Electric Guitar Amps :: Directory
For over half a century, innovative minds have gathered to push the design of electric guitar amplifiers toward new and exciting tonal concepts. The 1990s saw the rebirth of small business (big aspiration) guitar amp builders—all to ensure that everyone from the touring artist, to the bedroom guitarist, to the wealthy lawyer have the best possible tone. Want to know the best electric guitar amps for sale online...right this moment? Check out eBay's current listings. Looking for tube guitar amp kits? Find a small tube guitar amp kit for the satisfaction of building one yourself.
Welcome to the Blockhead Amplification website. Blockhead amplifiers are faithful recreations of the most sought after Marshall(TM) "Plexi" amps of the 1960's. Handcrafted from the finest modern and vintage components.
Time-tested circuits and audiophile-grade components: George Alessandro has applied these proven concepts of "high-end" to the guitar market. However, in the world of guitar amplification, what we look for is not necessarily higher fidelity, but rather, the concept of higher performance. "I believe in making a high quality, high performance product rather than a price-based, mass-production thing," is how Alessandro puts it.
Allen Amplification offers boutique vintage-style all-tube handwired guitar combo amplifiers or heads and matching speaker cabinets. Based on the classic blackface American circuits from the golden age, these amps provide that proven tone and reliability in a brand new amp, with a few new modern features for today's demanding players.
The BAD CAT AMPLIFIERS COMPANY, of Corona, California, offers an entirely new line of unquestionably superior Class A Tube guitar amplifiers. Whether judged for richest sound or build quality, consider that no other amp line even comes close. Bad Cat offers four amps models: Black Cat, Wild Cat, Cub II, Hot Cat, and custom speaker cabs.
Reinhold Bogner had been designing and building amplifiers long before leaving Germany in 1989. Moving to Los Angeles he quickly gained the trust of many influential players including: Steve Stevens, Dan Huff, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Landau and Steve Vai who sought out his skill at modifing and custom building their amps. Eddie Van Halen entrusted Reinhold to overhaul and revitalize Eddies #1 Marshall Plexi, Eddie was pleased. BOGNER AMPLIFICATION was born.
Welcome to the Tony Bruno Custom Amp Website. Bruno amps are widely respected as the finest sounding tube guitar amplifiers and for good reason. To Tony each amp is a dedicated labor of love in the search for sonic excellence. They are custom point to point wired, handcrafted masterpieces built exclusively by Tony. Guitar Publications consistently choose Bruno as the world's best tube amps and write rave reviews using words like superb, warm, complex, detailed, articulate, touch sensitive, spacious, lush, bodacious, great sounding, (well you get the idea).
Budda offers two models of guitar amplifiers: the Verbmaster and the Twinmaster. Both achieve tone of the gods. All Budda amps offer crisp, clean, and powerful tone.
Each Carr Amplifier is entirely point-to-point hand-wired, uses costly materials such as custom transformers and speakers, polypropylene filter capacitors, hospital-grade power cords, and pine cabinets with dovetailed joints. Each model provides a variety of features, and sensible design makes operation effortless.
Clark Amplification builds accurate Fender® tweed era replica amplifiers without compromise. Finger jointed pine cabinets covered with aged sealed tweed, triple chrome plated steel chassis, paper bobbin transformers, eyelet boards point to point wired with cloth covered solid wire, custom manufactured, Sprague, and Jensen capacitors, Allen Bradley carbon composition resistors, CTS and CGE potentiometers, WeberVST and Celestion speakers, Carling switches, military grade tube sockets, and NOS tubes. These amplifiers are all about quality and exactness to Leo Fender's tradition. Nothing but the best.
There are two ways to build a guitar amp - if you boil everything down to its barest form. The first is the mass-produced PCB way, where you have lots of components assembled onto large boards by machine, which are then clipped into the amp chassis by the workforce. This way, labour content and costs can be kept to a bare minimum. The second is the handbuilt, hand-wired way, which is how we do things. This basically involves no machines whatsoever and a horrific labour content as, by it's nature, everything is done by hand.
Designed after years of painstaking research and development with some of the finest guitarists in the industry, CAE Amplifiers are capable of a wide variety of vintage to modern tones. The straightforward design and rugged construction makes these amps simple to use, yet extremely versatile. From warm, fat & punchy clean sound to blistering overdrive and everything in between, these amps must be played & heard to be believed.
These amps deliver the warmth and clarity of a vintage Fender amp as well as the crunch of a Marshall plexie and the searing lead sound of the legendary Demeter TGA-3. Each amp is carefully hand wired using only the highest quality parts and tested at our factory in Van Nuys, CA. You can see as well as hear the quality and attention to detail on both the inside and out.
We use the best components available to build professional quality amps at prices that are very competitive for hand-built, point-to-point wired, U.S. built amplifiers. Every amp we ship can hold it's own in "amp shootouts" anywhere, and that's been proven again and again for the past decade. In summary, Dr. Z Amplifiers and speaker cabinets are made with the finest of materials and with great attention to detail and sound.
To give you a better idea of what The ED amp is all about, put yourself in this setting: You play in a band that does small to medium gigs, you want a low wattage stage amp that cranks so you can get that tube power amp distortion but you also want to be able to switch to clean. You want the ability to give yourself a little boost with a foot switch when needed for solo's. Reverb and tremolo would be cool. You'd appreciate an EQ that actually cuts and boosts and a convenience outlet for the stomp-box adapter would be handy. The ED is a combo guitar amp that does all of the above and more.
My intention is to build amps that have the touch response and sound quality of the great old school amps, with an aggressively clear character that stays true to the sound of the guitar and player, but without the stage volume. AThe all tube circuits are as simple as functionally possible, with an emphasis on purity of tone. The minimal number of tone robbing switches and controls maximizes the connection between brain and speaker. Our instruments give you back your fingers as the primary shapers of your sound!
Fargen Amplification is proud to offer some of the best sounding and highest quality hand crafted tube guitar amplifiers on the market today! Top grade components and construction can be seen throughout our amplifiers. Each amp is hand crafted one at a time right here in the U.S.A.
Under the Fender brand, FMIC manufactures a full line of professional-grade guitar and bass amplifiers inspired by its long tradition of innovation. By introducing the first commercially viable solidbody electric guitar, the first electric bass and countless classic amplifiers, Fender musical instruments have left their mark on jazz, blues, country, rock and many other styles of popular music.
Framus electric guitar amplifiers and speaker cabinets were designed for the guitarist who wants a high-quality boutique system to play through. Whether it be the Ruby Riot combo or the Dragon half stack, all Framus amplifiers use only the finest components and are assembled by technicians who have truly mastered their craft. These amplifiers will truly blow your mind and impress your ears.
Fuchs Audio Technology designs, manufactures, and modifies tube musical instrument and audiophile amplifiers. Andy Fuchs has over twenty years experience as a technician and musician, which provides him with a unique sensitivity to the needs of musicians and audiophiles. All products are hand built of the finest premium parts, and use classic and modern circuit topologies to achieve their sonic goals. Fuchs is famous for their Dumble ispired amp designs(Fuchs models and modded amps).
Fulton-Webb amplifiers began when there was a great demand for low wattage Marshall style amplifiers. All Fulton-Webb amps are equipped with 4, 8 and 16-ohm jacks. It has been our experience that speaker selector switches do not provide enough surface contact area to pass speaker voltages and tones between the amp and cabinets resulting in an inferior sound.
By the early '70's, Garnet was firmly established in most Canadian markets and had made strong inroads into America. All of the Garnet tube amps were designed by Gar Sr. Some of the more popular models were the PRO, REBEL, and BTO (big time operator) series. These three series all had two guitar heads and a suitably powered P.A. system. To follow the success of these lines, the popular PRO 200, PRO 400, and PRO 600 all tube heads were introduced followed by three DEPUTY models, produced as combo amps and heads. One piece combo amps would include the BANSHEE, GNOME, L'il ROCK, MACH 5, REVOLUTIONS I, II, and III, ENFORCER, and SESSIONMAN. The Herzog, H-zog, and two stand alone reverb units were all tube effects devices designed by Gar in the late '60's and early '70's.
Gerhart Amplification is dedicated to the pursuit of exceptional tone and quality in handmade, vacuum tube Guitar and Bass Amplfiers. Using the finest components and a union of vintage and modern technologies, we offer today's musicians the quality of tone that is so lacking in many of today's amps, along with the reliability and affordability that modern manufacturing technologies provide.
Germino amplifiers are totally hand made production electrical instruments crafted here in the USA. Each amp features some of the finest components and materials available. High quality carbon comp resistors to ensure a warm vintage tone. Each amp is hand assembled and wired from the drilling and installation of turrets on the circuit board to the final testing and tweaking by ear. Attractive "Plexi" style faceplates. Custom wound transformers by Heyboer, Mallory 150 series caps, 2 Watt military pots and CTS pots, Belton octal sockets. Carling switches, fully insulated Cliff jacks. JJ filter caps wired with stranded copper wire in an aluminum chassis.
In creating Goldtone and Super Goldtone amps, Gibson went back to the source of tone, to the amps of the '50s, and started with true '50s-style, Class A all-tube technology, with the celebrated 12AX7 preamp tubes and EL84s in the power amp. Then Gibson "re-evolved" the guitar amplifier, avoiding all the developments in amp design over the last half-century that have compromised tone. As a result Goldtones and Super Goldtones are stronger than the originals, with a more powerful sound but with no alteration to that pure, fundamental quality - the guitar amplifier's reason for being - tone.
Now as the established guru for tube tone, it was natural for Aspen to expand his product line to include tube gear. His first breakthrough invention, the Speaker Emulator, allows the output of a tube guitar amp to directly interface with a recording console or a PA mixer. Based on this patent, Aspen formed GT Electronics, which eventually developed into a wide range of tube guitar preamps, tube amps and guitar speaker systems. GT's unique custom shop guitar amplifiers feature the Trio preamp, Dual 75 switchable power amp, and the famous Soul-o Series amps.
Guytron is a company born out of a commitment to quality and innovation. Built with the experience of more than 20 years in the music-electronics trade, Guytron uses traditional and time proven methods, dating back 30-plus years to the "Golden Era" of American HI-FI. Wherever possible, new techniques and technologies are employed, but never at the expense of quality or reliability. We are always looking to build things in the safest most efficient manner that yields the best possible results. At Guytron, we are concerned about the well being of our clients, our employees, and our planet.
Don Mackrill, founder of Mack Music Systems, makes budget boutique guitar amplifiers - hand made amps that really provide true boutique tone (under 20 watts) and reliability at an affordable price (under $1000).
MI Amplification is an Australian-based boutique guitar amplifier and effects company, originally founded in 2002 by Michael Ibrahim. They offer some superbly built amplifier heads: the Revelation (60W, 6L6 based amp with three gain modes per channel), the Megalith (160W two-channel head offering clean and overdrive), the Iron Duke (50W, EL34 based, British-voiced amp with half power switch), and some heavy duty 4x12 speaker cabinets.
Inspired by Star Trek, the Spock amp features single ended, ultra linear outputs, 8 Watts per channel. The "next generation" of this amp will use Hammond Transformers instead of the NOS ones shown in the picture, as these are no longer being manufactured. Using all hand crafted, point to point wiring, select hardwoods, and the best components on the planet. Options include Svetlana 6L6GC tubes, 12AX7A instead of 6SL7 tubes, and choice of input and output jacks. $1200.
Tech21 was the first to introduce amp emulation for direct recording in 1989 when the original
SansAmp was released. Now they have a full line of SansAmp products, all of which have 100% analog signal paths. Tech 21 also has a line of effects, including: Boost D.L.A. delay, Boost R.V.B. reverb, American Woman overdrive, Double Drive 3X distortion, and XXL Guitar and Bass Editions.
All of their products are manufactured in the U.S.A.
THD Electronics is a company specializing in products for the music industry, specifically tube amplification and products catering to tube amps. We invite you to look at our products page for more information on what we do, or our dealers page for the places around the globe where you can hear how our products sound.
The Meteor amplifier design is available in four different models: The 6V6-driven Meteor 20A and 40A, and the EL-84-driven Meteor 15A and 30A. The two 6V6-based models continue the Tone King tradition of "blackface"-inspired clean tones with exceptional depth, lushness, dynamics, and musicality, a fat "tweed" tone with incredible warmth and smooth overdrive, and a lively, harmonically-rich distortion tone.
TopHat Amplifiers are hand built, point-to-point circuit, high performance tube amplifiers with all the tone imaginable. Our Special Design Speaker Cabinets make for the best guitar sound possible. TopHat Amplifiers are made virtually bullet-proof in America with pride and old-school craftsmanship. Best of all, they sound great!
All amps are handmade in the U.S. Featuring: 100% all tube. No tricks Point-to-point wiring, Orange Drop capacitors custom wound transformers Switchcraft jacks, swiches, Torres Custom made steel chassis, Super low noise levels, the best materials throughout.
The first Trainwreck amplifier was built in January of 1983 and was named Ginger. Ginger is a Liverpool model and was made in a Cherry cabinet. The first Trainwreck Express amplifier was built in January of 1984 and was named Victoria. Victoria was made in a Cherry cabinet. The first Trainwreck Rocket amplifier was built in January of 1990 and was named Betty Lu. Betty Lu was made in a Cherry cabinet and has an eagle painted on the face plate.
Guitar pre-amplifiers can be built to produce anything from clean to crunchy to highly distorted and sustained sound. In terms of overdrive and distortion the Tubetec aim is to be able to retain the original sound that comes from the string, this is achieved at relatively high distortion and sustain levels. The EQ's in the pre-amplifiers are of the passive type in order to keep the original sound. Extra features are a send/return loop and also relay systems that can be activated by foot switches so as to select different channels.
Two-Rock is one of the premier boutique guitar amplifier manufacturers. Founded in 1999, their team of "amplifier artisans" (as they like to say) is focused on transparent and touch-responsive tones sourced from the the highest quality parts and point-to-point wiring. Popular artists who use Two Rock guitar amplifiers include John Socfield, John Mayer, Jimmy Herring and others.
The ValveTech amp does vintage clean to metal scream, but it only has 6 knobs! (OK, as many as 8 if you add reverb and effects loop) Use it like an old four input amp, or a modern, hyper gain switching machine! Versatility of a boogie, simplicity of an old fender.
The 20th Century Limited is a dynamic little amplifier which will allow your individual personality to come through. Tones range from a nasal gooselike honk to the fat hoot of a steamwhistle. No matter what style of old American music you play, the 20th Century Limited has a voice which is, as all things Vero.......True. The Vero® Chicago Zephyr fits into the category of mid powered amplifiers while excelling at the execution. Output is 45 watts RMS. It is versatile while retaining dynamics and tone. The amplifier will cut through a noisy band while maintaining a distinctively crisp smoothness. The Paramount(TM) is our top of the line Console Series features a select grade birds eye maple finished with a hand rubbed laquer that is stunning in your studio or living room.
Every VHT amplifier is hand built right here in our factory in Newbury Park. Each assembly and sub-assembly operation is triple-checked for accuracy, neatness and operation. I personally check, test, bias, play test and final inspect every single amplifier that leaves our factory. Every speaker cabinet is tested for proper, wiring, phase, frequency response, vibration, final assembly and finish.
I've been playing guitar for over 25 years and one important fact I've learned from countless one-nighters is that an amp can make or break your sound. A good amp is an extension of your guitar... and a great amp is an extension of your soul. I discovered this little fact in a smoky dive in Iowa using a borrowed Tweed Super®. It was like discovering the missing link. I've been an avid collector and user of Fender Tweeds ever since. It was inevitable that the demand for these great old amps caught up with the supply and drove prices sky high. Available productions are out of reach for most working-stiff musicians, and official "reissues" in my opinion merely come close. The market is just right for an accurate reproduction at a reasonable price. The market is just right for Victoria Amp Co.
We specialize in modifications, restortations and custom built tube amps. We are just as obsessed with tone as you are and whether you are looking for a high gain amp or a beautiful clean amp, we can get you the tone you are looking for. The Voodoo Hex line is a modern gain amp without the "fuzzy-buzzy-compressed" distortion that has become all too common in today's modern-gain amps. If you want stunning dymanics, sustain and the sound of a "cranked" amp at any volume level then the Voodoo Hex is for you! The Voodoo Hex easily competes with any of the high gain amps costing $3,800.00 or more. Words simply cannot describe the tone of these amps! The Voodoo Hex series is point-to-point wired, uses high quality components and is proudly made in the USA.
The late 1950's saw the launch of the VOX AC15 shortly followed by the AC30, remarkable then and legendary today. Right from the start, VOX valve amplifiers were adopted by some of the world's most outstanding musical talents including The Stones, The Beatles and The Shadows and countless others. The AC30 is one of the most recorded guitar amplifiers in rock history, not surprising given its universally acclaimed warmth and three-dimensional tonal character. What is slightly surprising is that it seems to have lost none of popularity over the years, quite the reverse in fact. AC15's and AC30's can be seen on stages and in recording studios the world over and are being used to make great, modern rock music.
The Dominator Amplifier is based on the legendary 17 watt 60's model. The first channel of this new model is in its true state with the clean and responsive sound from high grade EL84's with Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble Boost and Tremolo. The output of the new model is increased from 17 watts to 30 (RMS) by way of four EL84 valves in push pull. The second channel carries full overdrive features and is selected by push switch. Output transformer of Hi Fi quality and about twice the size of the original - giving brilliant "drive" and "singing" features. Foot switches for Slave Out. Record Out. Send FX. Return FX. Tremolo. Channel Select.
The circuit topology of the DRD amp is very unique as far as single-ended amplifiers go. It consists of an Ultrapath output stage whereby the return path of the output transformer connects to the output tube's cathode instead of the power supply. This topology results in greater detail and it is believed this is a result of better coupling between all parts of the circuit and less interaction with the power supply components. We now offer the DRD amplifiers as both kits and factory assembled.
My name is Dave West, (David W. West) of Okemos, MI. About 1965, a fellow named Dick Wagner walked into my little Hi-fi shop on Saginaw Street in Flint, Michigan. I was a local kid, 21 years old, and I sold McIntosh, Dynaco, Acoustic Research, Klipsch, and a few others. Then one day someone brought in a Sunn Amplifier. Much to my surprise it contained a completely stock Dynaco Mark III power amp and a very little modified Dynaco PAM-I monaural preamp. They were putting these items in a cabinet, putting JBL speakers in a cabinet, and getting LARGE BUCKS for these things. I thought, "If they can do it, why can't I?" Thus was born the original spark that led to West LaboratoriesTM and the West guitar amps.
Concealed within the attractive yet mysterious appearance lies the heart of these beasts. Massive power supplies provide extraordinary dynamics and solid punch, complimenting sweet but powerful output stages. The rigidity of military type turret board construction and point to point soldering, are combined with the highest quality components available. Solidified in a welded .76" solid steel chassis, enclosed in a 14 ply Baltic Birch cabinet, and commanded through Lexan control panels, Wizard Amplifiers unite sound, reliability and appearance.
Zinky Electronics manufactures high quality electric guitar amplifiers and accessories including tube amps, speaker enclosures, and signal processors. All of our products are made in the USA by very talented & nice people. Our goal is to provide high quality, innovative products for the performing musician made from the best parts available. We pride ourselves on our customer support so if you ever have a question or problem with one of our products please contact us right away and we will do our best to take care of you.
Welcome to Zwengel Amplifiers' web site. We're a company that strives to make the world's finest all-tube guitar amplifiers -- all by hand, all with vacuum tubes. Here you can find all the information you need about our line of handcrafted amplifiers as well as great technical articles, schematics, and links to the best tube audio and electronics resources on the internet.