosure of the Crush 20 is built out of birch plywood, and it is wrapped with Orange tolex.
Although this amp is so small and lightweight, it is capable of producing very nice clean tones, and rocking overdriven tones too.

Pros:

  • Very sturdy – just like all Orange products…
  • You will be impressed by the sound of this amp;
  • Easy-to-use

Cons:

  • For the price, you can’t really complain about anything. Well, there are no built-in effects on this combo, but if you really want some built-in effects, we recommend checking out the Crush 20RT amp by Orange, which costs just a little bit more than the Crush 20.

Sawtooth Retro 25 (Best guitar amps under 150)

Best guitar amps under 150

The Retro 25 by Sawtooth is a very nice looking 25-Watt solid-state combo amplifier with one ten-inch speaker, that comes for a very affordable price.

On its control board, moving from left to right, you’ll find the 1/4’ input for your guitar, a Volume control knob, Drive Select button-switch, Gain, Treble Middle, Bass, and Reverb control knobs, a 1/4’ headphones output jack, and a power switch.

It produces pretty good clean, and very nice overdrive sound.
Additionally, the chicken head knobs, the tweed grill, and the overall design of the amp give a very cool, retro look. Also, it is very light-weight and sturdily built.
For the price, it is a very decent beginner/practice amp.

Pros:

  • Very inexpensive;
  • Light-weight and compact;
  • Retro looks;

Cons:

  • Well, for the price, the Sawtooth Retro 25 is a good beginner combo amp. Still, there are amps that sound way better, which usually will cost you just a little bit more than this one. However, if you are on a tight budget, you won’t get disappointed with this one either.

Fender Mustang LT-25

Fender Mustang LT-25

The 25-Watt Fender Mustang LT is a solid-state modeling amplifier/8’ Celestion speaker combo.
It has 20 amp models, 25 built-in effects, and 50 presets. In order to edit and save your presets, the Fender LT25 has a display, a scroll knob, back, save, and menu knobs, or you can do all of that on your computer via the USB port.
Also, it has a tap-tempo button and a built-in tuner.
Of course, it also has Gain, Volume, Treble, Bass, and Master control knobs.

Additionally, it has a Footswitch jack, a 1/8’ aux-in jack, and a 1/8’ headphones output jack. This amp is compactly designed and it has all of the things that a beginner guitar player would want – a lot of different amp models, built-in effects, decent volume, etc.

Pros:

  • Very versatile;
  • Affordable;
  • Compact;

Cons:

  • Well, this is a beginner amp. We are pretty sure that advanced guitar players won’t like how the amp sounds. Also, if you are not comfortable using modern technology, just stay away from it.

Vox Pathfinder 10 (Best guitar amps under 150)

Best guitar amps under 150

This low-cost combo amp is indeed a good choice for a newbie in the guitar world. Having 10-watts of solid-state power through one 6.5’ speaker is indeed enough for practice at your home.

On its top panel, you will find the input for your guitar, a Gain control knob, a Clean/Overdrive switch, Treble, Bass, Volume control knob, and Headphones/Line out 1/4’ jack.

Although it is such a small-sized combo, the Vox Pathfinder 10 produces pretty decent clean and overdriven tones.
Apart from this, this amp looks very nice – with its vinyl wrapping, diamond grill cloth, and chicken knobs, it has that retro look, distinctive for Vox amplifiers.

Pros:

  • Small and compact;
  • Great looks;
  • Very affordable;

Cons:

  • The Vox Pathfinder 10 is made to be a beginner amp for practicing at home. Therefore, it is not loud enough for rehearsals. It can’t cope with a drummer, or something like that.

Conclusion

Generally speaking, when buying an amp combo with a budget of 150 bucks, the most you can get is a practice amp.
Well, some of these amplifiers can be used even for rehearsals with a band.
For example, you can even gig with the Orange Micro Terror amp, but you will need to invest in a cabinet too.
However, taking any of these combos on the stage is probably not the best idea.
Still, if you are on a tight budget, we recommend going for an amp that will sound decent, that is well-crafted, and that you can use as a practice amp, even after you have upgraded to a better amp.
Namely, we recommend the Orange Crush 20.
This amp will last you a lifetime, it sounds good, and it takes pedals very well.
Also, you can do rehearsals with this amp, which is always a plus.

Orange Crush 20

References:

  1. https://www.amazon.com/Rhythm-Battery-Powered-Modeling-Amplifier-Classic/dp/B00DZKU62Y
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Blackstar-Digital-Stereo-Combo-IDCORE10V2/dp/B00K5A2ST6/
  3. https://www.amazon.com/Fender-Champion-20-Electric-Amplifier/dp/B00EM5UOE6
  4. https://www.amazon.com/Orange-Micro-Terror-Amplifier-Head/dp/B00DV9H47E
  5. https://www.amazon.com/Peavey-Channel-Electic-Guitar-Amplifier/dp/B004CNUZ9M?th=1
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Orange-Crush-Twin-Channel-Guitar-Amplifier/dp/B00SG3Q6T2
  7. https://www.amazon.com/Sawtooth-Channel-Electric-Guitar-Reverb/dp/B00S79INXW
  8. https://www.amazon.com/Fender-Mustang-LT-25-Digital-Amplifier/dp/B07N29M92M
  9. https://www.amazon.com/VOX-V9106-10W-Pathfinder-Combo/dp/B0000WS0RI

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