As a guitar player, there aren't many things as enjoyable as visiting a guitar store and fawning over the many new tube combo guitar amplifiers. Of course, it's no wonder why when you consider how many killer models there are on today's music market. While amp technology continues to improve, the vintage sound and style of a tube amplifier is still preferred by rockers worldwide. Just take a look through this section and you'll come across top-selling tube combo guitar amplifiers from top brands like Fender, Marshall, Vox, Bugera and more.
Before choosing a new tube combo guitar amplifier, there are many factors to take into account. Your current budget is a given, but you'll also need to consider how much volume you'll need and the tone you want to achieve. Many punk guitarists who are not familiar with tube amps assume that a higher wattage will give them the distorted sound they need to suit their genre, but that's not necessarily true with tube-driven amps. In fact, you can easily play small to medium sized venues with a tube amp between 15 and 30 watts by cranking the volume and gain knobs. For a perfect example, check out the Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo. This lightweight amp boasts a vintage-style 12" Jensen speaker, a pair of EL84 Groove Tube output tubes, three 12AX7 preamp tubes and all the controls you need to create a killer garage punk sound.
Now, we couldn't talk about tube combo guitar amplifiers without touching on a model from Vox. After all, Vox is one of the most influential tube amp brands, favored by everyone from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones during the heyday of the British Invasion. Perhaps the most famous Vox tube combo amp is the AC30 - and rest assured, there's an updated version of that model in these pages. The Custom AC30C2 30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp features Norma and Top-Boost channels, two 12" Celestion G12M Greenback speakers and it's powered by three 12AX7 preamp tubes and four EL84 tubes. Simply put, the warm, powerful sound of this amplifier will impress anyone who wants a similar sound to the groups that were bursting out of England during the mid-60s.
In a selection this extensive, there's really no way to touch on every killer tube combo guitar amplifier that deserves your attention. Your best bet is to try to spend a little time here. From classics like the Fender Twin Reverb to stage-ready beasts like the Blackstar Venue Series HU Club 40, you've just hit the jackpot of tube combo guitar amplifiers.
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