Updated: Aug 9, 2020
Hi. I am Josh Levine...and this is my 10 Best Guitar Amps Under $500! If you are already a fan of my posts or YouTube channel, Josh Levine Speaks, you know I do my best to write & build shows / series around things I hope you find interesting. And, if you know me, you already know....I LOVE GUITARS....I’ve played since the age of 4, toured professionally, owned and operated a music store for 10 years and have given guitar lessons for even more...
So, in this post, I am going offer my opinion of the 10 Best Guitar Amps Under $500 plus give you the links below, where you can find them. I want you to know what to look for, for yourself and your needs, explain power, discuss size and capabilities, tube vs solid state and so much more.... I also have a $500 Electric Guitar Post and a $500 Acoustic Guitar Post if you are shopping for those too. You, like me, may have all sorts of unforeseen free time on your hands as of late. So why not take up a hobby.
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So, what should you look for when buying a guitar amp under $500?
Today, $500 goes a lot further with Amps than it did 10-15 years ago. There is a ton of versatility out there. I know it can be tough to know exactly what is right for you, especially if you are just starting out. Heck, even if your seasoned and looking for a practice amp, it can still be challenging. When I played professionally, I used to swap out amps, like underwear as I was always searching for perfect tone. Believe me I get it, but I am jealous. Today, you can dial up just about anything with many of the super cool models out there today.
You can jump down below to amps, but Before I get started, and so it all makes sense, here's the "crash course" checklist of things to keep in mind when you are amp shopping. Most of this applies to the pricier models in your future too!