Best guitar amps under $300

Best guitar amps under $300

Do you want to step up in the game, but you are on a budget?
Well, there are pretty decent guitar amps under $300.
Of course, there are all sorts of different amps that come for that price.
In order to pick the best for your needs, you need to think about what are you going to do with that amp.
For example, if you plan to gig, you want to buy an amp that won’t be fragile, and that will be loud enough. Of course, you want that amp to sound good too.
Then, you need to understand the difference between Tube amps and Solid-state amps.
Of course, if you are on a really tight budget, an amp with built-in effects will come handy, right? A decent Output is always desired too.
Well, these are our top picks of the best guitar amps under 300 dollars.

Orange Crush 35RT (Best guitar amps under 300)

Best guitar amps under 300
Orange Crush 35RT

The Orange Crush 35RT is a 35-watt solid-state combo amp with one ten-inch speaker.
While this amp doesn’t have fancy, modern features like some other amps in this list, it is definitely one of the richest sounding amps for the price.
It has two channels – Clean, and Dirty.
Each of the channels has a separate volume control knob. Aside from those, on its control board, you will find three-band EQ knobs, a Gain control knob, and a Reverb control knob.
Also, it has an onboard tuner with LED indicators, which is awesome to have on an amp.
In terms of I/O, the Orange Crush 35RT has a standard guitar input jack, a 1/4’ Headphones Output, Effects Loop jack, and a Footswitch jack.
We must mention that the Headphones output is speaker-emulated, which is awesome for silent practicing.

Pros:

  • Clean and Dirty channel;
  • Rich sound;
  • Loud enough for the stage;

Cons:

  • No cons;

Sawtooth Tube 5-Watt (Best guitar amps under 300)

Sawtooth Tube 5-Watt

This amp is an all-tube 5-Watt combo by Sawtooth. The Sawtooth company is manufacturing great, high-quality instruments and amps that don’t cost a fortune.
The Sawtooth Tube 5-Watt amp has a 6v6 power tube and a 12AX7 preamp tube.
It has one ten-inch speaker, that provides 30 Watts of RMS power.
Besides the power switch, the power indicator, and the guitar input jack, you will find Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, and Gain control knobs on the control panel.
Furthermore, on the backside of the amp, you will find two Extension Speaker Output jacks. In addition, this amp has an open-back cabinet, and a very stylish, retro look.
Not only the Sawtooth Tube 5-Watt amp is one of the best sounding guitar amps for rock music in its price range, but also it is one of the best-looking guitar combo amps ever.

Pros:

  • Retro looks;
  • Warm, natural sound, great for rock genres;
  • Very good build quality;

Cons:

  • If you are looking for a nice tube amp that comes for an affordable price, you must check out Sawtooth’s Tube 5-watt amp. However, if you are looking for a crystal clear sound, you will have to look for a different kind of amp.

Bugera G5 Infinium

Bugera G5 Infinium head

The Bugera G5 Infinium is a 5-Watt tube amp.
Namely, this amp has one ECC83 in the preamp section, and one 12BH7 in the power amp. On its front, you’ll find the input for your guitar, power, stand-by, and a channel switch, a Reverb level control knob, the Tone stack cluster, and separate Volume and Gain control knobs for the two channels.
In addition to the three-band Eq, the “Morph” knob will make the amp sound more “British” (dark) or more American (bright).
On its back panel, you will find a Line input jack, an Effects loop, a footswitch jack, an Emulated output/Headphones jack, a power attenuator (0.1W/1W/5W), the Speaker output, and an indicator that lights up when you need to change the tube.
Also, the G5 has an “INFINIUM Tube Life Multiplier” technology that makes the tubes last much longer than usual.

Pros:

  • Great sound for heavy rock and metal genres;
  • Fantastic features;
  • Affordable;

    Cons:

  • Well, of course, Bugera had to cut some corners here and there in order to make a tube amp for this price. Maybe this amp is great for beginner rock guitarists, but we doubt that an experienced fellow will like how this amp actually sounds.

Vox AV15 (Best guitar amps under 300)

Vox AV15

Briefly, the Vox AV15 is a 15-watt modeling combo amp with a tube preamp. In fact, the AV15 has eight separate preamps, all of them wired to one 12AX7 tube.
It has one eight-inch speaker.
Firstly, on its control panel, you will find a Preamp selector-switch, three-band EQ knobs, Volume, and Power level control knobs. The preamp selector-switch lets you choose from the eight circuits. Speaking of which, there are two Clean, two Crunch, two Overdrive, and two High Gain preamps to choose from.

Then, you will find the Effects cluster with Modulation, Delay, and Reverb push-buttons, and a control knob. Last but not least, in the right corner of the control panel you will find Bright/Fat Preamp switches, and Bias/Reactor Power switches.
In addition, the Vox AV15 has a Headphones out, and Auxiliary input.
Altogether, the Vox Av15 is a very versatile, modern, and unique amp.

Pros:

  • Lots of different sounds from one single combo;
  • Impressive sound;
  • Extremely affordable for what it offers;

Cons:

  • Oh well, you probably can’t expect that legendary Vox sound from a sub-300 amp, right? In that regard, the Vox AV15 is a fairly good amp for what it offers.
    Still, it is always a great idea to try it before you buy it.

Roland Cube Street 5-Watt (Best guitar amps under 300)

Best guitar amps under 300
Roland Cube Street 5-Watt

When it comes to battery-powered amplifiers, the Roland Cube Street is probably one of the best guitar amps under 300. It is a 5-Watt amplifier, with two 6.5’ speakers.
The Roland Cube Street amp has two channels – a Mic channel and a Guitar/Instrument channel.
The Mic channel has an XLR/TRS input, and Volume, Bass, Treble, and Reverb/Delay control knobs. On the other hand, the Guitar/Instrument channel has a TRS input, three-band EQ knobs, a Volume control knob, a Gain control knob, EFX control knob (Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo), a Reverb/Delay control knob, a Tuner, and an Amplifier selector switch.
Moreover, the Roland Cube Street has a headphones output, an aux-in, and separate Footswitch jacks for the two channels. It can run on either a power adaptor, that comes included in the price, or on six AA batteries, which can power it for fifteen hours of usage.

Pros:

  • Battery-powered;
  • Two channels;
  • Built-in effects, and amp modeling;

Cons:

  • No cons! In conclusion, the Roland Street Cube 5W is a great amp for what it is intended to be – a highly portable, decent-sounding amp that comes for an affordable price;

Orange Micro Terror

Best guitar amps under 300
Orange Micro Terror

The Orange Micro Terror is one of the smallest-size amp-heads available on the market.
Basically, this is a 20-watt hybrid amp-head, with a tube preamp with one ECC83 (12AX7), and a solid-state power amp.
As seen in the picture, the Micro Terror amp has only three control knobs: Volume, Tone, and Gain. Also, it has a 1/4’ headphones output, and an aux-in on the front panel.
On the back, you can find the Speaker output.
Despite being such a small-size amp, this amp is powerful enough to feed any 8Ohm or 16 Ohm speaker cab.
Just like all of the other Orange amps, the Micro Terror can provide a great clean sound, very nice crunch, and powerful and tight high-gain sound.
It is very easy to use, well-crafted amp head, that sounds great on the stage, and in the studio. Many guitarists love it because it is extremely lightweight.

Pros:

  • Small footprint;
  • Great sound;
  • Affordable;

Cons:

  • No cons;

Boss Katana 50 MKII

Boss Katana 50 MKII

In short, the Boss Katana 50 is a 50-watt solid-state modeling combo amp with one twelve-inch speaker. Furthermore, Katana 50 offers two channels, five different amp types you can choose from (Acoustic, Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown), three-band EQ control knobs, several different effects you can blend in, and power attenuation. However, Boss didn’t stop there. In fact, the real versatility on this amp comes when you connect it with your computer via a USB cable and open the Tone Studio Software.
As a result, you will be able to customize the amp models, choose from sixty effects, and customize and load them into your amp.
Moreover, on the back panel of the Katana, you will find a Headphones/Record output, a Power amp input jack, Footswitch jack, an aux-in, and the USB jack.

Pros:

  • More than sixty effects available!
  • Inexpensive;
  • Well-crafted;

Cons:

  • Not for everybody…
    Let’s put it this way: if you are a beginner on a tight budget, and you don't mind using digital technology, the Boss Katana 50 MKII is a stellar choice.
    However, if you are looking for a real tube amp sound or something like that, you must be aware that the Boss Katana 50 MKII is not what you are looking for.

Fender Champion 50XL (Best guitar amps under 300)

Fender Champion 50XL

In short, the Fender Champion 50XL is a 50W combo amp with amp-modeling capabilities and built-in effects. It has one twelve-inch Celestion speaker.
The second channel has a Voice switch that offers a wide variety of different Clean, Compressor, Crunch, Crunch+OD, British, British+Distortion, Metal, and Octave voicings.
Furthermore, there are the Bass and the Treble control knobs, the Effects level control knob, the Effects selector switch, and the Tap tempo button.
With the Effects selector switch, you can set a variety of different Delay, Reverb, and Modulation effects.
Moreover, this amp has a 1/8’ auxiliary input and a 1/8’ headphones output.
Additionally, you can get a footswitch (it doesn’t come with one), and change your sounds on the fly.
In summary, this amp is an affordable, easy-to-use modeling combo amp, loud enough for small gigs and rehearsals.

Pros:

  • Powerful enough for gigging;
  • It offers a good number of different amp voices and effects;
  • Low-priced;

Cons:

  • Well, some players are complaining that some of the effects are not very good. However, sometimes people expect to get way more than they actually pay for. Of course, this amp sounds fantastic for its price, it has a lot of bells and whistles, and on top of that – it takes pedals pretty well.

Monoprice Stage Right 15 (611815)

Monoprice 611815

The Monoprice Stage Right 15 is probably the most affordable tube amp on the market.
Briefly, it is an all-tube combo amp with three 12AX7 tubes in the pre-amplifier and two EL84 power tubes and one twelve-inch Celestion Seventy 80 speaker.
It should be noted, this amp has a built-in true spring reverb.
On its front, you’ll find a power switch, a power indicator, Gain, Volume, Tone (Presence), Bass, Middle, Treble, and Reverb control knobs, a 15W/1W Output button-switch, and a guitar input.
Furthermore, on the back panel you will find an External Speaker (8-16Ohm) jack, Effects Send/Line out jack, FX Return jack, and a Footswitch jack.
Lastly, this amp is one very good looking one.

Pros:

  • Extremely low-priced for a tube amp;
  • Great sound;
  • Great features;

Cons:

  • No cons;

Conclusion

Well, it depends on what type of music you are into, and whether you see musicianship as a hobby, or as a profession.
Therefore, there can’t be a single amp that can be the best choice for everybody.
Still, we recommend the Orange Crush 35RT to everyone that wants to get the most out of an amp for such an affordable price.
Briefly, this amp is very sturdy, it sounds awesome both clean and dirty, and all of the features that it has are of very good quality. In summary, it is a great amp for rehearsals, practice, and gigging.

References:

  1. https://www.amazon.com/Orange-Amps-Amplifier-Part-Crush35RT/dp/B01LTI0IX0
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Sawtooth-Tube-Watt-Combo-Amp/dp/B07JGDLCQD?th=1
  3. https://www.amazon.com/BUGERA-Amplifier-Infinium-Multiplier-G5INFINIUM/dp/B00LMRNNIG
  4. https://www.amazon.com/Vox-1×8-Inch-Analog-Modeling-Amplifier/dp/B01AWDGZYY
  5. https://www.amazon.com/Roland-Street-Battery-Powered-Stereo/dp/B000W22JG4
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Orange-Micro-Terror-Amplifier-Head/dp/B00DV9H47E
  7. https://www.amazon.com/BOSS-KTN-50-2-Katana-50-MkII-50-watt-KTN-50-MK2/dp/B07YVP6K7N/ref=dp_ob_title_ce?th=1
  8. https://www.amazon.com/Fender-CHAMPION-50XL-FSR-120V/dp/B07G37V35V
  9. https://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-611815-Amplifier-Celestion-Speaker/dp/B016JDJE9E/

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